Former attorney general Eric Holder reminisced about aspects of President Obama‘s presidency today, including the incredibly awkward moment between him and Republican Rep. Joe Wilson.
“Somebody should have smacked his a**,” Holder said to ESPN’s Undefeated. “They should have told him to sit the f*ck down.”
For those who don’t recall, Obama was addressing a joint session of Congress in 2009 when Wilson shouted “you lie” at him in the middle of his health care speech. Wilson was admonished by Congress and he apologized later, but Politico noted that the outburst remained one the most blatant moments of Republican determination to challenge Obama at every opportunity.
Holder also addressed how much of Obama’s conservative opposition is motivated by racism. He remarked that there was a definite shift in terms of how people criticized Obama compared to past presidents .
“There is a unique feeling of fear — hatred is too strong a word — but a feeling of anger, dissatisfaction with this president,” Holder said.
The article goes on to point out a growing trend in the past few years with the slurs and expressions public figures were willing to use to attack the nation’s first African-American leader.
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