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Civil Rights Pioneer Endorses Clinton


Barack Obama, Rep. John Lewis, Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton in Selma. (Getty).

Rep. John Lewis, the veteran civil rights activist and one of the most prominent African-American members of Congress, is endorsing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, her campaign announced on Friday.

"I have looked at all the candidates, and I believe that Hillary Clinton is the best prepared to lead this country at a time when we are in desperate need of strong leadership," Lewis (D-Ga.) said in a statement. He was preparing to make an official announcement around noon in Atlanta.

Lewis, who was chairman of the activist group Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the early 1960s, is best known for his role leading protestors across the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama in March of 1965.

Beaten by police during the nonviolent march, Lewis went on to become an icon of so-called "Bloody Sunday."
When Lewis led a pilgrimage back to the site earlier this year, Sen. Barack Obama attended and spoke at his annual church service. Not to be outdone, Clinton and her husband - who has close ties with Lewis -- scheduled an appearance in Selma to match. All of them marched across the bridge together in something of a media circus. In her comments welcoming the Lewis endorsement, Clinton called him a "great American hero." Her campaign hopes the move will help solidify the impression that she is rolling steadily toward the nomination, picking up even members of the African-American community in her fight to defeat Obama.

Bill Burton, Obama spokesman says, "Barack Obama has great admiration for John Lewis and understands his long relationship with Bill Clinton. He looks forward to his support when Barack Obama is the nominee."

--Anne E. Kornblut

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you have to hand it to the clinton campaign- as john lewis is a serious man of courage- this is a huge endorsement- but again you have to hand to bill clinton who has the skill to befriend a segregationist like william j fullbright and an a civil rights leader in john lewis when it's useful- takes a talent.

Posted by: jacade | October 15, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Yea right and David Duke is supporting Barack Hussein Obama !!

Posted by: burlupus2000 | October 14, 2007 9:11 AM | Report abuse

"Secondly I am sure his decision has made MLk proud."


In case you didn't understand this was ment as sarcasm..instead no doubt there are tears.

Lewis could stand up to dogs and waterhoses but not the political machine.

Mr Lewis you and others like you were good but your day has come and gone.


BTW Hillary took Lewis to an event in SC on saturday to introduce her. Room had 250 chairs set up 60 were empty. According to an article in NYT..dosn't sound like much trouble for Obama

Posted by: dsmith2 | October 13, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

First of all please note for the record:

With Lewis endorsing Clinton, it's worth pointing out Bill Clinton's possible influence here. In March, the New York Times wrote, "Representative John Lewis, whose political career grew out of the civil rights movement, had longed for the day he could vote for someone that he believed could become the nation's first black president. So when Senator Barack Obama entered the race, he was on the cusp of declaring his support."

"Until Bill Clinton called. Now, Mr. Lewis said, he is agonizing over whether to choose Mr. Obama, whom he once described as 'the future of the Democratic Party,' or Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton."

Secondly I am sure his decision has made MLk proud.

Thirdly I seriously doubt if people like Carbynew are Black...its easy to post here saying you are, when you aren't. But if she is she is lacking in basic knowledge about either candidate for someone who obiviously uses the internet.

Ask yourself this if her name were Hillary Jones...would you be supporting her? Why do you think she stayed with Bill? Is this really the message that women want to send to their daughters. Compromise on your respect and dignity just to get ahead. Have we really come no further than this? I would have more respect for her if she had left him and ran on her own merits


Posted by: dsmith2 | October 13, 2007 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I think it is unfortunate that the Democratic nomination apparently is going to be decided before most Americans have really had a chance for an in-depth, side-by-side assessment of the candidates. The "debates" held so far have been a joke, with only few minutes allowed for candidates to outline their positions. Also, candidates with not a ghost of a chance of getting the nomination are given equal time with the main contenders. The DNC needs to come up with a process for evaluating which are the best-qualified candidates, those with the best chance for the nomination, and restricting the limited debate time to those individuals. I understand that the DNC wants the process to be "open" and "transparent," but the current structure is not working. There needs to be a better way.

Posted by: cpaustin408 | October 13, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Heroes will always remain, but those that speak out take us into the future with their wisdom.

Posted by: mel | October 13, 2007 1:36 AM | Report abuse

A sad day when heroes of the past choose to stay there.

