On his Thursday show, Rush Limbaugh wondered "how many people really think" of President Obama as a black man.
Limbaugh's comments came as he leafed through a new book by U.S. News and World Report writer Kenneth Walsh about African Americans and the presidency. The book recounted a meeting in the White House, where Obama said he was concerned that "race was probably a key component" in some of the opposition to his presidency.
Limbaugh, not surprisingly, objected strongly to this idea, calling it "classless" and baseless of Obama to think that race was involved in peoples' animus towards him. Then, he said that Obama was not even thought of as black by most people:
"Let me ask you a question. How many people really think of Obama as black? ...One of Obama's parents is black. Undeniable. But he was raised by a white mother, by white grandparents. He went to a highly exclusive private school in Hawaii with rich, white students and white teachers. He went to exclusive colleges that were practically lily-white. Barry Obama is from a very white, albeit radically left, cultural background. He's not from the hood. He's not from the movement...I'm telling you, there is a chip on this guy's shoulder, and it is a factor in every policy decision that he makes."
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