In communities where there are no fathers who can provide guidance to young men; communities where there’s no investment, and manufacturing has been stripped away; and drugs have flooded the community, and the drug industry ends up being the primary employer for a whole lot of folks — in those environments, if we think that we’re just going to send the police to do the dirty work of containing the problems that arise there without as a nation and as a society saying what can we do to change those communities, to help lift up those communities and give those kids opportunity, then we’re not going to solve this problem.
Wow - I agree with Obama! I think he should have added that many of these problems are the direct result of government programs. For example, many welfare programs give people an incentive to not work and punish people for working. When parents take advantage of those programs you then will have children who don't grow up with a strong work ethic. (Which creates a "cycle-of-poverty".) That can lead to the lack-of-skills that will keep investors out and make drugs look like the best job alternative.
Throw in failing government-run schools, and you have a recipe for disaster.