The conservative media has relentlessly attacked President Barack Obama since the first day of his presidency and before, and he has dealt with this unparalleled abuse with great dignity.
Now that Obama’s presidency is in its final days, however, he finally opened up to renowned author Ta-Nehisi Coates about his true feelings about Fox News and other right-wing outlets.
Said Obama astutely, “In 2008 I was never subjected to the kind of concentrated vilification of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, the whole conservative-media ecosystem, and so as a consequence, even for my first two years as a senator [of Illinois] I was polling at 70 percent. [T]hey weren’t seeing some image of me as trying to take away their stuff and give it to black people, and coddle criminals, and all the stereotypes of not just African American politicians but liberal politicians. You started to see that kind of prism being established towards the end of the 2008 race, particularly once Sarah Palin was the nominee. And obviously almost immediately after I was elected, it was deployed in full force. And it had an impact in terms of how a large portion of white voters would see me.”
He added, “[O]ne of the things that you come pretty early on to understand in this job, and you start figuring out even during the course of the campaign, is that there’s Barack Obama the person and there’s Barack Obama the symbol, or the office holder, or what people are seeing on television, or just a representative of power. And so when people criticize or respond negatively to me, usually they’re responding to this character that they’re seeing on TV called Barack Obama, or to the office of the presidency and the White House and what that represents.” Will you miss having Obama as our President? Listen below: