President Obama spoke on a panel with progressive and conservative thought leaders, including Robert Putnam and Arthur Brooks, moderated by Washington Post Columnist and McCourt School of Public Policy Professor E.J. Dionne Jr. Much of the conversation was focused on the urgency of meeting the needs of the poor, as well as the necessity of overcoming differences to focus on solutions.
“I think we are at a moment—in part because of what’s happened in Baltimore, in Ferguson and other places, but in part because a growing awareness of inequality in our society—where it may be possible not only to refocus attention on the issue of poverty, but also maybe to bridge some of the gaps that have existed and the ideological divides that have prevented us from making progress,” said President Obama.
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