Mika: Obama Has Done 'Great Things' On Race

Like what?  Seriously, Mika Brzezinski, when you claim as you did on today's Morning Joe that Barack Obama has done "great things" on race, precisely what do you have in mind? H/t NB reader Ray R.

Was it choosing to make the racist Reverend Wright his personal pastor?  Appointing Eric Holder as Attorney General?  Accusing the Cambridge police of acting "stupidly" in the arrest of a black man?  Complaining about Americans who dislike him because they don't like the idea of a black president? Inviting Al Sharpton to the White House?  Really, Mika, we want to know.  View the video after the jump.



A poll last year found that Americans, black and white alike, have become much more pessimistic on race relations since President Obama took office.  So if President Obama has done "great things," where's the evidence?  We'll wait right here for Mika's response . . . .
 

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Front page of the Washington Post. Gene, this is another one of those situations that this president, all presidents find themselves in, but this president especially. So he sends Eric Holder, so the right-wingers are going to be angry that he's sending Eric Holder. The left-wingers are going to be angry because he is not coming himself. And if he doesn't send anybody, then everybody goes, this president's disengaged.

EUGENE ROBINSON: It's a total no-win situation.

SCARBOROUGH: It's a tough -- this is not a hurricane where he comes and he's welcomed by everybody. This is a tough situation that the president
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ROBINSON: Right.

SCARBOROUGH: And we've seen this with race before. This president has been extra careful when issues of race came around and in a way that frustrated a lot of civil rights leaders.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I think he's also done great things. So --

SCARBOROUGH: No, I'm not being critical of him. I'm just saying this is a really tough line for this president to hold.
 

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