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September 30, 2014  

Wizard of Odd: Obama Ramps Up on Race; Finds There’s No Place Like ‘Home’

Having carefully avoided the subject of race/racism/white supremacy for most of his tenure in office—except to make points about Blacks’ penchant for self-inflicted pathology—President Obama seemed to be ungagging himself. But wait. It was just another tell-them-what-they-want-to-hear moment.

Keynoting the black-tie dinner that caps the Congressional Black Caucus’s annual summit on illusory legislative power, Obama went “home,” touching on issues that remain raw with most of Black America. But just when you think he’s achieving his own “teachable moment,” he gives lets the cat out of the bag. It’s just a hook to introduce Eric Holder as the heir to Thurgood Marshall’s civil-rights legacy (and, possibly, his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court?) and a lead-in to “bring souls to the polls” in the November election.

Leid Stories airs last night’s speech and follows with a commentary.

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