“..When Obama ran for president the first time, urban poverty was a major policy focus for his campaign.
Senator Obama gave speeches on the issue, his campaign Web site had a dedicated poverty section with a variety of policy proposals -
- and in his platform, he committed his administration to “eradicating poverty,” pledging that “working together, we can cut poverty in half within 10 years.”
But the official poverty rate has continued to rise under Obama.
In May, Bob Herbert, the former New York Times Op-Ed columnist, castigated the president in the online magazine The Grio for his failure to address publicly the “catastrophe” of children growing up in urban poverty.
“Barack Obama can barely bring himself to say the word ‘poor,’ ” Herbert wrote.
The idea that Obama hasn’t done much for poor Americans is simply not true; -
- by some measures, he has done more than any other recent president.
But Herbert is right that Obama has stopped talking publicly about the subject.
Obama hasn’t made a single speech devoted to poverty as president..”
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