Black voters cautiously optimistic about Obama speech (VIDEO)

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Brooklyn, NY – A recent Gallup poll showed African-American support for President Barack Obama is at 84 percent. The number, although high, ties the president’s lowest marks among blacks since he took office.

Thursday night, President Obama laid out his plan for turning the nation’s unemployment crisis around — the American Jobs Act.

TheGrio’s Todd Johnson watched the speech in Brooklyn with a small group of African-American voters. Reaction was generally positive, but some questioned why President Obama didn’t mention or acknowledge the ‘poor’ during his 33-minute speech. Others appreciated the wide range of issues covered during the address, from educational improvements to immediate relief for millions of long-term unemployed.

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