"First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president, is that all of the people who are setting up this [racial] barrier for him ... they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white -- very white American, Kansas, middle of America. There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America's first black president hasn't arisen yet. He's not America's first black president, he's America's first mixed-race president."
-- Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, talking to NPR about President Obama and his racial background.