You might recall the moment in the debate this week when McCain was condescending to one questioner at the town hall, a young black man named Oliver Clark. The GOP nom said that Clark probably didn’t know what Fannie Mae was before the financial crisis hit.

Oliver Clark surfaced to answer the question a lot of people were probably thinking — how did he feel about McCain’s statement to him? Here you go:

Well Senator, I actually did [know about Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae]. I like to think of myself as a fairly intelligent person. I have a bachelor degree in Political Science from Tennessee State, so I try to keep myself up to date with current affairs. I have a Master degree in Legal Studies from Southern Illinois University, a few years in law school, and I am currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration from the University of Memphis. In defense of the Senator from Arizona I would say he is an older guy, and may have made an underestimation of my age. Honest mistake. However, it could be because I am a young African-American male. Whatever the case may be it was somewhat condescending regardless of my age to make an assumption regarding whether I was knowledgeable about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

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