As he struggles to craft a jobs bill that can win support of Republicans and Democrats, President Obama met today with a group of black leaders who want him to focus on a particular concern: Combattng an unemployment epidemic whose burden has fallen disproportionately on African Americans.
Braving a deluge of snow that shut down most other business at the White House for the day, activists supportive of the president's economic policies in the recent past lobbied for a new approach more tightly focused on the needs of chronically depressed communities.
Although the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined in January for whites and Hispanics, it increased by three-tenths of a percentage point for blacks. Despite that disparity, opinion polls still show soaring approval ratings for Obama among black voters.
Still, the mood is shifting a bit, as some black leaders begin to vo
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