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July 23, 2013 12:00 AM

Obama’s necessary, uncreative remarks

WASHINGTON — Eight American presidents owned slaves while living in the White House. President Zachary Taylor pledged that his fellow slave-owners would “appeal to the sword if necessary” to keep them. So when an American president arrived at the White House briefing room to speak of his personal experience with racial bias, it stirred some historical ghosts.

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