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Washington - White House: Obama Not Offended By Comedian's Language

Published on: May 2, 2016 09:39 PM
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Larry Wilmore, the guest host from Comedy Central, speaks at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, Saturday, April 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Larry Wilmore, the guest host from Comedy Central, speaks at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, Saturday, April 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Washington - 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.

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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.

But Earnest says any fair reading makes clear that Wilmore’s sentiments of racial progress “came from a genuine place.”



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 May 03, 2016 at 06:47 AM Shimon Says:

What if Trump said it?

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 May 03, 2016 at 10:48 AM Anonymous Says:

If a white comedian made the same remark, or any white politician, they would be crucified. A Black can use the term ni---r as a term of endearment, yet if a White uses that term, then it is considered a racial epithet. What garbage!!

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