*Morgan Freeman, one of President Obama’s strongest supporters, shocked an NPR interviewer this week when he said that America has yet to see its “first black president.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Freeman was trying to make a point that some people oppose Obama because of his race, when in fact, the actor argued, Obama is “mixed race” and not African-American.
“First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president,” he said “is that all of the people who are setting up this [racial] barrier for him … they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America. There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet. He’s not America’s first black president, he’s America’s first mixed-race president.”
Freeman went on to criticize the GOP for reflexively and programmatically opposing Obama’s every move. The president, he said, “is being purposely, purposely thwarted by the Republican Party, who started out at the beginning of his tenure by saying, ‘We are going to do whatever is necessary to make sure that he’s only going to serve one term.’
“That means they will not cooperate with him on anything.”