Obama Rejects Criticism of Black Caucus
It's a 'mistake' to focus on 'particular ethnic segments,' he says
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2009 3:38 PM CST
President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks at the opening of his jobs summit Thursday in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – President Obama says he understands the frustrations of the Congressional Black Caucus, but thinks it would be a "mistake" for him to focus too exclusively on the plight of black Americans in the recession. "The most important thing I can do for the African-American community is the same thing I can do for the American community, period, and that is get the economy going again and get people hiring again," he tells USA Today.

"It's a mistake to start thinking in terms of particular ethnic segments of the United States," said Obama. The interview came a day after the CBC boycotted a House vote on financial reform and called for stronger action to help minority-owned businesses and black unemployment. His comments came before today's jobs summit in DC, during which he urged the private sector to help find solutions, notes Reuters.