John Hinderaker at Power Line has an excellent post regarding a quote attributed to President Obama concerning the Tea Party in Kenneth Walsh’s upcoming book, Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House. Following is the account:
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.
With all due respect Mr. President, your race has nothing and I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with my opposition to you. I am diametrically opposed to your ideology, world view and where you seem to be taking the Country. You could be my own flesh and blood and I would be just as vehemently opposed.
Why must you progressives reduce everything down to race or group identity? And you accuse us of being narrow, petty and small-minded! Pot, meet kettle.