With Obama’s presidency coming to an end, and most of us still in disbelief that Trump will be the one taking over, the president was ready to tell the world what he thinks about the conservative media.
President Obama sat down in an interview with Ta-Nehisi Coats from The Atlantic to talk about all the lies that conservative media said about him. Obama said:
“In 2008 I was never subjected to the kind of concentrated vilification of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, the whole conservative-media ecosystem, and so as a consequence, even for my first two years as a senator I was polling at 70 percent.
They were seeing some image of me as trying to take away their stuff and give it to black people, and coddle criminals, and all the stereotypes of not just African American politicians but liberal politicians. You started to see that kind of prism being established towards the end of the 2008 race, particularly once Sarah Palin was the nominee. And obviously almost immediately after I was elected, it was deployed in full force. And it had an impact in terms of how a large portion of white voters would see me.”
Obama has been blamed for things that weren’t his fault, even getting blamed for things that happened when he was not president at the time.
A poll showed that 29% of Louisiana Republicans blamed Barrack Obama for the government’s horrible response following Hurricane Katrina, even though the hurricane took place nearly 4 years prior to Obama assuming his position as president.
People actually believe these things the right-winged media pundits say about our president, and yet Obama does not blame the people but instead the conservative media themselves:
“And so when people criticize or respond negatively to me, usually they’re responding to this character that they’re seeing on TV called Barack Obama, or to the office of the presidency and the White House and what that represents. And so you don’t take it personally. You understand that if people are angry that somehow the government is failing, then they are going to look to the guy who represents government. And that applies, by the way, even to some of the folks who are now Trump supporters. They’re responding to a fictional character named Barack Obama who they see on Fox News or who they hear about through Rush Limbaugh.”