In an interview with sports radio 610 WIP in Philly early this morning, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, said "the point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, well there’s a reaction that’s in our experiences that won’t go away and can sometimes come out in the wrong way. And that’s just the nature of race in our society. We have to break through it."
Listen to it HERE (comes about 2:30` into the clip)
He says he wouldn’t be running if he didn’t think he "could help the country work through some of these issues," while also working on the economy and Iraq, etc.
ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reporters that Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt, attempting to clarify, responds: “Barack Obama said specifically that he didn’t believe his grandmother harbored any racial animosity, but that her fears were understandable and typical of those often shared by her generation.”