Obama also noted the difference between those who have been protesting peacefully and those who have engaged in violence after the police-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

By Alexia Fernandez
Updated September 22, 2016 11:00 PM
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In an interview with Robin Roberts for ABC News’ Good Morning America, President Barack Obama urged protesters to pursue a “peaceful” approach to police reforms after two days of violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I think it’s important to separate out the pervasive sense of frustration among a lot of African-Americans about shootings of people and the sense that justice is not always color blind,” he told Roberts.

Obama also noted the difference between those who have been protesting peacefully and those who have engaged in violence after the police-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

“The way we change the system requires to be able to reach out and engage the broader American community,” he continued. “That requires being peaceful, that requires being thoughtful about what are the specific reforms you’re looking for.”

With the first presidential debate on Monday, the president offered his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, some advice.

“Be yourself and explain what motivates you,” he said. “I’ve gotten to know Hillary and seen her work and seen her in tough times and in good times. She is in this for the right reasons. She is motivated by a deep desire to make things better for people.”

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Obama continued by saying Clinton would be an “outstanding president.”

“There is a level of mistrust and a caricature of her that doesn’t jibe with who I know,” he revealed. “This person that cares deeply about kids and wants to make sure they get a good education.”

The first presidential debate will be Monday at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. NBC’s Lester Holt will moderate the event.