Posted by: maelisa | October 13, 2007 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Hey dcis1, why don't you tell us where you live in Illinois that makes you such an expert on what he, Obama, has done for the people? He is a part of the Chicago machine just like our governor that we downstate people dislike very much. Fifteen minutes into the election and he was declared the governor. And before you react, I am a Democrat and proud to be a Democrat for Hillary. The Republican machine will tear him apart in a general election with his "connections". Wish I could have a house that cheap.

I honestly think Hillary will be looking at the others running and the positions they should fill.

Lewis didn't support Jesse Jackson and I wouldn't have either, he made a visit to Decatur, Illinois and made a mess out of things. Do a Google and look what the end result of these "kids" were.

I take it since you are an "issue" guy and listen to the speeches, you have been traveling around to hear them. Other than that, you are left with the same hype the press has been throwing out there for all of us dimwits to absorb. These are your words not mine.

Let me leave you with a thought. If Obama has so much to say on Iran, why didn't he say it? Ooops, not there for the discussion, not there for the vote but we can levy criticism?

Posted by: mel | October 12, 2007 9:35 PM | Report abuse

John Lewis is just trying to protect his "spot." Although she has a solid political machine behind her, she brings absolutely nothing to the table but a relationship (?) with Bill. Her qualifications consist of being married to a former governor and president. That's it. The only reason she had any business as a lawyer in Arkansas was because her clients wanted to get close to the governor at that time. Hillary cares nothing about the American people, she's only interested in protecting big business. She takes no hard stand on anything, choosing to follow whatevers seems politically expedient.

Obama on the other hand is a leader with a proven track record of helping all people. He has over 20 years of public service with over 8 years of elected office. Despite what Hillary would have you believe, Obama has more elected experience than both Hillary and Edwards.

John Lewis unfortunately made a poor decision. Fortunately, he'll have a chance to redeem himself in the general election.

Posted by: coolbob | October 12, 2007 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Carbynew>Othe than the Senate, there are no accomplishments Hillary has outside of her husband. She was not in the room on every decision that was made in the white house. I understand the drama in her implying such. But there is only one president.

I also know blacks who live in Arkansas who are not so Clinton-friendly. I know many blacks outside of Ark that feel the same way. Blacks are mesmerized by Clinton because he's "cool with us." That's why we have never protested to his "first black president label."

He's not black, he's white.

If Bush ever called himself "the first black president" we would protest from the top of Signal Mountain, TN.

Yes, things seemed so much better under a Clinton Adminstration. But, let's not forget the 3-strikes rule and welfare reform. Two specific things that have led to more black men in jail and more dependency on the gov't. It was a systemic failure along w/a simple lack of respect for life, ourselves.

So no! I won't be beholden to the Clinton's like other blacks.

If your concern is having someone strong who can get this country back in order, wouldn't you want the "most" experienced and strong candidate to do so? That's a mighty big job.

Hillary is not that.

Her elective office experience consists of 7 years. That experience meaning where "her" job/vote was to make decisions that affects public/foreign policy in the US.

Richardson, Biden and Dodd's ability to do exactly what you want runs circles around Clinton, Obama, and Edwards. They have the experience, the tenacity, and the network to get the job done with their pinky finger. Hands down. But,

You don't want that. You want to feel good about your candidate. Hence, your support for Clinton.

I am not sure what your husband and son were looking at to determine that Obama was their man. He seems inexperienced with running a national campaign and your not satisfied with his answers? None of that has anything to do w/his ability to make decisions while he's president.

I certainly wouldn't vote for a candidate simply because of how well they perform in debates. I'm an issues guy and that's what I listen to - not what the partisans distort the truth to make us believe. If you have listened to and understand his policy speeches, then you can disagree with that. But all this psychological evaluation is for the birds.

If you think Obama arrogant, you must believe Clinton likes to bake cookies.

I won't get into casting dispersions on Clinton's intelligence.

The post wouldn't allow a chapter.

The Clintons are the past. People under the age of 27 have only seen two families occupy the white house. We have no idea what life is without them and many of you have simply forgotten.

Two families, almost 30 yrs of making policies.

Two families in 30

Two.

