While addressing the Indiana Black Expo this morning, President Bush had the following to say:
“I see an America where every citizen owns a stake in the future of our country and where a growing economy creates jobs and opportunity for everyone.”
And since we’re on the subject, let’s check the raw data to see how black Americans are faring under the current economic boom.
Back in June 1997 — during the liberal media’s self-proclaimed “greatest economic expansion of all time” — the unemployment rate for blacks stood at 10.4 percent. On the other hand, as of last month the unemployment rate for blacks was 10.3 percent.
From January 1, 1997 through June 30, 1997, the unemployment rate for blacks averaged 10.55 percent. On the other hand, from January 1, 2005 through the end of last month the unemployment rate for blacks averaged 10.43 percent.
Yeah, you read that correctly.
And that says nothing about record rates of home ownership for minorities over the past few years.
Saint Bill Clinton used to be known — despite visual evidence to the contrary — as “the first black president.” So, in light of the foregoing economic realities, along with Colin Powell being the very first black to hold the prestigious Secretary of State post, and Condi Rice being the first black female to hold that post, and Rod Paige being named Education Secretary, and Janice Rogers Brown’s appointment to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, etc., I’d say George W. Bush is well on his way to leaving a legacy of merit-based inclusion about which all Americans can be proud.
Lastly, if you want to know what angry, race-baiting liberals think about the President’s speech from earlier today, here’s an editorial, er, a news account from Nedra Pickler of the Associated Depressed.
Note: Fact checkers and reflexive contrarians proceed here.