So the president believes race may play a factor among some white voters who don't much flip over him.
Telling the New Yorker, and I quote, "There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don't like the idea of a black president."
What's remarkable is that five years into his presidency, this issue of race still even comes up.
And on this Martin Luther King Day, no less, seems the latest excuse de jour served up.
For a presidency that's flailing, and approval ratings that are tumbling.
But wait a minute, when those ratings were soaring, I guess race was not an issue?
Or now that they're going the other way, have they suddenly become an issue?
It's remarkable to me that the man who captured the world's attention five years ago today, cannot grasp this reality even now?
People are far more prejudiced by the news around them than the color of the person leading them.
A healthcare law that makes them sick.
A recovery that leaves them stewing.
And a soaring debt that leaves them worrying.
Look, I have no problem with the color of the president's skin, maybe just the thickness of it.
A president who seems remarkably pre-occupied with a news channel that won't just toe his line or critics who won't worship his every line.
That doesn't make them racists, as much as they like to think realists.
Realists who look at the totality of a president and his performance, not based on the color of his skin, but the content of his policies.
Let's be clear much is better than it was five years ago in this country.
Housing is back, banks are back, and the markets are clearly back.
The president shouldn't take all the credit for that. But he's the guy in charge, and he deserves, as would any of his predecessors, the good and bad that comes with that.
But just because the economy's off its back, doesn't mean it's off to the races.
It's not. And it has nothing to do with race.
And everything to do with racing to do things that didn't work.
Remember that for the first two years of his presidency, he and Democrats ran the table and tried to get everything they could to see what would stick.
Now white men have wasted such precious resources and opportunities as well when they sat in his position.
It just demeans this president when he offers his race as an excuse for not doing better in the same position.
Because I think Martin Luther King said, "I have a dream."
Not once do I recall his ever saying, I have an out.