Posted by: dcis1 | October 12, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

This endorsement like many others by black politicians is simply political calculation. It does their constituency a disservice. I have read so-called accomplishments of Bill Clinton in the black community, should we give Hillary credit for those? I say not. Has Hillary worked in the black community? Has Hillary implemented any policy that would address the poverty, crime, and education in the black community? If so, I would like to know what she has done.....---------------------------------
I guess you're not from Arkansas and didn't see all the hard work the Bill and Hillary Clinton did to improve the lives of all of their state citizens. From healthcare, education & civil rights. I have relatives that lived in Arkansas and they love Bill and Hillary for all the opportunities they opened up for people of color.

As a black woman I have been a Hillary Clinton supporters even when the rest of my family was supporting Barack Obama because of the trill of seeing a person of color in the White House. I'm glad to say that dream has died after the poor showing from Obama...this is my husband and son words. They think he's weak and totally inexperiece.

My concern is for my family and my country and after 8 sorry years of the Bush Admin. the democrats need the best experienced, the brightest, street smarts and a fighter to regain the White House.

I just don't see Obama being that person and the more I see of him, the more he highlights his inexperience, rookie mistakes with the arrogant attitude and lack of strong leadership...he just is not ready.

I look at the debates and see them as the most important Job interviews on the planet and in every debate he has make mistake after mistake and if he thinks that he can rely on his disapproval of the Iraq war is going to get him into the White House, he will be very disappointed.

Obama flag pin comments was stupid and unnecessary because as a Senator he could do both wear the pin and give principle speeches, which I've yet to see on the Senate floor. Remember, his mentor in the Senate is Joe Lieberman, as hawkest as they come by.

Where is this anti-war politican. He has voted and funded the war. He ducks votes, doesn't stand by friends (MoveOn.org) and you think he is principle and the future of our country....pulease.

I have no problem or guilt for supporting Hillary Clinton because I find her to be a straight talker, principle person. Unlike most of us, Hillary Clinton knows what it means to have an declared enemy attack a city and have to help pick-up people lives.

Now, I might not agree with everything Hillary says but hey I do respect that she is a fighter and cares about people. Her policies have been just brilliant and well thought out. She does learn from her mistakes and is not afraid to admit it.

Posted by: carbynew | October 12, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Not surprised by this at all and I LOVE the way Obama's spokesperson responded.

Anyone who can tell the difference between night and day know that this is all about politics for John. He doesn't seriously believe that Clinton is the best foot forward for America. He thinks it's the best foot forward for him.


Outside of her husband, there is no accomplishment of Hillary that could warrant her being qualified to be president. That's not an insult, that's a fact.

There are black people who are beholden to the Clinton's and I would guess that number is more than half.

It's also very disheartening to see intelligent black women follow suit.

These are the people who want to take us back to the "Clinton era"

Be careful what you ask for.

GO OBAMA!

Posted by: dcis1 | October 12, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

"...I believe that Hillary Clinton is the best prepared to lead this country at a time when we are in desperate need of strong leadership," Lewis (D-Ga.)
--
Strong Leadership? Try to name three things she has lead strongly. You can't.
Honestly, you want strong leadership?
Go for a Richardon/Dodd Ticket in 2008 To Win.

Posted by: lockmallup | October 12, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Newagent, not only are your comments misleading, they're pretty much genuinely false.

Posted by: thegribbler1 | October 12, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

John Lewis' choice of Hillary Clinton is hardly surprising nor is it significant. As Obama said when he spoke at the Selma event this spring, he (Obama) is part of a different generation -- the Joshua generation -- and that generation's task with regard to civl rights is vastly different than that of Lewis'.

Back in the day, Lewis was courageous and stood tall as the Selma police and A;abama state troopers beat the hell out of him and other marchers on the Edmund Pettis bridge. He was elected to Congress in the wave of new black politicians that swept in as a result of the civil rights movement. They were in every sense of the words "black politicians" who "spoke" for black voters everywhere. Those days are long past. And a new generation -- the Obama generation -- is in place. Unlike Lewis, Obama amd other, younger black politicians run campaigns designed to appeal to the widest base, and without obvious emphasis on race -- but are inclusive of all.

Hillary and Bill Clinton are part of the Lewis generation, and are not "change agents" themselves with regard to civil rights. Remember it was under a Clinton administration that the most draconian reforms to welfare were enacted (in concert with Newt Gringrich's House). Those changes have led to more children living in poverty, a permanent class of "working poor" -- stuck in low-paying minimum wage jobs without healthcare -- as other jobs were sucked into the vacuum of NAFTA.

