According to Lessing, Obama, who is vying to become the first black president in the history of the United States
"would certainly not last long, a black man in the position of president. They would murder him."
She went on to say that it would be better if Hillary Clinton were to become president, and suggested that they run together.
"The best thing would be if they (Clinton and Obama) were to run together. Hillary is a very sharp lady. It might be calmer if she were to win, and not Obama."
Born in Persia (now Iran) and raised in what is now Zimbabwe, Lessing drew on her experiences in colonial Africa for her debut novel, "The Grass Is Singing," published in 1950. Her most influential book is probably "The Golden Notebook," published in 1962 and considered a feminist classic.
The author of more than 50 novels, volumes of short stories, memoirs and plays, Lessing was announced as the 2007 Nobel Literature laureate in October. The Swedish Academy, which awards the $1.5 million prize, praised her "skepticism, fire and visionary power."
Lessing has long been known for her fierce and often contrary opinions.
Do you agree with her assessment? I personally have had other friends and associates tell me the exact same thing. They firmly believe that racism in this country is alive and well, and the election of a black man would only result in his subsequent demise.