Never one to mince words, comedian Bill Maher told Politico that President Barack Obama is "too white" for many liberals and progressives. Lately for the left, the issue of race is one that is seemingly interjected at every opportunity.
"In many ways — especially for progressives — [Obama] is too white for them. He plays golf, he’s too cozy with bankers. But when it comes to knowing how to fight, he’s black," Maher said, referring to the fierceness of the Obama campaign.
And before you go calling HBO and demanding an apology for the offensive remarks, you should know the "Real Time" host won't be issuing one.
"You’re not going to find me apologizing," Maher told Politico. "I have been doing this for so long and, having gone through so many tribulations, including the firing, I’m inoculated. I’ve been through this. You cannot scare me anymore. I’m playing with the house money, and I’m not going to apologize."
Politico has more from their exclusive with Maher:
The host of HBO”s "Real Time," which returns from its summer hiatus tonight, has found himself, his comedy and his opinions in the spotlight more than ever before, thanks, in part, to having inserted himself into the political process in a major way. In February, Maher contributed $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC supportive of President Barack Obama’s reelection. As a result, he’s been billed as a campaign operative of sorts, and, accordingly, the White House has even had to field questions about Maher and the appropriateness of some of his remarks.
About Paul Ryan, Maher says: "He’s not an intellectual. They said the same thing about Newt Gingrich. Somehow Newt Gingrich and Paul Ryan — these giant intellectuals — somehow they had the same great idea: Give more money to the rich people. What’s his big idea? Rich people should stop paying taxes and poor people should start looking for food in the woods. Can you name one area where he and Sarah Palin disagree on anything? So how come he’s this giant intellectual? The Ryan budget is a budget in the way that my doodle on a cocktail napkin is a blueprint for NASA."
Maher says he finds the increased scrutiny that he’s now facing rather humorous.
"Part of it is that anytime somebody on the right says something that garners controversy, they want to have a false equivalency," said Maher. “So I’m an easy guy to trot out. It’s never equivalent, of course. But that’s the game they play."
Maher also explained that he doesn't hesitate to say things that he knows will be leading on conservative news sites the next day.
"It certainly doesn’t hurt me," said Maher. "I know that Fox News is obsessed. Sean Hannity is obsessed. I should get a f**king restraining order, he’s practically stalking me. I pull fewer punches and therefore they have more fodder to work with. I think it’s a symbiotic relationship."
Still, Maher is certainly a free speech guy. He thinks people should be able to say whatever they want without the threat of a boycott -- especially on Twitter.
"Can we stop declaring tweets to be proclamations of law?" said Maher. "They’re f**king brain farts. They’re half-baked thoughts."
"If you don’t like something, move on. It’s not the end of the world if your feelings are bruised for two seconds. Change the channel."
Read the entire Maher interview at Politico.