Obama Rebuts ‘Grumbling’ from African-American Supporters

David Sessions, Politics Daily, December 22, 2009

President Obama has rebutted recent criticism from actor Danny Glover and some members of Congress that he has not done enough to help the African-American community since taking office, Politico reports. {snip}

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Glover, known for his activism along with his acting, said recently that “the Obama administration has followed the same playbook, to a large extent, almost verbatim, as the Bush administration. I don’t see anything different. . . . What’s so clear is that this country from the outset is projecting the interests of wealth and property.”

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In the interview Monday [with Talking to American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan], the president acknowledged the difficulties: “We were some of the folks who were most affected by predatory lending,” he said, using the plural pronoun to refer to black Americans. “There’s a long history of us being the last hired and the first fired. As I said on health care, we’re the ones who are in the worst position to absorb companies deciding to drop their health care plans. So, should people be satisfied? Absolutely not. But let’s take a look at what I’ve done.”

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