Here’s something you don’t often see:
A sitting President sitting down for a a podcast inside a host’s garage.
And here’s something else you don’t often see:
That same sitting President using the N Word in a public form.
But that’s exactly what Barack Obama did during his interview with Marc Maron over the weekend, as excerpts from the discussion have gone viral.
"I always tell young people, in particular, do not say that nothing has changed when it comes to race in America, unless you’ve lived through being a black man in the 1950s or ’60s or ’70s.
"It is incontrovertible that race relations have improved significantly during my lifetime and yours," Obama said.
But he went on to add:
"Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public.
"That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior."
In response, the White House released a statement saying that this is not the first time the President has used this controversial word:
"Truth is he uses the term about a dozen times in Dreams from my Father," White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said, referring to one of Obama’s memoirs.
Listen to excerpts from Obama appearing on WTF with Marc Maron above.