WASHINGTON — A week after blasting the "fat cats" at large banks who don't understand why the public resents them, President Obama took a decidedly different tack Tuesday at a meeting with a dozen community bankers.

The president went out of his way to say that community banks did not cause the crisis and then pledged to do what he could to help them.

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