In an interview that appears to have thrown a number of MSNBC hosts under the bus, President Obama admitted to PBS "NewsHour" hosts Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff that he does not believe race is a factor in opposition to his policies, Matthew Sheffield reported at Newsbusters Thursday.
"I — I think it — it doesn’t have to do with my race in particular. It has to do with an effort to make sure that people who might otherwise challenge the existing ways that things work are divided," he told Ifill and Woodruff.
Ifill, Sheffield said, attempted to get Obama to agree with a statement made by liberal historian Taylor Branch.
“One of the things he [Branch] said was that you suffer — you are a victim of partisan racial gridlock. That’s the way he put it. And you talked a moment ago about that a little bit,” she said. “I wonder whether you think that’s true, and if so, what, if anything, the first African-American president can do to break through that kind of motivated gridlock.”
Obama, however, did not take her bait, but gave a purely partisan answer, claiming that only Democrats typically have a rough time when they hold the White House.
“Well, you know, I was on stage with President Clinton. And I remember him having a pretty hard time with the Republicans as well,” he said.
“There does be a habit sometimes of just Democratic presidents generally being — efforts being made to delegitimize them in some fashion. And that’s fine, because, you know, politics is — is not — is not bean bag, as they used to say — it’s not a non-contact sport. And — and I don’t worry about it personally," he added, apparently forgetting the treatment George Bush received during his two terms.
The president did give a long, rambling answer about class, railing against “those who resisted any change in the status quo” while insisting that opposition to his policies come from those he believes are out to protect the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.
"While it is somewhat of a relief to see Obama declining to embrace the racialist obsessions of his most ardent defenders, it is unfortunate to see him embrace the class consciousness nonsense that neo-Marxists have been spewing for years," Sheffield said. "We can at least take some solace in the fact that the dunderheads over at MSNBC are too illiterate to have noticed this, however."
Recently, for example, MSNBC's Ed Schultz posted a poll asking if conservatives are "the new Confederates." The vast majority of Shultz's dwindling audience said yes.
Other hosts, like Chris Matthews, have continually pushed the race card, claiming that opposition to Obama's policies are based in racism.
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