National ‘Poverty Tour’ Will Highlight Hardships in Obama’s Backyard

August 4, 2011  |  

(Chicago Tribune) — Tavis Smiley, the syndicated talk showhost who has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s policies on behalf of African-Americans, will bring his national “poverty tour” to Chicago this weekend, putting the spotlight on economic hardships in the president’s hometown.  The tour, organized by Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West, is the latest effort by the two to highlight what they see as deficiencies in the Obama’s administration and to force the president and Congress to pay more attention to poor people who have been hit hardest by the recession.

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