What, exactly, is so controversial about U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s comments about Obama?
In an explosive new book, Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime—a behind-the-scenes exposé of the 2008 presidential race, by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin—the Nevada politician was quoted
as predicting that Mr. Obama could become the country’s first black president because he was “light-skinned” and had “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” On Saturday, the senator issued a public statement apologizing for the remark.
I’m gonna go on a limb and argue that 1) lots of, if not most, Black people agree with what Reid said, and 2) most white people do also, but wouldn’t admit it in mixed company. That is, not that these Obama qualities were why he won, but that they were key to him being taken seriously as a presidential candidate.
Somehow, the statements made by the former, Southern U.S. president, Bill Clinton, right with Obama, are getting less coverage, even though they are far more vile. As noted on the UK Mirror‘s web site, but not in enough other places,
Bill Clinton has sparked fury after allegedly saying of Barack Obama: “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.”
The ex-president made the outrageous comment during Obama’s Democratic primary race with Clinton’s wife Hillary, a new book claims.
It allegedly came in a phone call with the late Teddy Kennedy, who was said to be “deeply offended”.
Clinton was unavailable for comment yesterday over the claim in a book about the presidential election called Game Change.
Writers John Heliemann and Mark Halperin say Clinton made the call “belittling Obama” the day after he won a key primary in Iowa.
Kennedy was said to be “fuming” as he later related Clinton’s words to a friend.
On FOXNews.com, Al Sharpton separated himself from the pack by criticizing Clinton’s words.
“I think that’s far more disturbing because this is someone seeking to stop Mr. Obama’s campaign and making a direct reference — I don’t know the context in which he said it — but that is far more disturbing to me than even the comments that were made by Mr. Reid,” Sharpton said.
As well, CBS News’ chief political consultant Marc Ambinder spoke with Bob Schieffer and CBS News’ chief legal analyst Jan Crawford on Monday’s edition of CBSNews.com’s “Washington Unplugged,” below, arguing that
Mr.Clinton’s remark is “more objectionable than anything Harry Reid might have said.”
“This is coming from a former president of the United States and what we know about this comment is it apparently got Ted Kennedy, who spent a lifetime fighting for civil rights, so exercised that not only did he endorse President Obama but he went out of his way to link Obama to the legacy of his brothers,” Ambinder told moderator Bob Schieffer.
Hopefully, the rest of Ambinder’s peers will soon wake up. But don’t hold your breath.