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Obama on the Line: President Reaches Out to Latino and African American Radio

By Krissah Thompson
As President Obama has traveled the country talking up his plans to boost the economy, he's also made a point of reaching out to two constituencies that rallied behind his candidacy, calling in to radio programs popular with Latinos and African Americans.

"Nothing's more powerful than radio in terms of reaching the grass roots," he told Warren Ballentine, who hosts a syndicated show on black talk radio networks, today. And he also called in for a conversation with Eddie "PiolĂ­n" Sotelo, the popular host of widely syndicated Spanish-language morning program "Piolin por la Manana," who pressed Obama on the issue of immigration.

"Politically it's going to be tough. It's probably tougher now than it was partly because of the fact the economy has been getting worse," Obama warned Sotelo.

"What I've got to do is I've got to focus on the economy," Obama continued. "I've got to focus on housing to make sure people feel a little bit more secure and at the same time get the various immigrants' rights groups together and have them begin providing some advice in terms of what strategies we're going to pursue in Congress."

Asked about the high African American unemployment rate by Ballantine, Obama said the economic stimulus is designed to save or create three million jobs.

"Part of what we also want to do though is train people to get some of these new jobs," Obama said. "For example, we want to weatherize a million homes around the county to cut people's energy bills. So, I want to train some of these young people who are standing on street corners or are about to drop out of high school so that they can do some of this work."

Both radio hosts gushed a bit, played applause tracks for Obama -- and asked for invitations to the White House.

Posted at 7:49 PM ET on Feb 18, 2009  | Category:  Barack Obama
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President Obama said 'the fact that the economy has been getting worse', to Latino listeners who feel discriminated, is bewildering

As candidate, Obama preached unity...we must respect people that are different...sounds good; but why would now, President Obama, fan the flames of a very controversial issue of illegal immigration; to top it off, he painted a bleak picture of our future.

If President Obama was honest and sincere to the vulnerable Latino immigrants...he would speak directly to the American people and to congress to promote an immigration plan...instead he is demagoging the problem.

Posted by: adamscar | February 19, 2009 8:02 PM

Who are you people. Remember these are not Obama's problems are George's problems left over from a failed 8 years. Some of you have forgotten this. At this point in Georges presidency he hadn't found all the bathrooms at the White House.

Posted by: meladean16 | February 19, 2009 5:30 PM

Now I am not saying Barry Obasama is an Elitist Congressional Clown-Acting as an Executive;

Who is soooo far detached from Reality, as to be Ethereal.

BUT, just what sort of a MORON allows People Illegally invading a Country for its Jobs and Benefits;

At a Time when we have to spend $3 Trillion PLUS, to support our own?

Earth to Executive Spaceman! You have left ORBIT!

The Cling-ons are over-running the Base!

Posted by: SAINT---The | February 19, 2009 2:32 PM

The reason Obama wants the illegals because when they become citizens they will vote Democratic, which will keep them in power. He is not worried about losing the African American vote because their vote is taken for granted. They ostracize any of their members that stray from their ranks.

Posted by: DL13 | February 19, 2009 2:28 PM

>>

Oh, great. Some tatooed thugs are going to show up at my door and tell me they're "from the government" and there to weatherize my house.

Posted by: jeannebee | February 19, 2009 1:24 PM

Illegals compete with blacks for many of the same jobs.

The unemployment rate among blacks without a high school diploma is 24.7%.

The overall unemployment rate among blacks is 12.6%, and is increasing.

The black community should be rightfully enraged that President Obama wants to welcome illegals into our country to take even more jobs away from poor, and impoverished, blacks.

Shame on President Obama!!!

Posted by: buzzm11 | February 19, 2009 10:52 AM

WILL OBAMA CONFRONT, AND END, WHAT AMOUNTS TO AN AMERICAN GENOCIDE?

***

EYES ONLY. TO: President Obama; VP Biden; R. Emanuel; D. Axelrod; D. Blair; J. Brennan; J. Jones; E. Holder; J. Napolitano; R. Gates; L. Panetta; H. Clinton; T. Geithner; R. Mueller; H. Reid; N. Pelosi; D. Feinstein; S. Reyes


RE: BUSH JUSTICE DEPARTMENT APPROVAL OF RADIATION WEAPONS USE ON U.S. CITIZENS...

...BY THE ONGOING 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK'...

... coordinated multi-agency "action programs of personal destruction" manned by security/intel agents, local police nationwide, and citizen vigilantes fronted by government-funded community policing and anti-terrorism programs.


TREASURY SECRETARY GEITHNER:

WHAT IS THE U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT ROLE in these programs -- and has the IRS been used to decimate family finances of wrongly "targeted" American citizens? Could this be a root cause of the mortgage meltdown that led to the global economic crisis? Are you investigating?


***

What Sen. Leahy knows, Team Obama must IMMEDIATELY confront -- because the victims continue to suffer.

***

IT IS DAY 31 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU *REALLY* KNOW WHAT YOUR "MULTI-AGENCY ACTION CENTER" IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (IF LINKS ARE CORRUPTED/DISABLED):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 19, 2009 10:27 AM

Illegals, using forged, and/or stolen identities, have illegally obtained up to 8.7 million jobs; these are jobs that Americans will do, jobs in food processing, jobs in manufacturing; these are jobs that rightfully belonged to American workers in the first place.


ENFORCE OUR LAWS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION!!!

THERE WILL BE NO AMNESTY!!!

OUR ACCEPTABLE IMMIGRATION REFORM

#1. Make Illegal Entry a Felony Permanently Barring Citizenship
#2. Secure Our Borders with our National Guard!!!
#3. Mandate E-Verify for ALL Employees!!!
#4. Cut Off ALL Public Assistance to Illegals and Their Children!!!
#5. Stop the Underground Economy!!!
#6. End Birthright Citizenship for Illegals!!!
......and make it retroactive!!!
#7. End Chain Migration!!!
#8. Make English our Official Language!!!
#9. Cut Off Federal Funds to Sanctuary Cities!!

NOTHING MORE!!! NOTHING LESS!!!

Posted by: buzzm11 | February 19, 2009 10:26 AM

Meanwhile, BHO spoke to another host in Chicago and promised that, when amnesty comes, it will be low-priced:

http://24ahead.com/obama-selling-reduced-price-amnesty-illegal-aliens-chain-mig

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | February 18, 2009 10:55 PM

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