While the Urban League Is Kind and Respectful to the President, Of Course, They List Numerous and Important Failures of the President In Report Card

U.S. President Barack Obama talks at the 2012 National Urban League convention at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, July 25, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing
U.S. President Barack Obama talks at the 2012 National Urban League convention at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, July 25, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

The National Urban League issued an “excellent” report card for President Obama‘s eight years, but highlighted numerous and important “failures,” so many that they totaled 42 percent of its review.

“While we scored many of the administration’s achievements with our highest rating, ‘Superior,’ President Obama‘s tenure as a whole had shortcomings due to some notable missed opportunities and outright failures, such as the economic development of urban centers, gun violence and the foreclosure rate and bank closure rate in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. On these and other issues, we rated the Obama administration ‘Fair’ or ‘Poor,'” wrote Urban League President Marc H. Morial.

The 16-page report card reviewed eight areas of policy impacting urban areas and African Americans, and found that Obama’s success to failure rate at 57.5 percent to 42.5 percent.

Morial said Obama received the “second highest” overall grade of “excellent.”

“The question is, ‘Is the nation better off than it was eight years ago?’ And, ‘Is Black America better off than it was eight years ago?’ The answer to both questions is, unequivocally, yes,” he said.

In the report card, Obama was credited with succeeding in stabilizing the economy and adding jobs and health care coverage via Obamacare. He was also applauded for overcoming a “sinister” GOP opposition.

In the release detailing the review, the Urban League said:

The National Urban League has regarded the first African-American Presidency with special significance, not simply because of its trailblazing status, but also because of the unique conditions under which President Barack Obama took office and served his two terms,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “He inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, and was faced with Congressional opposition unprecedented in its intensity and sinister nature.

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SOURCE: The Washington Examiner
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