Barack At The Apollo

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

Barack Obama packed the Apollo Theater in Harlem last night and here are a few quotes from his speech:

“Telling the American people what we think they want to hear instead of what they need to hear just won’t do” in this election, Obama said at the historic theater, just down the street from Bill Clinton’s office.

“I’m not running because I’m trying to fulfill some long-held plans. I’m not running because I somehow think this is owed to me. I never expected to be here. Avoiding answering tough questions because we’re worried they might not be popular just won’t do. Poll-testing positions because we’re worried about what Mitt [Romney] or Rudy [Giuliani] might say about this just won’t do.”

While Obama never mentioned Clinton by name, comic Chris Rock – who introduced the senator – scored laughs by saying people in the crowd who backed Clinton would be “real embarrassed” if she lost.

“You’d say, ‘I [backed] that white lady! What was I thinking?’ “


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  • I Stay SMH

    Cornel West has got to know that that look is not hot…


  • blu majic


  • chawklit girl

    Barack Obama… Yes…Who said the Clinton’s were for Black folks…You can visit our churches, have an office in Harlem and kiss all the black babies you want Hilary DOESN’T SPEAK FOR THIS BLACK WOMAN…

  • I Stay SMH

    not that he is focusing on being “hot”. but he makes me giggle.

  • Nita

    he’s gonna be assassinated. Obama’s for real.

  • catfish

    I wonder what caused Cornel to change his opinion? Mmmmm….

  • Nita

    @ Stay SMH,

    did you see that black and white picture of him at Harvard, from the 70s, that’s been passed around? when he was rocking that fyre ‘fro? That needs to come back. Homie looked goooooooood back in the day. Obama has presence. and Michelle is all that.

  • Nita

    @ catfish

    what? what happened with Cornell before? do tell, man.

  • Bahama Mama


    u don’t go for that nerdy bill collecter, I haven’t had a haircut in decades look??

  • ThugPassion

    Love OBAMA! History in the making people! Reminds me of how my mother taught us to go to school, make something of yourself and you can be anything you want!!!! CHANGE you can believe in!

  • John

    Cornel West is an Intelectual wizzard which would make him seem odd to most people. Obama is the man and I wish him the best

  • AND...

    Seriously y’all we have got to do better. There is a black genocide going on in this country and we have got to stop it before it’s too late.

  • scorpio

    did anybody see barack doing the two step on ellen. it was so cute. he’s got my vote! (no, not just because of his dancing).

  • Bird

    Damn, was this televised? I didn’t even know he was going to be there. I want to see it.

  • Fit-n-Fab

    If you are voting for Barack, why?

  • dcfun

    Everybody know Cornel is married to Becky???????!!!!!!

  • AND...

    For those who support Obama

    How do you feel about his position on abortion?

  • Black Man

    @ And

    That’s why I won’t vote for him. I’m PRO-LIFE.

  • AND...

    Black Man

    @ And

    That’s why I won’t vote for him. I’m PRO-LIFE.


    I’m having a hard time with it b/c I really like his ideas and where he wants to take this country. “Although black women constitute only 6% of the population, they comprise 36% of the abortion industry’s clientele” Abortion has killed more black people in a year than the KKK has total.

  • Happy_Chick

    I am voting for Obama if he is the Democaratic nominee because he represents my core values as an American. I can appreciate his intellect and beleive that he can push this country forward into a post civil rights political era. I believe that if we came together on a common belief that we all have a stake in this country’s future, we can squash all the ignorance and bu@$**t goes on with our citizens. (BTW, I am a black educated female).

  • AND...

    If anybody is following the Natalie Holloway story the three boys that may be charged with her murder may spend MAXIMUN 15 years in jai. Mychael Bail was going to spend 22 years for a fight. Does anyone else see a problem with this?

    “There is more than a two-fold greater risk that an African American who killed a white person will be executed than there is for a white person who killed a non-white victim.”

  • AND...


    So you are pro-choice?

  • Happy_Chick

    Plus, we do not need Bill and Hillary back in the White Hosue with all of their foolishness. The man brought on impeachement hearings, people in his social circle were committing suicide, Clinton slept on the Rwanda genocide, NAFTA is killing the middle class here in America. WE had better remember what the Clinton years werer really about. Its not about entertainment, its about effective leadership that push this country into a progessive nation. Bill and Hillary were the best things to happen to the GOP. He helped to galvanize their ranks becasue of his failures.

  • C-Red

    For those of you who said they are pro-life…I hope you oppose the death penalty, b/c if not you are a bunch of hyprocrates. Yea they are a bunch of murderers, but it’s still killing, so don’t give me that pro-life crap and not oppose the death penalty. Look we need to get a black man in office to set an example to our black youth that thee are other tpes of black men who make it besides rappers and entertainers, and thugs. I’s time for black people to come up and take our throne on this planet.

  • Happy_Chick


    I do not give my opinion on wedge issues like abortion when we have black children getting gunned down on the streets and in theirs homes everyday. Using abortion as a litmus test of whether a candidate would be an effective leader for America is so 1980’s. ABortion is solow on my priorities when our educatinal system is literally falling apart. We have to grow in our political dialogue….

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