Friday, August 12, 2011

Michael Blake from the White House Office of Public Engagement, Resigns

michael blake, the white house, barack obama, black politics

Michael Blake, formerly the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, has resigned. 

Blake represented the White House at the "Measuring the Movement" forum, hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton.  He also produced several initiatives to support the 2012 reelection campaign for the president.  He was often the public face for the president within the African American community.  There is no word yet as to the reasons for the resignation.

He sent this letter out to the public following his resignation:


It is with a great sense of humility and emotion that I write that today is my last day here at The White House.  I will be going to Chicago for the next journey.

There has been and will be no greater honor than serving President Barack Obama, especially being given the opportunity to be his director of African-American and Minority Business Outreach.

I say thank you for walking with me on this journey.  It is one that I will never forget and will be forever indebted to the President, Valerie Jarrett and Michael Strautmanis entrusting me with given the magnitude of the moment.

We have the power in our hands to change the world and do transformational, game changing things.

Remember the words of Jim Wallis, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”.

I can’t wait to work with you again.

Please stay in touch and be blessed,



  1. Those who have the guts to deal with the reality of a fake Administration covering for the Anglo-Elite will hang in there, do nothing much, and make money at the tax payer's expense etc. Those who have had enough BS will jump ship. Many got out as quickly as they got in..And African-Americans, "Blacks" will be no better off, and probably worse off during and after the Obama facade.
    Voting for Obama is like voting for nothing because you can.

  2. He is going back to Chicago to work on the campaign.

  3. We have no idea why this man chose to leave Washington and go home. To speculate is foolish. Obviously he respects the President tremendously. I support the President because I know he cares about the people and the alternative is just not an option for me.

  4. I think the black vote is taken for granted more than ever because we are so one side with our politics. I think we should start shaking thing up even voting independent to make a statement. Do you notice we are not being catered to even by a black president!!

  5. MB is absolutely a "politician on the rise". I look forward 2 cn his imprints in Chicago. BTW he gave a great speech @ King College Prep's Graduation. #Obama2012

  6. @ Loveblooms24. He is from New York so coming to Chicago would not be coming home.
    I got a chance to listen to the young brother on his visit to Chicago. While here, he was asked about his staff. His response was, " It is me and an intern". The troubling aspect, his department/initiative was only worth himself and an intern. That in itself speaks volumes to the committment to African American people from this administration.