*Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., a member of the Congressional Black Caucus who’s been critical this year of President Obama’s response to the high unemployment within the black community, said she found it “curious” that Mr. Obama this weekend told black leaders to “stop complaining.”
“I don’t know who he was talking to because we’re certainly not complaining,” Waters said on CBS’ “The Early Show.” “We’re working. We support him, and we’re protecting that base because we want people to be enthusiastic about him when that election rolls around.”
Waters and other CBC members this year have said Mr. Obama should do more to directly address the black unemployment rate, which is nearly double the national average. The Labor Department earlier this month said unemployment rate among African-Americans was 16.7 percent in August, while the overall unemployment rate last month was 9.1 percent. Among black youth, the unemployment rate was 46.5 percent in August, the government said.
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