You know deep down she wanted to say racism.

NEW ORLEANS — Recent public outbursts against President Obama reflect the “coarseness” of society, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said here Saturday.

“I think I would observe there is a coarseness to the dialogue generally,” she said at the National Association of Black Journalists convention. “Some of it is targeted at the president, but it’s also one of the challenges of our society. Look no further than the comments section online to see how coarse our dialogue is getting toward one another.”

Jarrett, a longtime Obama friend, didn’t say whether she thought that incidents such as last week’s interruption of the president’s Rose Garden statement on immigration were driven by race.

But she did say that Obama lets things roll off his back because he has bigger matters to handle. “Does he get frustrated from time to time, of course he does, he’s human. But does that frustration linger? No because he can’t afford to as president of the United States.”