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In an interview with Politico’s Glenn Thrush on his podcast, Off Message, Ben Carson had some interesting words to say about President Obama, and how he was raised.

Carson was asked about how felt with Obama won the presidency for the first time:

Carson: Like most Americans I was proud that we broke the color barrier when he was elected but I also recognize that his experience and my experience are night and day different. He didn’t grow up like I grew up by any stretch of the imagination.

Thrush: That’s right.

Carson: Not even close.

Thrush: He is an African American as opposed to an African-American.

Carson: He’s an African American. He was, you know, raised white. Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia so for him to claim that he identifies with the experience of black Americans is a bit of a stretch.

Thrush: That’s interesting.

It’s sad to say, word by word, Carson is managing to ruin his own medical legacy. He obviously never read any of Obama’s books.

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  • PurpNGold1

    Uncle Ben’s at it again

    • [email protected]

      He is truly at it again.

  • hon3y b33

    if he doesn’t suspend his campaign and go back to practicing butchering, oops i meant being a doctor.

  • Mr Randall K

    Obama is about as disconnected and out of touch with african americans as most conservatives. He has lived a very sheltered life. Ben is right.

  • [email protected]

    First many points must be made. Ben Carson ironically is the candidate in the GOP side who has tried to deemphasize racial issues. He wants to not over obsessed with the concept of race, but he made this evaluation (which deals with race), which is ironic and telling. Also, the President was raised by white and non-white relatives. It is inaccurate to say that Obama has been raised white alone. Also, he or the President has made contact with black people in America, non-white people in Indonesia, and he married a black woman from an African American family. President Barack Obama is close to First Lady Michelle Obama’s brother and her black grandmother. So, the President has experience dealing with both white and black people. Ben Carson has been very clear that he refuses to increase the minimum wage nationally even by one cent, he has opposed anti-imperialism, he has gone out of his way to advocate a stripping of many social programs, and his views on foreign policy is highly neo-conservative.

    Carson is allied with the Republican Party and he is a dedicated follower of its philosophy. That’s my take on him. Carson has shown his recent views on race to appeal to numerous conservatives, who don’t care about the President regardless of who raised him. That’s the point. It is some of the same ones who believe that race doesn’t matter or we live in a meritocracy, but some of these same people love to say that he was “raised white,” which isn’t entirely true. I’m not into following the agenda of Dr. Ben Carson. He has the right to express his views and I have the right to subsequently disagree with his views too. The reality is that President Barack Obama is not a socialist or a Marxist. The deal is that he’s a center left person who is right on some issues and wrong on others. He has been slandered by many far right people and black people have the right to embrace political independence beyond the mainstream 2 party duopoly of the Republicans and the Democrats.

    • LogicOverEmotion

      So if blacks don’t vote democrat you won’t call them a koon?

    • [email protected]

      I don’t use slurs to describe Ben Carson, yet you have used disrespectful language to describe black women who disagree with you. I do disagree with Carson on some issues. Also, I don’t call black people who aren’t Democrats racial slurs, but I do call black people like Jesse Lee Peterson a sellout for thanking God for slavery and his other views. I do call William O’Neal a sellout for being an FBI informant (and harming the efforts of the courageous black man Fred Hampton) as well.

    • LogicOverEmotion

      Well there is some hope for you. I haven’t been disrespectful. I used words to describe thei character. I have not called them names or cussed them out as some of them have done me. I merely state their blatant hypocrisy and it’s only fair that someone tells them.

    • [email protected]

      You can believe that you haven’t been disrespectful, but I beg to differ. You have called the black women (who disagree with you) bitter, insecure, and other negative words when these Sisters obviously are strong, some have careers in foreign countries, and they are living their lives as human beings. People can agree to disagree without calling people morally obtuse.

  • LogicOverEmotion

    In a sense Ben is right even though he was being petty. It’s pretty irrelevant to the elections. But Obuma is NOT black he is biracial. He grew up in Hawaii and was raised by a white mother. He didn’t grow up like most black kids do. The thing is though that so many blacks accept biracials as black people and that is how Rachel Dolezal was able to fool you all for so long!!! And then you turn around and get mad when biracial women play black women roles.

    • pandicorn

      Finally! someone who understands my issues with certain people who are African- American. Obama, is like me, BIRACIAL and while we may not be fully black, we too have to deal with quite a bit of racism. While he may not have had people being out right racist, he still has had to deal with racism. Instead of trying to determine wether he is “black” enough, try focusing on the good he has attempted to do… but that’s just my opinon