True or False: Barack Obama was a Black Man Before the Election

By Jorge Rivas Sep 22, 2009

Last night David Letterman asked President Obama what he thought about Jimmy Carter’s statements that perhaps a lot of the "poor and uneasy" signs and behavior seen at tea parties was rooted in racism. "It’s important to realize that I was actually black before the election," Obama pointed out. "That tells you a lot, I think, about where the country is at." I think Barack Obama agrees with Jimmy Carter’s statement, but can’t say so because it would fuel even more animosity against him. If he were to say he agreed with Carter we’d probably see him forced to take his words back, just like he “could have calibrated” his words more carefully in the racially-charged controversy over the arrest of a Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates. Although Obama’s answer was pretty funny it was also kind of a diss to Jimmy Carter. What do you think?