Obama Pitches Jobs Plan to Congressional Black Caucus

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

President Barack Obama is telling black lawmakers it's time to "put on your marching shoes."

Obama addressed an audience of some 3,000 people at tonight's
awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The president acknowledges that with an unemployment rate of
nearly 17 percent for black Americans, people are frustrated. Obama
says, "So many people are still hurting. So many people are barely
hanging on." And he says, "so many people in this city are
fighting us every step of the way."

Obama asked black lawmakers to support his jobs bill. And he
told them, "I need your help."

In pitching his proposal, Obama said his package of payroll tax
cuts, business tax breaks and infrastructure spending would benefit
100,000 black-owned businesses and 20 million African-American
workers.

Obama will need black turnout to match its historic 2008 levels
if he's to have a shot at winning a second term.


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