RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former President Barack Obama is bemoaning the rise of racial politics.
Speaking at political rallies in New Jersey and Virginia, Obama said past prejudices the country thought it had "put to bed" have reemerged.
The first black president offered himself as proof that the country has moved forward, telling the crowd in Richmond, Virginia - the former Capitol of the Confederacy - that he is a distant relative to Confederate President Jefferson Davis on his mother's side.
"Think about that," Obama said. "I'll bet he's spinning in his grave."