Obama Disagrees With Carter on Racism Charge

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2009 2:59 PM CDT
President Barack Obama wields a plastic saber as first lady Michelle Obama, rear left, and Track and Field paralympian April Holmes, second left, watch a fencing demonstration on the South Lawn.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Sorry, Jimmy Carter: The White House doesn't think hostility toward President Obama is motivated by race, the Washington Post reports. “The president does not believe that the criticism comes based on the color of his skin,” said Robert Gibbs. Carter started a firestorm by asserting just that—the fervent anti-Obama animosity, he said, "is based on the fact that he is a black man." Administration officials say that while race might be a factor for some, people are mostly upset at his sweeping reform proposals.