Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota), who is gearing up to officially enter the 2012 presidential race, said on Friday that President Obama has failed both the African-American and the Hispanic communities in terms of job creation. The Black unemployment rate in May was 16.2 percent, up from 16.1 percent in May. The figure for Black teens at 40.7 percent was even worse. Bachmann said that instead of boosting employment, Obama’s economic policies have killed more than two million jobs.
“The president has failed the Hispanic community. He has failed the African-American community. He has failed us all when it comes to jobs,” she said. “As president of the United States, my goal will be job creation in the Hispanic community, job creation in the African-American community, job creation for all Americans and turning this economy around.”
Bachmann delivered her remarks at the Republican Leadership Conference in Louisiana, which also featured speeches by presidential candidates Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul—and an Obama impersonator.
Harshly critical of what she referred to as Obama’s “economic report card,” Bachmann gave him a “big F” in every area, from the stimulus plan to his signature health-care reform legislation. The audience responded very positively to Bachmann’s remarks, with frequent cheering and applause.
The next night she experienced a very different reaction from at least one person who didn’t appreciate what she had to say. A gay rights activist showered the Republican lawmaker with glitter as she walked offstage at a RightOnline event in Minneapolis. She is the third GOP presidential contender in recent weeks to receive the dubious honor.
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