Obama: US must be place that rewards hard work

11:27 PM, Sep 21, 2013   |    comments
FILE: President Barack Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House Tuesday. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. must become a place where anyone who is willing to work hard can earn a way into the middle class.

Until that becomes the norm, Obama says, quote, "we can't let up and we can't rest."

Obama spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual awards dinner on a rainy Saturday in Washington.

The event paid tribute to the "Spirit of 1963," including the civil rights movement and the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice that was led that year by Martin Luther King Jr.

In keeping with the theme, Obama spoke of work to be done to reduce a black unemployment rate that is twice what it is for whites, increase the minimum wage and provide health care and education for all.

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