Obama: ‘I know Black America wants to keep Michelle as first lady’

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet supporters in Portsmouth, N.H. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama say they both plan to vote early. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet supporters in Portsmouth, N.H. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama say they both plan to vote early. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Asked if African-Americans should be as excited about voting for him as in 2008, President Obama said, “I know Black America wants to keep Michelle as first lady,” in an interview with American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan.

The interview, part of a pre-election media blitz, was one of the few the president did with a representative from a black news outlet. He broke little ground, but tailored some of his remarks to an African-American audience.

Talking about his education agenda, Obama said, “If we don’t have black and Hispanic kids who can compete, that’s the fast-growing population, that’s our future workforce.”

He strongly objected to any notion his support among women is dipping, telling Ryan, “April, I don’t know what you’re looking at, we are doing very strong among women, across demographic groups.”

Asked about the high jobless rate among blacks and Latinos he said, “we know these problems didn’t happen overnight, they’ve been building up for decades in some cases.”

He added, “I”m going to spend all my waking hours” making sure more Americans can find work if elected to a second term.

You can listen to the entire interview here: