Gibbs: Financial collapse, not racism, behind anger at Obama

It’s nice that this is comimg from the White House, but I don’t think it will satisfy all those who want to make any type of disagreement with Obama some type of racial issue.

From Raw Story (with video):

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told CNN’s John King that President Barack Obama doesn’t believe race is behind the high level of vitriol in protests against his administration.

Instead, the chief White House spokesman suggested that some of the concerns among opponents of the Obama administration’s policies — chiefly, concerns having to do with government spending — are worthy of debate.

“I don’t think the president believes that people are upset because of the color of his skin,” said Gibbs. “I think people are upset because on Monday we celebrate the anniversary of the Lehman [Brothers] collapse that caused a financial catastrophe unlike anything we have ever seen.”

Addressing that catastrophe “certainly cost a lot of money, but it’s something that we had to do,” Gibbs said.

The notion that racism is at the heart of the angry rhetoric against the president health care reform proposal has been making its way around the left-wing blogosphere for some time, but the argument was thrust into the spotlight Sunday when New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd argued that GOP Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst during the president’s speech Wednesday was born of racism.

Dowd wrote: “Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted ‘liar’ at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.”

“I do think, again, this rhetoric often just gets way too hot,” Gibbs said on CNN’s State of the Union. “I think what we all have to do is take a step back, take a deep breath and remember who were here to represent — millions of Americans who have health insurance but are watching their premiums double. … Americans who don’t have health care and are one doctor’s visit away from losing their house.”

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