President Barack Obama said during a town hall meeting at the White House on Tuesday that he would never engage in a politics that was aimed at dividing people along the lines of race, ethnicity, religion or gender.
Soon afterward, in taking questions from the audience, the president specifically stipulated whether the next question would be permitted from a man or a woman.
“I know that one of the important principles for me has always been treating everybody fairly,” said Obama. “So whether that’s women or people of different races or different religious faiths or different sexual orientations, that one of my core principles is that I will never engage in a politics in which I’m trying to divide people or make them less than me because they look different or have a different religion. That’s a core principle. That’s not something I would violate, right?”