President Obama claimed that the Tea Party is racially motivated, that there is a “subterranean movement” of those who oppose him. It couldn’t have anything to do with his massive spending, socializing healthcare, taking over American businesses or spreading the wealth around in general. No, it’s all about the color of his skin. Hey, I guess it’s easier to believe that than to believe one has utterly failed as a leader.
But 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.
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.Of course he can’t do anything about it, because it’s made up!
Just for the record, the Tea Party is made up of Americans of every skin color.