Obama Talks Race in New Interview

President Obama says in a new interview that his status as the nation’s first black president has kept him “attuned” to America’s difficult racial past. “I’m sure it makes me more determined in assuring that everybody’s getting a fair shot,” he said in the interview with Parade magazine, “in the same way that being a father of two daughters makes me want to make sure that every woman is getting equal pay for equal work.” Obama also said that being born into “modest means” has helped him and first lady Michelle Obama remember that “equal opportunity doesn’t just happen on its own; it happens because we’re vigilant about it.”