July 23, 2013 12:00 AM

Obama’s race remarks are what election promised

WASHINGTON — The essential bet of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was that the country was ready for a black president. He appealed to that same sense of hope again Friday in the White House briefing room. After a week of emotional reactions to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, President Obama made a bet that he could contribute something useful in the aftermath and that despite all of the partisanship of the last five years and America’s tragic history with the issue of race, there would be some portion of the audience that would listen to what he said. If it was a renewal of his original promise, it was also fulfillment of it for many. No other president could give that talk.

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