Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will be in Cincinnati tonight to speak to the 99th annual NAACP national convention. At the first large gathering of the group last night, Julian Bond, the chairman of the board of directors, talked about the need for change in leadership.
Bond says the NAACP will not endorse a candidate, but he clearly seemed please with how far Obama has come. He was critical of the Bush administration, saying it has brought the country to the brink of disaster because of income inequality, the nationwide housing crisis and skyrocketing gas prices. The theme of the convention is "power/justice/freedom/vote", and Bond says it's the organization's patriotic duty to register voters and get them to the polls.
The convention continues at the Duke Energy Center until Thursday. GOP presidential candidate John McCain will speak at the convention on Wednesday.