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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 01/18/2008

Barack Obama's 'neighborhood'

By Michael Dobbs

Robert Johnson slams Obama.

"As an African-American, I am frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood that I won't say what he was doing, but he said it in his book -­ when they have been involved."
--BET founder Robert L. Johnson at Hillary Clinton rally, Columbia College, S.C., January 13, 2008.

"My comments today were referring to Barack Obama's time spent as a community organizer, and nothing else. Any other suggestion is simply irresponsible and incorrect."
--Johnson statement released by Clinton campaign, January 13, 2008.

"I'm writing to apologize to you and your family personally for the un-called-for comments I made at a recent Clinton event. In my zeal to support Senator Clinton, I made some very inappropriate remarks for which I am truly sorry."
-- Johnson letter to Obama, January 17, 2008.

Robert L. Johnson and the Clinton campaign have been getting themselves tied up in knots about remarks that the African-American billionaire made in South Carolina last weekend. The comment about Obama "doing something in the neighborhood" was a not-so-veiled reference to his drug use as a teenager, which he wrote about in 1995 in his best-selling book "Dreams From my Father." The Clinton campaign reacted to the ensuing controversy by insisting that Johnson had been misunderstood.

A press release issued by the Clinton campaign on Johnson's behalf last Sunday is apparently now inoperative, along with a statement by Senator Clinton during the MSNBC debate from Nevada that she took Johnson "on his word."

The Facts

Surrogates for Hillary Clinton have raised the drug issue against Obama on at least three occasions over the last month. Clinton's New Hampshire chairman, Bill Shaheen, was fired by the campaign after he said that Obama's past would open him up to attacks by Republicans in the general election. Clinton ally Charlie Rangel speculated that Obama had talked about using illegal drugs because he thought it might sell books. And now Johnson says that his comment about Obama messing about "in the neighborhood" was "an attempt to be funny."

That was not how he, or the Clinton campaign, depicted the remark at the time. At first, Johnson insisted that there was nothing inappropriate about his remarks and that he had been talking about Obama's activities as a community organizer. He cited Hillary Clinton's work with abused and battered children as an example of her involvement in black issues at the time that Obama was "doing something in the neighborhood."

From a chronological point of view, Johnson's explanation made little sense. Hillary Clinton helped found the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in 1977, two years after her marriage to Bill. She was 29 at the time. Obama was 16, about the age when he first started experimenting with alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine, according to his autobiography. He did not start working as a community organizer until a few years later, in New York in 1984 and later in Chicago.

In his book, Obama depicted his drug use as a response to concerns about his self-identity following the death of his father, who he had scarcely known:

"Junkie. Pothead. That's where I'd been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man... "Except the highs hadn't been about that, me trying to prove what a down brother I was....I got high for just the opposite effect, something that could push questions of who I was out of my mind, something that could flatten out the landscape of my heart, blur the edges of my memory."

Obama described his use of different drugs in his book. "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though. ..." "Blow" is slang for cocaine; "Smack" is a reference to heroin.

After first saying that she took Johnson at his word during the MSNBC debate on Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton later ruled his comments "out of order." The Clinton campaign did not respond to queries yesterday about the accuracy of last Sunday's press release denying that Johnson had been referring to Obama's drug use.

The Pinocchio Test

The bottom line here is that the Clinton campaign, or its surrogates, has kept a story about Obama's admitted drug use three decades ago alive for the better part of a month. The Fact Checker has no way of knowing whether this was intentional or not. It is easier to rule on the accuracy of last Sunday's press release by the Clinton campaign. Johnson's apology yesterday makes clear that his earlier claim that he was talking about Obama's experiences as a "community organizer" was a "terminological inexactitude," to use a phrase coined by Winston Churchill.

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By Michael Dobbs  | January 18, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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As America prepares to celebrate Martin Luther King Day next week, black presidential candidate Barack Obama stands in a strong position to become the country's 44th president. Some view Obama's remarkable popularity as the realization of King's dream, the final victory of the civil rights movement. Others view it, their respect for Obama notwithstanding, as a testament to its remarkable failure.

Is Obama a Civil Rights Victory?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=1570

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Posted by: PollM | January 18, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

I didn't realize Obama's cocaine use was admitted by him in his book. I really don't see why it's so wicked for Team Clinton to mention it.

Decades-old sporadic drug use, if it didn't lead to much trouble, really isn't much of a black mark against Obama as a future president. But it also isn't a reason to vote for him, even if it does make his "life story" more interesting. Life story, schmife schmory. Show me successful executive experience.

I don't realize why it's questionable for Charlie Rangel, whom I loathe, to speculate Obama wrote about his drug use to sell books? Doesn't the subject make the book more risque? And wouldn't that lead to better sales, and more buzz about Obama?

Man, I don't realize much at all.

Posted by: The Angry One | January 18, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Post would be an excellent platform for a column that checks the facts relied upon by candidates in advancing their policy proposals. Just a suggestion.

Posted by: zukermand | January 18, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

It truly irritates me to hear so-called black establishment politicians and business professionals such as Rangel and Bob Johnson denigrate and belittle a new-brand of African-American politicians such as Barack Obama. I am an independent African-American and am very much involved in the political process, and when i hear these individuals speak out against this man just literally sickens me. These "old-school" guys need to realize that there is a new brand of politiian on the scene and their roots are not embedded in the civil rights movement. Don't get me wrong, i am very much for civil rights it is just that these guys bring a new breath of life to the political process and for me it is truly a breath of fresh air. So move aside Rangel, Johnson and others for the new breed is here! Hail to the Obamas, Duval Patricks, Harold Fords, Cory Bookers for your time has now come and hopefully you will take heed to this and express yourselves as you really are and not as Rangel, and Johnson try to betray you!!!!!

Posted by: Mose Beaty | January 18, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Who is Obama really? Maybe it's because of the Clinton machine, but I can only think of negative things from Obama's past (i.e. drugs, lobbyist friends, lack of voting on difficult issues etc . . .). I cannot bring myself to vote for someone who is so unknown --- it like gambling --- you could win big, but chances are you will lose.

Also, I think it is ridiculous that Obama expects everybody to leave him alone about the whole drug thing. You are running for President of the most powerful country in the world. The media and your opponents are going to rub your face in every mistake you have ever made. Get used to it.

