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president obama on tuesday facing head on rising alarm about wealth inequality and poverty , states i think that we are at a moment , in part because of what's happened in baltimore in ferguson and other places where it may be possible , not only to refocus attention on the issue of poverty but also maybe to bridge some of the gaps , white house correspondent jeff mason is following the story of the white house likes to say that the president is not worried about his legacy but the truth is legacy is hanging over that for sure unlocks of areas and one of those areas is race and poverty , uh and in the context of what's been going on all across the country are that piece of his legacy is becoming more and more important , he is the first black president united states it is something we like it or not that he will be judged on i and so he needs and clearly wants to take some time how to address that now while he still in office moved to refocus on the income gap comes as obama's own record on poverty faces attacks from both the left and the right , leading liberals like senator elizabeth warren and new york mayor bill de blasio holding a competing event in washington calling for new rules to protect lower income americans , the middle class , is on the ropes , and now is the time , to fight back i has demanded new hampshire new jersey governor chris christie a possible twenty sixteen contender joining the ranks of republicans trying to take on the poverty issue as their own and lay the blame for it on obama , this obama economy is plates america for the last , well i played up the issue in his state of the union calling for a new middle class economics , i think for sure that the president knows that whoever succeeds him an office i will have a lot of power to continue his programs or to stop them so he has invested in getting a democrat elected in twenty sixteen , pressure now falls on likely democratic nominee hillary clinton to offer a plan as she presents herself as the new champion , middle class