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The Survivor: How Eric Holder outlasted his (many) critics

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 30: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder attends a meeting with the My Brother's Keeper Task Force to receive a 90-day report on its progress in the Roosevelt Room of the White House May 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The task force released its first report to the president, in which they outline a broad set of guiding principles and recommendations. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) | Pool via Getty Images

But there’s another explanation, and according to the two dozen current and former Obama administration officials and confidants of both men I’ve spoken with in recent weeks, it may well be the main reason the first black president of the United States has stood so firmly behind the first black attorney general of the United States: Holder has been willing to say the things Obama couldn’t or wouldn’t say about race.

“He’s a race man,” says Charles Ogletree, a longtime friend of Holder’s who taught and mentored Obama and his wife, Michelle, as Harvard Law School students in the 1980s.

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