Obama: Ricci “Moved the Ball” on Race
President Obama told the AP that the Ricci case “moved the ball” on race relations.
President Barack Obama said Thursday the Supreme Court was “moving the ball” on affirmative action in this week’s decision favoring white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., but he added that the court had not ruled out the use of racial preferences in the future.
In a White House interview with The Associated Press, the president also said, “I don’t think that hiring on the basis of race … alone is constitutionally possible.” Obama, a former teacher of constitutional law, said, “I’ve always believe that affirmative action was less of an issue or should be less of an issue than it has been made out to be in news reports.”
These are very mild comments that, while I disagree, don’t have any problem with. But I do seem to recall that, not very long ago, Democrats thought it was illegitimate for presidents to criticize the Supreme Court.