Obama’s Words for Team USA Gymnastics

In today's link roundup: What the president had to say after watching the women's team win gold. Plus: Diana Ross wants us to give the Jackson kids privacy.

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Obama’s words for Team USA gymnastics: He called the gold medalists from Air Force One as he traveled to a campaign event, saying, “Michelle and I have watched and decided of all the Olympiads, you guys amaze us the most.” He also had individual messages to each girl. To Gabby Douglas: “You just tore it up. I know how hard you worked to get there.”

Elite D.C. bookstore causes uproar when it pulls plug on “Chocolate City” song: Natalie Hopkinson, a contributing editor to The Root, says the go-go song she was playing was shut off at a reading she was conducting for a new book, Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City, because a patron complained that Parliament’s 1975 classic “Chocolate City” was racist.

Black pastors group launches anti-Obama campaign over gay marriage: The Rev. Williams Owens, president and founder of the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors and leader of the campaign, calls it “an effort to save the family.” Hope he’s thought through all the things that won’t be saved if the scheme is successful and President Obama isn’t re-elected.

Diana Ross: Give Jackson kids privacy: The singer made the appeal on behalf of the youngest members of the drama-ridden clan.