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Segment tonight according to a new Gallup poll president Obama's support among African Americans is down fourteen points from its high.
Currently He gets support from still an impressive 81%.
But earlier in his presidency He drew an astounding 95%.
So why is the president losing black voters and can He win the White House without tremendous support.
From the black community joining us now to discuss two men who supported the president in 2008 reverend -- Demographic the Fox News contributor who's in new York and radio talk show host -- safari Hutchinson joining us from Los Angeles.
Let's start with you -- reverend -- -- A look in 95%.
I don't -- you can ever maintain.
A 95% approval rating but very impressive still 81% but there has been some movement.
You look at -- 17% unemployment for African Americans 11%.
Foreclosure rate for black homeowners.
What has President Obama ought to put it bluntly.
Don for black Americans.
Well first of all these lead -- leadership and distinction.
Since he's been the -- been responsive.
But remember in the same poll that the -- the president.
Is the standing of congress so African American didn't just walk -- -- take a step back from the president.
They've taken a step back from congress who what who they see much load terms number one and number two it's a poll not a vote.
Facility African American community has been the most loyal community not only to this president but the Democratic Party but.
-- reverend reverend a graph and I might start to try to really focus on these facts because they're they're -- -- I when I saw these facts are.
There are alarming facts for four for all Americans but for on already hard hit.
I African American community especially these inner city numbers are terrible and in two and a half years if at some point have to look at a benchmark mean you can blame bush and.
Women are ya ya ya out the numbers you're absolutely right that there is unhappiness in the African American community.
Because we didn't support this president -- to be president of everybody but us ended disparity in numbers and health.
In an unemployment and -- and in a variety of other indices.
Indicate that our community is suffering and we are listening for his voice now and expect action and activity in the balance of his term.
But make no mistake about it there -- ten other candidates running none of them have -- that even compare this to Barack Obama.
Hutchinson we can get going to let Rick Perry has done for the minority communities inside Texas and the job creation record is actually.
More impressive than Barack Obama but -- let's stick to Obama's record here.
The numbers are the numbers and that my question has a simple want what has Barack Obama identifiable you've done the substance and jobs and so forth.
For the black community in the United States.
We you know -- that's a question that many people are asking them as legitimate question to many African Americans quietly and some not so quietly the Congressional Black Caucus in double ACP Urban League there always challenging challenging challenging on that point.
But we have to remember a couple things number one it is true that there has been a tremendous over the last few years especially last year.
Downturn in the economy how much congress the White House corporations and business communities and banks responsible for that.
That's subject to debate but we do know this that the president is a man at the top He gets the blame for and we're looking -- many African Americans as saying Mr.
As -- Hussein.
You've made some promises some of them of course could not be kept given the rules of government but nonetheless we expect you to keep those promises so how much.
-- that is really a realistic expectation are over in.
We -- not lowering tomorrow but -- -- early or not you're not lowering the bar for this president -- -- No no it's not Lauren Laura what -- is is just reflecting what some people and I have to emphasize some people -- -- African American community and beyond the African community.
They have in fact not lowered the bar they've actually raised -- well -- I think they're holding.
Yeah well I think they're holding him to to stay one more choice with which the president himself said the president said.
I'm I'm I'm I don't want into the look at me as as as an African American president I happen to -- but on the president all the people He said that himself this is what -- last year that.
Black scholar and and and has been out of poverty tour of the United States and midwest with with -- -- a smiling.
I was also well known black anchor.
Obama's team has reached out to west Cornel West several times and invited him to meet with the president Cornell west has declined.
You went on to say a beer summit won't help our issues.
And He had very strong words to say about his longtime friend and and he's President Obama.
And he's is none too happy about it is Cornell west wrong and and I mean they're just need to be more time for all these ideas of the president's -- -- And thought well I still think it's it's jobs in the economy at the end of the day the president or anyone else elective office -- going to be judged on what have you done in terms of the paycheck in my pocket in terms of my welfare Amare will being.
It's gonna be the same with the president and it's going to be the same with congress is going to be the same with the candidates that are running against him.
That's not an -- realistic expectation from anyone when you come into these communities asking for their support.
-- big problem.
I think Laura I think it's important -- up.
Eighty -- is nothing to sneeze at -- is no other candidate -- even approaches that number one of the two girl is absolutely right -- I agree with that except to this extent.
The Republicans have made no over to a -- African American community.
Two outstanding about fundamentalism I know how well they they don't I read it's addressing the economy is everybody's if you they have not vote Republican happily go to drug anyway -- -- you mentioned the disparities in the African American community.
Well there's no no African I think involving Republican candidate who was addressed those disparate -- well I think we'll we'll see what happens we have a long time during this campaign -- -- -- that Laura I'm.
And unfortunately don't but.
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