President Obama claimed he’s experienced racist attitudes “among whites” from different parts of the country.
In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Wednesday, Obama broadbrushed white people in the northern and southern parts of the United States, claiming sentiments about him between the two regions are “very different.”
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”I think there’s a reason attitudes about my presidency among whites in northern states are very different from whites in southern states,” Obama said.
“So, are there folks whose primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign ― the other? Are those who champion the birther movement feeding off of bias?” Obama questioned, before answering himself, “Absolutely.”
Democrat strategist David Axelrod also told CNN the “birther movement,” started by Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, “has roots in racism. There’s no question about it.”
“It’s indisputable that there was a ferocity to the opposition and a lack of respect to him that was a function of race,” Axelrod added.
While Obama claims racism has affected his presidency, he has made it a point throughout his tenure to promote racial division at every opportunity.
Back in 2012, for instance, when racial tensions were at an all time high due to the Trayvon Martin controversy, Obama further polarized the issue by claiming the deceased teen could have been the son he never had.
Of course, there was one time in his presidency where he may have experienced actual racism, but it didn’t come from the American people.
In 2009 when the president met with the British royal family, Obama was insulted by Queen Elizabeth’s notoriously racist husband Prince Philip, who asked if he had difficulty telling world leaders apart.
“I had breakfast with the Prime Minister, I had meetings with the Chinese, the Russians, David Cameron…” Obama told the royals, addding, “And I’m proud to say I did not nod off in one of the meetings.”
A guffawing Prince Philip then blurted out: “Can you tell the difference between them?”
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