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Morgan Freeman: 'Obama's Not America's First Black President'

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Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman said something Thursday that though true is destined to shock many Americans.

Speaking on NPR, Freeman said Barack Obama is "not America's first black president. He's America's first mixed-race president" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

In the middle of a “Tell Me More” interview, host Michel Martin asked her guest where America is now historically with its first African-American president along with “racially-charged episodes in the news. Do you see a film in this?”

"First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him – what’s his name, Donald Trump and this who thing that he’s resurfacing. They just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America," Freeman said. "There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America's first black president hasn't arisen yet. He's not America's first black president. He's America's first mixed-race president."

“I told Bill Clinton that he was the first black president,” Freeman joked.

“I don’t know what to say any more about this whole situation,” the actor continued. "He is being purposely, purposely thwarted by the Republican Party, who started out at the beginning of his tenure by saying, 'We are going to do whatever is necessary to make sure that he only serves one term.' That means they will not cooperate with him on anything. So to say that he's ineffective is a misappropriation of the facts."

“Are you heartened or disheartened by our current circumstances,” asked Martin.

“I’m disheartened,” responded Freeman. “I am thoroughly upset by it. But we will prevail. I think that the public at large watching, listening, when it comes down to it will say, ‘Well now, wait a minute. What they’re talking about is nonsense.’”

“When Barack was elected president,” Freeman continued, “a good portion of the country broke into tears because it was proof that we are really Americans, that we are who we say we are. And I thought at the time, okay, we can pretty much stop talking about race here in this country, and concentrate on growth. Well, it didn’t turn out that way quite.”

(HT Mediaite)


#1 Morgan,get a clue

It's not about the color of his skin , it's about the contents of his character. If you weren't a racist, you'd see that!

#2 Good point, nixon

Far left celebrities are disappointed that Obama didn't usher in a New Deal or a Great Leap Forward, but only a handful will say so publicly. Like the Race Industry that educated them, they play the Race Card.

I do find it interesting that Freeman is candid enough to state that Obama is not the first black President. I would've countered with "But he is inarguably the first African-American President -- his father having been a Kenyan." I wonder what Freeman would say to that.

#3 Someone might want to remind Mr. Freeman

Anyone familiar with African-American history (including pasty-white guys like me) knows that African-Americans are all (or virtually all) mixed race, given the long history of sexual relations between white men and slave women, escaped slaves and Native Americans (as well as slaves held by Native Americans) and the various interracial liaisons between blacks and members of every other ethnic group in the 150 years since the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.

#4 Yep.

It is amazing somebody will make such an ignorant comment.
Good luck finding an A-A with a many generation American heritage who is still of 100% African ethnicity.
There are few, if any, true "black" people in America, nor are there any true "white" people excepting the vitiligo
or albino gene types.

#5 That's What I Was Thinking

It is not accurate to say Obama is the first mixed-race President. Just because our first forty some odd Presidents LOOKED white doesn't mean they weren't of mixed race. (And I mean a lot more mixed than just 1/32 Cherokee).

#6 Let's be more accurate about his momma.

She was a white, commie ho from Kansas who hated America as much as her parents.  Barack is a mixed breed bastard who may or may not have been "Born in the USA."  Who knows.

Now I want "ax" y'all a "qeston."  What is it about the word president that some Americans of certain racial orientation can't pronounce it without saying pres-e-DENT?!?  Same with apart-MENT, resi-DENT, etc.

Comrade Bubba

#7 You mean Boy Baraka had a

You mean Boy Baraka had a 'white mother'??? Who knew??? You'd sure as hell never figure it out by listening to him, although he DID admit to having a 'typical white grandmother' (who inexplicitly died over here the day before he was coronated!!!).
Free-man (hey, Morgan - did'ja ever think about your own last name?? I'm surprised you haven't changed it to Nkundulu or Akbar al just another example of a delusional celebraty who thinks his idiotic opinions matter.

#8 Good idea, Killa.

Maybe Morgan could become Kareem ah Wheat?

I so want someone to adopt the Moooooooooooslim name.

Comrade Bubba

#9 Freeman got something right.

At least Freeman's correct about the tears. Many of us on the Right became tearful, when we realized that a very inexperienced Democrat, possibly a Socialist, who sat in a church for twenty years, listening to a pastor who ranted Black Liberation Theology, was now President of the United States.

To this day, I still tear up (okay, I may be exaggerating a bit) whenever I hear, see or think about President Barack Hussein Obama, and what he has done to this great country.

#10 hypocrite

obama doing what his followers want is good.
the gop doing what its voters wanted is bad.

and of course disqus not loading here tonight :(

#11 Sorry, Wormhole, but those freckles...

lead me to believe that your own father may have been none other than Howdy "The Woodman" Doody himself.

So sign up for dressage lessons ASAP.

#12 ➚ Easy out

Looks like Morgan Freeman is throwing out a life jacket to all the African Americans.

By election time, Reuters might even be calling the President a "White African American"

#13 White Afro Amer

Ooo that's good. And our corrupt MSM comedians and satirists claim there is nothing funny about this admin.

#14 Don't hold your breath on

Don't hold your breath on that one, Cool...............that 'white whatever' is a concoction of the StateRun Media to describe 'bad' minorities - such as the white hispanic George Zimmerman, or - if need be - the white hispanic Marco Rubio. And, although lying is part and parcel to the Media's trade, they would still only be batting .667 if they called Baraka a 'white African American', because the guy is NOT an American!!!

#15 Please don't

insult Howdy Doody.

#16 Negroism is as much a state

Negroism is as much a state of mind as it is a color.

Non, je ne regrette rien. "You aren't angry because I might be a racist, you're angry because you know I'm right".

#17 Word up, my negro!!!!!

Word up, my negro!!!!!

#18 I would like

Morgan Freeman to explain to me why the Republicans would want a Democrat to succeed? Is it not their intention to win back the WH? That would seem to be the reason a Democrat would not want a Republican president to succeed. Maybe we should let each party have one term at a time and switch with each other every 4 years. By knowing they would be in office the next time, maybe each party would work with the current occupant of the WH and actually do something GOOD for the country.

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