President Barack Obama’s use of the N-word during a podcast has triggered concern with Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
So much so that she’s worried he will say the word during an important speech like the State of the Union. Hasselbeck’s worry stems from a discussion Obama had with Marc Maron on the state of race in America on the comedian’s “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast.
“And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘n*gger’ in public,” the frustrated commander-in-chief said when talking about racism still being alive in the U.S. “That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t overnight completely erase everything that happened 2-300 years prior.”
Obama’s comment was the spark that set off the “Fox & Friends” panel as they chatted on “whether it is appropriate for the president to use the n-word and whether or not it is beneath the dignity of his office.”
For the show’s anchor, Bret Baier, it was the president’s “prerogative to say those things when talking about racism from his personal knowledge, and it has a unique perspective, obviously, as the first African-American president.”
From there, Hasselbeck responded, saying:
“I think many people are wondering if it’s only there that he would say it,” Hasselbeck replied. “And not, perhaps, in a State of the Union [address] or more public address if he’s only doing this because he’s in the — quote — podcast, that he felt safe to do it there.”
So does Hasselbeck have a point or is she overreacting as usual. Check out the “Fox & Friends” discussion of Obama’s use of the N-word below and weigh in on Hasselbeck’s reaction.