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Obama, in his own words, on race

President Obama's own words from his book, The Audacity of Hope, to give context to his feelings on the Gates arrest:

From page 233:

"...I can recite the usual litany of petty slights that during my forty-five years have been directed my way: security guards tailing me as I shop in department stores, white couples who toss me their car keys as I stand outside a restaurant waiting for the valet, police cars pulling me over for no apparent reason. I know what it's like to have people tell me I can't do something because of my color, and I know the bitter swill of swallowed-back anger."