With all due respect to Mr. Lewis, he is a relic of the past and his endorsement doesn't bring many votes with it. I'm sure there are a lot of grandmothers out there who will follow their hearts and vote for Obama because he reminds them of their sons or grandsons, John Lewis' endorsement notwithstanding.

Posted by: jade7243 | October 12, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

This endorsement like many others by black politicians is simply political calculation. It does their constituency a disservice. I have read so-called accomplishments of Bill Clinton in the black community, should we give Hillary credit for those? I say not. Has Hillary worked in the black community? Has Hillary implemented any policy that would address the poverty, crime, and education in the black community? If so, I would like to know what she has done. Hillary has only come to the black community to campaign for Bill and herself. There is real work needed in the black community and nothing is accomplished by simple lip service. Moreover, Hillary does not speak truth to the issues. She claims that something would be done about AIDS if it affected white women the same way as it affects black women. This is nothing new. But as former first lady and senator of New York, what has she done outside of the campaign season to shed light on the issue and bring about more public awareness? Hillary has not called on black parents to be more active and responsible for their children's education. The reason she hasn't is because she can't. She has to continue pandering to her black audiences. Hillary has not talked about black taking more responsiblity for their neighborhoods? No, instead she exclaims that black folks are still victims of discrimination. While partly true, black folks also have to have some accountability. But again, Hillary cannot make such a statement. Obama can and has made those statements. Obama has and continues to work for the interest of people who share a common experience with him, but not to the exclusion of all people. Based on the facts alone, Obama is just as qualified, if not more so, as Hillary to be President of the United States.

For years, I have been told to support our black politicians and support black businesses. Not because they were simply black, but because they better understood our issues. Yet, these same politicians are not supporting someone who I know has no real idea of what it means to live in, work for, or be a part of the black community. She does not have that experience, but many black politicians are telling black folks that she does. Most disappointing is the congressional black caucus. So far, the majority are supporting Hillary. Obama, however, is one of them, which makes their endorsements of Clinton especially egregious. In the primary season, there is no excuse for not supporting Obama. If Hillary earned the nomination, then I have no problem with members of the caucus supporting her then. But to do so at the expense of one of your own members in the primary season, I find truly dishearting. These politicians are hedging their political bets and are looking out for their own political future. It's sad. This is why the black vote has been taken for granted for years. A politician, black or white, who only shows up in the black community during a campaign, and wins the black vote, has every right not to respect that vote because they did not have to earn it. When black folks make people earn their vote, then it will be respected. But not until then.

Posted by: adrobinson | October 12, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

DaveZ, I don't think the above comments are concerned with the actual age of a candidate so much as the length of their entrenchment within our political system. What you see as "age bias" might just be suspicion of traditional political ties. Political and other high power figures build alliances -- and sometimes call on each other for explicit public political support through endorsements. The question is, how long have the Clintons been dealing with Lewis, and how close are their personal ties? How serious or important is Lewis's support anyway? Obviously Lewis wouldn't hurt old friends by signing onto a riskier, lesser known candidate.

Posted by: contrastgainer | October 12, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I would be grateful if one, just one, media outlet included the relevant FACT that John Lewis also endorsed Walter Mondale over Jesse Jackson in 1984 along with Corretta Scott King and then Altanta Mayor, Andrew Young, despite having a long relationship with Jesse Jackson. John Lewis proved then, as he does now, that he's an establishment politician. It should also be noted that despite not having the support of his friends and fellow civil rights activists, Jesse Jackson still won 90% of the African American vote. Tell me again how influential Jonn Lewis' endorsement is?

Posted by: NMP1 | October 12, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I am alarmed by some of the comments that seemed to have been based on age-based bias. People who have contributed to the well being of Americans and of the world in the past may continue to do so even as they age. Their past contributions should not be diminished and they should not be insulted simply because their present actions do not agree with our own. For example, would one assume that Nelson Mandela would no longer be able to contribute in the global dialog on human rights due to his more advanced years? I surely and sincerely hope not!

Posted by: DaveZ | October 12, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

One poster wrote: "The Clinton's were responsible for NAFTA, (all our jobs moving overseas or being replaced by importing)."

WRONG. Let this old relic tell you, FIVE presidents and past presidents stood up and supported NAFTA: Carter, Ford, Bush #1, Reagan (I think) and of course Clinton. Now, I think they were wrong to do so, and that NAFTA was hastily conceived and badly planned, unlike the European Union, whose currency, the euro, is now worth about 1.4 times the dollar.

