Team Obama Steps Up Their Ground Game to Mobilize African American Support, Part One

Kelley Chunn | 12/2/2011, 6:44 a.m.
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President Obama cited some recent victories that especially resonate with small businesses (1) Passage of an act that would allocate tax credits for qualified businesses who hire veterans and; (2) an executive order that expedites federal payment to businesses from 30 to 15 days.

Aside from highlighting the Administration’s positive impact on African Americans, the key messages of the day were twofold:

-passage of the jobs bill is critical; and

-use of the executive power is a key strategy is going around a gridlocked Congress.

2012 Calling

The conference was the start of a dialogue that is now continuing with monthly conference calls as we work on next steps with Jon Carson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Heading into 2012, the focus will remain on the policy priorities we discussed at the conference:

-education and job training,;

- the economy, jobs and business development;

-anti-poverty strategies;

- prevention and health disparities;

-fatherhood, prevention and reentry issues; and

-housing and urban affairs.

On the Ground

Carson plans to host a series of round tables and regional leaderships summits around the country to focus on the key policy concerns noted above.

Stay tuned for blog updates as the White House public engagement process moves into high gear in 2012.

-Link to video of POTUS remarks: www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse?blend=1andob=4#p/u/0/iJacvNRWDWo

-Link to panel discussions: www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse?blend=1andob=4#p/u/2/xCFfbqZqFSA   

-Link to remarks: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/09/remarks-president-african-american-policy-action-leadership-conference

-Link to Af-Am policy report: www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/af_am_report_final.pdf

-Link to Af-Am page on Whitehouse.gov: www.whitehouse.gov/africanamericans