Try BlazeTV for Free
News

Obama to Black Leaders: America Must Become Country 'Where Anyone Who Works Hard Can Earn Their Way Into the Middle Class

America must "offer new ladders of opportunity for anyone willing to climb them."

President Barack Obama speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation s (CBCF) 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The dinner is part of a four-day conference on public policy affecting black communities in America and overseas. Credit: AP

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday that the American value of working hard to get ahead has "slipped out of reach" for many in the United States over the last three decades, but especially in communities with large black populations.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation s (CBCF) 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (Credit: AP)

"We must make this country a place where anyone who works hard can earn their way into the middle class," Obama said in a keynote address to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual awards dinner. "And until we do, we can't let up and we can't rest."

Obama added that America must "offer new ladders of opportunity for anyone willing to climb them" in his speech to his most ardent supporters packed into a cavernous ballroom at Washington's convention center.

Obama acknowledged progress made since 1963, but said there was more to be done. He spoke of work needed to reduce a black unemployment rate that is twice that of whites, increase the minimum wage and provide health care and education for all.

--

[related]

One last thing…
Watch TheBlaze live and on demand on any device, anywhere, anytime.
try premium
Exclusive video
All Videos
Watch BlazeTV on your favorite device, anytime, anywhere.
Try BlazeTV for Free
Sponsored content
Daily News Highlights

Get the news that matters most delivered directly to your inbox.