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Obama Touts Achievements But Says More Must Be Done

ABC News (NEW YORK) -- With a high-stakes meeting aimed at averting a government shutdown looming, President Obama continued his pre-2012 campaign-style swing through the Northeast, where he addressed a very receptive crowd at the National Action Network convention in New York.

“There are times when change can seem painfully slow," he said. "There are times when you may say, 'I don’t know what Obama is doing.' In those moments, when we start asking ourselves if change is possible, we need to remember what we’ve done over the past few years.”

President Obama focused heavily on inequality and education during his 20-minute address at the 20th anniversary of the network started by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

“When there is an achievement gap between the levels of education of people between different backgrounds, that is not a black or white problem. That is an American problem," he said. "We are all responsible for the education of our children.”

Before the president took the stage, Sharpton heaped effusive praise on him for the work he has done since taking office, and warned those in attendance not to forget how far America has come since 2008.

“He took this nation from where most of us have never been in our lifetime and put us back on a solid course,” said Sharpton.  “Some of us in the most pain are being asked to make the most sacrifices. We are not going to be used like that.”

President Obama, who applauded the work of the National Action Network, quickly followed up on that message and pointed out what he believes he has achieved since taking office. He referenced health care reform, student loan reform, and the controversial bailout of the auto industry.

“We didn’t realize until late in the game that we would be facing the worst recession in generations. Some folks have amnesia about this. Where are we two years later?," the president asked the crowd.  “Our economy is starting to grow again. People are starting to get hired back.”

It was the president's second trip to New York City in the last week. A few days ago, he raised $1.5 million for the Democratic National Committee at the Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem.

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