Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., took to the House floor Thursday and offered his own theory on why President Barack Obama is having a hard time getting Congress to raise the federal debt ceiling: bias.
"And there is something else more fundamental, Mr. Speaker, going on here," Jackson said. "This president is being treated more differently than other presidents."
Pointing out that no other president has had this much trouble getting the debt ceiling raised, Jackson added: "No other president has been stook-up, shook-down, or held hostage as president of the United States over this debt vote. This is fundamentally unfair, Mr. Speaker, to change the rules in the middle of the game."
When asked by McClatchy Newspapers what he meant, Jackson said he believes that Obama the victim of "institutional bias" - because he comes from the south side of Chicago. In the written version of his floor statement Jackson said "President Obama should be treated like all other presidents; Republicans didn't like President Bill Clinton either - because of his political ideology - but they never hijacked the economy over passing a clean debt bill."
"Treating President Obama differently than all past presidents reflects an 'institutional bias' against the Southside of Chicago," Jackson's wrote in his statement. "Rep. Joe Wilson reflected the same institutional bias when, in an unprecedented manner, he called President Obama 'a liar' in the middle of his State of the Union address. Speaker John Boehner reflected a similar insitutional bias when he said he and the president had the same responsibility - equating his job as Speaker of the House (a legislative function) with the job of President of the United States (an executive function)."
Jackson added: "Doubting the birthplace of Barack Obama, doubting his Christian faith and experience, calling him a Muslim and a socialist reflects this same institutional bias."