Don’t worry. This would only be considered newsworthy due to its racial overtone if Clinton were a Republican.
In a report chronicling the sometimes tumultuous relationship between former President Bill Clinton and current President Obama, the New Yorker reports that the two have patched things up a bit during this campaign season.
But it hasn’t always been so rosy…
Bill Clinton’s attacks hurt Hillary as much as they did Obama. The Times denounced Clinton’s fairy-tale comment as a “bizarre and rambling attack” and as exemplifying a campaign that was “perilously close to injecting racial tension” into the conversation. At a press conference in South Carolina the morning after Obama won the state, Bill Clinton seemed to dismiss the victory as a fluke of local demography. “Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in ’84 and ’88,” he said. “Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here.” Tim Russert told me that, according to his sources, Bill Clinton, in an effort to secure an endorsement for Hillary from Ted Kennedy, said to Kennedy, “A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.” Clinton’s role in the campaign rattled Obama. He told ABC News in an interview that Clinton “has taken his advocacy on behalf of his wife to a level that I think is pretty troubling.”
Perilously close to injecting racial tension? Seriously? A white guy nicknamed ‘Bubba’ telling a black man he should be carrying his bags?
Does anyone else see the hypocrisy here?
Of course, the original account of the story had Clinton saying something similar about coffee.
“A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee,” Clinton told Kennedy, according to the book — a comment that angered Kennedy, who later endorsed Obama.
The comment is essentially the same – this man would have been working for us a few years ago, fetching us coffee or carrying our bags.
The media double standard is unreal.
Bill Clinton – “This guy would have been carrying our bags.”
Close to racism, but not quite.
Republicans – “President Obama is from Chicago.”