As every good racist will tell you, American presidents are supposed to be white. Just ask Newt Gingrich who gave this reason for the government shutdown.
“The big problem is that President Obama refuses to behave like an American president,” Gingrich said. “This President puts himself above the Constitution and that’s very dangerous for our freedoms.”
(wink, wink, nod, nod…”American president” = white president…get it?)
Can you imagine Gingrich or any other Republican referring to a past president they disagree with on policy as refusing to “behave like an American president”? It wouldn’t happen. There’s something unique about the current president that makes him illegitimate in the eyes of Republicans.
President Barack Obama is black…and it’s driving a good number of conservatives to unprecedented levels of insanity.