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Maxine Waters to Obama: Pay more attention to blacks

August 18, 2011 |  9:29 am

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) called on President Obama on Thursday to pay more attention to black Americans, saying she and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus are “not just frustrated with the president -– communities are hurting.”

“The economy, the loss of jobs, the pain is real. We’re talking about indisputable facts,” she said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“We’ve got to be in the discussion. We want to be part of the solution. We cannot continue to go on watching everybody talk about what the solutions are without us being included in it,” she said.

Citing already high unemployment and foreclosure levels that are intensified in the black community, Waters commented on growing frustrations that black Americans were being ignored by the administration.

“Take a look at this headline in the Wall Street Journal: ‘Obama aims to keep white voters on board,’ ” Waters said, holding up a copy of the paper. “Well, we want to be on board too.”

The comments piggybacked on remarks Waters made at a Detroit town-hall meeting on jobs two days ago, when she said the CBC was “getting tired” of continuing to support Obama as the economy continued to struggle.

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