For some time, Black Americans have criticized President Obama for what many claim to be a lack of sufficient efforts to help the poor.
Whether true or false, it is a criticism that the administration felt necessary to address as it recently released “Creating Pathways to Opportunity,” a report highlighting the numerous actions the president has taken to help poor Americans and communities.
The president often points out that when he first took office, each month we were bleeding nearly 750,000 jobs. Tax cuts from his American Recovery Act, the administration says, kept 1.6 million Americans out of poverty and gave relief to more than 100 million others. The stimulus measure also expanded the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which, despite increasing poverty, staved off a rise in child hunger.