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Thursday, April 24, 2008 

Bill Clinton's race card comment

The former president has become embroiled in a scandal over a comment he made about Barack Obama's campaign:
Former president Bill Clinton was embroiled Tuesday in a new campaign flap after accusing his wife's White House rival Barack Obama of playing "the race card on me."

[...]

Interviewed Monday by a Philadelphia radio station, Clinton was asked whether it was a mistake by him in January to liken Obama's candidacy to the African-American Jesse Jackson's in 1988.

"No. I think that they (the Obama campaign) played the race card on me. And we now know, from memos from the campaign and everything, that they planned to do it all along," Clinton had told the WHYY station.

After the interview was over but with the microphone still on, Clinton was heard to growl: "I don't think I should take any s(expletive) from anybody on that, do you?"

Clinton's South Carolina remark alienated several top black Democrats, who saw an attempt by the former president to belittle the mixed-race Obama and portray his White House bid as fueled only by African-American support.
And still I'm glad that Hillary won the Philadelphia primary considering how much more awful Obama happens to be. Yet it pleases me simultaneously to see one of the most pretentious presidents of the US get what he deserves - embarrassment.

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