Politics

Obama Commemorates 150th Anniversary Of Slavery Abolition In Speech At Capitol

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Obama at the bridge in Selma Obama at the bridge in Selma

For those who can’t remember their civics lessons, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery. President Barack Obama commemorated the 150th anniversary of the amendment on Dec. 9 at the U.S. Capitol's Visitor Center, The Washington Post reported.

Obama told the audience "to remember that our freedom is bound up with the freedom of others regardless what they look like or where they come from or what their last name is or what faith they practice,” a shot across Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s bow. 

Obama’s remarks outlined the controversy surrounding Trump’s call to ban all Muslim immigrants. Though Obama’s note about religion received a standing ovation, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, both Republicans, didn’t stand, The Hill reported. 

"We betray the efforts of the past if we fail to push back against bigotry in all its forms,” the president continued. 

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Though White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the remarks weren’t about Trump or any of the other candidates, Obama’s message is very different from the one "that’s being promulgated not just by Mr. Trump but a variety of Republican candidates."

Sources: The Hill, The Washington Post Image via The White House/Flickr