President Obama appeared on The View today. When asked whether he thought the upcoming election would be tight, he responded, “When your name is Barack Obama, it’s always tight.” Joy Behar reminded him, “Barack Hussein Obama.”
The implication seems to be that many Americans would rather not vote for a black man with an exotic-sounding name. Obama’s delivery, though, seemed comic — not what you would expect for a statement about America’s supposed xenophobia. “Tight” is also slang for cool, so it’s possible the president was just commenting on his own coolness.