Democratic Sen. Barack Obama wouldn't be leading his party's presidential field if he were a white freshman senator, Charlotte Bobcats owner Bob Johnson said Monday.
Johnson's comments, in interviews with the Observer, echoed those former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro made in March.
"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she said, just before the resulting firestorm forced her to step down as an adviser to Obama rival Hillary Clinton.
"What I believe Geraldine Ferraro meant (is) if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called 'Jerry Smith' and he says I'm going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote? And the answer is, probably not.
"Would he also start out with the excitement of starting out as something completely different? Probably not. He would just be a freshmen senator ...
"Geraldine Ferraro said it right. The problem is Geraldine Ferraro is white. This campaign has such a hair trigger on anything racial. It is almost impossible for anybody to say anything."