President Barack Obama meets with the Congressional Black Caucus in the State Dining Room of the White House. ( Photo by Pete Souza)
The Congressional Black Caucus recently held its first full Caucus meeting with President Obama at the White House. The CBC emphasized the importance of innovative job and wealth creation, especially for the African American community, which is the hardest hit by the recession. President Obama and the CBC discussed a myriad of issues, but jobs were the primary focus including ways to address the conditions of the long term unemployed. The CBC commended President Obama on the successful military action taken by the Administration and our armed forces in capturing Osama bin Laden.
Additionally, the CBC acknowledged the importance of Assistant Leader, Jim Clyburn’s significant role in the budget deficit and debt ceiling discussions.
The CBC expressed to the President the importance of immediately identifying resources available for investment for critical programs that serve vulnerable communities. The Caucus proposed the idea of youth jobs through aid and clean-up of the recent tornado and flood ravished areas.
President Obama expressed his commitment to short and long term strategies to ensure economic growth thereby creating a more prosperous America. The President also assured the Caucus of its critical role as a partner in addressing the economic woes of our time. President Obama expressed his goal to create a robust economy that will generate jobs for those in the African American community and for all Americans. The Congressional Black Caucus is committed to continuing its work with the Obama Administration to get America back to work.