Posted by: stillwater1 | January 18, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

A question for Mr. Dobbs or anyone who has read the book, regarding this quote:

"Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though. ..."

By "Not smack, though", I'm guessing that Obama means he never did heroin. But reading that quote, one could infer that pot, booze, and blow helped, but heroin did not help. So he didn't do heroin, right?

I'm not trying to be inflammatory about Obama, just seeking an clarification.

Posted by: Confused | January 18, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he could overcome this issues if he had done *anything* during his political career.

Posted by: EmilSarcasian | January 18, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there a pattern of first Harkin, then Rangel, then Bob Johnson doing the Clintons' dirty work, then sheepishly apologizing? It's like they've been blackmailed to do this and then feel all icky, contrite, and ashamed afterwards. How many more such people owe the Clinton's favors and will produce hits on command? Maybe they're promised it'll be ok to apologize afterward, once the damage is done.

Posted by: nmjohnson | January 18, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

again, we can't talk about obama because he's black. everything is off limits because he's black.

Disgusting.

And he's NOT African-American, he's Kenyan-American.. He has no ties to the historic AA community.


Posted by: Troy. | January 18, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, what is the about Obama?!?! What has he done?

People have told me about his having rallied support and passed an ethics bill in Illinois, which is considered among the best in the nation (for a state that once had a reputation as perhaps the most corrupt state government); he was able to get interrogations videotaped by pulling in the support of police groups in that state as well over strong opposition by finding ways to build coalitions and getting others to buy into his efforts; he did some nuclear non-proliferation measure with some guy named "Richard Lugar"; he was the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review; he proved to be a prescient Iraq War critic at a time when political Washington thought it was a great idea and shouted down anyone who said otherwise; he has wrote perhaps one of the greatest political biographies in the history of the genre; he has shattered campaign fundraising records by pulling in small donors and rallying new voters to the Democratic party -- and has run a strong campaign against a candidate who has all of the advantages of strong institutional support and name ID -- as well as strong support from the power brokers behind her in NYC, DC, not to mention a husband who was once president.

Remind me what exactly is it that Obama has done?

Posted by: HRCis#1!!!!!! | January 18, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

This is to Troy: who wrote that Sen. Obama is not African-American. ARE YOU STUPID???? When did Kenya remove itself from the African Contient? He has more right to claim that handle than 99% of the Black population in the U.S. He may not have gone thru the "Civil Rights Movement" way back when but, you probably didn't either if you are under 50 years old. Sen. Obama is an honorable man, regardless of his ethnic background. I like Sen. Clinton and former Sen. Edwards but, I think this country could use some fresh faces and ideas. Also, Edwards is the only person that benefits if Obama and Cinton continue to tear each other down. Besides, no one really knows who started all the mess. Think about it...

Posted by: concerned7 | January 18, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I am one of those that believe in redemption, and I think that Obama's past is just that, his past. I surmise that the other writers must have forgotten that our present President also had a passing fling with "blow" and suffered from bar elbow but no one seems to think that it hindered his qualifications for the job. And who can really believe that Wild Bill didn't really inhale...give me and Obama a break.

Posted by: txaifrye | January 18, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

It's about the "community organizer" lie, not the fact that he referred to Obama's drug use. I wish this story were more about that, and not about the alleged racism of the original comment.

Clinton said, at the NV debate, that "we take him at his word." His word that he meant "community organizer". Then, immediately afterwards, when asked if she thought Johnson's comment was out of line, she said yes, and that he had said so too. How is it out of line to speak of someone's community organizing?

Posted by: Phoebe | January 18, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

How can this one possibly be anything less than FOUR Pinocchio's? Bob Johnson's "explanatory" statement was a blantant whopper of a lie, and Hillary Clinton perpetuated that lie by accepting the statement at face value. Her statements about Mr. Johnson's comments reveal her to be either stupid or complicit in perpetuating the lie. I'm quite sure it is not the former, but the latter.

Posted by: Sean | January 18, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

When choosing a Presidential candidate, one must look beyond the Primary to the General election and question the viability of the candidate.

Bob Johnson's comments are nothing compared to what the Reblicans have in store for poor Barack. I certainly hope he can take the heat, because he sure has been crying foul a lot lately. Compared to the Clinton reaction to attacks from all corners, I'm not at all impressed.

Posted by: brigittepj | January 18, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

CLINTON THINKS WE HAVE THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT BECAUSE LYNDON JOHNSON SIGNED IT.

SO WHY WAS SHE CAMPAIGNING FOR BARRY GOLDWATER(AGAINST JOHNSON) WHO VOTED NO ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT???

BY THE WAY CHECK OUT BILL CLINTON RACIST POSTCARD HE SENT TO HIS GRANDMA IN 1966 DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

CIVIL RIGHTS ARE AS IMPORTANT FOR HISPANICS AS IT IS FOR BLACKS AND FOR ANY OTHER MINORITY.

http://serr8d.blogspot.com/2007/10/bill-clinton-racist-postcard-buy-it-now.html

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | January 18, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I will not vote for any amnesty advocate, Republican, or Democrat, alike.

So much for Hillary "La Senora Amnistia" Clinton, Barack "El Senor Amnistia" Obama, or Juan "Varone de Amnistia" McCain.

Posted by: buzzm1 | January 18, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

for The Angry One who says: Decades-old sporadic drug use, if it didn't lead to much trouble, really isn't much of a black mark against Obama as a future president. But it also isn't a reason to vote for him, even if it does make his "life story" more interesting. Life story, schmife schmory. Show me successful executive experience.
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Obama has held elected office for 11 years (four more than Hillary). Obama sponsored over 820 bills while serving in the Illinois senate (serving 8 years, from 1996-2004). He introduced 233 bills regarding Healthcare reform, 125 bills regarding Poverty and Public Assistance, 112 Crime fighting bills, 97 Economic bills, 62 Education bills, 60 Human Rights and Anti-discrimination bills, 21 Ethics bills, 20 Environmental bills, 15 Gun Control bills, 6 Veteran Affairs bills, and many, many others. He authored the most sweeping ethics reform bill passed into Illinois law in over 20 years. He sponsored a law enhancing tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform and promoted increased subsidies for child care. Obama also led the passage of legislation mandating videotaping of homicide interrogations, and a law to monitor racial profiling by requiring police to record the race of drivers they stopped.

