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Obama Fearlessly Talks Race: Says Right-Wing Media Stokes the Fears of ‘White’ Americans
Obama is smarter than Wikipedia. He’s nicer than Match.com profiles. And cooler than Snoop.
So it is really hard to criticize the man and yet, he’s still a human being. No human being is immune to criticism. It may not be accurate, it may not even be right. But so long as it’s fair, it’s fair.
So here’s some “fair” criticism that may not be right.
Obama should have been talking about race far more than he has. We get it, as president he really really couldn’t, or at least he couldn’t without being hated with even more vitriol, and perhaps making even more independents just a tad “uncomfortable.” As president, he wanted to “do things” and sometimes when a black man talks about race, nothing else gets done. Ask any black man.
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So we’ve waited. Because now, he’s free. He is the second coolest person on the planet, married to the coolest. When his phone pings with a text, it’s likely from the President of the United States. And everyone that’s ever going to love him already does, while everyone who hates him already has – for quite some time.
So why wait any longer? Well, he’s coming around. He let it fly pretty plainly tonight with Anderson Cooper (he already had some good things to say about Trump and we’ve published those points, too). Obama addressed the poison that is Right-Wing media:
I also think that there are certain right-wing media venues, for example, that monetize and capitalize on stoking the fear and resentment of a white population that is witnessing a changing America and seeing demographic changes, and do everything they can to give people a sense that their way of life is threatened and that people are trying to take advantage of them.
One isn’t going to find that paragraph on Wikipedia. But then again, Obama is smarter than Wiki. So he’s talking to history now, which is good. History has had its eyes on him for quite a while.
Former President Barack Obama: "There are certain right-wing media venues, for example, that monetize and capitalize on stoking the fear and resentment of a white population… and do everything they can to give people a sense that their way of life is threatened." pic.twitter.com/h4HA0cJN6t
— The Hill (@thehill) June 8, 2021
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