That said, I do not support that much of the President's agenda. It is not because of race but because how I want the country to move and how it should be done. Now that I said that, here is the main part of the article:
In a new book, President Barack Obama is quoted as having stated that race is a "key component" both in the Tea Party's rise and conservative opposition as a whole.
In Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House, journalist Kenneth T. Walsh recounts a candid conversation with the President. It starts off normal, with Mr. Obama stating:
"Americans, since the victories of the civil rights movement, I think, have broadly come to accept the notion that everybody has to be treated equally; everybody has to be treated fairly."But as soon as one might believe that the conversation is run of the mill, the President begins veering into different regions. For example, Walsh writes (emphasis mine):
In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent "Tea Party" movement that was then surging across the country.And just as bad:
A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to "take back" their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn't dispute the idea. He agreed that there was a "subterranean agenda" in the anti-Obama movement—a racially biased one—that was unfortunate.Sigh. What can I say? Can I say that Tea Partiers are simply upset that their government is not only spending money faster than it can print it, but that they fear the government's growth? Can I say that, if you believe in limited government and are against abortion, that you are not automatically a racist?
That President Obama could believe such things truly shows how out of touch he is. It makes me wonder what else he doesn't understand.