Matt Wilstein, Mediaite, July 31, 2015
A Republican presidential candidate saying something positive about President Barack Obama is so rare that it counts as news. And though it was followed by some caveats, Jeb Bush did give the president credit for “speaking the truth” on racial injustice during a speech to the National Urban League on Friday.
Bush was touting his record on education when he decided to quote something Obama said during his eulogy for the African-American churchgoers killed in Charleston, South Carolina last month.
“When President Obama says that ‘for too long we’ve been blind to the way past injustices continue to shape the present,’ he is speaking the truth,” Bush said to applause from the audience in attendance. “But we should be just as candid about our failures in addressing injustices of the more recent origin,” he added in an attempt to move the focus from past to present.
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