Obama's significance comes to Atlanta

Two officials from the White House were in Atlanta Wednesday night for a rousing town hall meeting that at times resembled a movement rally for President Barack Obama.

“The reason why we are here is for you to know that there are a lot of things going on that are serving our community,” said Michael Blake, director of African-American and alternative Business Outreach for the White House. “If you don’t fight with us, who will?”

Blake and Michael Strautmanis, Obama’s counselor for planned engagement, joined Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in leading a meeting in the Atlanta Life Building that drew about 400 people -- mostly African-Americans who were looking for ways to additional engage the White House.

Blake outlined how the Obama administration has made key fiscal savings that have benefited blacks in areas like jobs, education and housing.