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Steele: Media Didn't Vet Obama Because He's Black

By David A. Patten   |   Friday, 22 May 2009 05:48 PM

Never afraid of generating controversy, RNC Chairman Michael Steele said on William Bennett's radio program Friday that President Barack Obama wasn't properly investigated by the media as a candidate, because the press loved the idea of having an African-American in the White House.

"The problem that we have with this president is we don’t know him. He was not vetted, folks... He was not vetted, because the press fell in love with the black man running for the office. 'Oh gee, wouldn’t it be neat to do that? Gee, wouldn’t it make all of our liberal guilt just go away? We can continue to ride around in our limousines and feel so lucky to live in an America with a black president.'"

"OK that’s wonderful, great scenario, nice backdrop," Steele reportedly continued. "But what does he stand for? What does he believe?"

Steele went on to criticize his fellow Republicans for not "dissecting and understanding" Obama's controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

It's not the first time Steele has made controversial remarks while guest-hosting the former education secretary's radio show. Earlier this month on the program, Steele suggested the GOP base had rejected former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy because he is Mormon.

Steele later issued a statement saying that he regretted how the media had interpreted his remarks.

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