U.S. election: In Cincinnati, recession-wracked African-Americans stand by Barack Obama
CINCINNATI—Four years after Barack Obama’s historic triumph, the paradox of black America’s crushing reality flows from Kurt Crews in nine simple words and a shrug that conveys equal parts frustration and forgiveness.
“It’s getting worse — and I’m voting for Barack Obama,” said Crews, 48, a part-time night watchman.
“It took George W. Bush eight years to completely mess things up. It’s going to take eight for Obama to make it right.”
Crews’ views echo throughout Over-The-Rhine, the blighted inner-city Cincinnati neighbourhood that is arguably as good a litmus test as any for African-American political opinion in 2012.
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