Did Barack Obama compare the U.S. to Nazi Germany, or is there another explanation? (public radio audio)

According to this and other sites, there's yet another nugget on the Chicago public radio interview with Barack Obama:

just to take a, sort of a realist perspective...there's a lot of change going on outside of the Court, um, that, that judges essentially have to take judicial notice of. I mean you've got World War II, you've got uh, uh, uh, the doctrines of Nazism, that, that we are fighting against, that start looking uncomfortably similar to what we have going on, back here at home

It's at 15:30 of the January 18, 2001 broadcast here. Note that that was before 9/11 and two days before the Bush inauguration.

However, note especially the comment discussing "realist perspective" here. There may be a somewhat plausible explanation for BHO's comments.

I'll leave it to others to a) verify that his remarks weren't taken out of context, and b) indicate whether he was actually comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany or was simply making a legalistic point.


Oh, you know, to a Black, or a strongly self-identified Black like Obama, especially someone with leadership aspirations, or pretensions of leadership, when looking at the massive failings of the black population to prosper it's a lot easier to blame the environment than blacks themselves; generally Whites make that pretty easy by chiming right in. Obama may be a little more eloquent than the average Black, but he doesn't think much differently. His writing shows this as well. And his wife said his success in the campaign so far has been the only time she's really been proud of the country, so that tells you she's on the same wavelength. So the only way Whites can show they're not a bunch of racists who kick Blacks when they're already down is to elect Obama President.