I missed The New Yorker's talk with President Obama - here's the slavery part, edited for clarity:
“You can be somebody who, for very legitimate reasons, worries that more power should reside in the hands of state governments. But what’s also true, obviously, is that philosophy is wrapped up in the history of the civil-rights movement. There’s a long history there. And so I think it’s important not to dismiss out of hand arguments against my Presidency just because those criticisms were directed against equality for African-Americans. The flip side is I think it’s important for conservatives to recognize and answer the problems that are posed by that history,…"
Translation for racist conservatives:
You racists are saying what you've always been saying, and you need to come up with something else, yourselves.
Obama's political genius is in not helping the racists get there.
Considering the gaggle of idiots he's up against, I have to admit, it's a pretty unstoppable approach,…