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Bill Clinton "Committed" to Helping Obama

By Anne E. Kornblut
Former Pres. Bill Clinton has not made any public statements supporting Sen. Barack Obama since the end of the Democratic nomination battle -- making him one of the last prominent Democrats in the country not to declare his hearty desire to campaign for the presumptive nominee.
Still, Clinton officials say his support is obvious.

"President Clinton is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next President of the United States," Matt McKenna, a spokesman for the former president, said in an e-mail statement on Tuesday.

Clinton is traveling abroad this month and next, returning to his work at the Clinton Foundation and meeting with foreign dignitaries. He is not scheduled to appear with his wife and her former rival in Unity, New Hampshire, when they make their first joint appearance on Friday. Obama officials said they expect that Clinton will campaign for them eventually despite the lingering hard feelings from the extended primary.

And as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton prepared to make her first public outing since bowing out of the race, a spokesman for her said this: "Sen. Clinton is very pleased with how quickly the party is coming together after the primaries, and she will continue to do her part in helping to unite Democrats behind Sen. Obama as our nominee."

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"Obama's supporters are immature, brainwashed, and disrespectful."

Another bitter Hillary-head moping his life away. How sad.

;)

Posted by: Chuckamok | June 28, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

President Clinton...do not remit! I supported you during your time as President, and I supported Senator Clinton in her run for the nomination of the Democratic Party for President. But I will not support Barack Obama for President. I will never support him. I encourage you to hold firm and withhold your active support for him as well. I firmly believe that you understand who he is and what he is...and it would gall you to support him. Please listen to that voice inside you. Ignore him; rebuke him. But do not support Obama for President!!

Posted by: Larrywp | June 26, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton speaking at rallies on Obama's behalf? A McCain dream. Go Bill, go Bill.

Posted by: Adrian | June 26, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

THIS presidential race is about race and BLACK racism. Let the race begin!

Barrack HUSSEIN Obama's church for over 20 years, the BLACK Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the BLACK Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. They believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These BLACK Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever BLACKS are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:

1. Commitment to God
2. Commitment to the BLACK Community
3. Commitment to the BLACK Family
4. Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
5. Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
6. Adherence to the BLACK Work Ethic
7. Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
8. Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
9. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the BLACK Community
10. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting BLACK Institutions
11. Pledge allegiance to all BLACK leadership who espouse and embrace the BLACK Value System
12. Personal commitment to embracement of the BLACK Value System.

Please read the "BLACK Value System" again -- only this time, substitute the word "White" for "BLACK."

If your church had such a "White Value System" Jesse and Al and the NAACP would have 10,000 demonstrators out front in a heartbeat."

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Great to see how scared Obama looks when confronted with the Israel attacking Iran questions.


Posted by: Don't Vote | June 26, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

i say leave bill alone cnn brought up the subject where's bill's endorsement and everyone took off with it. bill will not be pressured into doing anything. just give him his space and let him do when he's ready and stop making and issue about it. obama does not seem worried about it.

Posted by: richdoll | June 26, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Who would have thought Bill Clinton to be such a sore loser?

If he doesn't get up out of that stupor he's in, and get with the program, I don't see how Hillary could expect to be Veep. It wouldn't make sense for the Veep's spouse to be angry at the president; too dangerous. (Personally, I don't want Hillary to be selected as the Veep choice).

The more accepted Barack becomes with the populus, the less he will have a need for Bill. So, Bill should not attempt to distance himself. He needs to stay close.

Posted by: Reggie Boykins | June 26, 2008 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Hello Folks:

It is Senator Obama who said his spouse is off-the-limit. Bill Clinton is the spouse of Senator Hillary Clinton. Why should he be forced to support Senator Obama? Even if he crazily supports Obama, it is voters who make a decision.

Posted by: peace4world | June 26, 2008 3:01 AM | Report abuse

Sorry. Not buying it.

This strained comment issued by an aide is part of the lead-in to the big supporters' gathering Thursday.

Bill Clinton is committed to Bill Clinton. And possibly his bank account.

Posted by: Susan | June 25, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I find it astounding that some of these commenst which in any other capacity are clearly libellous and slander are allowed to be posted by the WP?
If other offensicve reamrks such as those about child abuse etc are not allowed why then the extremist and racist views, from either side....
Show some leadership style and set the tone WP....

Posted by: NickH | June 25, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons should both be commited for endorsing a man who has been studying how to hate Jews, whites, and America for 20 years in a racist church with racist hate spewing spiritual advisors.

Posted by: Nora Lee | June 25, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Everyone feels so bad for Obama....for what his kind did 9-11 now to make things better lets just let them all take over....
oh yeah that would be much better its just another bush just another color...you cant belive words anymore, you all will see.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 25, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

If you vote for Obama...well say bye to freedom...or what we have left of it.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 25, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Look out ... a Clinton helping a political rival?!!

