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Reggie Love Stars in Obama Campaign Web Ad for African-Americans

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Former White House aide and Duke Blue Devils forward Reggie Love stars in a new Obama campaign video aimed at courting the president’s African-American supporters.

“Since 2006, I’ve spent a lot of time with our president,” says Love, who left the administration last year to attend business school.  “I got to work in the West Wing, I traveled to 33 countries, I’ve done everything from tracking down newspapers, figuring out what he wants to eat, who he’s going to eat with, and played endless amounts of basketball games.”

“The president has always had our back,” he adds, encouraging viewers to join African-Americans for Obama, a group the campaign launched last month.  “Say you’re with him.  I’d appreciate it and I know he would too.”

Love’s appeal comes as part of Obama’s effort to mobilize a key constituency for what will be a demanding general election battle headed into November.

While the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found Obama’s approval rating among blacks stands at 91 percent, frustration in the community over lingering economic woes has dampened enthusiasm and raised questions about whether turnout will be as robust as it was four years ago.

Obama won 96 percent of the black vote in 2008.  Black voters are seen as playing a particularly important role for Obama in 2012 battleground states such as Virginia and North Carolina.

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Fewer See Improved Race Relations Under Obama

Tom Williams/Roll Call(PRINCETON, N.J.) -- As President Obama prepares to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., with a speech at a new King monument on the National Mall, fewer Americans than two years ago say they believe race relations have improved under the country’s first black president, according to a new Gallup survey.

Thirty-five percent of respondents said race relations have gotten “a lot better” or “a little better” under Obama, down from 41 percent who said the same in October 2009.  The number who felt relations have remained the same rose by six points, from 35 to 41 percent, in the same period.

The results are a dramatic change from the day after Obama’s election, when Gallup found 70 percent of Americans predicted race relations would improve.

Twenty-three percent of Americans now believe race relations have gotten worse during Obama’s presidency, representing little change from 21 months earlier.  

Obama invoked King while discussing lingering social and economic frustration in parts of the country at a New York City fundraiser last month, saying King's legacy is a reminder that progress takes time.  

“What he understood, what kept him going, was that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice. But it doesn’t bend on its own," Obama said. "It bends because all of us are putting our hand on the arc, and we are bending it in that direction, and it takes time.  And it's hard work. And there are frustrations.”

The Gallup poll, conducted Aug. 4-7, has a margin of error of four percentage points and includes an oversample of African-Americans.

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