Obama, Black Leaders: It's Complicated

Author Jonathan Alter examines the president's relationships with his prominent black critics and allies.

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Eisenhower was, in fact, the last such president, but that was more than a half-century ago, so the boast was still impressive enough. One of his African-American friends, switching to street vernacular, said, "Well, I guess that makes it perfectly clear: Youse a bad motherf--ker."

"That's my point," the president replied, without missing a beat.

Reprinted from The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies by Jonathan Alter, © 2013. Published by Simon & Schuster.

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