Celebrating Civil Rights, Boehner-Style

The Republican speaker's vague praise for the March on Washington carefully stayed away from actual issues.

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For his part, Boehner wrapped up a characterization of the march as "a story with room enough to press for some cause -- some dream -- bigger than ourselves." And his comments left plenty of room for the gap between his dream and the dreams of civil rights advocates, past and present.

Editor's Note: This piece has been updated to replace a reference to a 2002 report card from the ACLU with a more recent civil rights report card by the NAACP.

Jenée Desmond-Harris is The Root's staff writer and White House correspondent. Follow her on Twitter.

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