President Obama mentioned perceptions of him on Fox News in a lengthy interview out this week, and today Fox’s Neil Cavuto responded to the president’s remarks.
Obama told The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi Coates that people’s perceptions of him on both the left and right are shaped by the “fictional character” Barack Obama they see in the media, on Fox News, and on Rush Limbaugh‘s radio show.
Cavuto mockingly responded by “cleansing” his soul and confessing that it’s him and everyone at Fox responsible for frustrations Americans have like, say, higher insurance premiums.
Karl Rove found Obama’s remarks to be “jaw-droppingly condescending and arrogant” in how he talks about white voters in that interview.
Obama said in the interview that an “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” started forming late in the 2008 race, and “it had an impact in terms of how a large portion of white voters would see me.”
Rove took from this that Obama was arguing that people who don’t agree with him are racists, without consideration for legitimate grievances they have about their own livelihoods.
Cavuto ended the segment by saying, “It’s not about the color of the president’s skin, maybe more the thickness of it.”
Watch above, via Fox News.
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