On Saturday, the president led a re-enactment of the march o Selma for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which create the Congressional Black Caucus -- and also enabled Republicans to control the House of Representatives by concentrating white voters in black districts.
So what is Selma like today? It is home to 20,000 people, 80% of whom are black, according to the Census Bureau.
Sperling's Best Places reports Selma's unemployment rate is 12% (twice the national average). the median family income is 42% of the national average ($22,076 vs. $53,046) and 60% of the people live in a family with an annual income of less than $30,000.
But it made a nice photo op for the Obamas and the Bushes.