Fat chance ... if O'Bama believes that he is less prepared that I thought to be President.

Posted by: Hubba Bubba | June 25, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Bill should show the same enthusiasm for the new liberal, media darling that the
old liberal, media darling, Ted Kennedy,
demonstrated for Carter in 1980. In other
words, none.

Posted by: Mike 46 | June 25, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Bill seems to be wallowing in his own self pity and jealousy.

vwcat - what would Bill be jealous of? He was one of best president's in the past 50 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 25, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

gar - We are not quit as phony as Bill and Hillary


you left out Obama by accident I assume.

Posted by: gskrptr | June 25, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons are not to be trusted. Obama should know that by now.

Posted by: | June 25, 2008 10:03 AM


whoever posted this needs to take a good look at Obama's trustworthiness.

He's disassociated himself with how many people now? people that he originally said he couldn't disown them just like he couldn't disown his grandmother. what a lie that is. he probably would disown his granny if it would get elected.

Posted by: gskrptr | June 25, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

If Clinton is committed to helping Obama after what went down in the primaries this is an insult to those democrats who supported Hillary. Politicians take politics as a game. Supporters are much more serious. When you object to someones politics it is very difficult to turn it on and off. We are not quit as phony as Bill and Hillary

Posted by: gar | June 25, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

And can someone tell me why either Bill or Hillary Clinton (and for that matter Chelsea too) should extend any assistance to Obama or the "undemocratic" Democratic Party????? What have they ever done for the Clintons except lie about them, ridicule them and disrespect them.

Now they realize that without them Obama may lose the prize, and I hope he does. He doesn't deserve the presidency nor is he qualified for the position.

Posted by: Mary Ermet | June 25, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

And can someone tell me why either Bill or Hillary Clinton (and for that matter Chelsea too) should extend any assistance to Obama or the "undemocratic" Democratic Party????? What have they ever done for the Clintons except lie about them, ridicule them and disrespect them.

Now they realize that without them Obama may lose the prize, and I hope he does. He doesn't deserve the presidency nor is he qualified for the position.

Posted by: Mary Ermet | June 25, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a liar and theif in Chicago. Never made this state any better!!!! Clinton supporters vote for McCain. Obama just uses the Clintons for his ordeal. Just look at the past. All Obama does is just bash everyone else.Just no idea's for himself.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 25, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

What's with quote-unquote "committed" in the title?

Posted by: Kishor Gala | June 25, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Guys check out these great article:

"The Country I Lie To"
Obama LIES on his first general election ad! Also, a short background check on Obama's VP adviser; Eric Holder.

http://savagepolitics.com/?p=800


"Tyrants or Children"
Kim Jong Il and his North Korean murderers endorse Barack Obama. Also, a short profile of Cindy McCain and her charity work.

http://savagepolitics.com/?p=805

Posted by: Peter Acevedo | June 25, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The Clintons are not to be trusted. Obama should know that by now.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 25, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Kyle from colo said:
" Daddio and BillW could both be more eloquent in approach "

Hey, I'm not the one who pulled the race card and name-called. Don't lump me with daddio.

Posted by: Billw | June 24, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Franky said:
"I didn't know that Bush was an Obama supporter!! p.s. Try a new trick, Republican fear monger. Your method is so Bushy. "

Bush was not on my list of supporters, etc. I'm not the one doing tricks.

Posted by: Billw | June 24, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Marshall said:
" Search Google for many examples..."

I didn't make the accusation.

Posted by: Billw | June 24, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Bill seems to be wallowing in his own self pity and jealousy.
Doesn't matter. Obama doesn't need him out there being the same lose cannon he was for Hillary. And we all know how much that really helped her- not.
If the hillbots want to point fingers at people they should start with Bill.
Besides, outside of his own elections, he has never been able to help elect anyone else. He is known to have no coattails.
I say let Bill fly on private jets with his unscrupulous buddies and doing his dubious business dealings.

Posted by: vwcat | June 24, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Chicago1 wrote:
It's so funny how the Obamamaniacs still think they are winning the White House without Clinton supporters.

Guess what. Only the hard core Hillbots are not supporting Obama. And those are the ones, like you, who seem to think everything is about you.
newsflash: we do not care who you vote for. If you want vote for McCain do so. threatening people just is not having the effect you desire. The world is not going to stop for you, revolve around you or plead with you.
No one cares!

Posted by: vwcat | June 24, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Talk of a ringing endorsement. Many persons in these blogs and on television believe the Clintons are hoping McCain will win, so they can begin their campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination the day after the election in November.

I do not know if this is true, but this certainly was a very tepid endorsement.

Posted by: Independent | June 24, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Bill should stay away from this puppet show being stage managed by Chicago crooks and guilt ridden liberals.2012 is not that far away.