In 2002 Obama spoke out publicly against the war in Iraq, saying he does not oppose all war, just dumb wars, and proceeded to accurately predict the quagmire of Iraq.

Obama was elected to the United States senate in 2004. In his first year (before he decided to run for president) he authored 152 bills, and co-sponsored another 427. These included the Coburn-Obama government Transparency Act of 2006 (signed into law by Bush), The Lugar-Obama initiatives (working with republican, Richard Lugar) aimed at nuclear non-proliferation and conventional weapons threat reduction. He is one of only 2 lawmakers sponsoring a campaign finance reform bill that currently sits in the senate. There are 890 bills in Obama's name since he entered the Senate. He has Cosponsored 1096. This is a long list, and it might lead you to conclude that people who say he has been doing nothing in the Senate are a little less than truthful.

Obama currently serves on the Senate Committees for Foreign Relations; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and Veterans' Affairs.

Obama has a degree in International Relations, a Law degree, and taught constitutional law for 10 years.

Obama 08!


Posted by: sheridan1 | January 18, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

THEY USE SCARE TACTICS IN IOWA AGAINST STUDENTS...

THEY USE RACE CARD AGAINST BLACKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA...

THEY USE SMEAR TACTICS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ABOUT DRUGS AND ABORTION...

THEY USE LAWSUITS IN NEVADA AGAINST HISPANICS...

THEY WILL DO ANYTHING FOR POWER!!!!WELCOME TO THE CLINTONS WORLD!!!

Posted by: laplume | January 18, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

As a life long Democrat and liberal I have never been more excited or proud of my party and the outstanding choices we ofter for the world,s future! I believe Hillary is the past and Obama Hussein is the future and the leader of the Democrat Party! I think he can bring many more under the Democrat tent and make it the party of the future in the USA . His experience & knowledge of Islam and Muslins ( both his dad & step dad were Muslins and he attended an Islam school as a boy) can bring the Arab Islam Muslins into the Party as well as the Black Muslin Islam Nation and expand the Democrat party. Already we can see Islam Nations around the world are excited & embracing his candidacy.

His strong stand against the Constitution and Rule of Law for Illegal Immigration should bring the Illegal Immigrants into into our camp. Indeed, all immigrants from around the world that want to immigrate to the USA but do not want to go thought. the hassle of legal Immigration will support us. Finally American can live up to its creed under Obama and Citizens of the world irregardless of Religion, Race, Nationally, Education or Skills because anyone can come to American and be citizens of this great Nation and the Democrat party while feasting at the trough of public welfare! Our growing and expanding population with our teeming masses from sea to polluted sea will allow to us compete with China, India, and other third world countries and end outsourcing of our jobs.

It may require a balancing act having both the Blacks and Latinos under the same tent with Latino hater of Blacks while Blacks are very upset over Latinos hi-jacking their civil rights by equating walking across a border to the nearest welfare office, as blacks experienced with slavery. The Ethic cleansing of Blacks in LA by Illegal Hispanics will also make his task harder, but if anyone can reconcile the groups Obama is the Man.

I think as a seasoned, & experienced drug user Obama and as he says in his book , knowing how to score some blow, he will address how backward, unfair and punitive our drug laws are and legalize drugs. This would release millions of Drug users and drug dealers from prison. They, with their knowledge and experience could go into selling, distribution and expanding the legal drug trade and help our economy and the Black & Hispanic communities. In addition to saving tax payers Tens of Billions now spend in incarceration, prevention and drug fighting cost. Of course, all drugs would have a high tax but still be much cheaper than Illegal drugs. We could earmark the tax receipts from drugs to the millions of Uneducated Immigrants we gave American citizenship to help offset the net cost of 20k per year each cost in public welfare. This would reduced the price of drugs to where the average American citizen could afford good coke, just like the elites and Politicians, This will also reduce the price of creak for our poorer citizens, and make their life more enjoyable. But I fear legalizing drugs will be beyond even Obama. The drugs lords have so many Billions due to high prices , to share with our Politicians to keep our borders open for drugs, illegal immigrants, and terrorist to pour across, that the special interests will never let him legalize drugs. I know Obama, you will do your best and that is all we can ask!

Posted by: american1 | January 18, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Just wondering if Barak Obama's mother white ,why people don't consier him white . Why people consider him black?

Posted by: MK | January 18, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Just wondering if Barak Obama's mother white ,why people don't consier him white . Why people consider him black?

Posted by: MK | January 18, 2008 05:28 PM

Answer: for the same reason Malcolm X (whose mother had a white parent) and Frederick Douglass (born into slavery, but believed his father to be a white man) were considered black, despite being the product of bi-racial unions.

Besides the old-fashioned "one-drop rule" (feel free to Google that term), in America, racial perception is racial reality. And non-white in America usually means black.

Posted by: Alan | January 18, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I respect Obama for his honesty, and have lost a great deal of respect for Senator Clinton through the course of the last few months.

Posted by: Mo | January 18, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is a member of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine, with Wright's daughters now serving as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan.

Maybe for Wright and some others, Farrakhan "epitomized greatness." For most Americans, Farrakhan epitomizes racism, particularly in the form of anti-Semitism. Over the years, he has compiled an awesome record of offensive statements, even denigrating the Holocaust by falsely attributing it to Jewish cooperation with Hitler -- "They helped him get the Third Reich on the road." His history is a rancid stew of lies.

describing the September 11 attacks as a "wake-up call" to America for ignoring the concerns of "people of colour", and for claiming that Americans "believe in white supremacy and black inferiority . . . more than we believe in God".
., Obama offers white voters a chance to free themselves from white guilt!

unbelievable and he is running on uniting all people

Posted by: Anonymous | January 18, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why people are required to apologize when they bring up Obama's past drug use or else they're accused of racism. Doesn't every candidate get their private and professional lives put under the public-microscope for scrutiny, criticism, and comment?

I don't see people who criticize Hillary or say take about how steely she is being accused of being a misogynist or anti-women. Similarly, people who brought up Bill Clinton or George W. Bush's drug use in past campaigns never had to apologize to either candidates, least of all in public.

That's par for the course in an election, so why should Obama be treated any differently? Is it racist to criticize a black candidate or bring up aspects of his or her past that may be less than ideal?

I think all candidate should be scrutinized. That's part of the process and getting to know them inside and out.

