It appears that the previous President was on the side of a territory that wanted to restrict the right to vote to people of the proper race. At the very least, his Department of Justice didn't think that prohibiting non-Chamorro residents of Guam from voting violated federal law, specifically the 15th Amendment.
But, given that Obama had earlier endorsed actions that would gut the 13th Amendment, I don't see why I should be surprised that he'd have gutted the 15th if he could have as well. Appalled, of course, but not surprised. I'm just thankful that our current President is one who is likely to honor the text and spirit of the 13th and 15th Amendments.
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