On his recent visit to Harlem’s Apollo theatre, our commander in chief raked in a reported $3 million, thanks to a range of event ticket prices, starting at $100.00
Unlike prior events, this year’s event saw a full house of diverse people. The president touched on health care, jobs, eliminating “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and public education. He highlighted his first term achievements and vision for a second term.
“I know that some of the change folks wanted hasn’t come as fast as people hoped for. I know that after all the stuff that has gone on in Washington, it’s tempting sometimes to just say, you know what, it’s not possible; the system’s broken; we give up. That’s tempting. But remember what I used to say in the last campaign. I said this-I repeated it over and over again: Real change, big change-it’s hard. It takes time. It takes more than a single term. It takes more than a single president.”
State Sen. Bill Perkins, Rep. Charlie Rangel, Assemblyman Keith Wright and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand attended, among others.
NAACP New York State Conference President and stalwart Black community activist Hazel Dukes has been an outspoken supporter of the president. She called his visit “historic,” as he is the first sitting president to visit the Apollo.
“This was accessible and the price was right. It was the right thing to do at the right time,” Dukes said. “It was a diverse group. It lifts the spirit when he gets out of his bubble and meets the people. We know what is happening in the body of politics and we understand he could not change everything he wanted to change.”
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