Some Obama Critics Actually Are Racists
They reject his 'legitimacy as president'
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2009 9:06 AM CDT
President Obama pauses in the East Room of the White House on Thursday during a ceremony where he awarded a soldier the Medal of Honor.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Jimmy Carter was right when he said racism fuels some of President Obama's critics, Eugene Robinson writes for the Washington Post. Carter may have overstated it—plenty of naysayers have legit policy concerns over issues such as health reform—but "the most vitriolic attacks" reject Obama's "legitimacy as president," Robinson writes. "I can't find any explanation for it other than race."

"Protest is part of our system," Robinson writes. "It's as American as apple pie." But this is something more nefarious. Rep. Joe "You lie!" Wilson's outburst was a game-changer. "Grumbling and even booing come with the territory, but a flat accusation of mendacity is an impermissible sign of disrespect," Robinson writes. "Nobody ever called Bush a liar when he was speaking in the House chamber."