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How can the White House beat the youth 'gangsta culture'?

President Obama launched his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative Thursday, calling on public and private entities to create more opportunities for young minority men and break down social conditions that keep them impoverished and imprisoned in disproportionate numbers.

Shortly after the announcement, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" to discuss the "gangsta culture" perpetrated by the rappers children idolize. Host Bill O'Reilly noted that President Obama is in a unique position to lead the charge for change, suggesting he gather influential black entertainers in a public push to "make it uncomfortable" to have a baby out of wedlock and sell drugs.

The conversation continued on "America's Newsroom" Friday, where co-host Martha MacCallum and panelists Juan Williams and Mary Katherine Ham agreed that the president is the key piece in the effort. While MacCallum gave Obama credit for his powerful speech Thursday, she said it's not enough, calling on the president to take charge.

"Only you have this incredibly unique opportunity to speak at this level," she said.

"He is the perfect spokesperson to go forward… as much as I disagree with his politics," Ham chimed in.

"This man, President Obama, is a tremendous role model," Williams added. "He is such a hero in the black community, and he has an opportunity here to show what it means to have achievement in the academic realm, in the political realm, that you can make something of yourself."

"It would be great if Valerie Jarrett listened to that and brings this idea back," MacCallum concluded. "It would be such a shame to miss this opportunity that this president has to go even further with all this."
 

Thursday's guests

  • Byron York

    Chief political correspondent, The Washington Examiner; Fox News contributor

  • Dana Perino

    Co-host, "The Five"

  • Juan Williams

    Co-host, "The Five"; Fox News political analyst

  • Mercedes Schlapp

    Former media spokesperson, President George W. Bush

  • Capt. Chuck Nash

    Fox News military analyst

  • Chris Stirewalt

    Fox News digital politics editor

  • Rep. Michael McCaul

    R-Texas; Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee

  • Tom Fitton

    President, Judicial Watch

  • Jessica Ehrlich

    Attorney; former Democratic congressional candidate