Ryan, a long-time White House correspondent known for her news-making interviews, also pressed the president on the high joblessness among blacks and Hispanics. The president responded by saying he would focus on “communities of color” in his second term because those two groups are the “future workforce” of America.
But as he has throughout his four years in office, the president said that would be part of a larger effort to put all Americans back to work. He told Ryan: “My target is anybody who is out there, wants to work but doesn’t have the skill set to do it. When you look, a lot of those communities are communities of color and we’re going to be putting in resources to make sure that we are training those folks up. And, by the way, that’s good for America generally. If we don’t have black and Hispanic kids who can compete, you know that’s the fastest growing population, and that’s our future workforce and America will decline economically unless everybody is able to get the opportunities that they deserve.”