Talking Race with the President

Arguing over old issues, but with a heartening sense of goodwill

At first I thought I ought to prepare--to read articles on school vouchers and interview experts. Joining last week's NewsHour panel discussion on race with President Clinton was, after all, a big deal. We were about to traipse around the soul of America. And any time you meet with a President, if you say you're not nervous, you're lying or legally dead.

But by the weekend before the taping, I decided not to study up, or even brood very much. After a lifetime of normal U.S. citizenship, if I did not know my feelings on this matter, too bad for me....

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