Obama to Create White House Office of Urban Policy
November 12, 2008 8:59 AM

On National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” yesterday, longtime Obama family friend and Obama-Biden Transition Team co-chair Valerie Jarrett said that the President-elect would, as pledged during the campaign, create an Office of Urban Policy.

Jarrett said the office would “have a comprehensive approach to our urban development,” who will be an “advocate for cities” within the White House, taking “all the variety of different federal programs and help target them in a logical and systematic way.”

“For those of us who have worked in city governments across the country, we recognize how invaluable that person will be,” she says.

Obama discussed this idea in June in a speech before the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami.

“Yes we need to fight poverty,” he said. “Yes, we need to fight crime. Yes, we need to strengthen our cities. But we also need to stop seeing our cities as the problem and start seeing them as the solution. Because strong cities are the building blocks of strong regions, and strong regions are essential for a strong America. That is the new metropolitan reality and we need a new strategy that reflects it – a strategy that’s about South Florida as much as Miami; that’s about Mesa and Scottsdale as much as Phoenix; that’s about Stamford and Northern New Jersey as much as New York City. As President, I’ll work with you to develop this kind of strategy and I’ll appoint the first White House Director of Urban Policy to help make it a reality.”

The thing is, he gets this from living in a city, working in a city, and not hating people who live in cities. He also won’t be locked into doing things that have been tried and failed before. He actually cares about those ‘ Anti-American’ parts of the country.

Do you believe we’d be hearing about ‘ Urban Policy’ from a McCain Administration? Hell no.

Who you elect does determine what is simply discussed as issues for the country.

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