California Rep. Maxine Waters said on Monday that she didn’t know who President Barack Obama was talking to when he told attendees at the at the annual Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner to “stop complaining.”
“I don’t know who he was talking to, because we’re certainly not complaining,” Rep. Waters said on CBS’s “Early Show.”
Water was referring to comments the president made at the Congressional dinner Saturday: “Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We’ve got work to do, CBC.”
“I found that language a bit curious because the president spoke to the Hispanic Caucus and certainly they are pushing him on immigration and despite the fact that he’s appointed [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, he has an office for excellence in Hispanic education right in the White House, they’re still pushing him and he certainly didn’t tell them to stop complaining,” she said.
“And he never would say that to the gay and lesbian community who really pushed him on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Or even in a speech to AIPAC, he would never say to the Jewish community ‘stop complaining’ about Israel.”
Although President Obama didn’t name any names, Colorlines.com’s Shani Hilton says it’s not too hard to figure out who he was referring to. Hilton writes:
He also used it to criticize—without naming—CBC members like Maxine Waters and Jesse Jackson, Jr, who have said that they’re “getting tired” of Obama’s inaction on black unemployment: “Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We’ve got work to do, CBC.”