The show may feature President Obama’s strongest views on race and the police as he prepares to leave office
With police killings of black men dominating the news, President Obama will appear on ESPN and ABC at 8 p.m. ET Thursday for a town hall meeting titled, “The President and the People: A National Conversation.”
It will be the first town hall by Obama completely focused on race and the police. The event will be simulcast commercial-free on ABC, ESPN, Freeform, ABCNews.com, Freeform Digital, Watch ABC, Watch ESPN, Yahoo, ABC News’ Facebook page and YouTube channel and on ABC Radio.
“World News Tonight” anchor David Muir and ESPN’s Jemele Hill will be the co-anchors. The conversation follows a Dallas memorial for five police officers shot dead in Dallas last week by a sniper. It also follows two black men shot dead by police in Minnesota and Louisiana.
“We turn on the TV or surf the internet, and we can watch positions harden and lines drawn and people retreat to their respective corners,” Obama said at the memorial in Dallas. “We see all this, and it’s hard not to think sometimes that the center won’t hold. And that things might get worse. I understand. I understand how Americans are feeling. … I’m here to say we must reject such despair. I’m here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem. And I know that because I know America.”