Here I am calling all immigrants, calling all gays, calling "60 Minutes" and all independents (read: white people) and I won't even say the word b-l-a-c-k in public.
In my address to Congress last week, I said, "Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants." And, "we know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace."
At the very least, I could have declared that the staggering 13.8 percent black unemployment rate and horrific 27.6 percent poverty rate are not only unacceptable but also un-American.
Especially after hyping the American Jobs Act as a game-changer and then not having the legislative muscle to push it through Congress. And just think: I haven't even met with the 42-member Congressional Black Caucus since 2011 - and then only to scold it during a speech at the CBC Foundation dinner in Washington.
So, as of this moment, I pledge to stop taking you for granted. Your undying, 95 percent loyalty is worth more than a public wink and smile. I vow to work harder not only on fixing the climate in the sky, but also the climate down on Earth, in our black schools and neighborhoods.
As I told a group of ministers in 2007 at Hampton University in Virginia, "we have an empathy deficit," not just a fiscal deficit, "when we're still sending our children down corridors of shame - schools in the forgotten corners of America where the color of your skin still affects the content of your education."
There's more. And I've said this to the National Urban League: Part of the reason Chinese kids are doing so much better in math and science than many of our black kids is because they're hitting the books while ours are busy watching "Real Housewives."
You shouldn't need a presidential fatherhood initiative for the solution to that problem - but I've got one just in case.
Let me be frank. Less than two months into this new term and I'm already having trouble getting a secretary of defense confirmed - and a Republican one at that. Two years from now, I'll be a lame duck for sure. So I'm asking you to think long term.
Go into the White House website and find "The President's Agenda and the African American Community." You'll see that the work has begun. But many of those initiatives are in their infancy, and if we don't protect them and grow them, that nest of right-wing fanatics will swoop in like latter-day pharaohs and kill them all. Get involved. Take advantage of every opportunity available. Then help create more opportunities for others.
This is your president speaking. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
Milloy is a Washington Post columnist.