Obama bemoans inequality in political comeback bid
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Barack Obama on Wednesday returned to the core economic philosophy of middle class opportunity on which he has centered his presidency, as he strives to exit a second term slump.
The US leader struck economic themes familiar from his two presidential campaigns as he sought to steady his administration after self-inflicted wounds over his health care law which have seen his popularity slide.
Speaking in Washington at the Center for American Progress think tank, Mr Obama bemoaned "a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility" in US life that has harmed what he has often described as the nation's basic bargain - anyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead.
"I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: making sure our economy works for every working American," Mr Obama said. "That's why I ran for president. It was the center of last year's campaign. It drives everything I do in this office."