CBC members react to Obama's speech
President Obama touted his jobs bill at a Congressional Black Caucus dinner Saturday, September 24, 2011. (Getty Photo)
September 25th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

CBC members react to Obama's speech

WASHINGTON (CNN) -President Obama's fiery speech at the Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner Saturday night, in which he challenged Republicans in Congress to show they care about job creation and explained how his jobs bill would help the black community, was well-received by the CBC audience.

As  he has done frequently in the weeks since he introduced the American Jobs Act, the president repeatedly called on Congress to pass the bill.

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Topics: CBC • jobs • President Obama
President Obama to speak to black congressional leaders
President Obama spoke at the CBC Foundation Phoenix Awards dinner in September of last year. He speaks there again Saturday night. (pool photo)
September 24th, 2011
05:13 PM ET

President Obama to speak to black congressional leaders

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The economic slowdown has hit the black community particularly hard, pushing the unemployment rate among blacks up to 16.7% in August, nearly double the national average. The problem is the Congressional Black Caucus' chief concern and one many members have pushed the White House to do a better job of addressing.

As President Barack Obama prepares to speak at Saturday night's 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner, he is likely to tout some of the proposals in the American Jobs Act he introduced this month. Several are aimed at tackling the problem of long-term unemployment, steps that could provide much-needed aid to the community where the jobless rate is highest.

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Topics: CBC • Economy • President Obama