“The New Yorker” published a profile of President Barack Obama’s fifth year in office Sunday, covering a wide range of issues, including his sagging approval rating, which the president blames on the color of his skin.
“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president,” Obama said in the article.
The election of Barack Obama was expected to usher in a post-racial America, and with his approval rating close to 70 percent in his first few months in office, according to CBS News, he seemed to be well on his way to bringing this about.
Five years later, Obama’s approval rating is at 39 percent, according to Gallup. A low that marks the aftermath of his infamous broken promise to the American people, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.”
Obama did acknowledge in the interview that there are some benefits to being a black president.
“Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black president,” he said.
With such a focus on what divides us, there’s little surprise that Obama’s fourth year in office was tagged by Gallup as “the most polarized” on record.
And while some may point to racial animosity as the reason for Obama’s falling popularity, he has also seen a drop-off in support among black voters.
As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the tanking approval ratings of the first black president is likely more of a reflection of the content of his character than the color of his skin. After all, there are consequences to breaking the trust of the American people.
Twitchy captured a few tweets that scoff at Obama’s comments:
If Obama thinks his approval numbers are dropping due to “racism,” he should blame himself and Eric Holder for inciting racial divisions.
— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) January 19, 2014
— Ramy Trawlets (@sceptress) January 19, 2014
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