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4 things we missed while the media freaked out over Obama's use of the n-word.

Obama's recent podcast appearance went viral for the wrong reason.

Podcaster Marc Maron had a very special guest on his podcast "WTF with Marc Maron" this week.


Yep, that's right. President Barack Obama sat down with a comedian in said comedian's garage. And recorded a podcast. It is truly 2015, y'all.


Unfortunately, Obama's appearance on "WTF" has gone viral for the wrong reason.

If you've spent a second on the Internet since then you've probably heard about what the president said. Specifically, about one word in particular that he used. Because it really struck a chord.


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But that's not the only thing Obama said on the podcast.

During the hourlong podcast, he said some great stuff about really important topics: race, gun violence, and the current state of American politics.

But all of this is getting lost because the media has been focusing on just one word.

So let's change that, shall we?

Here are four other cool things Obama revealed to the "WTF" host.

1. He's just like us: Obama shared how he struggled with fitting in and finding his true self while growing up.

"At a certain point right around 20 — my sophomore year — I started figuring out that a lot of ideas that I had taken on about being a rebel or being a tough guy or being cool were really not me. They were just things that I was trying on because I was insecure or I was a kid."

A lot of us go through phases where we try on ideas or attitudes to see how they fit. Do we always keep them for the rest of our lives? No. We grow and change and mature and all that fun stuff.

The president may be known as being cool and confident, but he wasn't always like that. Growing up as a black man while estranged from his black father definitely put obstacles in his journey to finally just being true to himself.

2. Obama also said that one thing he knows to be true is that Americans are not that different from one another.

"The American people are overwhelming good, decent, generous people. ... Everybody that I meet believes in a lot of the same things."

The United States of America is a very diverse country — it's long been called a melting pot for a reason. It's pretty cool that in spite of all the differences we have, there can be a common thread found within all of us.

Discovering this is one of the most important lessons he learned during his six years in office, he said.

Group hug! GIF from "The Simpsons."

3. On a more serious note, Obama said that we need to do something about the mass shootings — yesterday.

"It's not enough just to feel bad. There are actions that could be taken to make events like this less likely."

During the interview, Obama expressed his frustration at having to give multiple statements a year in response to the mass murder of Americans.

No matter where you stand on the issue of gun control, there is one thing that I thiiiink we all can agree with the president on: These mass killings are terrible and must stop.

Image by Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images.

4. And perhaps most important, Obama touched on the fact that racism is more than just using slurs.

Of course, this is the part that the media seized upon.

"Racism we are not cured of. It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n****r in public. That's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It's not just a matter of overt discrimination."

While we have made strides in improving race relations, we still have a long way to go. Blatant racism is no longer the norm, but racial inequality is still pervasive in our country when it comes to things like jobs, housing, and education.

If we only focus on the explicit expressions of racism, we will miss the forest for the trees. In fact, the media's focus on Obama's use of the n-word — out of context, no less — shows just how right Obama was in saying we have a long way to go.

What's that sound? Oh, I think it's Obama dropping the mic over the media proving him right.

GIF via "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

Check out the whole "WTF" podcast episode yourself by clicking here.

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

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Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

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Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

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The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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