President Bush addressed the NAACP last week for the first time in his presidency. Speaking on behalf of his friend, multi-millionaire conservative Bob Johnson, founder of the Black Entertainment Network (BET), Bush used the opportunity to promote the repeal of the estate tax on the ultra-rich.

“Johnson believes strongly, for example, that the death tax will prevent future African-American entrepreneurs from being able to pass their assets from one generation to the next.” Bush said. “He and I also understand that the investor class shouldn’t be just confined to the old definition of the investor class.”

President Bush’s so-called “death tax” pitch demonstrates how totally disconnected he is from the African-American community specifically, and in general, the majority of working class Americans.

According to an American Progress analysis, only 59 African-Americans will even be affected by the estate tax this year, and that number is not rising.

In the reality that Bush is not aware of, 24.7 percent of African-Americans live under the poverty line, a number that is also rising. While Bush pushes for estate tax relief for 59 African Americans, more than nine million are living in abject poverty.

Not once during the speech did Bush mention his policies on education, jobs and housing, and not once did he even use the word “poverty.”

His audience paid more attention to what he didn’t say than to what he did say.