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Clinton Praises Obama as a Friend of Israel

By Perry Bacon Jr.
In her second speech since Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton came closer to acknowledging that fact.

Speaking after the Illinois senator at the conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Clinton repeatedly emphasized the importance of a "Democratic president" to implement policy in the Middle East.

"It is one of our party's most cherished values," Clinton said of the U.S. commitment to the state of Israel, "and it will continue under the next Democratic president. I know Senator Obama understands what's at stake here. It has been an honor to contest these primaries with him. It is an honor to call him my friend and -- let me be very clear -- I know that Senator Obama will be a good friend to Israel."

She added, "I know that Senator Obama shares my view that the next president must be ready to say to the world, 'American's position is unchanging, our resolve unyielding, our stance non-negotiable: the United States stands with Israel now and forever.'"

Her comments about Obama drew loud applause in a crowd that included many of his supporters at the Washington Convention Center.

Obama was introduced by one of his supporters at the event as the "presumptive Democratic candidate" before he spoke. As he did on Tuesday night, Obama praised Clinton for the "outstanding race she has run" before detailing his strong support Israel's security.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 4, 2008; 11:55 AM ET
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Posted by: Nancy Barness | June 23, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a friend of Israel? Well, he'll dress up as one until the election, just like Jimmy Carter did way back when. After the election, he's as likely to come dressed as Elvis or the tooth fairy.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | June 5, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Heard on the news a couple of days ago that, over the past 15 years, while "Rev." Wright has been spewing his hate-filled, racist, anti-American, anti-white speeches, and Obama has "not-heard" any of that, their "church", which recently gave a Lifetime Achievement award to Louis Farrakhan, has quietly been the recipient of $15,000,000 of our tax dollars! They are probably still getting it!

How'd they arrange to get that much of our tax money, who set that up, do you think? Separation of church and state? Has that been repealed? Do you think anybody should ask Obama if he had anything to do with getting that "church" this money? If he didn't, who did? Shouldn't we know?

Posted by: lightnin | June 4, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I finally, finally, begin to see what people around the world seem to see in the United States, namely the country of hope.

The country that secures their freedom, secures their acquiring a sustaining income, etc.

From the first time I heard about Ronald Reagan, I had written off this country, despite its might.

Then I travelled from coast to coast on my bicycle in 1996 and noticed that the most hotly contested news was a bomb at the Atlanta Olympics, killing one (compare *that* to todays threats).

Now, for the first time in those twelve years, I have the impression that the US is back on track to lead (note, not "rule", but "lead") the world.

I've been a Europe-without-the-US type of person since the US squandered its world-wide support after 2001/09/11, but I'm ready to get back - and be a US supporter ...

Posted by: Toon Moene | June 4, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Hillary will propose to Senator Obama something to protect Bill...Rather than asserting her demands to be on his ticket for VP, she might broker a deal for Obama to pardon her errant husband when he gets arrested for illegal business negotiations with foreign powers for personal profit.

Posted by: meggotty | June 4, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Lynn parker get a grip on yourself, jacksmith may be using prozac but you sound as if you are under the influence of lysergicaciddiethylamide.

It can induce odd sensory data like bad odors...(I refer to your suggesting Obama smells bad)

it is considered a sort of pacifying drug but who knows, you may be experiencing a bad careful.

Posted by: Ronn | June 4, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: lynn parker. | June 4, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Well Jacksmith my response to your posting somehow got lost in the ether, so I will sum up here.

I was saying you might want to either stay to the daily maximum of prozac prescribed per day or at least duck your head as you are jumping up and down, as the ceiling may be dangerously close.

So, although gently meaning to poke fun at your glee I actually agree to some extent with what you suggest, although I think the inadvertent toughening up of Obama was, well, exactly what I say: unintentional.

It's a good post though and interesting perspective. If Hillary reads your post she might even consider playing that role, it could save her image, at ;east to some extent.

I only have one question for you: do you really love her?

Posted by: Ronn | June 4, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is STUNNING!!!

You have just witnessed the greatest political campaign fight in American history. One for the textbooks, and the history books. Hillary Clinton fought her heart out against all odds to win for all of the American people . While at the same time doing her best to prepare Sen. Barack Obama to win in November if he was the nominee. STUNNING!!! WELL DONE HILLARY CLINTON. WELL DONE! Your AMAZING! :-)

Sen. Obama could not have had a better opponent than Hillary Clinton. Nor could he have had a better opponent to prepare him for the battle royal to come against John McCain and the Republicans ahead of the November elections. Hillary Clinton was like a big Mama cat determined to teach her kitten how to hunt, and hang with the big dogs for the fights ahead.

And how about Bill Clinton, Chelsea, and th whole Clinton team. They were magnificent. They really showed their metal. BRAVO! TEAM CLINTON... BRAVO!

And how about YOU! my fellow Americans. I'm so proud of you. And proud to be one of you. You showed what you are made of. And what makes America so great. You never gave up on your Champion Hillary Clinton. Time, and time again you eagerly waited your turn to vote for Hillary Clinton. To pick her up and pass her along down the line to the rest of your fellow Americans.

