President Barack Obama: “I Am Not the President of Black America”

President Barack Obama speaking to the NNPA (Courtesy of Kyle Yeldell)
President Barack Obama speaking to the NNPA (Courtesy of Kyle Yeldell)

In a recent interview with Black Enterprise Magazine, President Barack Obama answered questions about the criticism his White House

has faced when dealing with Black businesses:

How do you respond to criticism that your administration hasn’t done enough to support black businesses?

My general view has been consistent throughout, which is that I want all businesses to succeed. I want all Americans to have opportunity. I’m not the president of black America. I’m the president of the United States of America, but the programs that we have put in place have been directed at those folks who are least able to get financing through conventional means, who have been in the past locked out of opportunities that were available to everybody. So, I’ll put my track record up against anybody in terms of us putting in place broad-based programs that ultimately had a huge benefit for African American businesses.

To read the full interview, go to Black Enterprise.