shady obamaSouth’s first black governor rips Obama as ‘tone deaf’

Douglas Wilder, the first black man elected governor of a former Confederate state, is hammering Barack Obama’s record of failure on real issues effecting black Americans.

“L. Douglas Wilder, in his new autobiography Son of Virginia, expressed deep disappointment with America’s first black president, calling him ‘aloof’ and ‘tone deaf’ to blacks’ needs, leaving African-Americans to ask, ‘When is our time coming?,’” The Washington Examiner reports.

“Wilder, [Virginia] governor from 2005-09, and who served twice as mayor of Richmond, wrote, ‘This was not the ‘hope and change’ president we had expected,’” the Examiner reports.

Not only does Wilder paint Obama as failing to do anything, he charges blacks are worse off under Obama.

“I was distressed by the deep well of unhappiness I felt as voters repeatedly described the ways in which they were worse off than they’d been at the beginning of President Obama’s term,” Wilder writes.

Wilder made history in 1989 when he was elected governor of Virginia, becoming the first black elected governor of a former Confederate state.  He was previously the first black man to win a statewide election when he was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1985.

Wilder served from 1990 to 1994.  Virginia prohibits governors from running for successive terms.

Wilder briefly ran for Democratic presidential nomination in 1992, but withdrew before the primary contests began.  Bill Clinton considered him for the vice-presidential nomination.

This is not the first time Wilder had made headlines for his candid comments on Obama.  Wilder backed Obama in 2008, but in 2012 pointedly refused to support his re-election.

Wilder did not endorse Republican Mitt Romney, but did attend a Romney fundraiser.

He later served as Richmond mayor, pursuing a liberal agenda that included attacks on gun rights.

Under Obama, blacks have been consistently worse off economically than under Bush.

Under Obama, the percentage of black teenagers in the civilian labor force has plunged, from 29.6 percent at the start of the Obama administration to 25.7 percent as of April 2015.
When Obama took office 25.8 percent of blacks lived in poverty rose. Under Obama that figure has risen to 27.2 percent as of 2013.

When Obama took office 7.4 million blacks were on food stamps.  Under Obama that number has skyrocketed to 12.2 million in 2013.

Black home ownership under Obama has plunged faster than overall home ownership.  While home ownership among all Americans slipped from 67.3 in the first quarter of 2009 to 64.0 in the fourth quarter of 2014, black home ownership plunged much faster, from 46.1 to 42.1 percent.