President Obama, slipping in the polls among black supporters and under fire from black Democratic leaders for policies they say fail to address black poverty and unemployment, said Monday that targeting programs to help one community “is not how America works.”
Obama’s exclusive interview with BET’s Emmett Miller in the Oval Office is the latest in a flurry of outreach that included a private lunch Friday with prominent black radio talk show hosts, and a blistering speech Saturday night at a Congressional Black Caucus dinner.
Miller asked Obama to consider the plight of a hypothetical young, African-American in Chicago’s South Side: Father gone, mother working 10 hours a day for “peanuts,” there are no jobs and, “You won’t even say, ‘Look, I am going to help you,’” Miller said.
“Emmett, that is not — first of all, that is not what people are saying,” Obama said, bristling. “What people are saying all across the country is we are hurting and we’ve been hurting for a long time. And the question is how can we make sure the economy is working for every single person.”
Um, yeah. That’s kind of what people are saying. The rest here.