Days before Bill Clinton officially nominates Barack Obama for reelection at the National Democrats Convention, the New Yorker has reported that Clinton once made racially insensitive comments about the President in 2008.
According to the article’s author, Ryan Lizza, Clinton made a remark to Senator Ted Kennedy saying of Obama, “A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.”
Lizz says he was told this nugget by Tim Russert, the former NBC newsman, who died in 2008. Clinton supposedly made these comments while trying to convince Kennedy to support his wife, Hillary Clinton, for the rival Democratic nomination.
In John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s book, “Game Change”, from 2010, a similar quote is attributed to Clinton – “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.”
Edward Klein, the author of “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House” told the New York Sunday Post that just last year, Clinton told friends and political advisors that, “Obama doesn’t know how to be president…He doesn’t know how the world works.”
According to Klein, Bill Clinton had advised Hillary to run against Obama again this year but Hillary declined.
Klein wrote that Bill Clinton was simply signed up to announce Obama’s nomination this week in Charlotte to remind voters of the glory days of a Democratic president’s economy.
Klein has been widely disparaged by Clinton and other leading Democrats and has made many inflamatory comments in the past that were unproven.
As the New Yorker article puts it, “a carefully orchestrated reconciliation of sorts has been under way for some time now,” and Bill Clinton’s official nomination of Obama for the Democratic candidate will be the culmination of this plan.
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