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From Sheila Shayon at the

It doesn’t get much better than this.

We have a President — who appears on national television to rephrase a controversial comment and reframe an unexpected explosion of national attention sparked by the recent Professor Henry Louis Gates versus Cambridge police incident.

Instead of fanning the flames of still nascent racism buried deep in the American psyche, or defending his words, he raised the debate to a level of moving forward from a contentious moment to a teachable moment…and live television remains the most potent pulpit.

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