President Barack Obama sat down with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Thursday night for a special interview reviewing the legacy he would leave the U.S. In the conversation, Obama said that racism played a part in fueling opposition to his presidency.
“There are people who dislike me because they think I’m a liberal,” Obama acknowledged.
But, he said, there was another faction that disliked him solely because of his skin color.
“I think there is a reason why 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 that champion the birther movement feeding off of bias? Absolutely.”
CNN came up with several contributors willing to back the president on this handy scapegoat, including his former advisor, David Axelrod.
“It’s indisputable that there was a ferocity to the opposition and a lack of respect to him that was a function of race,” said Axelrod.
Van Jones, who described Donald Trump’s election as a “whitelash,” joined the chorus.
“I can’t name one thing that this Congress supported this president on in eight years,” Jones said. “You have to have an extraordinary explanation for this level of obstruction.”
But just for the sake of argument, let’s pretend that the explanation isn’t racism. Sure, sure, we know that’s ridiculous. CNN, Obama, and every other liberal politician and pundit in the country already know the truth and they’ve already proven it beyond a reasonable doubt. Obama is one of the greatest presidents – nay, men – of all time, and Republicans hate him because he’s black. Of COURSE that’s why.
But like, what if it wasn’t? Is there anything else – anything at all – that could explain why Obama is so despised by Republicans?
Could it be because his agenda was the very epitome of big-government liberalism?
Could it be because he regularly trashed southern culture, Christianity, and traditional values?
Could it be because he was a blatant enemy of the Constitution, constantly trying to pull more power into the executive branch?
Oh no, no, of COURSE it’s racism, don’t get us wrong. We’re just having a fun little thought experiment, that’s all.
Prepare yourself, because you’re not going to like how the history books tell the story of Obama’s presidency. He will be the new MLK. He will be the new Jackie Robinson. There will be no room for dissent. Obama the President will be replaced by Obama the Legend. Just…brace yourself.