WASHINGTON (CNN) – The White House said Wednesday President Barack Obama doesn't believe that he's being attacked by critics because of his race.
"The president does not believe that that criticism comes based on the color of his skin," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters.
"We understand that people have disagreements with some of the decisions that we've made and some of the extraordinary actions that had to be undertaken by both this administration and previous administrations to stabilize our financial system, to ensure viability of our domestic auto industry. I don't think that – the president does not believe that it's based on the color of his skin."
The issue was raised Tuesday by former President Jimmy Carter, who said racial politics played a role in some of the opposition Obama has faced since taking office. Carter also said that race was a factor in South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst last week during the president's address to a joint session of Congress.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report