The Presidency has always been an office of triumphs and failures. Some like Reagan, Kennedy or Roosevelt have lifted the spirit and drive of the American people to unimaginable heights. Some, like Nixon and Clinton, have brought shame on the American people.
But to a man, the first 43 occupants of the White House have followed the sayings of President Harry Truman, “The buck stops here.” These men seeing that at the end of the day, the successes or the failures of their Administration being their glory or their shame.
That is not the case for Barack Obama. In an interview aired Wednesday on CNN, President Obama described how he thinks people may view him differently than other presidents because of his race. In essence, he blamed everyone but the one person responsible for his failures, Barack Obama.
“I think there’s a reasoned attitude about my presidency among whites in northern states are very different from whites in southern states,” Obama told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. Obama described how the “birther” movement, an issue that President-elect Donald Trump would not let the mainstream media bury, affected him.
“Are there folks whose primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign — the other? Are those who champion the birther movement feeding off of bias? Absolutely,” he said.
In 2011, Trump questioned why Obama hadn’t revealed his birth certificate, repeating questions that Hillary Clinton raised in the 2008 Democratic Primary that Obama was born in Kenya and not the U.S. It took months for Obama to release a birth certificate that to this day there are recurring questions about the validity of that document.
“The concept of race is not just genetic,” he said. “It’s cultural. This notion of people who look different than the mainstream, suffering terrible oppression but somehow being able to make out of that a music and a language and a faith and a patriotism.” The interview aired as part of CNN’s “The