President Barack Obama prepares to leave office after an historic 2-year term as the nation’s first African-American president. That, as his successor catapulted into office on the heals of presidential campaign that many saw as inciting hate and racism.
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, the president once again talks candidly about race and told Zakaria that he “absolutely” face racism in office.
“I think there’s a reason why attitudes about my presidency among whites in Northern states are very different from whites in Southern states,” Obama said. “Are there folks whose primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign, the other? Are those who champion the ‘birther’ movement feeding off of bias? Absolutely.”