Here are the two Gibbs quotes:
“The president does not believe that the criticism… is based on the color of his skin,”
“The president does not believe that a majority of this in rooted in that,”
The choice of the word “majority” is interesting. It does not close the door on the charges of racism – it just implies that President Obama doesn’t think all criticism is based in racism. One could conclude that he believes a substantial amount is – just not a majority. And Gibbs never went so far as to say that the president doesn’t agree with Jimmy Carter’s indictment of Southerners.
Gibbs was responding to this ridiculous statment yesterday by Jimmy Carter (AKA The Worst President Evah):
“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man. I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that share the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans.”
And there’s more!
“And that racism inclination still exists. And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.”
It concerns me very deeply that you were ever the leader of the free world, Jimmy. But trotting you out to make such vile statements about your fellow Americans who oppose Obama’s agenda shows a sign of desperation on the part of the Democrats, so I guess there is a silver lining in being called a racist.