Comments on: Fan-in-chief Obama draws popular basketball coach for Virginia rally http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2012/05/04/fan-in-chief-obama-draws-popular-basketball-coach-for-virginia-rally/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: asamatteroffact http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2012/05/04/fan-in-chief-obama-draws-popular-basketball-coach-for-virginia-rally/comment-page-1/#comment-424447 Sat, 05 May 2012 20:19:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/?p=40241#comment-424447 @imacracker: Cracker, your statement sounded incorrect, so I checked the facts. Richmond is 69% white, and 19% black. VCU–with over 32,000 students–is 56% white and 17% black (10% Asian, etc). All VCU presidents have been white, including the current one, Michael Rao. (His father is of subcontinental Indian heritage.) Most likely President Obama is visiting the state capital of Richmond because it’s the seat of state government, and is easy to access, being more centrally located in the state, and over 80% of its students live in Va. Meanwhile, Northern Va. (NOVA) is already plenty aware of all of DC politics (in that most of the fed’l gov’t lives there), with its population having ample means and easy access to attend any governmental event. An urban university as large as VCU provides an excellent GOTV opportunity to inspire Va’s borderline voters and to push for voter outreach, esp. since it’s a state university that draws students from throughout the state. Perhaps you were thinking of Virginia STATE University, in Petersburg, which IS largely and traditionally an Af-Am university (initially devoted primarily to agricultural degrees). But VCU is a very different university, with its arts and humanities on an academic campus in a historic neighorhood, while its vast medical, hospital and research campus sits right across from the state government buildings. Thus, it actually does provide the ideal opportunity for any political candidate or visiting dignitaries, which is why many have made the urban university a necessary stop.

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By: OsamaKiller http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2012/05/04/fan-in-chief-obama-draws-popular-basketball-coach-for-virginia-rally/comment-page-1/#comment-424422 Fri, 04 May 2012 20:56:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/?p=40241#comment-424422 Yeah right even people that don’t live in Virginia knows who Shaka Smart is. So DON’T HATE you hater.

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By: imacracker http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2012/05/04/fan-in-chief-obama-draws-popular-basketball-coach-for-virginia-rally/comment-page-1/#comment-424417 Fri, 04 May 2012 19:16:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/?p=40241#comment-424417 Agreed… he’s a virtual unknown in Northern Virginia, where most of the people are.

President visits VCU in Richmond. The city has a large black population, at a school with a large black population, hosted by a black coach for a black President.

I guess the Prezizzle needed some love today.

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By: ReutersZengerle http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2012/05/04/fan-in-chief-obama-draws-popular-basketball-coach-for-virginia-rally/comment-page-1/#comment-424416 Fri, 04 May 2012 19:16:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/?p=40241#comment-424416 While there are always going to be people who or not conversant in a particular sphere, whether politics, pop music, entertainment or sports, now that you know who he is, can you think of any Virginian who is more popular? The best we could come up with in our office as I was writing this was either the current or former Senator Warner – although we would argue not in this era of intense partisanship in politics. Thanks for reading!

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By: VikingNova http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2012/05/04/fan-in-chief-obama-draws-popular-basketball-coach-for-virginia-rally/comment-page-1/#comment-424414 Fri, 04 May 2012 18:52:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/?p=40241#comment-424414 Hah. Huge stretch indeed. I follow sports alot and had to read the article to remember who he was. Set aside what end of the political spectrum one is on for a moment, Shaka is a great coach and did some remarkable things with VCU basketball last year. But to say he somehow brings clout to politics anywhere in VA except possibly on the VCU campus is more than a huge stretch. Had VCA won the tournament, material influence in Richmond? Possibly… Coaches, athletes, actors etc should stick with what they do well.

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By: typed21 http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2012/05/04/fan-in-chief-obama-draws-popular-basketball-coach-for-virginia-rally/comment-page-1/#comment-424413 Fri, 04 May 2012 18:24:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/?p=40241#comment-424413 I’ve lived in Virginia all my life. I just took an informal poll around the office and the name Shaka Smart wasn’t familiar to anyone. He may be popular in Richmond, but it’s a huge stretch to say he’s the “most popular man int he battleground state.”

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