Advisory: NPR News Interview With President Obama On Dec. 29, NPR News will release its first video interview with President Obama. Hear the conversation on Morning Edition Mon.-Wed. next week, with more at

Advisory: NPR News Interview With President Obama

NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Thursday, December 18, 2014. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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President Obama Tells NPR News The U.S. Is "Less Racially Divided" Than In 2008

Video & Audio Interview Installments, Full Transcript Available Starting Dec. 29

December 27, 2014; Washington, D.C. – In a year-end conversation with NPR News, President Obama told Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep that low morale around race relations in the U.S. is exaggerated by the national conversation around recent violence and not an accurate reflection of the state of affairs around the country.

When asked if the U.S. is more racially divided than it was when he took office six years ago, the President responded: "No, I actually think that it's probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided."

The interview, NPR's first on-camera conversation with President Obama, will be available across NPR's digital and broadcast platforms starting Monday, December 29, 2014. Morning Edition will broadcast the interview in three installments, airing daily from 12/29-12/31, with video segments and additional reporting available at through the week.

Inskeep spoke with the President on-camera in the Oval Office just before he left D.C. for the holidays. During the conversation, the President also discussed his recent executive actions on immigration and Cuba, foreign policy, health care and his relationship with the Legislative Branch.

When asked about working with the next Congress, he said: "Now you've got Republicans in a position where it's not enough for them simply to grind the wheels of Congress to a halt and then blame me."

MEDIA – PLEASE NOTE: A full transcript will be distributed and available at on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 5AM (ET). Complete video and audio from the 40-minute interview will be published at Wednesday, December 31.


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