CNN anchor Don Lemon became visibly emotional on Thursday after President Barack Obama announced an initiative aimed at helping minority youth to graduate from high school and train for careers. On Friday, Lemon expanded on his impressions, telling CNN anchor Carol Costello that Obama “became the black president” in that moment.
“It sounds like a great program,” Costello remarked. “But, Don, as you well know, it takes more than money and programs to solve racism.”
“Do you think the president will continue to be vocal, to be blunt, since his term is ending?” she asked. “Is this a time to be America’s black president?”
Lemon said that he wrote a column yesterday on precisely that theme. “Today, Barack Obama became the black president,” he said. “He has been criticized about this – it came a little bit too late, whatever. That doesn’t matter.”
“Yes, he became the black president, and not in a bad way,” Lemon continued.
“When the auto industry needed help the most, he bailed them out. That did not mean he was president just for autoworkers. When financiers needed help, it didn’t mean he was just president for Wall Street. He realized at that particular moment that this particular group needs my help. And that’s why I said he became the black president, and that’s not such a bad thing. I think he realized that these young men are ultimately his legacy.”
Watch the clip below via CNN:
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