Posted by: john_ccy | January 18, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Johnson should not have apologized for his remarks. What he has spoken was the truth - it did not come from him, but directly from Obama's mouth as he said in his book. Meanwhile, The spinning comments Obama campaign surely will make voters examine Obama - the real Obama, pakalolo-smoking and all. Pundits are equally liable for all the hype they have spent on all their reporting without even referring to their history books first before their spin. Why can't Americans scrutinize Obama - past, present and what he talks about the future. Scared?

Posted by: etanjuan | January 18, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Let's play a game... every time some Clintonista mentions what Barack Obama did as a mixed up teenager, we Obama-philes get to mention all the times Bill unzipped with a woman who was not his wife... Fair enough?

Posted by: jade_7243 | January 18, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Sounds good to me, jade_7243 : )

Posted by: JakeD | January 18, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

There is a considerable difference between scrutinizing a candidate's worthiness for the office of presidency and demonizing him or her for political gain.

The Clintons are masterful at demonizing.

They will never get my vote. (Notice I refer to both of them, since it's pretty obvious that we'd get 2 for 1 AGAIN)

Posted by: info | January 18, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Once upon a time I liked the idea of Hillary as our first female president. Then I came to realize just how divisive and right-wing-mobilizing she can be. And then I became increasingly irritated with her continuously touting "35 years of experience" when much of that experience was simply being a controversial lawyer, the spouse of an elected official, the architect of a failed health care plan, a mediocre author, and a carpet-bagging Senator.

Finally, I have come to see Obama's politics of hope, inspiration, and inclusiveness as exactly what this country (and the world around us) needs right now. Obama is quite a speaker, yes, but he is much more than that. He has ideas and vision, courage and common sense, and a refreshing sincerity and warmth that no other candidate in this race can match. He also has a record of accomplishment and a capacity for leadership that few 40-somethings can even come close to.

No candidate is or ever will be perfect, and Obama certainly has his flaws. But he has definitely earned my respect, and in 2008, he definitely has my vote.

Posted by: gregor | January 19, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign reacted to the ensuing controversy [over BET's Robert Johnson's aside] by insisting that Johnson had been misunderstood. A press release issued by the Clinton campaign on Johnson's behalf last Sunday is apparently now inoperative, along with a statement by Senator Clinton during the MSNBC debate from Nevada that she took Johnson "on his word."

But of course these hit-and-run attacks associated with the Clinton campaign leave a toxic residue long after some tacit, token retraction has taken place. Apparently those who program them seek both a quick fade-out of responsibility for the attacks AND an adverse lingering indelible imprint upon an electoral opponent.

Posted by: FirstMouse | January 19, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

With the Obama campaign's attempt to respond to Clinton distortions, no doubt there'll be many charges of a double standard and of hypocrisy, since Obama himself has preferred positive to negative campaigning. Moreover, he's personified open honesty with a mere touch of humor in contrasting others' behavior while stressing what America needs more than what it does not need today.

If it's to succeed in practical terms the Obama movement for real change, echoed now in the campaign rhetoric of many wannabes across the partisan spectrum, must become a candidacy as well as a cry of the heart. In this necessary change the honored principle of self-defense might well be recognized and invoked.

Posted by: FirstMouse | January 19, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

If Obama is the Democratic nominee, the GOP will use anything and everything (including whatever they can invent)against him. Just look at how the Republicans are attacking each other in the primaries. Unfortunate, but this is the reality of American political campaigns.

Posted by: Roseann | January 19, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"he has shattered campaign fundraising records by pulling in small donors and rallying new voters to the Democratic party"

Really? I guess Goldman-Sachs and Exlion(sp) as well as quite a few others do not count. The entire conversation about this is far fetched for anyone. If you do not have BIG BUCKS you will not win a campaign.

Furthermore, anyone who doesn't think that the Republicans are going to attack FAR FAR harsher than any of the Democratic candidates, is living in a dream world. In case you do not recall the "dirty tricks" antics of other races I suggest you look at the filthy poop that was used by every Republican since 1958. Probably longer but that is far back as my memory goes.

Could we please have some honest exchanges about real issues and differences on them?

Thank You in advance.

Posted by: RetCombatVet | January 19, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I can't fathom why someone would want a person like Robert Johnson speaking on their behalf anyway. As founder of "Black Entertainment Television", he has stood for degrading African American culture in the name of profits; glorifying gangbanging, propogating racial stereotypes, and pandering to the lowest common denominator.
This man has not earned the right to speak on behalf of the black community, he belongs with the O.J.s of the world, and I think less of Hillary for having someone like that speaking on her behalf in a high-profile setting.

Posted by: Harry | January 19, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty simple, folks. Don't trust anything, any word, any action, coming out of the Clinton campaign. PERIOD.

Posted by: Randall | January 19, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I guess I'm one of those anti-Hillary people. I will never, under any circumstances, vote for her. I would get up at 5:00 am and walk 20 miles in sub-zero weather, and wait in line for hours, just to vote against Hillary. Hillary gets such high negative poll numbers because voters instinctively do not trust her. And many women remember how she and Bill supported calling women "bimbos" and "trailer trash" because they wanted the public to know how Bill had used them, sexually abused them, and in one case RAPED them. How can the public ever forget such things?? And there are SO MANY other scandels, financial rip-offs, lies and illegal activities associated with both Bill and Hillary, even if some of these are not true, there are SO MANY MORE that are true... it's inconceivable to me that anyone could consider voting for Hillary now. I truly believe it is IMPERATIVE that we keep the Clintons out of Washington permanently.

Posted by: Monica Johns | January 19, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the posts that remind readers of the Republican attack machine. It is true that the Republicans will attempt to shred to pieces any presidential candidate the Democrats nominate. But the candidate that is the most "shredable" in my opinion, is Hillary Clinton, not Barack Obama. Hillary and Bill have had so many scandels, malfeasences, and otherwise questionable and sleezy activities in the past, that these provide more than enough fodder for any Republican use against Hillary. As far as I know, Obama has lead a pretty peaceful, honest life, and I am sure that if he had a lot of skeletons in his closet, the Clintons would have found them by now and used them against him.

Posted by: Stephen Strader | January 19, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of Mr. Johnson's renunciation, the perception of whether it is a problem for voters or not, is not a call for the Post or any newspaper to make, but one for the voters to make, presuming the media hasn't been hired to run interference for Obama, or any candidate, which, would, of course, be beyond the scope of its objective purpose as reporter, not protector.

