In an interview with CNN on that aired Sunday the President of the United States does not believe the racism is “the overriding issue” of the savage debate on health care reform.
“Are there people out there who don’t like me because of race? I’m sure there are. That’s not the overriding issue here,” Obama said.
The president’s statements came just before a Sunday media blitz in which he appeared on five major talkshows.
Since former president Jimmy Carter’s commentary on Anti-Obama demonstrators which he believes is fueled by racism and fear of an African American president running the country, Obama has been hesitant to acknowledge the issue of racism.
“Health care has become a proxy for a broader set of issues about how much government should be involved in our economy,” Obama said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“Even though we’re having a passionate disagreement here, we can be civil with each other, and we can try to express ourselves acknowledging that we’re all patriots, we’re all Americans and not assume the absolute worst in people’s motives.”
“The outrage that we see in America has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with the policies that he is promoting,” US Rep. John Boehner said.
Okay, so Obama refuses to admit that racism is at the center of the folks’ sentiment when they march the streets toting guns, posters of Obama as witch doctor and Hitler and screaming accusations of him being a muslim not born of this nation.
Obama is quite smart, so of course, he knows that racism is still alive and well. But to prove that he above it, he won’t acknowledge it and keep the political issues at the forefront of the discussion. Once again, a smart move to leave the race baiting to Sharpton, Jackson and the like.
Health care reform policy is, once again, the smokescreen to the racism that continues to plague many of our fellow countrymen. And as quiet as it’s kept, Obama is doing the right thing by downplaying the bone of contention that many Americans share, otherwise he’ll be slammed for “pulling the race card.” He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. But folks need to fall back and let the man do his job.