Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with black leaders in the Oval Office to talk about the economy and jobs. I figure he has nothing better to do since according to his schedule, the PRESIDENT has no other public events scheduled. In December 2009, African-American Democrats in the House put some pressure on Obama, boycotting a final committee vote on a financial regulatory reform bill that was a key priority of the administration. Ten CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) members who sit on the Financial Services Committee were protesting a lack of attention paid to the ongoing jobless situation in their districts. The original markup of the bill had been scheduled for the Thursday before the Thanksgiving recess, but CBC members, led by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who chairs a financial services subcommittee, told Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) that they would not vote for the measure in order to protest the failure to stem joblessness in their districts.
In November 2009, the unemployment rate for blacks was 15.7 percent and 13.1 percent for Latinos compared to 9.5 percent for whites. Obama had been in office nearly a year. When the unemployment rate hit a 26-year high of 10.2 percent in October, it captured national attention. When Obama was elected he made all these promises about creating thousands of jobs, looking out for the “little man”, taxing the rich and giving to the poor. I figure since it’s over a year and Obama has not come through with his job claim, Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP, Marc Morial of the National Urban League, the Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network and Dr. Dorothy Height of the National Council of Negro Women will spend the rest of their day listening to more of Obama’s lip service about creating jobs for black people. I wonder how many pictures will be taken?
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