*Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California told a Detroit crowd this week that members of her Congressional Black Caucus are hesitant to criticize President Barack Obama because they feel they may lose support from the black community.
“We do not put pressure on the president because y’all love the president,” Waters told the boisterous crowd. “You are very proud to have a black man as president for the very first time in the history of the United States of America. If we go after the president too hard, you are going after us.”
Voices in the crowd can be heard imploring Waters to press Obama on issues like unemployment.
“When you unleash us … and tell us it is all right to have this conversation, we are ready to have this conversation,” Waters said, adding: “The Congressional Black Caucus loves the president, too. We’re supportive of the president, but we’re getting tired. We’re getting tired. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don’t know what the strategy is. We don’t know why on this trip that he’s in the United States now, he’s not in any black community.”
Obama was on three-day bus tour earlier this week. He was in areas of Minnesota and Iowa on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, he hosted a pair of town hall forums in his home state of Illinois.
The unemployment rate in July was 9.1%, with about 14 million Americans out of work. But the unemployment rate for blacks is 15.9%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.