Posted by: Dean | June 24, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how we can all be pulled into treating politics like sports teams. As if we know all that much about one or the other! Daddio and BillW could both be more eloquent in approach and we could all use a brief moment to pause and think, what do I get if Obama is elected? What do I get if McCain is elected? (For those who support, Hillary, think about throwing away your vote...you may be better of with one or the other, check out the issues and decide who your next best choice is).

Anyway, http://www.2008electionprocon.org/summarychart.htm is a good little non-partisan chart I found for those who want the cliff-notes on the candidates. Also, once you've decided on a candidate, be dignified about it and keep insults to a minimum...Sound good?

In the end, we all gotta put up with democracy. That's why we have beer.

Posted by: Kyle from Colo | June 24, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget his radical, terrorist, anti-American, crook, muslim, and crackpot pals and supporters:

Posted by: Billw | June 24, 2008 2:21 PM

----

I didn't know that Bush was an Obama supporter!!

p.s. Try a new trick, Republican fear monger. Your method is so Bushy.

Posted by: Franky | June 24, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton is, as he always has been, committed to helping Bill Clinton.

Until I see it with my own eyes, I won't believe either of them will really do much for Obama, except hog the spotlight for themselves.

I would prefer they just go back to the '90s where they belong.

Posted by: Susan | June 24, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Can you be more specific please, i.e. what exactly did she say or do?

Posted by: Billw | June 24, 2008 6:05 PM

---------

Search Google for many examples...

Posted by: Marshall | June 24, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Marshall said re Clinton's devise tactics:

" Well, one recent example would be the strategy of winning Jewish voters by exploiting tensions between Jews and African-Americans. "

Can you be more specific please, i.e. what exactly did she say or do?

Posted by: Billw | June 24, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

What divisive tactics do you refer to?

Posted by: Billw | June 24, 2008 5:18 PM
-----

Well, one recent example would be the strategy of winning Jewish voters by exploiting tensions between Jews and African-Americans.

If you search the news, you'll find many other examples.

Posted by: Marshall | June 24, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Marshall said:
" Otherwise, Hillary will continue her divisive tactics. "

What divisive tactics do you refer to?


Posted by: Billw | June 24, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama should only pay off Hillary's debt if he wins the general election.

Otherwise, Hillary will continue her divisive tactics.

Posted by: Marshall | June 24, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Chicago1 | June 24, 2008 4:13 PM Do you think Republicans are going to vote for Obama when we won't? God, you are so stupid! Not to mention crazy. READ ON:
lollollollol
Republican Women Say No To McCain

Full news article here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/0 6/18/MNS211BBRL.DTL&tsp=1

Short quote from the article: "The challenges facing Sen. Barack Obama as he tries to woo supporters of former rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton could pale in comparison with Sen. John McCain's troubles with female voters - if the voices of a growing number of prominent Republican women are any indication. "I cannot see a more counterproductive candidate for women," said Jillian Manus-Salzman, a leading California Republican activist and generous GOP donor in the nation's most populous state, an ATM for presidential campaigns. "I cannot vote for McCain."

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Why would a winner endorse a loser unless he had to retire his wife's campaign debt?

It's so funny how the Obamamaniacs still think they are winning the White House without Clinton supporters. Did you not notice that half of Americans voted Republican the last two times? Do you think Republicans are going to vote for Obama when we won't? God, you are so stupid! Not to mention crazy.

Posted by: Chicago1 | June 24, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Anybody! except Hilary Clinton.

Posted by: jihadalready | June 24, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

i look at issues and a vision that most align with mine, experience and personal character. In that order.

Posted by: gskrptr | June 24, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

gskrptr | June 24, 2008 3:06 PM wrote
"I agree its people like Daddio that call you a racist and then turn around saying the election not about race. BULL!! i know people who voted for Obama solely because he's black or young or good-looking. Is this REALLY the selection criteria we want for the Presidency." What is YOUR selection criteria?

Posted by: roski | June 24, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Now I'm headin' on out to lunch,
I'm takein' a break while I munch.
But I'll soon be back,
After I've had my snack
And beat Daddio to the punch. :)

Posted by: Billw | June 24, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I hear ya BillW - this will be another election thats ends up in the supreme court while LA is burning to the ground.

Posted by: gskrptr | June 24, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

NObama said to daddio:

" How about you get off your guilt trip. "

Now if Obama is not your man,
His supporters all have this plan.
They'll jump in the fray
You're a racist they say,
While yelling "oh yes we can".

Posted by: Billw | June 24, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I agree its people like Daddio that call you a racist and then turn around saying the election not about race. BULL!! i know people who voted for Obama solely because he's black or young or good-looking. Is this REALLY the selection criteria we want for the Presidency.

