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During an interview that will air on CNN Friday night, Morgan Freeman, the actor who's had the distinction of playing both God and a pimp (George Burns as Superfly? I don't think so), told Piers Morgan (who's still on the air) that President Obama has not only not helped in the process of eradicating racism, but has actually made it worse. Freeman said that the Tea Partiers who are controlling the Republican Party are saying, "Screw the country, we're going to do whatever we can to get this black man out of here." Morgan replied, "But it's not necessarily a racist thing," to which Freeman countered, "It is a racist thing."
The seventy-four-year-old actor, who has memorably portrayed Nelson Mandela, said he understood the president's reluctance to fight back against his political enemies, wishing to maintain his principles, but hopes Obama will get more aggressive, and believes he will. What do you think? Is Freeman engaging in hyperbole, or is race really that much of a factor in wanting Obama to join George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter in the One Termer's Club? I propose that everyone get together for a catfish summit at Freeman's Mississippi restaurant, Madidi, and let bygones be bygones.