The CBCF Crowd Loves Obama - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

9:45-9:56pm-The debate crowd at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Debate Watching Party is on pins and needles. There are cheers, and woohoos. I’m not sure what Obama just said, (it was something about the military), but the crowd is behind him 100% of the way.

Troop funding. Okay, according to Obama they both voted against funding the troops. But Obama says it had nothing to do with him not wanting the troops to have resources, but he didn’t want to give Bush a blank check. He says McCain voted against funding the troops because he didn’t want to vote on a bill that has a timetable. So why is McCain trying to make it seem as if Obama wants to put our troops in harms way.

They’re talking over each other again.

The crowd seems to be agreeing…

Catherine Scott, a Spanish teacher in New York, says she agrees with Obama. “We shouldn’t be in Iraq in the first place. The money we’re spending in Iraq we should have here. That could solve our economic problem. Obama is on point and when McCain says something false he attacks him right away. He is not hesitating.

More roars…

McCain: You don’t say that out loud.. (His response to Obama openly revealing his plans to treat Pakistan with hostility if they harbor terrorist).

Okay, McCain, so weren’t you just saying the country needs more transparency? I guess now telling our allies and enemies the opposite of what we intend is his definition of transparent.

Obama had the crowd rolling over after McCain finished several long stories about soldiers who have died and were wounded in Iraq. He talked about trinkets he had gotten. Obama replied, “John, I’ve got a bracelet too.”

McCain: I’ll sit down with anybody but not without precondition.

McCain just tore into Obama because he said he would sit down with Iran without precondition.

Obama: Henry Kissinger, one of McCain’s advisers, says that we should sit down with Iran without precondition.

The CBCF crowd loved that so much that we couldn’t even hear what was said next.

The guy next to me just yelled, “Come on, baby!” when Obama accused McCain of not even wanting to sit down with the president of Spain.

McCain: The average South Korean is three inches taller than those in North Korea.

Huh? What does that have to do with anything? I can’t even figure out where he’s trying to go with that, because the crowd is murmuring so that I can’t hear him finish his thought. I guess they don’t get it either.

Marcia A. Wade is the interactive reporter at

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Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.