Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Bush to address NAACP for first time as president
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush will address the NAACP's annual convention Thursday, the White House announced Tuesday, making an appeal for unity in what will be his first appearance as president before the nation's oldest civil rights group. (Full story)

NAACP leaders have been critical of Bush during his five-and-a-half-years in office, deriding his social and economic policies as well as the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina. A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll taken after the hurricane found that 72 percent of African Americans agreed with the assertion that Bush did not care about black people.

White House spokesman Tony Snow said the president has a good relationship with the NAACP's new president, Bruce Gordon, calling the upcoming speech "an opportunity to have a conversation."
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