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Friday, August 19, 2011

Rep. Maxine Waters says it's time for Obama to fight

Not that I think Congresswoman Waters represents all Blacks in this nation, but one side of me said this could stir up trouble. What if Obama lost the prominent members of one of his core constituencies, being Black people. Of course that's not to say many Blacks already in Congress were all in for him in 2008, although surely it was in their best interests to side with the first Black President.
As far as Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) in concerned, it is time for President Obama to get tough with Republicans and put together proposals that help the poor and especially the hard-hit African American community.

Speaking at a job fair in Atlanta on Thursday, the fiery Waters said there was rising unhappiness in the African American community with the nation’s first black president.

“There is a growing frustration in this country and in minority communities because the unemployment rates are so high,” Waters said in televised remarks. She went on to cite home foreclosures and the increasing wealth gap between blacks and whites for “creating frustration and yes, some anger” in the black community, which wants to see Obama take on his opponents.
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Waters and the rest of the Congressional Black Caucus have organized a series of job fairs around the country, designed to bring attention to the difficulties faced by the African American community in these tough economic times. The group faces a special problem with Obama, who comes from their constituency.

“We do not put pressure on the president because y'all love the president,” Waters told a boisterous crowd at a fair in Detroit on Tuesday. “You are very proud to have a black man as president for the very first time in the history of the United States of America.

“The Congressional Black Caucus loves the president, too. We're supportive of the president, but we're getting tired. We're getting tired. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don't know what the strategy is. We don't know why on this trip that he's in the United States now, he's not in any black community,” she said in an excerpt also broadcast.
Well Obama needs to visit neighborhoods in Chicago, especially Englewood where he advocated for a gazebo that well is not serving a useful purpose there as far as I know. Then he can go to other places on his motor coach tour across the Midwest such as St. Louis or Milwaukee. Places that I'm sure has a sizeable Black population. Tough times indeed.

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