Morgan Freeman: Obama Isn’t America’s First Black President

President Barack Obama told his compelling life story during the campaign leading up to his election in 2008. Upon his inauguration, many Americans took pride in their country having elected their first black president, seeing it as a tangible sign of progress in overcoming the country’s racial history. Enter Morgan Freeman, here to burst that bubble and inform us that America has yet to see its first black president.

The Oscar-winning actor explained what he meant, speaking to NPR:

“First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him … they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America,” Freeman said. “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 did come to Obama’s defense though, unhappy with what he perceives as unfair treatment (and obstructionism) from his opponents. He’s being “purposely thwarted” by the Republican Party, Freeman said, noting that they’d go to many lengths to ensure he’s a one-term president. “That means they will not cooperate with him on anything,” he said. “So to say he’s ineffective is a misappropriation of the facts.”


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