Sampling the black community's opinion of President Obama's performance

October 5, 2011

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(AP/Morry Gash)
The black community came out in record numbers for the 2008 presidential election.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he would not run in the 2012 presidential election. Many thought the Garden State governor was the GOP’s best chance to win the White House. But Republicans might have taken heart from some recent polls, which showed President Obama’s approval rating just above 40 percent. Poll results can be abstract – or just plain wrong. So to gauge personal opinions of the president’s performance, WBEZ’s Richard Steele headed out to Valois in Hyde Park. The black community came out in record numbers during the 2008 campaign. WVON host and In These Times senior editor Salim Muwakkil joined him along with local journalist Kyra Kyles for a roundtable discussion with some of Valois’ lunchtime crowd. Richard began by asking everyone at the table for their current take on the president.