Rev. Al Sharpton Prez Obama Handled N-Word Only Way He Could But Wilmore Was Wrong

5/2/2016 9:35 AM PDT

Rev. Al Sharpton Says Prez Obama Handled N-Word & Larry Wilmore Only Way He Could

EXCLUSIVE

President Obama was checkmated into smiling when Larry Wilmore dropped the N bomb on him -- and couldn't respond the way he should have ... according to Rev. Al Sharpton.

Sharpton is pissed Wilmore referred to the Prez as "My n****" during his monologue at the White House Correspondents' Dinner this weekend -- but he says the timing of it forced Obama to play it off like it was no big deal.

We asked Sharpton about what's turned into a raging debate: Is Obama cool with the n-word?

Watch the clip -- the Rev. thinks Obama was just taking the high road.

But we gotta ask ...