“He didn’t just cross the line,” Obama said. “He fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America. The notions that as young African-American women — who I hope will be athletes — that that somehow makes them less beautiful or less important. It was a degrading comment. It’s one that I’m not interested in supporting.”
Though every major presidential candidate has decried the racist remarks, Obama is the first one to say Imus should lose his job for them.
For the record, obviously I don’t endorse either comment, but anyone who says that it’s time to move on from criticizing the President’s remark should be aware that the President himself had no qualms letting a private citizen suffer slings and arrows for a week — and long after he had apologized — before piling on and calling for him to be fired.