Obama talks about race relations as new poll shows widening divide

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WASHINGTON, DC – Another weekend of protests across the country by demonstrators upset with the recent decisions by grand juries not to indict white police officers in the deaths of black suspects.

This, as a new poll  shows race relations have gotten worse over the past six years. In other words, since President Obama has been in office.

The Bloomberg Politics poll says 53 percent of Americans think Black and White relations have gone downhill.

Fifty-six percent of Whites say relations have not improved, with 45 percent of Blacks agreeing.

To no surprise, 88 percent of Black respondents disagree with the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, while 64 percent of White respondents agree.

But fewer than half of Whites, 32 percent, agree with the grand jury decision in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York.

Again, to no surprise, 90 percent of Blacks polled did not like the decision.

President Obama told BET that changes in racial attitudes and bias do not come quickly.

"When you're dealing with something as deeply rooted as racism or bias in any society you've got to have vigilance but you have to recognize that it's going to take some time and you just have to be steady so that you don't give up when we don't get all the way there."

But the big question inquiring minds want to know is what’s going down in the president’s throat.

He made a quick visit to the hospital this weekend where doctors found out he has acid reflux. Not surprising between the riots and protests, and his party’s shellacking in the mid-term elections.

Hey, it’s hard out here for a POTUS.