And remember, you young whippersnapper, not only do us old relics REMEMBER past history better than you, we also get out and vote.

Posted by: dotellen | October 12, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I would like to share with everyone the following considerations:

1) What if everything else remains the same but the characteristics that could engender bias were reversed. For example, what if Obama is an older white female and Clinton is a younger black male?
2) What are the negative consequences that may result from the actions proposed by a particular candidate?

I use this 'device' to help remove possible bias that I may have and to ground my wishful thinking in reality when I consider candidates who should win my vote.

Posted by: DaveZ | October 12, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I am disappointed in John Lewis' decision, but I understand that he owes his political success to the democratic establishment and the support of civil rights pioneers like Vernon Jordan - Bill Clinton's best buddy. John Lewis is playing the political game - protecting his political fortunes and solidifying his membership in the club.

Barack Obama is the future. It's time to turn the page on Hillary and Bill Clinton, John Lewis, Vernon Jordan and the old style democratic party concept that blacks are members so long as they don't reach too high and can deliver an undemanding black vote.

Posted by: dpack | October 12, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the individual knows much about NAFTA and FTA's. The current administration has exploded Free Trade Agreements and NAFTA did not take our jobs overseas, the greedy workers who keep demanding more from US companies sent those jobs overseas.
Race should not be an issue as people are making it. It's the best qualified for the job, man or woman. It should not depend on race, creed, or nationality.

Posted by: lvigil | October 12, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama black or white?

Posted by: coleman7 | October 12, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

face it, Obama is a sinking ship.
He has always been a political climber, without taking the time to actually learn the job.

2 years in the senate? wow.
during that time he voted repeated for funding the iraq war and against withdrawing the troops.

he did nothing in the illinios senate.he's never held a job long term.

he's a neophyty and the gop wants him as the nominee so they can tear him to peices in the election process.

but the main thing to remember about obama is this..
he's a political climber.

Posted by: newagent99 | October 12, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Lewis supports Hillary just stupefies me, as I thought he had more moral courage than that. I truly believe he is endorsing her because of his relationship with Bill, instead of using his intelligence to go with the best possible in an entire generation...Obama. It certainly lessens my respect for him, because he's always been thought of as a giant and hero of the civil rights movement, and this one act of endorsement of Hillary looks like a quid pro quo kind of thing for previous access to Bill.

Something to consider...Remember when the Rwandan genocide occurred in the 1990s and over 1 million people were slaughtered in just a few months? That happened when Clinton was in the White House. They did nothing. Other so-called civilized countries' leaders did nothing, either, but they're not running for the presidency, either. Why do people forget about this treatment of over 1 million Africans, and then all one hears is how good Bill Clinton treated African Americans here.

Don't the Clintons have to say something about that disgraceful chapter when they occupied the White House, when they basically did nothing and watched a genocide occur by satellite? If you notice, Bill Clinton and Hillary, too, never miss a chance for a photo op with Desmond Tutu or Nelson Mandela or the John Lewis' of this world. It takes people's minds off of the criminal negligence in NOT TRYING to stop that genocide. They did try to stop genocide in Bosnia, however. Is it because they are Europeans? Just asking.

I'm really shocked and disappointed that John Lewis, like George McGovern, would go with someone who TOTALLY BANGED THE DRUM FOR WAR and later 'flip-flopped' but engages in so much calculation and triangulation, ad nauseum. Neither one supported the candidate that had the moral courage to oppose the war from the start and predicted exactly everything that has happened. In other words, the argument of 'judgment' is right on target, and Obama has it. He stands up and speaks truth to power...he did it in Detroit, speaking of CAFE fuel standards; he did it at the NEA; he did it when he said he'd talk to adversaries without preconditions.

Isn't it interesting that Obama's stance on Cuba is finding far more favor in the Cuban American community in Miami than Hillary's post cold war stance of conventional thinking of not talking to Castro. He's outlived 6 presidents and our squeezing their economy, a tiny communist island in the Caribbean, while having China as our banker and selling us everything we touch in our country, that shows how absolutely absurd and even inhumane our Cuba policy has been, not to mention an utter failure.

