Refocus attention on poverty, Obama says at Georgetown summit

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May 12, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks May 12 at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See POVERTY-OBAMA May 12, 2015.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks May 12 at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Barack Obama, a late addition to a Catholic-evangelical summit at Georgetown University on overcoming poverty, said events like those in Ferguson, Missouri, and in Baltimore demonstrate a need to “refocus attention on poverty.”

Obama, speaking May 12, said, “We have been stuck, I think for a long time, in a debate that creates a couple of straw men.” The stereotype of people on the left is of people who want to “pour money” to alleviate social problems, he added, while the stereotype of people on the right is that of “coldhearted free-market capitalist types who read Ayn Rand and think everybody’s mooching.”

Government resources “can create a difference,” Obama asserted. “We can do something about these issues. It would be a mistake to say every effort we’ve made has failed.”

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