President Barack Obama gathered African-American activists at the White House as generational differences are surfacing in a crucial Democratic Party constituency.
Obama, who navigated a change in leadership from veterans of the civil rights movement to a new generation in his own presidential campaign, used the meeting ahead of a White House celebration of Black History Month to offer nods to young and old.
“I would not be here if it were not for the battles that they fought a generation ago, but we’ve also got some young people here who are making history as we speak,” Obama told reporters in brief remarks on Thursday.
Though politics wasn’t on the agenda, the meeting was taking place 10 days before the Democratic primary in South Carolina, in which black voters account for about half the electorate. (Bloomberg)