Obama is accused of playing the race card with this statement, in which he is predicting Republican attacks against him:
“What they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me,” Obama said. “You know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”
But wait! Not so fast!
Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the senator was not referring to race.
“What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn’t get here after spending decades in Washington,” Gibbs said Thursday. “There is nothing more to this than the fact that he was describing that he was new to the political scene. He was referring to the fact that he didn’t come into the race with the history of others. It is not about race.”
So, it’s not about race, it’s about being a fresh face.
So Obama was criticizing Republicans because they were going to say “he didn’t come into the race with the history of” the Presidents on the “dollar bills”? Dastardly Republicans!
Anyway, here we go.
George Washington, the first President of the United States, is pictured on the $1 bill. Washington became President in 1789 after, well, zero years in Washington, the district bearing his name that was created after he was elected.
Thomas Jefferson, the second President of the United Sates, is pictured on the $2 bill. Jefferson was elected President in 1800, after serving as Secretary of State from 1789-1793 and as Vice President of the United States from 1797-1801. This sets Jefferson apart as the having spent the longest time in Washington before becoming President of those pictured on “dollar bills”
Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United Sates, is pictured on the $5 bill. Lincoln was elected President in 1860 after serving as a US Representative from Illinois from 1847-1849.
Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, is pictured on the $20 bill. Jackson was elected President in 1828 after serving as a US Representative and Senator from Tennessee from 1796-1798 and again as Senator from 1823-1825.
Ulysses S Grant, the eighteenth President of the United Sates, is pictured on the $50 bill. Grant was elected President in 1868 after, well, zero years in Washington having served as the leading general in the Civil War prior to being elected.
Oh, fine. We'll say it.
Obama appears to be angling for his picture to appear on the $3 bill.