Unemployed Overlooked in President’s Business Blitz

February 23, 2011  |  

(Washington Post) — President Obama has traveled across the country since the November midterm elections to tout his economic vision and rebuild relationships with the business community, meeting with executives, community college presidents, students, venture capitalists, plant workers and others.

One group has been left out: the nearly one in 10 working-age Americans who are seeking a job but can’t find one. In eight trips outside Washington since Election Day, Obama – who frequently says he uses such travel to better understand the lives of Americans – has held almost no formal meetings with groups of unemployed people or organizations that advocate for them.  White House officials were unable to give a single example of him on these trips interacting, even in private, with a person who had recently lost a job, although they emphasized that they don’t know about every person with whom Obama has talked.

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