Asked about Jimmy Carter’s charge that opposition to Obama’s healthcare reform is rooted in racism, the president said,
“I was actually black before the election. And so the American people gave me this extradinatory honor, and that tells you a lot about where the country’s at. I actually think that what’s happened is that whenever a president tries to bring about significant changes, particularly during times of economic unease, then there is a certain segment of the population that gets very riled up.
FDR was called a ‘socialist’ and a ‘communist’. JFK; there were all kinds of names hurled at him. Ronald Reagan, when he came into office, he was moving in a different direction, and people were sure that he was bringing the country down.
So, this is not untypical. One of the things you sign up for in politics is that folks yell at ya.”
Even President Obama understands that our disagreement with him is not with his race, but with his policies. I applaud President Obama for coming out and clearing this up.