Zakaria film blames racism for GOP op­po­si­tion to Obama

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Brad­ford Richard­son

A new CNN doc­u­men­tary about Pres­i­dent Obama spec­u­lates that Repub­li­can op­po­si­tion to the first black pres­i­dent’s big-govern­ment pro­gram was rooted in racial an­i­mus.

True to Mr. Obama’s legacy, “The Legacy of Barack Obama” finds plenty of time to bash Repub­li­cans.

“Did race play a role in the brick wall of Repub­li­can re­sis­tance to Barack Obama?” CNN an­a­lyst Fareed Zakaria asks at the out­set of the doc­u­men­tary, which aired this weej.

The two-hour prime time ex­pose fea­tures a who’s who of lib­eral pun­dits — many of them for­mer Obama White House of­fi­cials — who whole­heart­edly agree that racism was a driv­ing force be­hind Repub­li­can re­sis­tance to the pres­i­dent’s agenda.

“It’s in­dis­putable that there was a fe­roc­ity to the op­po­si­tion and a lack of re­spect to him that was a func­tion of race,” says David Ax­el­rod, a CNN po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor and for­mer chief strate­gist to the pres­i­dent.

And CNN po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor Van Jones, a for­mer top en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cial in the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, says he can’t think of a sin­gle thing con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans and Mr. Obama agreed on over eight years. But he can think of one thing — and only one thing — that ex­plains the dis­cord.

“You have to have an ex­traor­di­nary ex­pla­na­tion for this level of ob­struc­tion,” Mr. Jones says, ev­i­dently not re­fer­ring to philo­soph­i­cal dis­agree­ment about the size and scope of govern­ment.

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