Nine hundred and thirty-one (931) days. Two years, six months, 20 days – give or take a few. That’s how much time has passed since President Barack H. Obama stepped into the White House Oval Office and took his seat at the Resolute desk as President of the United States, pen in hand.
August 2011 – the Congressional Black Caucus comes out of Washington, DC with a “Jobs Tour” to address the glaring and more than obvious jobs gap and wealth factors between the black and white communities. Problem is, the black community was already in a hard recession – losing jobs and homes by the thousands when he arrived – before most of white America ever felt the vibrations of the coming economic earthquake. But as the old saying goes: Better late than never.
With Americans dousing the Congressional flame with the lowest approval ratings in the history of the nation, the jobs initiative is not a thing that Black America, or America at-large, can afford to take for granted. According to William Douglas of McClatchy News “Some political analysts say that Obama, who received 96 percent of the African-American vote in 2008, may see a less enthusiastic black electorate in 2012 if the unemployment picture doesn’t improve.
“It’s not like there’s a (political) alternative; you either vote for Obama or don’t vote,” said David Bositis, a senior research associate for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. “There are some unemployed people out there who are just discouraged. It’s certainly something that he (Obama) has to think about.”
Maybe President Obama’s oft-repeated words: A rising tide lifts all boats, will remind the Congressional Black Caucus that if he is a one-term president, they’ve got approximately 530 days (one year, five months, 11 days, give or take a few) left to get the job done.