Obama answers Baltimore Republicans on the economy

Carlton Duncan in Jamaica sent me this video of Obama answering an audience of Republicans in Baltimore. This blog has followed Obama’s progress from a relatively unknown name, but at a time one or two were sizing him up. Here he is shown handling a potentially hostile group of people. Interesting to see how questioners address him. The first is careful to bring in the situation of black Americans, giving Obama a letter from a little boy whose father is unemployed and apparently without prospect of a job. Patronage is something Obama is likely to face and here he deals with it with dignity and authority.

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