Posted by: Pat | January 19, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I am a woman who does not trust Hillary. She and her husband give me the impression they feel they are entitled to be the next President. Yes, both of them. If Hillary is elected, you are in effect electing both of them. I liked Clinton so much when he was President. Now I see he will stop at nothing to get his wife elected as he is so desperate to get back into that White House. You can be sure he won't stand behind Hillary for long. We will have two Presidents if Hillary gets elected. As someone on the news said tonight, "He can bite his lips but he can't bite his tongue."

Barrack is so honest, intelligent, has done so much more than Hillary says she has done in 35 years!! (See some of the other letters in this Post). I have heard him speak. I have shaken his hand. He is one of the most impressive candidates I have ever seen in my 82 years. He WILL unite the country. He WILL be an asset when it comes to foreign affairs. He WILL and MUST become our next President!!!

Posted by: Thelma B | January 19, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

What I find most interesting about the comments is that Barack is accused of whining about all of the issues the Clintons and their supports raise about him - - the fact is he has said nothing in respond to their missteps and rantings. He has not given them the benefit of addressing that garbage and lowering himself to their level. So how can he be described a whining. He is going about his business - - what a class act.

As for Bob Johnson, I am personally blown away about that. I had so much respect for this man before this. I am disappointed in him. I have lost any respect that I may have had for him. Charlie Rangel - - well he was never on my most admired list anyway. None of this will be a deterent to Barack Obama.

There is karma, therefore, these guys will experience their karma based upon their behavior so there is no need for anyone to attempt to discipline them. It comes down to "do unto others as you would have them do to you".

Posted by: ddraper81 | January 19, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

never underestimate the stupidity of the American public and its willingness to display it.

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Following are some of the talking points of the Obama campaign and its supporters on these and many other blogs regarding Hillary Clinton along with my responses to them. Every single one of these bullet points could have, and actually HAVE, come straight from the Repuglikkkunt Playbook. These are EXACTLY the kind of things Repuglikkkunts have been saying about her for years. And it's beyond shameful that the Obama campaign, and especially its supporters, have taken a page from that playbook and used it in this election; it's DESPICABLE:

HILLARY AND BILL CLINTON ARE CLOSET RACISTS WHO DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT MINORITIES, BUT ARE JUST USING THEM TO GAIN POWER.

This almost isn't worth dignifying with a response. It has been suggested by none other than Michelle Obama in remarks she made about Bill Clinton's speech in which he said Barack Obama's claim that he has been steadfast and consistent in his level of opposition to the war in Iraq is a "Fairy Tale". She, and Obama, both knew this is exactly what Bill was saying, and rather than going after him on the issue, they spouted spurious charges that Bill Clinton was claiming Barack's entire campaign, and therefore the idea of a black man running for president itself, were a Fairy Tale. They furthermore issued a Memo listing this misrepresentation of Bill's comments as proof of a pattern of racial divisiveness being played by the Clintons. One of Obama's senior advisors, Jesse Jackson, Jr., also delved into this racial hucksterism, when he claimed after the New Hampshire Primary that Hillary's "tears" needed to be analyzed in light of the fact she hadn't cried at the plight of Hurricane Katrina victims. First, how this knuckledragger could possibly know whether she EVER cried regarding the plight of those victims is beyond me. Perhaps he has access to an illegal wiretap Bush has on the Clinton's, who knows. Regardless, his statements are clearly intended to send the message that Kanye West had about Bush; Hillary just doesn't care about Black People. Such an accusation is beyond despicable. This was echoed in Dr. Michael Eric Dyson's comments right after the NH Primary (Dyson, while not a paid staffer for the Obama campaign, is one of his senior surrogates making all the rounds of the MSM attacking Hillary), where he basically accused every Hillary Clinton voter in New Hampshire of being racist. The ONLY racists I see between the two candidates and their supporters are on the Obama side.

HILLARY IS THE STATUS QUO, NOT SOMEONE WHO WILL BRING ABOUT CHANGE.

Hillary Clinton the Status Quo? Spouting this nonsense is PRECISELY why Obama hasn't gained any traction with women. Women know FUNDAMENTALLY that this statement is absurd. They realize that ANY woman is an agent of change, a HUGE agent of change in a political world dominated by men and their testosterone-driven agendas. Add to that the fact that Hillary has been a PASSIONATE advocate for progressive political ideology, fighting AGAINST the growing corporate control of our government and FOR the interests of ordinary Americans for DECADES, and it boggles the mind that someone can actually level such a charge with a straight face. The fact Obama does it shows me he's a first-class actor. He deserves an Oscar...lol

HILLARY CLINTON IS A BOUGHT AND PAID FOR CORPORATE HACK WHO COULDN'T CARE LESS ABOUT THE WELFARE OF ORDINARY AMERICANS.

Hillary's a bought and paid for corporate hack? Yeah, sure...lol Can you POSSIBLY really believe that? Yes, she's taken money in donations from corporations. So what. She's ALSO proven to be a stalwart fighter against their holding more influence in our government than they should. She's fought against the lobbyists tooth and nail. Just because she's intelligent enough to realize that in our current political system she needs money to run a campaign, and will accept LEGAL donations from any corporation as long as they don't expect any quid pro quo doesn't mean she's a corporate hack. It just means she's a very intelligent woman who knows how to win. And this is not to say she's going to try and destroy corporations if she's elected either. She understands they are a part of our nation. She just also understands that they have to bear their fair share of the burdens of our nation, and she will work with them to find a way for them to do so that's agreeable to all without compromising the principles of FIRST PROTECTING AMERICA. To me, the only people who make such claims about Hillary are either just those who hate her guts, or ignorant morons.


HILLARY IS TOO DIVISIVE, AND THEREFORE LESS ELECTABLE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION THAN OBAMA, OR IN FACT UNELECTABLE.

Hillary Clinton, while being PORTRAYED as divisive by the Right-Wing controlled media, who almost to a head HATE Hillary Clinton's guts, is anything but. Her 7 years in the Senate have proven that beyond a shadow of a doubt. She has garnered support from a large portion of upstate New York that is a bastion of the Right-Wing. She's done this by doing what she has done best throughout her life, working for EVERYONE. She may be a Democratic Senator from New York, but as the people in upstate New York realized soon after she was elected, she cares about ALL New Yorkers. This is why she won her second term in the Senate with such huge support statewide.

