I was in the room when it happened and I almost swallowed my tongue I was so shocked and appalled. And I’ve been waiting all day to hear what Obama had to say, especially — considering — he seemed to be OK with it when it happened. Here is his official statement published by the AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama wasn’t offended by comedian Larry Wilmore’s use of a racial slur at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
Wilmore concluded his remarks noting progress on race and how much it meant to him that a black man was president. He concluded: “Yo Barry, you did it my n—-. You did it.”
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he talked to Obama, and Obama appreciated the spirit of racial progress Wilmore was trying to convey.
Earnest says the White House didn’t see Wilmore’s speech beforehand. Earnest also says he’s confident Wilmore used the word by design and was seeking to be provocative.
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