Q: Did you ever expect to see an African American president during your lifetime?
THOMAS: Oh yeah, I guess I’ve always thought there would be black coaches, heads of universities — maybe again as I said I’m naïve but the thing I always knew is that it would have to be a black president who was approved by the elites and the media because anybody that they didn’t agree with, they would take apart. And that will happen with virtually — you pick your person, any black person who says something that is not the prescribed things that they expect from a black person will be picked apart. You can pick anybody, don’t pick me, pick anyone who has decided not to go along with it; there’s a price to pay. So, I always assumed it would be somebody the media had to agree with.
Q: Have you ever met President Obama, have you had a chance to speak with him?
THOMAS: No. Well, in passing more he had the chance to visit the court, it’s not like…I don’t do a lot of Washington and I’m not into politics, so I mean there’s not that many occasion. I shook hands with him at the inauguration to be polite but I’ve had no in depth conversation.