IF HILLARY IS ELECTED, THE RIGHT-WING REPUBLICANS, AS THEY DID IN THE 90'S WITH HER HUSBAND BILL, WILL BLOCK NEARLY EVERY EFFORT HILLARY MAKES AT PROGRESS.

If Hillary's elected the Right-Wing's going to attack her like they did Bill and tie her hands? Exactly how are they going to do this? They've attacked the Clinton's for decades and failed MISERABLY to gain any traction with their smears. Despite all their vile, hateful efforts, the Clintons, and especially Hillary, were found innocent in the White Water investigation of ANY WRONG-DOING. Despite their level best, their pathetic efforts to impeach President Clinton got them nothing but egg on their face and Bill a 65% approval rating upon leaving office, the highest for a president leaving office since WWII. Bill, since his infidelities of those years, has been a model husband, so I can't see where the sex scandals will come from. Everything about their past has been investigated to death, so that'll gain no traction whatsoever. Are you morons really suggesting Hillary's going to have a tryst with an intern? Face reality, if Hillary's elected, especially with a Democrat congress that should be even stronger (5-7 more Democratic Senators, and possibly 20+ more in the House of Representatives), how in the heck do you see the Repuglikkunts stopping her from getting her policy agenda passed?...lol

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, she is going to bring our troops home as soon as possible in an orderly and effective and safe manner, and END THE WAR IN IRAQ.

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, she is going to return our nation to a course of fiscal responsibility that will, by the end of her two terms, have us well on the way to being out of debt. She will turn record deficits into record surpluses, and guarantee the financial stability of our nation for the next generation. She will create millions upon millions of new jobs, strengthening our economy and thereby our security, by demanding we seek out innovative ways to maintain jobs here in America through new technologies.

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, she WILL secure our borders while not ingratiating herself to hateful, bigoted scum bent on painting undocumented migrant workers as EVIL, ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMINALS. She will develop and implement a comprehensive immigration reform policy that will make us both safer and stronger, while giving those workers a REAL opportunity at the American dream, allowing them to come out from the shadows of our society where they've been abused by greedy corporations and others who want their labor, but see them as nothing more than animals.

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, she is going to go a long way to repairing our damaged image in the world, is going to work with leaders worldwide to garner far greater support in changing this world for the better than anyone before her, including her husband, and will make this nation safer. This will be done by getting other nations, especially those needed, to address the GREATEST THREAT TO OUR NATION AND THE WORLD, GLOBAL WARMING.

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, we will finally see energy policies that reflect sound science and logical thinking. We will see the greening of our nation, which will be a benefit on so many levels it boggles the mind. Our security will be far greater as we reduce our dependence on foreign, especially Middle Eastern oil, and our environment will be protected.

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, we will FINALLY have Comprehensive Universal Healthcare (including medical, dental, and mental health) for every American. This, in and of itself, along with my belief she will find ways to reduce our healthcare costs in this nation so that this doesn't become an unfounded entitlement in the future, will assure America a prominence in the world it hasn't had in the last 50 years.

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, she will be, in my opinion, and I think the history books will agree with me in fifty years or so, THE GREATEST PRESIDENT THIS NATION HAS EVER SEEN.

Now, Obama can jump on this bandwagon, and hope it carries him to inauguration as president in January of 2017, or he and his supporters can continue to spout this nonsense, especially the accusations that Bill and Hillary are racists, and they'll watch themselves go down in the toilet bowl of political oblivion. It's up to them.

Personally, no matter what Obama does at this point, I will NEVER vote for the man. To me, he isn't fit to be president. Perhaps he'll prove me wrong on that, but I doubt it.

Posted by: hotnuke2007 | January 20, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Following are some of the talking points of the Obama campaign and its supporters on these and many other blogs regarding Hillary Clinton along with my responses to them. Every single one of these bullet points could have, and actually HAVE, come straight from the Repuglikkkunt Playbook. These are EXACTLY the kind of things Repuglikkkunts have been saying about her for years. And it's beyond shameful that the Obama campaign, and especially its supporters, have taken a page from that playbook and used it in this election; it's DESPICABLE:

HILLARY AND BILL CLINTON ARE CLOSET RACISTS WHO DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT MINORITIES, BUT ARE JUST USING THEM TO GAIN POWER.

This almost isn't worth dignifying with a response. It has been suggested by none other than Michelle Obama in remarks she made about Bill Clinton's speech in which he said Barack Obama's claim that he has been steadfast and consistent in his level of opposition to the war in Iraq is a "Fairy Tale". She, and Obama, both knew this is exactly what Bill was saying, and rather than going after him on the issue, they spouted spurious charges that Bill Clinton was claiming Barack's entire campaign, and therefore the idea of a black man running for president itself, were a Fairy Tale. They furthermore issued a Memo listing this misrepresentation of Bill's comments as proof of a pattern of racial divisiveness being played by the Clintons. One of Obama's senior advisors, Jesse Jackson, Jr., also delved into this racial hucksterism, when he claimed after the New Hampshire Primary that Hillary's "tears" needed to be analyzed in light of the fact she hadn't cried at the plight of Hurricane Katrina victims. First, how this knuckledragger could possibly know whether she EVER cried regarding the plight of those victims is beyond me. Perhaps he has access to an illegal wiretap Bush has on the Clinton's, who knows. Regardless, his statements are clearly intended to send the message that Kanye West had about Bush; Hillary just doesn't care about Black People. Such an accusation is beyond despicable. This was echoed in Dr. Michael Eric Dyson's comments right after the NH Primary (Dyson, while not a paid staffer for the Obama campaign, is one of his senior surrogates making all the rounds of the MSM attacking Hillary), where he basically accused every Hillary Clinton voter in New Hampshire of being racist. The ONLY racists I see between the two candidates and their supporters are on the Obama side.

HILLARY IS THE STATUS QUO, NOT SOMEONE WHO WILL BRING ABOUT CHANGE.

