Although he received a bit of backlash for his perceived silence during the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death, in his first live interview on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show, President Obama got candid about the Justice Department’s report which revealed the blatant targeting of African-American residents by the Ferguson Police Department. According to Obama, the report confirms that the concerns raised by protesters were justified. He also made his case for the lowering of college tuition and student loans.
Said Obama, “What had been happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protest, but there was no excuse for criminal acts.” He added, “Whoever fired those shots should not detract from the issue…they are criminals, they need to be arrested. And then what we need to do is make sure that like-minded, good-spirited people on both sides…law enforcement, who have a terrifically tough job, and people who understandably don’t want to be stopped and harassed just because of their race.”
The two also chatted about an average day for the Commander-In-Chief, as Obama revealed he doesn’t drive and carries a Blackberry because he’s not allowed to have a phone with a built-in recording device. Proving that he can handle the slander, he put his well known wit on display during the show’s popular Mean Tweets segment as he read a list of insults sent to him on Twitter.
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