Controversy: Obama Skips Black Forum (Clinton Accepts)
by mattcho, Sat Feb 23, 2008 at 05:46:37 AM EST
"The annual State of the Black Union forum boasts a number of famous names as it gets under way in New Orleans, but this year's event is getting much more attention for who won't be there.
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, was the only major presidential candidate to accept an invitation to attend.
Her rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, declined, as did Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain of Arizona."
"'I think it's a missed opportunity on Mr. Obama's part,' [organizer] Smiley told CNN. 'Now, I am not interested in demonizing him for his choice, but I do disagree with it.'
But Smiley's criticism has also prompted many people to come to Obama's defense. The talk show host told The Washington Post he has been inundated with angry e-mails and even death threats."