Hillary Clinton the Status Quo? Spouting this nonsense is PRECISELY why Obama hasn't gained any traction with women. Women know FUNDAMENTALLY that this statement is absurd. They realize that ANY woman is an agent of change, a HUGE agent of change in a political world dominated by men and their testosterone-driven agendas. Add to that the fact that Hillary has been a PASSIONATE advocate for progressive political ideology, fighting AGAINST the growing corporate control of our government and FOR the interests of ordinary Americans for DECADES, and it boggles the mind that someone can actually level such a charge with a straight face. The fact Obama does it shows me he's a first-class actor. He deserves an Oscar...lol

HILLARY CLINTON IS A BOUGHT AND PAID FOR CORPORATE HACK WHO COULDN'T CARE LESS ABOUT THE WELFARE OF ORDINARY AMERICANS.

Hillary's a bought and paid for corporate hack? Yeah, sure...lol Can you POSSIBLY really believe that? Yes, she's taken money in donations from corporations. So what. She's ALSO proven to be a stalwart fighter against their holding more influence in our government than they should. She's fought against the lobbyists tooth and nail. Just because she's intelligent enough to realize that in our current political system she needs money to run a campaign, and will accept LEGAL donations from any corporation as long as they don't expect any quid pro quo doesn't mean she's a corporate hack. It just means she's a very intelligent woman who knows how to win. And this is not to say she's going to try and destroy corporations if she's elected either. She understands they are a part of our nation. She just also understands that they have to bear their fair share of the burdens of our nation, and she will work with them to find a way for them to do so that's agreeable to all without compromising the principles of FIRST PROTECTING AMERICA. To me, the only people who make such claims about Hillary are either just those who hate her guts, or ignorant morons.


HILLARY IS TOO DIVISIVE, AND THEREFORE LESS ELECTABLE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION THAN OBAMA, OR IN FACT UNELECTABLE.

Hillary Clinton, while being PORTRAYED as divisive by the Right-Wing controlled media, who almost to a head HATE Hillary Clinton's guts, is anything but. Her 7 years in the Senate have proven that beyond a shadow of a doubt. She has garnered support from a large portion of upstate New York that is a bastion of the Right-Wing. She's done this by doing what she has done best throughout her life, working for EVERYONE. She may be a Democratic Senator from New York, but as the people in upstate New York realized soon after she was elected, she cares about ALL New Yorkers. This is why she won her second term in the Senate with such huge support statewide.

IF HILLARY IS ELECTED, THE RIGHT-WING REPUBLICANS, AS THEY DID IN THE 90'S WITH HER HUSBAND BILL, WILL BLOCK NEARLY EVERY EFFORT HILLARY MAKES AT PROGRESS.

If Hillary's elected the Right-Wing's going to attack her like they did Bill and tie her hands? Exactly how are they going to do this? They've attacked the Clinton's for decades and failed MISERABLY to gain any traction with their smears. Despite all their vile, hateful efforts, the Clintons, and especially Hillary, were found innocent in the White Water investigation of ANY WRONG-DOING. Despite their level best, their pathetic efforts to impeach President Clinton got them nothing but egg on their face and Bill a 65% approval rating upon leaving office, the highest for a president leaving office since WWII. Bill, since his infidelities of those years, has been a model husband, so I can't see where the sex scandals will come from. Everything about their past has been investigated to death, so that'll gain no traction whatsoever. Are you morons really suggesting Hillary's going to have a tryst with an intern? Face reality, if Hillary's elected, especially with a Democrat congress that should be even stronger (5-7 more Democratic Senators, and possibly 20+ more in the House of Representatives), how in the heck do you see the Repuglikkunts stopping her from getting her policy agenda passed?...lol

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, she is going to bring our troops home as soon as possible in an orderly and effective and safe manner, and END THE WAR IN IRAQ.

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, she is going to return our nation to a course of fiscal responsibility that will, by the end of her two terms, have us well on the way to being out of debt. She will turn record deficits into record surpluses, and guarantee the financial stability of our nation for the next generation. She will create millions upon millions of new jobs, strengthening our economy and thereby our security, by demanding we seek out innovative ways to maintain jobs here in America through new technologies.

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, she WILL secure our borders while not ingratiating herself to hateful, bigoted scum bent on painting undocumented migrant workers as EVIL, ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMINALS. She will develop and implement a comprehensive immigration reform policy that will make us both safer and stronger, while giving those workers a REAL opportunity at the American dream, allowing them to come out from the shadows of our society where they've been abused by greedy corporations and others who want their labor, but see them as nothing more than animals.

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, she is going to go a long way to repairing our damaged image in the world, is going to work with leaders worldwide to garner far greater support in changing this world for the better than anyone before her, including her husband, and will make this nation safer. This will be done by getting other nations, especially those needed, to address the GREATEST THREAT TO OUR NATION AND THE WORLD, GLOBAL WARMING.

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, we will finally see energy policies that reflect sound science and logical thinking. We will see the greening of our nation, which will be a benefit on so many levels it boggles the mind. Our security will be far greater as we reduce our dependence on foreign, especially Middle Eastern oil, and our environment will be protected.

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, we will FINALLY have Comprehensive Universal Healthcare (including medical, dental, and mental health) for every American. This, in and of itself, along with my belief she will find ways to reduce our healthcare costs in this nation so that this doesn't become an unfounded entitlement in the future, will assure America a prominence in the world it hasn't had in the last 50 years.

The simple fact is, if Hillary Clinton is elected, she will be, in my opinion, and I think the history books will agree with me in fifty years or so, THE GREATEST PRESIDENT THIS NATION HAS EVER SEEN.

Now, Obama can jump on this bandwagon, and hope it carries him to inauguration as president in January of 2017, or he and his supporters can continue to spout this nonsense, especially the accusations that Bill and Hillary are racists, and they'll watch themselves go down in the toilet bowl of political oblivion. It's up to them.

Personally, no matter what Obama does at this point, I will NEVER vote for the man. To me, he isn't fit to be president. Perhaps he'll prove me wrong on that, but I doubt it.

Posted by: hotnuke2007 | January 20, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I have listened to Ron Paul and he certainly makes an impressive speech for handling fiscal government. However, I do have a problem with him supporting legalization of prostitution as reported by ABC.

Good Lord can you imagine the rate of increased occurrences of adultery, sexually transmitted diseases, and divorce as a result of this. What is wrong with this picture??
How can he even consider himself a "conservative?" Sounds more like a double standard to me.

