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White House Defends Larry Wilmore's Use of N-Word

The President "appreciated the spirit of [his] expressions"

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Merrill Barr

The White House has released an official statement in support of Larry Wilmore's use of the N-word during this year's White House Correspondents Dinner. Press Secretary Josh Earnest reported that President Obama "appreciated the spirit of Mr. Wilmore's expressions on Saturday night."

At the end of his time, Wilmore waxed emotional about seeing a black man in the White House. Then, in a tonal 180, he said, "So, Mr. President, if I'm going to keep it 100: Yo, Barry, you did it, my n----. You did it."

"Any comedian who's signed up to follow President Obama at the White House correspondents' dinner is assuming one of the most difficult tasks in comedy," Earnest added. He also followed in the footsteps of Stephen Colbert, Lewis Black and many other politically minded Comedy Central alumni who have taken the gig.

What did you think of Wilmore's choice of words?