"But Wilmore used it as, for the president, somewhat as a butt of a joke," she told Mr. Earnest. "And you were in that [dinner] room as well as I was. It was an eerie, awkward silence and quietness. People didn't know how to handle that."
"Sunday we saw a situation at the White House … where race was involved," Ms. Ryan said, referring to the Confederate flag. "And many persons are saying part of this now has to do with race because the president is indeed an African-American, a black man. Is race a part of this stalemate, this conversation?"