Gripes aside, blacks still back Obama

(Politico) African Americans still take pride in President Barack Obama’s election — but four years later, they’re also still looking for results.

Recalling the hopes and dreams of 2008, they’re left wondering what happened to the Obama who stood for helping the poor, bringing down inner city violence and advocating for them. There are complaints that he didn’t invite every black leader to every event they wanted to be at, attend every black group’s convention, or prioritize every concern brought to him by the Congressional Black Caucus.

In office, Obama’s interactions with the African-American community have largely taken two forms: controversies — including just last month, when he was forced to defend Vice President Joe Biden’s “chains” comment — and paying tribute to the civil rights movement and its leaders.

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