“Typical White Person”
Those three words will haunt Obama for years.
Obama said this Thursday in an early-morning call to a sports radio station in Philadelphia when asked about that remark about his grandmother and how she feels about him possibly becoming president of the United States:
â€œShe is extremely proud, and the point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesnâ€™t. But she is a typical white person who, you know, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesnâ€™t know, there is a reaction that has been bred into our experiences that donâ€™t go away and sometimes come out in the wrong wayâ€¦
â€œThatâ€™s the nature of race in our society,â€™â€™ Obama added in the call to the radio station, â€œand we have to break through it. And what makes me optimistic is you see each generation feeling a little less like that, and thatâ€™s pretty powerful stuff.â€™â€™
I think it’s obvious what he means by how he explained it, but those three words are going to be repeated as much as, if not more than, the Wright sermons. And they’ll be used in commercials and in radio ads and so on and so forth. They’ll be trumpeted as proof that Obama thinks white people are racist.
Long story short, it’s a serious gaffe and one he needs to address.