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Obama: America Has Become 'Less Racially Divided' Under My Presidency

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President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media during his last news conference of the year in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House December 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama faced questions on various topics including the changing of Cuba policy, the computer hack of Sony by North Korea, his executive action on immigration and his plan on working with a Republican majority Congress.
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Amid racially charged protests and controversial police altercations, President BarackObama said the United States is less racially divided now than before he took office.

NPR released quote excerpts of an interview set to air on "Morning Edition" starting Monday, including one in which host Steve Inskeep asked if the country is more racially divided now compared to when Obama took office six years ago.

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media during his last news conference of the year in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House December 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama faced questions on various topics including the changing of Cuba policy, the computer hack of Sony by North Korea, his executive action on immigration and his plan on working with a Republican majority Congress. Credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Getty Images

“No,” the president answered. “I actually think that it's probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided.”

Inskeep also asked the president about working with a Congress where both houses are controlled by Republicans. Obama offered a familiar answer.

“Now you've got Republicans in a position where it's not enough for them simply to grind the wheels of Congress to a halt and then blame me,” he said.

The Oval Office interview, done before Obama left for a vacation in Hawaii, will air in three segments from Dec. 29 through 31.

According to NPR, the discussion will also include discussion of his executive actions on immigration, as wells as the new policy on Cuba.

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