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  •  Obama talked about poverty today. (0+ / 0-)

    He talks about poverty often, but you think he "never" does. Remember that phrase "narrative trumps reality?" You should ask yourself why your perception of Obama is so far removed from reality. Just because Cornel West accuses Obama of never talking about poverty doesn't mean it's true.

    Here's Obama talking about poverty today, as he very often does.

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    And things have stabilized since the crisis in 2008, but for a lot of folks, they’re still just barely keeping their heads above water.  There are millions of kids across this country who are still poorly educated or malnourished, or don't have any place to go outside of school.  And for them, college is just a distant dream.  They can't even imagine the prospect of actually creating a life for themselves that's similar to what they see on television, or maybe just walking down the streets of Dallas.  It’s like looking through a pane of glass.

         We have made enormous strides when it comes to broadening equality in this country.  And I could not be prouder of the work that we've done under my administration to make sure that we have a strong civil rights division, that we ended "don't ask, don't tell," that we're championing the rights of the LGBT community, that we're making sure that women are getting paid the same as men for the work that they do.  But we all know that in all kinds of interactions, large and small, there are people out there who aren't getting a fair shot, still aren't getting a fair deal, still aren't being treated the way we would want ourselves to be treated.  And government has something to say about that.

    Yes, Obama has made some bad decisions about civil liberties. So write that. Claiming he has expanded ALL of Bush's spy programs is a lie. In fact, he has put restrictions and safegaurds on many Bush policies related to domestic spying. Wild exaggeration doesn't lead to a realistic worldview.

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