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“All I’m suggesting, and I think it’s very worrisome to people, if the Obama administration is this afraid of Glenn Beck, how do they deal with the Iranians?” he said. “If they’re that frightened by an American TV show, how do they deal with the real world?”

Much of the debate focused on whether race relations have improved recently in the United States, especially after the country in 2008 elected its first black president in Mr. Obama, who also mishandled the aftermath of a 2009 incident between Sgt. James Crowley, a white Cambridge, Mass., police officer, and black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Mr. Obama originally took sides by saying the Cambridge police had “acted stupidly,” but then invited Sgt. Crowley and Mr. Gates to join him at the White House for a “beer summit.”

Marc Morial, National Urban League president, suggested on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the administration should have a team of outside advisers to help with national issues about race.