Mr Obama’s use of the word came during a Marc Maron WTF podcast interview five days after the Charleston shooting, where he insisted America has not been “cured” of racism.
“And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n****r in public,” he added. “That's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not.”
The US President made a number of salient arguments about racism's presence in America, but his use of the epithet rapidly became a sticking point for many news outlets.
Fox News was quick to wade into the debate over his “blunt remarks” on the network’s America’s Newsroom programme, where contributor and Conservative Review correspondent Deneen Borelli accused the President of using the n-word deliberately as a divisive tactic.
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"He has really dragged in the gutter speak of rap music," said Ms Borelli. "So now he's the first President of rap, of street? Come on, he has lowered the stature of the high office of the president of the United States and the question is why did he do this?
“Here you have the President making this insane, crazy comment, of using the n-word, to really distract; this is all a grand distraction to take away from people uniting.
“The President-in-chief, the rapper-in-chief now, is further dividing our country."
Mr Obama's interview also addressed the "splintered" media in America which he said meant citizens "are not in a common conversation".
"If you watch Fox News you inhabit a completely different world with different facts than if you read The New York Times," he told Maron.
CNN anchor Don Lemon sparked even more controversy shortly after the interview was released when he tried to encourage a discussion over the n-word word by holding a sign with it printed across during a CNN Tonight broadcast and asking the audience: ‘Does this offend you?'”Reuse content