Obama opens up about being mistaken for valet, waiter

17 Dec 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »

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President Obama revealed how he was mistaken for a valet and a waiter before he became President in a deeply personal interview on race relations in the U.S. “There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” the President told People magazine, confirming that he had experienced being taken for a valet. Amid the ongoing national uproar over the deaths of several unarmed black men and teenagers at the hands of police, the Obamas said that they’ve personally experienced indignities and misunderstandings based on race despite being the most famous and prominent African-American family in the country. “I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years,” Ms. Obama said, adding: “Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs.” “She didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Wall Street Journal reporter Katie Rosman had previously shared how she witnessed Obama on the receiving end of discrimination at a New York City book party hosted by Tina Brown in 2003.

He says the small indignities they have experienced pale in comparison to young men who have been mistaken for criminals just for being “dressed the way teenagers dress.” Obama said that while everyday misunderstandings still occur, the situation was much changed from a generation or two ago. “The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced,” Mr.

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