Posted by: gskrptr | June 24, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Daddio, if you had some cojones, you'd stop accusing every person who doesn't support Obama racist. You posted two comments in a row accusing Manolete and BillW as racist. In the meantime, you're just a stereotypical white man who wants to declare that he'll vote for the black man to prove to himself that he's not a racist. How about you get off your guilt trip.

Posted by: NOBama | June 24, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Don't let anyone else manipulate your vote. If you can't bring yourself to vote for McCain don't vote at all. Obama's a loser.

Obama's supporters are immature, brainwashed, and disrespectful.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

billw.... you're funny

Posted by: tmccarthy27 | June 24, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse


Daddio on the Paddio said:

" Looks like the Klan is active again with BillW's comments. Hey Bill - can you get any more racist? "

You can't refute my statement, so you play the race card yourself and name-call. That's typical of Obama supporters.


Posted by: Billw | June 24, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons need Barack Obama and his fundraising skills more than he now needs them. The one liner by a spokesperson is as close to an insult as you can get. This may cost the Clinton's dear.

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/umhoney-member-the-20-million-i-gave-to-my-campaign-well-s-gone/

Posted by: European_Elitist | June 24, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton is a sore loser - perhaps he needs to skulk back to Chappaqua and hide in Mommy's closet with another intern.

Posted by: Daddio | June 24, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Klan is active again with BillW's comments. Hey Bill - can you get any more racist? Are you really that afraid of black and Hispanic people that you gotta run to Momma and paint the black man as a traitor? Me, I am an old white guy with a pair of my own cajones. I vote for the man, not the skin color.

I would ask that you grow up and do the same. Thank you.

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 24, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Manolete -

Did you graduate for 8th grade yet? If you did, then you're either still too naive to participate with the adults, or you are a loony tune thinking 55,000 American deaths in Viet Nam helped save our country. McCain WAS/IS indeed a brave man, but not Presidential timbre. He put his life on the line for a moronic war - just like the one in Iraq now.

Grow some cajones and vote for Obama - unless you are afraid of minority leaders. Are you?

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 24, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Manolete said:

" Democratic americans that love and have always been proud of our country will not vote for Barack Hussein and his congregation of America haters. "

Don't forget his radical, terrorist, anti-American, crook, muslim, and crackpot pals and supporters:

The Black Panthers
NAACP
Farrakhan
Hamas
Castro
Ortega
Chavez
Al Qaeda
Jane Fonda
Jesse Jackson
Michael Moore
Al Sharpton
Wright
Rezko
Ayers
Pfleger
Weathers
Rappers
Muslim-American Society

Posted by: Billw | June 24, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

To Manolete - i'm choosing not to vote in the general election. If every democrat opposed to Obama does the same it will send a very strong message to the DNC. A secondary result will be Obama losing the presidency.

Posted by: gskrptr | June 24, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Pres. Clinton did not seek Pres. Carter out for much campaign work. This campaign like many others try to focus on the future rather than the past. This is espesically true for the party not in the White House. Better the empty vessle of "hope" rather than the re-hash of old news and scandles.
This worked for Ike, Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and W. in their successful campaigns.
Humphrey came close, once he ran away from Johnson. The losers in many of these campaigns either were running against popular presidents, came off as chiding and not hopeful, or like Kerry got defined by their opponents.

Posted by: KNelson | June 24, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Hillary must do what she thinks she must do...But democratic americans that love and have always been proud of our country will not vote for Barack Hussein and his congregation of America haters. We will always remember the recorded videos of their celebration of the attack on America on 9/11.

Hillary must do what she must do...But americans that love our country will vote for John McCain, a true american that loves his country and risked his life to preserve our way of life. Yes, he is conservative on may issues, but he is a patriot.

Democratic americans that love our country supported Hillary...Now it's time to support John McCain!

Posted by: Manolete | June 24, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes, President Clinton's support is "obvious" when it is conveyed via an email sent by a spokesperson. Wow.

I remember fondly those emails from his spokesperson warming up crowds in Iowa for his wife's campaign. There is nothing more personal, more heart-felt, more inspiring than an email from a spokesperson.

Posted by: Chris | June 24, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama's "Wright baggage" didn't hit the news until after the first 11 primaries, otherwise Clinton's would have won the primary. Clinton didn't deserve that kind of bad break, so it has to be galling for the Clinton's to support Obama. Personally I would not do it, were I them.

Posted by: Billw | June 24, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons should be Committed.....but I'd prefer they stuck the Clintons somewhere away from the public.

Obama - don't let the Clinton stench get on you!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

the clintons should distance themselves from this dishonest and character flawed megalomaniac. he's going to drag any democrat that endorsed him into the mud.

i'm disgusted with the whole political system and i'm exercising my right NOT to vote in the general.

Posted by: gskrptr | June 24, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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