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Obama's economic message emphasizes 'opportunity,' downplays politically charged 'inequality'
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, January 24, 2014 3:13 PM EST
President Barack Obama is de-emphasizing phrases that draw attention to economic disparity and is focusing instead on a message about fostering upward mobility. As a result, income inequality is out, the phrase "ladders of opportunity" is in.
On Dec. 4, Obama delivered a sweeping economic address in which he declared that increasing inequality is most pronounced in the U.S., and that it challenges the very essence of who Americans are as a people. He uttered the word "inequality" 26 times in his speech that day.
A month later the word has all but disappeared at the White House.