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Michael Blake, an African-American political adviser for the Obama campaign, is making good on a strategic plan for President Barack Obama to visit black neighborhoods and meet with blacks during this year’s presidential race.

Blake, the campaign’s deputy director for Operation Vote and a trusted counselor, told me that Obama would definitely visit black communities during the 2012 presidential campaign – and soon.

Blake didn’t lie.

Obama traveled to Cleveland, Ohio this week and stopped by the home of William and Endia Eason, an African-American couple who have been married for 42 years but ended up $80,000 in debt as a result of an unscrupulous mortgage broker.

Obama is starting 2012 on the right track. During his first presidential trip this year, Obama not only toured the critical swing state of Ohio, but he also took his message of economic recovery and fiscal responsibility directly to a black family.

This year, as in 2008, the Obama re-election efforts are inexplicably tied to black voter turnout in states like Ohio, where rallying African-American voters is critical because a successful black voter outreach could determine whether Obama is re-elected to the White House. Obama has been criticized by some black Democrats for appearing aloof and not consistently engaging African-Americans.

Only Obama can change this perception.

Ten months before the presidential election, let’s hope Obama’s down-home strategy of making personal connections with black voters continues early and often.

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