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White House: Obama doesn't regret using N word

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM
President Barack Obama


The White House said President Barack Obama does not regret using the word 'nigger' to make a point about racial progress in an interview.

Spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House isn't surprised that the president uttering a word used as a racial slur would stir controversy.

But Earnest said Obama didn't plan in advance to use the word to be provocative.

He said Obama was speaking in a free-flowing, casual interview for a podcast and trying to make the point that ending racism is about more than manners.

Obama said that just because people realise it's not polite to use the racial slur in public doesn't mean that racism is "cured".

"Racism, we are not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say 'nigger' in public," Obama said while being interviewed by comedian Marc Maron for a podcast that was published yesterday.