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Barack Obama has failed black and Hispanic Americans as unemployment soars to depression-era levels, Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann has claimed.

We had no idea minority unemployment was one of this Tea Party conservative's key issues. Oh, wait, it was just a cheap talking point:

"This president has failed the Hispanic community. He has failed the African-American community," Bachmann said while delivering a speech at The Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans last week. "He has failed us all when it comes to jobs."

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Bachmann, who hopes to snag the Republican presidential nomination for 2012, said, "The status quo certainly isn't working for the African-American community, with 16 percent unemployment, or the Hispanic community, with nearly 12 percent unemployment."

"It's even worse for the youth: For Hispanic youth right now, 26 percent unemployment; for African-American youth, 40 percent unemployment," she continued.

Source: AOL Black Voices.

Whether different policies — or a different president — could have done more to improve the dismal unemployment situation in the black community is the subject of a legitimate debate in which smart people of all races and on both sides of the aisle disagree.

Whether this commentary reflected sincere concern about the issue or a convenient and targeted political jab on Bachmann's part … not so much.

Read more at AOL Black Voices.

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