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03/28/2008 02:46 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Addresses Issue Of Race

Obama threaded a careful needle at his press conference today, seeming to step back from David Axelrod's assertion that Geraldine Ferraro's words were part of an "insidious pattern" of comments from Clinton surrogates.

"That's one person's remarks and I don't want to suggest that somehow one remark by one person is a problem," Obama said.

The subtext is Obama's choice never to be the spokesman for racial grievance, and to explicitly disassociate himself from the older politics of race, and he offered an unusually direct glimpse into his thinking on a matter that few people in American politics have given more thought. It was a glimpse both at his views on the issues of race, and how he's been able to navigate the choppy political waters with such success.

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