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President Obama says he ‘absolutely’ faced racism while in office

There's one area of the country where it's been the worst.

Feb 28, 2020, 7:18 pm*

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Samantha Grasso

America’s first black president says he’s faced racism while in office.

On Wednesday night CNN aired “The Legacy of Obama,” a two-hour special by host Fareed Zakaria. In an interview with Zakaria for the special, President Barack Obama opened up about the country’s racial tensions, saying that he “absolutely” felt some of America’s concerns with his presidency were race-based. 

“Attitudes about my presidency among whites in northern states are very different from whites in southern states,” Obama told Zakaria in a clip featured on CNN’s Twitter account. 

“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,” Obama continued.

The clip goes on to discuss how the largest proponent of the birther movement, Donald Trump, is now president-elect of the United States.

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*First Published: Dec 8, 2016, 1:54 pm