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Black Caucus Leader: We Won't March Against Obama

Monday, 19 Sep 2011 01:27 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Congressional Black Caucus members unhappy over African-American unemployment “probably would be marching on the White House” if Barack Obama were not the president, according to the group’s Chairman Emanuel Cleaver.

“If Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House,” the Missouri Democrat told The Miami Herald on Sunday.

“There is a less volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.”

Joblessness among blacks is nearing 17 percent, almost twice as high as the overall unemployment rate. The caucus wants Obama to do more to foster employment in the black community.

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