The talk show host explains in his new book, “I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes is Ruining America,” how the president has really impacted the country as the first African American president.
“I think he was surprised that the right wing would actually let this country fall apart just to get the black guy out of office,” he said during an interview with the Daily Beast. “I don’t think he realized how we as a country have not gotten that far race-wise. White people are cool with black people at work, living in the neighborhood and having a few as friends. But let someone black marry their daughter or let a black man run the free world and you see the real feelings. I think Obama thought everyone would come together for the good of the country. He believed that people are basically patriotic. They are until there’s a black head of state.”
The comedian explained that Obama hasn’t done his due diligence with handling right winged critics and politicians.
“The day Rep. Joe Wilson yelled out ‘you lie’ while President Obama was speaking to congress defined his presidency as far as I’m concerned,” Hughley said. “Obama not addressing that situation gave a pass to people to keep disrespecting him. Had he just said, “You don’t have to respect me but you will respect this office,” and then said, “Guards, remove him,” a lot of things would be different now. Incidents like that show you he wasn’t raised by a black father because a black father would have taught him that you can’t let someone disrespect you but one time. You let someone take your lunch from you that one time without doing anything and they’ll be eating your lunch the rest of your life. That incident made it clear to me that he was raised by his grandparents from Kansas.”