Obama Uses the N-Word to Speak Out Against Racism in America

Obama Uses the N-Word to Speak Out Against Racism in America

In "first presidential podcast," POTUS speaks on Charleston and gun control.

Published June 22, 2015

President Obama spoke out against racism in the US Monday in what is being billed as his first presidential podcast. In an interview with Marc Maron on popular podcast WTF, POTUS even went so far as to say n****r to make his point.

"Racism, we are not cured of it," Obama said. "And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n****r in public. That's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It's not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don't, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior."

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The president remarked that race relations in America have come a long way in the last 50 years, but the nation still has a long way to go. He also continued his comments about gun control from last Thursday's press briefing after the church massacre in Charleston, S.C. The NRA, he says, has a strong hold on several members of Congress and it's preventing gun control measures from becoming a reality.

"I will tell you, right after Sandy Hook, Newtown, when 20 six-year-olds are gunned down, and Congress literally does nothing — yes, that's the closest I came to feeling disgusted," he said. "I was pretty disgusted."

Obama recorded the interview in Los Angeles Friday, near Occidental College, where he attended for two years before transferring to Columbia University.

Did he ever think he'd one day be president?

"If I thought to myself that when I was in college that I'd be in a garage a couple miles away from where I was living doing an interview as president with a comedian ... it's not possible to imagine," he said. 

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