For those who did not have the opportunity to see the video of Mr. Obama talking about race in America and about his personal experiences, here is the link:
Here’s the thing to keep in mind. Mr. Obama cannot, even with the power of the Presidency, make the American people better. He cannot require intelligent gun laws, require intelligent attitudes about race and about the civil rights of gay people and immigrants, and reasonable approaches to differences of opinion of government. Mr. Obama cannot make the houses of Congress do their jobs.
Mr. Obama can bring these issues forward, but he cannot make us better than we are. Only we can do that.
PS: npr.org is a wonderful link to use as a tool for information. Sometimes we don't agree with them, but we don't have to.