Obama came out and said the truth...that the best ambassadors to Cuba are Cuban Americans, themselves, and that he wants unrestricted travel and unrestricted remittances. Bravo...the first common sense Cuba policy statements in how many generations! Once again, Senator Obama is out front, leading in a coherent, intelligent and humane manner. I cannot support anyone else, as no one can come close to the breadth and depth of his diverse and rich body of life experience.

At the end of the last quarter, there were 350,000 of us coast-to-coast supporters, many of whom have never been involved in political campaign volunteering efforts, ever! I personally feel it is an honor and also extremely empowering to participate in this massive grassroots effort for Obama's presidential campaign, and it is transforming politics as usual.

Posted by: pacifica1 | October 12, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

As an African-American woman, I (a)am a proud supporter of Hillary Clinton and do not for one minute view that support as a betrayal of my community [I dare say even Sen. Obama would take (and has taken) issue with anyone who would suggest otherwise]; (b)sickened by the suggestion that Sen. Clinton is beholden to her husband for any endorsements she has/will receive - not only is the endorser insulted, that suggestion erroneously assumes Sen. Clinton is not otherwise deserving of the endorsement; and (c) infuriated by the statement that Lewis is a "relic of the past" and its implication that he, therefore, is irrelevant. That "relic of the past" exhibited the courage and passion that, together with countless others, I shall be eternally grateful for. That "relic of the past" stood and stands for the proposition that justice and equality are not just "aspirational" - they are "achievable."
If you don't support Sen. Clinton, fine - your choice. Questioning and/or insulting the bona fides of those of us who do does nothing to advance your candidate's cause.

Posted by: mroberts | October 12, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Response to carbynew:
You vastly underestimate the sophistication of the Obama team. And you presume to know how John Lewis will take their comment.

Why is it that folks who ardently support Hillary are so quick to label all opposition to her as sexist? This suggests that their support may be partially based on Hillary's gender. Is this a wise way to choose a president?
My not supporting Hillary has nothing to do with the fact that she's a woman. I remember the 60's and the 90's; and, while her husband did some good things as president, the Clinton style of politics (side-stepping, calculating, controlling, expedient, cynical) is not what we need at this point in the history of our nation and the world. We need someone who can heal divisions...someone with a political philosophy based on hope and unification. This is why I support Barack Obama.
--Elizabeth Butler

Posted by: ricknej | October 12, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

First, no one should vote for a candidate because of their race. Voting for Obama, because he is black, is a disservice to his character and political prowess.

I think his comments about John Lewis endorsing Clinton are dead accurate and hardly sexist. If the Democratic old guard wants to attach itself to the Clinton team of 'yester-year', so be it.

This is a new day, out with the old, in with the new.


Posted by: taw12970 | October 12, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I have to say how disappointed i am not only in Mr. Lewis, but other african americans who are supporting Hillary instead of Barack.

Obama is a great candidate, who has more and better ideas than Hillary. He has led on the isssues, she hasn't. He was also a constitutional law professor, is knowledgable about and could help repair the damage that's been done during this administration. The Clinton's were responsible for NAFTA, (all our jobs moving overseas or being replaced by importing).

(Also, under the Clinton reign,i lost my college funding because of cuts they made in educational funding. The Clintons don't care about low income folks.)

But putting that all aside for a moment, I also think having an african american president would be really beneficial for america. It would help our global image, and i reallly believe it would help start healing the racial divides that still exist in america. And imagine what a great role model it would be for young african american men to see that they could grow up to be president (like white kids have been told forever).

All that said, I'm supporting Obama because he's the best candidate for the job, and can unite the country.

Since Obama is such a great candidate, it's frustrating to see african americans supporting Hillary instead, when electing an african american, Obama would be really fabulous for this country.

Posted by: julieds | October 12, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Bill Burton, Obama spokesman says, "Barack Obama has great admiration for John Lewis and understands his long relationship with Bill Clinton. He looks forward to his support when Barack Obama is the nominee."
---------------
Obama campaign just pissed off John Lewis by implying that Hillary won his endorsement because of Bill Clinton...ouch!

Not wise at all, not wise Obama is committing all the rookie mistakes by not reigning in his team. Very sexist comment, not good but as a Hillary Clinton supporter keep digging that hole Obama.

Posted by: carbynew | October 12, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Lewis, while admirable in his activities in years gone by, is a relic of the past....as are the Clinton's.

It's a new day...time for a new approach.

Go Obama!

Posted by: linnie1 | October 12, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

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