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Black caucus members have been staunch backers of the first African-American president. But they’ve also voiced concern that he hasn’t done enough to help struggling black families.
They point to persistent high inner-city unemployment and a new census report showing a jump in poverty on Obama’s watch. The poverty rate was 14.3 percent, with the ranks of working-age poor at the highest since the 1960s. For blacks, the rate was 25.8 percent and for Hispanics it was 25.3 percent.
Obama told [radio host Tom] Joyner he knows unemployment has been “brutal,” especially among African-Americans, but he compared the economy to a patient recovering from an accident. “It can’t run yet, but it’s walking,” he said.
The president told the Hispanic group he is committed to an immigration overhaul, even though it has stalled in [a Democratic-controlled] Congress. He blamed GOP opposition and said Hispanic voters should keep that in mind.
“You have every right to keep the heat on me and keep the heat on the Democrats,” he said. “But don’t forget who is standing with you, and who is standing against you. … Your voice can make the difference.”