Via U.S. News & World Report:
...Obama, in his most candid moments, acknowledged that race was still a problem. 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. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted on their mortgages, and the poor, but wasn't helping them nearly enough, he said.It's one thing for the likes of Al Sharpton to hold this view; we've come to expect it but the President of the United States holding it is quite another thing.
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. But he sadly conceded that there was little he could do about it.
It's very simple to understand. The Tea Party arose in direct response to the exponential growth of the federal government. Period. Obama has been contributing to that growth more than any previous president. Calling it racist is simply a way to avoid accountability and play the victim.
Shameful behavior from a president.
Someone needs to ask Barack Obama this question: If the Tea Party is so racist, how come it's in love with Lt. Col. Allen West?
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