Yeah, this is just going to be an ugly, ugly, race to the finish. Samantha Power, one of Barack Obama’s top foreign policy advisers called Hillary Clinton a “monster” and was quoted in a Scottish newspaper. You can’t get ‘real’ in front of the press and hope it doesn’t come out. They are not your friends…
Posted: 10:45 AM ET
An advisor to Obama was quoted calling Clinton a monster.
(CNN)— One of Barack Obama’s top foreign policy advisers apologized late Thursday after a Scottish newspaper quoted her as calling Hillary Clinton a “monster.”
“It is wrong for anyone to pursue this campaign in such negative and personal terms,” Samantha Power, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of government and an adviser to Obama said in a statement. “I apologize to Senator Clinton and to Senator Obama, who has made very clear that these kinds of expressions should have no place in American politics.”
Power’s apology came shortly after the The Scotsman newspaper published an article in which she makes the characterization (a comment she immediately tried to retract), and suggested the New York senator is trying to deceive voters.
“She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything,” Power was quoted as saying.
“You just look at her and think, ‘Ergh,’ ” Power also said. “But if you are poor and she is telling you some story about how Obama is going to take your job away, maybe it will be more effective. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive.”
Power also said the Obama campaign “f***** (fucked…CNN couldn’t write that) up in Ohio.” Clinton beat Obama by 10 percentage points in Ohio on Tuesday.
“In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio’s the only place they can win,” Powers said.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton distanced the campaign from the remarks, saying in a statement that the Illinois senator “decries such characterizations which have no place in this campaign.”
The interview came the same day a top Clinton adviser compared Obama’s recent actions to independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr, who prosecuted the Clintons while Bill Clinton was in the White House in the 1990s.
“After a campaign in which many of the questions that voters had in the closing days centered on concerns that they had over his state of preparedness to be commander in chief and steward of the economy, he has chosen instead of addressing those issues to attack Senator Clinton,” Clinton’s communications director Howard Wolfson said on a conference call with reporters Thursday morning. “I for one do not believe that imitating Ken Starr is the way to win a Democratic primary election for president.”
Obama’s campaign quickly denounced that comment.
UPDATE: On a Friday morning conference call with reporters, the Clinton campaign called on Obama to end Power’s role with the campaign. “Personal attacks are not the way to convince voters that you’re capable of being president of the United States,” said New York Rep. Nita Lowey, a Clinton supporter. “We’re calling on Senator Obama to make it very clear that Samantha Power should not be part of this campaign.”
According to the below article (thanks to Big Man for posting this), it appears that it was Clinton’s campaign, and not Obama’s that made the comments regarding the renegotiation of the NAFTA agreement that some say cost Obama votes in Ohio and Texas.
PM’s top aide set off storm with Obama NAFTA leak
Source of initial tip revealed after Harper vows to investigate ‘unacceptable’ act
March 6, 2008
OTTAWA — The leak of a confidential diplomatic discussion that rocked the U.S. presidential campaign began with an offhand remark to journalists from the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, Ian Brodie.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed yesterday to use whatever investigative means necessary to find the source of leaks that, he said, were “unfair” to U.S. Democratic candidate Barack Obama and may have been illegal – although opposition leaders insisted the Conservatives cannot be trusted to investigate political players on their own team.
But the story that reverberated through the U.S. presidential campaign began as a terse, almost throwaway remark that Mr. Brodie made to journalists from CTV, according to people familiar with the events.
Mr. Brodie, during the media lockup for the Feb. 26 budget, stopped to chat with several journalists, and was surrounded by a group from CTV.
Mr. Brodie, apparently seeking to play down the potential impact on Canada, told the reporters the threat was not serious, and that someone from Ms. Clinton’s campaign had even contacted Canadian diplomats to tell them not to worry because the NAFTA threats were mostly political posturing.
The Canadian Press cited an unnamed source last night as saying that several people overheard the remark.
The news agency quoted that source as saying that Mr. Brodie said that someone from Ms. Clinton’s campaign called and was “telling the embassy to take it with a grain of salt.”
The story was followed by CTV’s Washington bureau chief, Tom Clark, who reported that the Obama campaign, not the Clinton’s, had reassured Canadian diplomats.
Mr. Clark cited unnamed Canadian sources in his initial report.
There was no explanation last night for why Mr. Brodie was said to have referred to the Clinton campaign but the news report was about the Obama campaign. CTV president Robert Hurst declined to comment. Continue reading
The term ‘superdelegates’ reminds me of superman and the legion of superheroes… Anyway, is it me, or does is seem like the rifts in the black community are always on display for everyone to see? I wonder if the pro-Clinton Black superheroes, I mean superdelegates, will do as the rest of Black America and slowly move their support to Obama. Maybe that will be the subject of the next skit on Saturday Night Live…
CLEVELAND — Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones doesn’t care to be lectured about her choice in the Democratic presidential race. The 58-year-old congresswoman from Ohio has emerged as one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s most outspoken black supporters, the rare African American politician willing to publicly question Sen. Barack Obama‘s readiness for the White House.
