Tags: obama | poor | modern | presidents

Study: Obama Talks Least About Poor of All Modern Presidents

Image: Study: Obama Talks Least About Poor of All Modern Presidents

Monday, 08 Jul 2013 12:29 PM

By Melanie Batley

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack Obama rarely utters the words "poor" or "poverty" in his speeches and public communications, putting him at the bottom of the list of modern presidents who discussed the issue, according to a new study.

The study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University found that of all the presidents dating back to John F. Kennedy, Obama ranks last in speaking about the poor, having mentioned them in just 26 percent of his public comments during his presidency, even though 46 million Americans are living in poverty with record numbers of people on food stamps, The Washington Times reported.

By comparison, former Republican President George H.W. Bush was second to last on the scale at 50 percent. The president who talked most often about the poor was Democrat Lyndon Johnson, who in 84 percent of his public comments mentioned people living in poverty, the Times reported.

According to one expert, however, Obama's lack of rhetoric on the issue is not a reflection on his priorities.

"There may not be as many specific pronouncements on poverty as an issue, but I think that his actions at addressing the well-being of people at the bottom of the economic ladder come from there," Rachel Black, a specialist on policies for low-income families at the nonpartisan New America Foundation, told the Times.

Black said on a number of legislative fronts, the president has proven his commitment to protecting poor families, including his support for an increase in the minimum wage, his opposition to cuts in the food stamp program, and the enactment of Obamacare. Black also noted that poor families, along with most other income levels, benefited last year when the Bush-era tax cuts were extended for families earning less than $450,000.



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Stephen Colbert Launches Fake Sarah Palin Website

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 14:27 PM

If you want to tune in to former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's new telev . . .

Report: WH Assured Insurers of Bailout From Obamacare Losses

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 13:15 PM

A new report from Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee shows that White House advis . . .

House, Senate Jockey on Troubled Border Funding Bill

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 12:54 PM

Legislation to pay for handling a flood of Central American migrant children hung by a thread in the U.S. Congress on We . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved