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  • The Obamas: We’ve Been Racially Mistreated Posted on 24 June 2015

    President Barack and wife Michelle Obama told People magazine in an interview to be released Friday that they personally identify with everyday experiences of racial bias in America.

    She also stated, her husband “was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee.”
    “Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs,” Michelle Obama told the magazine.

    President Obama spoke about being mistaken for a valet.

    “There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” he said, according to the interviews conducted by People.

    The first lady also described being mistreated at a Target store in suburban Washington during a shopping trip.

    “Even as the first lady,” she told the magazine, “during the wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf.”

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    Michelle said the incidents are “the regular course of life” for African-Americans and a “challenge” for the country to overcome.

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