Obama Warms To Speaking Personally About Race : Code Switch President Obama has always been reluctant to talk about the role of race in his life and in American society. Aside from one famous 2008 speech, he had largely avoided the subject. But events this summer have pushed the nation's first black president to open up. And some expect that dialogue to continue.
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Obama Warms To Speaking Personally About Race

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Obama Warms To Speaking Personally About Race

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

On issues of race, President Barack Obama often says he is not the President of black America, but of the United States of America. He rarely speaks about racial tension and when he does it's often because events in the news force the issue. NPR's Ari Shapiro looks at whether that is starting to change.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: President Obama's first campaign and first term included only a handful of high profile events on race, from a major speech during the 2008 campaign.

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