You never gave up on her. Just as Hillary Clinton never gave up on you. No matter how many times they counted her out. No matter how many times they brutally knocked her down. You knew she would get back up. And you were ready to support her when she did. AMERICA LOVES A FIGHTER. AMERICA UNDERSTANDS A FIGHTER. AMERICA IS A FIGHTER. I'M PROUD OF YOU AMERICA!

Hillary said she would accept the VP spot on the ticket if ask. And I am thrilled to hear that. I think it would be crazy not to take her up on that offer. You could not have a better VP than Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton is Sen. Obama's best chance of winning the Whitehouse in November. And it is essential that the democrats take back the Whitehouse.

The American people are in a very desperate condition now. George Bush has wrecked America, and much of the world.



jacksmith... Working Class :-)

p.s. I really liked Sen. Barack Obama's speech in Minnesota. I think he just maybe ready now for the Bush Republican attack machine, dirty tricks, and vote fraud machine. :-)

Posted by: jacksmith | June 4, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

He has to play the game, there's no choice. One of our problems is we are stuck in this refusal to speak to adversaries. The never-ending Israeli/Palestinian situation keeps us bogged down and unable gain influence over a part of the world where much of the world's turmoil today stems from.

The Arab-Israeli conflict is a thorn in the side of every administration. It is also a cul de sac out of which neither side can come without total destruction of "the other".

The difference MAY be that compared to past administrations who could care less about the outcomes of any negotiations perhaps Obama will actually prove to be of a different ilk, and push for real negotiations.

It is not easy for him because coming straight out and saying he wants to listen to "the other side" in several conflict areas would cost him a huge amount of votes.

Try reading between the lines of what he said today and look for that light at the end of the tunnel, hang onto it as a glimmer of hope and wait and see.

What is beyond doubt is should McCain be elected the situation internationally can only get worse for us. In any case we have no choice as Obama may be our last chance to create abetter America and a better world.

Right now the world at large is laughing at us and mocking us, at best humoring us. A large part of the world is also afraid of us, because we have proven again and again our unwillingness to listen or compromise and ended up bullying our way to gain control of countries, people and wealth.

Bush has made a mockery out of "the freest democracy in the world" and "the open society" by deception and arrogant but well rehearsed and perfectly acted-out buffoonery. he is not as stupid as people believe, and as he would like us believe him to be. he has played his part well and put a huge part of the population to sleep. These people are evil egoists and we should avoid at all costs allowing McCain to take over the team's torch.

Again, we have no choice but to give Obama the benefit of the doubt and pray to God to give him the strength, courage and a long enough life needed to carry out true change.

Posted by: Ronn | June 4, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Headline after headline on this web site speaks to slavish support for Israel and the need to ensure Iran never gets nukes. Our own national intelligence clearly shows that Iran doesn't have nukes and is not developing them, yet Bush and those who seek to replace him continue to beat the drums of war. Why does slavish support for Israel drive our foreign policy and why is it a central plank in both the Republican and Democratic platforms? Given the absolute debacle in Iraq, it is utterly insane to even consider squandering more American blood and treasure in yet another unnecessary war. Yet McCain and Obama are unconditionally devoted to Israel without regard to whether such devotion is good for America. Meirsheimer an Walt were right. Follow the money. Qui bono? It isn't the American people. Wake up America!!!

Posted by: Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert Jangraw | June 4, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Its ridiculose!!

You have to support Israel to even be considered for the president position. Why are AMericans so stupid and blind! Cant they see the power Israel has over America, that Israel (a foreign country) is more important to every presidental candidate then all of our domestice problems combined. My goodness people. WAKE UP!!!

Posted by: sam | June 4, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

It is sad, that one day after clinching the democratic nomination Obama shows all of us how pleasing special interest groups precludes thoughtful diplomacy for all candidates. This also means, we draw more lines in the sand yet again.

Posted by: G.L. | June 4, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

As a Democratic politician, Clinton must support Obama. But if she out-and-out lies for him--by calling the Hamas-loving anti-Semite a "friend of Israel" for example--she'll end up losing the respect of even her most ardent supporters.

Posted by: Bob S4 | June 4, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

As a Democratic politician, Clinton must support Obama. However, if she supports him by out-and-out lying for him--e.g., insisting the Hamas-hugging anti-Semite is a "friend of Israel"--she'll lose all respect of her supporters like me.

Posted by: Bob S | June 4, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

This whole article shows how AIPAC is a major influence on US policies. It seems like all candidates have to say that they are Pro-Israeli, or else they would have their heads chewed off.

Posted by: Jim | June 4, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Time for Mr. Obama to be very, very careful. Mrs. Clinton's husband took $130 million from the president of Kazakhstan a few years ago and now it's payback time. If the Clintons can't get back in, they themselves may be at risk.
Mr. Obama needs some very public insurance, something that makes it crystal-clear that HRC will not be the nominee should he have an unfortunate accident.

Posted by: John Johnson | June 4, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Just a question: What has Israel ever done for the U.S. except spy on it and blow up its ships?

Posted by: edwcorey | June 4, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is an international joke.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

This was the turning point for Hillary. Going out of her way to praise Obama and act as if he is the nominee - even without saying it - is her bitter way of giving up. She won't make some public declaration, but she wants to communicate that it's over.

Posted by: matt | June 4, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Just another way for her to get leverage. -The Political Jerk

Posted by: The Political Jerk | June 4, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

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