Oscar-winning actor/director Robert Redford said this morning that some members of Congress oppose President Obama because they are racially motivated.
“What I wanted to see [in Obama's second term] is turning out to be a bit of a dream that never came true," Redford told CNN (video below). "I don’t envy [Obama's] position. I think he is a good man. I think he is an intelligent man, a compassionate man who can’t function in that environment."
"That environment, it is so decrepit. It is so paralyzed. And the worst of it is that it is paralyzed by intention. There’s a body of congressional people that want to paralyze the system. I think that what’s underneath it, unfortunately, is there is probably some racism involved, which is really awful,” added Redford,
“...It’s not just racism, I think. It’s a group of people that are afraid of change. And they’re so narrow-minded that some people, when you see change coming, get so threatened by change, they get angry and they get terrorized then they get vicious.”
According to The Daily Caller, Redford also said that Obama is hated by some in Congress because he "doesn't look like the norm in their mind... They’re representing their own self-interest, which are very narrow and in some cases just bigoted.”
In 2011, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) compared President Obama to a "tar baby," but claimed it was not a racist comment, noted Wonkette.com.
The New York Times reported on GOP attacks against Obama that had "racist undertones" in 2012.