At Via Meadia we’ve been following the critical story of President Obama’s currently troubled relationship with the African-American portion of his base for some time. Today Politico has a useful and comprehensive look at the situation.The President’s problem is a simple one: in the absence of an overall economic recovery, how can he keep enthusiasm high enough to get maximum turnout from Blacks without pushing urban-oriented programs that alienate whites? The ‘dog whistle’ strategy, of saying things that Blacks will interpret as showing he is on their side without triggering a response among whites, has limits.As the election approaches, this problem will become more acute. It is hard to see the President winning re-election without high turnout from Blacks. But it is also hard to see him winning if he doesn’t hold blue collar white Democrats and white independents.This would all be much easier in a healthy economy.