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David Remnick On Obama

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker magazine, engaged in a candid and casual conversation about his new book, "The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama," at Barnes & Noble, Union Square on April 28. After a brief history of why he chose to write a book on Obama, a figure who has been extensively covered, Remnick answered questions from the audience.

The tone of the evening was humorous, but serious topics were also addressed, including the role of racial prejudice in opinions about the President.

Stream and download the conversation here.

Bon Mots

On why Obama's story is extraordinary: "He was a U.S. Senator for five minutes, five minutes!, before the questions began: "Are you and when are you going to run for President?"

On the issue of race: "When you hear people in the Tea Party movement saying, 'I want my country back, I've lost my country,' something is being said there, very often, that has to do with race. It has to do with otherness. It has to do with a nostalgia for an imagined America some time ago."

On Obama's talents: "For the first time we have a President of the United States that I would hire as a staff writer. I don't think that that can be said of his predecessor."