Tubbs Jones has picked apart his record in campaign conference calls and lambasted the “Harvard arrogance” of Obama backers who have demanded that African American leaders fall in behind the senator from Illinoisin his quest to become the nation’s first black president.While Obama’s candidacy has often united blacks and whites at the ballot box, it has driven a wedge through the black political establishment, exposing a rift between a new generation, whose members see their political horizons as limitless, and their predecessors, who have struggled to establish a following outside of heavily African American areas.Tubbs Jones is pushing back hard against the kind of pressure that has come down on Rep. John Lewis(Ga.) and other black Democratic superdelegates who are being pressed to back Obama’s candidacy.”I say shame on anyone who’s engaged in that conduct, to put that kind of pressure on John Lewis,” Tubbs Jones said. “I’m not trying to be a martyr. I think Senator Clinton is the best candidate. And the beauty of the United States of America is you have the right to have your opinion, and I have the right to my opinion.”
“I’m not going to succumb to that kind of pressure,” she added. “If I change my mind, it will be because Senator Clinton said, ‘Stephanie, let’s make a move.'”
Superdelegates, a collection of 796 officeholders and party leaders, will make up about a fifth of the delegates to the Democratic National Convention in August. Unlike “pledged” delegates, they are free to support any candidate they like, and this year they are under increasing pressure to reject the role of kingmaker.
Some have already gotten the message. Until last week, Lewis was one of Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, an icon from the civil rights movement whose endorsement last fall was a major coup, underscoring the strong bonds between the Clintons and many African American leaders.
Lewis described his defection as more anguishing than his decision to lead the “Bloody Sunday” march in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., when he was nearly beaten to death. In a statement issued last week, he explained that he viewed Obama’s campaign as “the beginning of a new movement in American political history” and that he wanted “to be on the side of the people.” Continue reading
I SO wanted to see her have to go toe to toe with Sharpton and Farrakhan. Oh, Tavis, you PUNK! LOL
Hillary left her campaigning duties to take advantage of the drama Tavis created around his “Black State of the Union” event in New Orleans (Obama won Louisiana’s primary by a margin of 57 percent to 36 percent by the way). She had to defend her husband’s civil rights record, discuss why he didn’t apologize for slavery during his 1998 trip to Africa, and how he did apologize for the Tuskegee experiment. Wait a min, who is running Hill or Bill? I don’t want to here about him?!?!? Why is she apologizing for him? (Not a good sign…they set you up on that one Hillary. Those Negroes! LOL)
Clinton must win in Ohio and Texas. Honestly, I don’t think that catering to African Americans at this late hour is going to help her. It might actually hurt. Black people know when someone is desparate. So many of us are familiar with desparate circumstances. I personally am not impressed. Barack is winning by appealing to all voters. He is not the Black Vote candidate, like Jesse was back in the day. Most black people agree…you can’t win a presidential election via the Black Vote alone in America in the year 2008.
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By Max Fraser, The Nation. January 15, 2008.“I am not a pessimist,” said Sheila Jackson-Lee, the progressive Texas Congresswoman, midway through a panel on “The State of Black America” at the annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit. For Jackson-Lee, a Democrat who has endorsed Hillary Clinton but whose stances on issues like the Iraq War and immigration often put her well to the left of the party, encouragement came from the diversity of the Democratic field. “I am not unhappy about an Hispanic, a populist, an African-American and a woman running for the presidency,” she explained.
Yet pessimism was hard to avoid during the early sessions of this latest economic summit, convened January 5-9 in New York City by the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. The summit’s theme, Jackson reiterated time and again, was the “structural inequality” that has persisted in American society long after the end of legal segregation. The main item on the opening day’s agenda was the subprime mortgage implosion, its impact on black communities and its larger ramifications for a national economy barreling toward recession. Black homeowners have been hit particularly hard by the mortgage crisis, largely because predatory lenders have been steering them toward subprime loans for years, even when they could afford prime rates. According to Valerie Rawlston Wilson of the Urban League, home equity accounts for nearly 90 percent of black homeowners’ total net worth. So as the housing market collapses, much of the trumpeted new wealth that has accumulated in black communities in recent decades will go with it.
“There is no question that a black or Latino family is twice as likely to receive a subprime loan as a white family,” fumed Lewis Fidler, a white New York City Councilman who participated in the day’s second panel, Continue reading
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Bob Johnson…Negro, Please!!! Have you bumped your head?
“To me, as an African American, I am frankly insulted the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues — when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood; I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in his book — when they have been involved,” Johnson said. – AP
Is he talking about the drug use mentionedin Obama’s book? Bob later tried to take back the insinuation. “Johnson later said his comments referred to Obama’s work as a community organizer in Chicago “and nothing else. Any other suggestion is simply irresponsible and incorrect,” he said in a statement released by Clinton’s campaign.” – AP.
Didn’t Bob Johnson sell BET to Viacom after he made his millions by exploiting black folks? OK, ok…let’s say BET wasn’t all bad. There was Video Soul for godsake. Now, the good name of Black Entertainment Television is basically trash, synonymous big booty video girls, horrible black reality TV, and commercials for ringtones. Bob, your past has some scars as well I’m sure…just like anybody.
I would think that a man who is known for a black first would be more welcoming of the idea of the first black president. What is your whole motivation for turning into the head “house negro” in charge? Oh, and WHEN did you become a source for political advice? All the years that you ran BET I don’t at all remember you using BET as a real vehicle to get blacks to vote and get involved with the political process. Um…that didn’t happen really until you sold the company.
Dayum, Bob. I can’t say that I’m surprised.
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