Morgan Freeman on Obama

Last Friday, while on Michel Martin's NPR show, "Tell Me More," Hollywood titan Morgan Freeman informed his host that, contrary to the prevailing wisdom, Barack Hussein Obama is not America's first black president. He is the country's "first mixed-race president."  The first black president, Freeman continued, has not as yet "arisen." So, one wonders, whence stems the popular misconception that Obama is black?  Freeman has an answer ready at hand: the president's opponents. Obama's rivals want to fuel the flames of racial bigotry by emphasizing his African ancestry while ignoring his white background.  Yet they conveniently "forget that Barack had a mama" who "was white, very white American, Kansas, middle of America." Some commentators, particularly those on the right, think that Freeman's remarks should have been met with more outrage.  I personally think that incredulity is a more fitting response. At the 2009 White House Correspondents' Association dinner, the...(Read Full Article)

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