White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today addressed concerns about Saturday’s One Nation Working Together rally, an event at which hundreds of unofficial Democratic allies will march to express their disappointment in the nation’s economy and educational system.
Led by the NAACP, but supported by activist groups in everything from LGBT rights to labor, One Nation Working Together might to some represent the Democratic base marching angrily away from an administration that, despite its best efforts, has failed to secure equality in jobs and education for America’s most downtrodden. Nevertheless, Gibbs swatted away questions about anxiety, saying that he was “very comfortable” with the administration’s work toward securing a better future for minorities.
“I will take our record for the past 20 months and compare it to the 20 months before that and feel very comfortable with that comparison,” said Gibbs.
The press secretary acknowledged that the administration would like to hurry out of the recession, but he said that reality was it would take time. And regarding education, Gibbs said he thinks the Obama administration has done as good, if not better, than every administration in history.
“I will put our record on education up against any administration at any economic time,” he said.
–Cord Jefferson is a staff writer at The Root. Follow him on Twitter.