That's the same thing with Romney who is a confessed Mormon, although only married once the Mormon belief allows plural marriages. I can see it now a president in the WH with 2-3 wives, NOT! And how cam Romney support plural marriages when it is illegal, but at the same time run for president. Another case of a politician having double standards.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 20, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Dear Black people,
I've had it lets go Republican at least we know where they stand. The Hispanics left us hanging in Nevada. So lets leave them hanging on imigration.

Posted by: Rich | January 20, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

People keep talking about the Clinton's entitlement attitude...I am sorry the one that is prancing around as if HE is entitled the presidency of the United States is Mr. Obama...comparing himself with John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King...yes, he did.
But having said that...aren't all prepared, educated, intelligent and willing to serve Americans entitled to have a shot at that position?
Please...this is a weak excuse to not back a candidate. And to those who speak with such venom against Mrs. Clinton: you sound worse than anything you could say about her and if these are the people backing Mr. Obama...scary. Food for thought.

Posted by: poh123 | January 20, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

For people commenting on what Barack has done, what in the world has Hillary done?

35 years of experience....what? Talk about a free ride. What has she done? Where's the beef?

She did, of course, vote to give a blank check to W to invade Iraq....of course that was after only 30 years of experience; she'd know better now, right?

Posted by: Tom S | January 20, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

At least Obama didn't openly lie by saying "I did not inhale..." like that p*ssy Clinton did.

Regardless of who we vote for, it takes a small person to make issues out of a successfully-resolved 30-year-old drug abuse problem.

God forbid these nitwits talk about _actual_ issues. There are certainly enough of them to address.

Posted by: Ben Jones | January 21, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't think there is anything wrong to find out that you used drug before. We the voters need to know. When they were and are still talking about Bill Clinton and Monica. Compared to Bush and Obama, I would prefer, though it is not right, that Bill Clinton did that, but Bill Clinton still able to run our country having all the surplus that our country needed. No one got killed about his affair. But to Bush, our country is what it is now, economy is sinking, our soldiers got killed, September 11. It all happened because of Bush's bad decisions as well as his advisers. It has been said that Bush was heavy drinker then. I am not dure if it affected his brain, that also affedted his decisions. To Obama, they said and I guess he also put that in his books about Obama using drugs before. Isn't drugs about also your brain? I am not a doctor or have knowledge the effect of drugs or alcohol but all I know it is not good that it will affect the way you think or make decisions. Sometimes, candidates will do everything they can to put down other candidates. Knowing own self first before talking about the other person's life.

Hillary did what she need to do when she was the First Lady. The Clinton Administration gave us surplus for our country. I think that was great! Hillary knows how and she will continue to do so. If elected, Hillary will put our country to normal especially our economy. Her experience will take us there. The other candidates tried to disregard her experience but fortunately Hillary showed it all. Our country was better off under the Clinton Administration compared than our country is having now. What else to prove. Of course, it is hard on the Obama and the other candidates to accept the truth and the facts about how the Clintons handled our country before. It was Bill Clinton's affair they tried to displace Hillary. Hillary is the candidate but nothing have ever happened bad to our country as far as the economy or the people. No body got killed because of Bill Clinton having an affair. Though it is not right but what we need to know if our country got affected. No.........instead Bill Clinton put us with surplus for our country.

Again the Obama campaign need to know that race is never an issue. Qualifications are the issues.

Posted by: lianette_steele | January 21, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton was serving a six year tour (1986-1992) on the Board of Directors for Walmart during much of the time Barack Obama was working as a community organizer.

Posted by: starbuck1 | January 21, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

hotnuke2007, when is your expiration date? before the election?

Posted by: dan8 | January 22, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Birds of a feather flock together; Johnson, the Clintons, Shaheen. Next on board, maybe OJ. hats the Clinton machine for you. Have a nice day, all.

Posted by: cryingoverspiltmilk | January 22, 2008 2:10 AM | Report abuse

If your going to vote , at least do your home work.The facts are, Obama has more time in elected office then Clinton , and has actually accomplished more then Clinton.

Clinton is running on Bills coat tail , and the truth is , she has done very little , outside of divide the country for years.

Do your home work !

Posted by: James Brown | January 23, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

To american1 - Your article is ridiculous and ignorant, and too long. Obama will bring the right changes to America and the world.

Posted by: someplace | January 23, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I am voting for Obama and I am a Republican! It is the only way to keep Mr. and Mrs. Clinton from going to Washington - again!

Posted by: KZ | January 23, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

If Obama has himself admitted and written about his drug use, then why is it off-limits to talk about it??

It's a fact not rumor. He himself said he did it.

Is it because it detracts from him as this great orator, this great savior whom his supporters have put on a pedestal? If anyone says anything negative about Barack Hussein Obama, then they must be racists or are playing dirty.

Obama and Obama supporters, stop having such a thin skin and grow up. If he should win the nomination and goes up against the Republicans, then you'll really see something dirty. You ain't seen nothing yet!

Posted by: David2007 | January 23, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

No More Dirty Politics! Let your voice be heard!!

Please take a moment to sign my petion to the DNC to end the Clinton Sleaze Tactics. I'd like 1000 signatures before SC!

Keep hope alive!
OBAMA 08!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/566752872

Posted by: malesa1842 | January 24, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

No More Dirty Politics! Let your voice be heard!!

Please take a moment to sign my petion to the DNC to end the Clinton Sleaze Tactics. I'd like 1000 signatures before SC!

Keep hope alive!
OBAMA 08!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/566752872

Posted by: malesa1842 | January 24, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Marine Mom for Obama

I saw the smoke from the twin towers from New Jersey, wished Bill Bradley was president. I had my son wrested out of our house on March 17, 2003 to report to Parris Island Marine Corp boot camp in the midst of President Bush's showdown with Saddam about the WMD"S. I almost kicked my TV in when I heard our president say to the terrorists 'Bring it ON'. I witnessed in disbelief the Senator from New York, daughter of the sixties, enthusiastically send my son in the Al Anbar province of Iraq to fight a senseless war.

Now the good news, my son is home safe, and Barack Obama has opposed the war strongly from the beginning. Every time I hear him speak, I am moved by his moral courage, intellect and potential for great world leadership in a time when we really need it. He has a plan to de-escalate the war and get our troops out of there, pronto. That's good enough for me.

Judgement means everything. People should know this vote is a matter of life and death for some mother's child, maybe their own!

Posted by: Philadelphia Freedom Lover | January 25, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

ledger - best drugstore choose / sorry if i mistake this field

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