The Perfect Speech for an Imperfect Union

Obama should have stuck to his initial thoughts on the Zimmerman verdict. But he chose his words well.

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Ultimately, Obama found a way to affirm the equal citizenship of African Americans, who, as The Root's Keli Goff writes, "shouldn't expect more from the president because he is black" but "should also not expect less" from him.

And by choosing to credit Trayvon's -- and his own children's -- generation for being "better than we were on these issues," Obama afforded himself the opportunity to do what any president, black or otherwise, would hope to accomplish under similar circumstances: Remind all Americans that even if we're "not a perfect union," we are -- at least in our president's estimation -- a more perfect union than the one we once were.

David Swerdlick is a contributing editor at The Root. Follow him on Twitter.

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