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No regrets over N-word: Obama

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Published on June 26, 2015 with No Comments

In addition to highlighting race issues in the US, President Obama has again pointed to Australia as an example of how gun laws can be successfully reformed.He praised Australia’s swiftly introduced, post-Port Arthur massacre gun laws and outlined his frustration with a Congress he describes as being in the lobbying grip of the National Rifle Association.
He said, for that reason, he doesn’t expect “real” action on gun laws.“When Australia had a mass killing, I think it was in Tasmania about 25 years ago, it was just so shocking to the system, the entire country said, ‘We’re going to completely change our gun laws’,” said Obama, during a TV interview.“They did and it hasn’t happened since,” Obama added.
Obama heckled at White House gay pride event
Hosting a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month in the East Room, Obama was repeatedly interrupted by persistent shouts from a member of the audience, prompting a few awkward minutes before the president instructed the individual be ejected.
“Listen, you are in my house,” said a finger-waging Obama, as the person could be heard to shout about deportations in English and Spanish.
“You know what, it is not respectful” Obama added. “You`re not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me like this.”
When it became clear the protester would not stop, Obama said, “Shame on you,” adding, “You shouldn`t be doing this,” before asking security to “escort this person out.”
The crowd chanted “O-Ba-Ma!” to drown out the shouts.
A visibly angry Obama joked with the crowd: “As a general rule I am just fine with a few hecklers. But not when I`m up in the house.”

The White House has said that President Barack Obama doesn’t regret using the N-word to make a point about racial progress following an allegedly racially motivated mass shooting at a South Carolina church.
Obama was giving a podcast interview with a comedian where he said the racial divide in the United States was alive and well.“Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n—-r in public,” he said.White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said it wasn’t surprising that the president uttering a word used as a racial slur would stir controversy.
But Earnest says Obama didn’t plan in advance to use the word to be provocative.
He says the president was speaking in a free-flowing, casual interview for a podcast and trying to make the point that ending racism is about more than manners.

 

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