Obama Talks Black History Month, Republicans With Rev. Al Sharpton

In an interview from the Oval Office, Obama tells Rev. Al Sharpton Republicans can't see "obvious answer right in front of them."


President Obama continued his full court budget press against Republicans Thursday, insisting the GOP has become blinded by political considerations.

"I think Republicans have been so dug in on this notion of never raising taxes that it becomes difficult for them to see an obvious answer right in front of them," Obama said during an interview Thursday morning on "Keeping it Real with Al Sharpton."

The interview is part of a series of recorded radio interviews from the Oval Office Obama is doing with friendly hosts, including Sharpton, Joe Madison and Yolanda Adams.

Obama warned that automatic spending cuts that could start next week would affect jobs, including those of emergency personnel.

"At this point, we continue to reach out to the Republicans and say this is not going to be good for the economy," he said. "Whether or not we can move Republicans to do the right thing remains to be seen."

The Reverend started the conversation by asking the president about his thoughts on black history month. Obama said he enjoys watching the "next generation," including his daughters learn about black leaders in America's history.

"The other thing is to reflect on where we've made progress and where we've fallen short," he said. "These are the best of times and the worst of times for large parts of the African American community."

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