Zakaria film blames racism for GOP opposition to Obama
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.