Valerie Jarrett Says Obama Has "Genuine Love for the Black Community"

The president's senior advisor also said the president doesn't try to hide his race.

Posted: 06/25/2012 10:36 AM EDT

Throughout his tenure in the White House, President Obama's race has been at the center of many debates, theories and unfortunate remarks. For some, he's too Black, as evidenced by insulting references to chimpanzees and watermelons. Others have questioned whether he's Black enough, in part because they believe the African-American community has not only not benefitted from having an African-American president, but since the economy fell into recession, is worse off now than it was four years ago.

During an interview with a group of reporters at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans on Saturday, senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett said that the president has "genuine love for the Black community," according to reports.

One reporter asked if Obama sometimes wants to be "unabashedly Black," to which Jarrett responded that he is "the Black president. He doesn't hide it. How can you hide being Black?"

While there's much speculation about who will stay and who will go if Obama is re-elected in November, Jarrett says she's "absolutely" in for four more years.


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