Mondale: Carter's right about race, Obama

The former vice president agrees with his old boss that racism motivates some opposition to the president

Published September 24, 2009 5:25PM (EDT)

Former Vice President Walter Mondale has joined the president he served in arguing that at least some of the animosity towards President Obama is based on his race.

Mondale was asked about former President Jimmy Carter's thoughts on the matter Wednesday night, Politico reports. He said he agreed, adding:

I don't like saying it. Having lived through those years, when civil rights was such a bitter issue, and when we argued those things for years ... I know that some of that must still be around.

I don't want to pick a person, say, he's a racist, but I do think the way they're piling on Obama, the harshness, you kind of feel it. I think I see an edge in them that's a little bit different and a little harsher than I've seen in other times.

Carter and Mondale are saying what's on the mind of more than a few Democrats right now. That doesn't mean, though, that the White House will be happy about it. The Obama team has always been reticent about engaging in discussions of how race affects opinions of the president, and especially about accusations of racism against him.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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