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Sweet: Clinton campaign confirms Ferraro steps down.


WASHINGTON—Former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was distanced from the Clinton campaign on Wednesday, the latest casualty in the contentious race between Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) where backers with loose lips have had to be jettisoned.

Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer said Ferraro “stepped down,” as Ferraro tried on Wednesday in interviews to explain remarks she made about Obama that were taken—she strongly said incorrectly—in a racial context. Ferraro had been on Clinton’s finance committee. Ferraro was the first female on a major party ticket when Walter Mondale tapped her in 1984.

This episode started with an interview Ferraro gave the Daily Breeze in Torrance, Calif. where she said “"I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama's campaign - to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against," she said. "For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It's been a very sexist media. Some just don't like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign.

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she continued. "And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."

The Obama campaign has been highlighting for two days Ferraro’s comments about race and gender she made in the newspaper interview with Obama himself taking the offensive on Wednesday, Obama told CBS’s Harry Smith “To the extent that Senator Clinton's campaign doesn't distance itself from that, I think it's a perpetuation of the same divisive politics that has done us so much damage.”

Ferraro, in a separate interview with CBS, before the campaign cut her late Wednesday, blamed Obama advisor David Axelrod for having her remarks portrayed as racist and putting Clinton in the position of having to repudiate her.

“ Let me just say, she has been pressed into position by Barack Obama to respond to this. I have to tell you, I'm outraged that Axelrod, David Axelrod, his campaign manager, has chose to spin this as a racist comment.” Ferraro knows Axelrod from New York political races he was worked on, where he has asked for her help. He could have called, she said “He knows I'm not racist. He could have said, "Gerry, what did you say?" And he didn't do it.”

Ferraro, defending herself said, “It wasn't a racist comment. It was a comment, a statement of fact. And for the campaign to take that and spin it and attack Hillary and me is being racist. I have to tell you, it is just appalling.”

Last week, Obama foreign policy advisor Samantha Power resigned her position after calling Clinton a "monster" in an interview.


How could anyone come to the conclusion that Obama benefits from running as a "black man" when he only received 91% of the black vote in Mississippi? Or 85% in South Carolina, which has been the watershed moment of his Primary run so far? Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is pulling in an extra 3% or so from all those racist white voters.

Mystifying. Clearly Geraldine Ferraro has gone completely mad.

Ms. Sweet,

As Larry the Archpundit points out, Ferraro made the statement on at least three different occasions:

The Daily Breeze article:

The John Gibson show:

And on Fox News she said she said it during a talk:

This wasn't an isolated event or a series of isolated events, it was a concerted campaign to paint Sen. Obama as an under achiever who was lucky to be judged by a lower, i.e. "black", standard.


Ms. Farraro stated what many Americans black and white say amongst themselves, since South Carolina. Mr. Obama doesn't hear these remarks so that doesn't mean they haven't happened. There are similar remarks being said about Hillary, being a woman running for President. The world is fill with racist and sexist people and the way you handle their problems reflect on you, not others.

Hillary will not disavow the comments of Ferraro, because it is all part of her scheme to subtlely remind white people that Barack is black, "so you need to think twice about voting for him." The sad part of her and Ferraro is that their so called "35 years" and "40 years" respectively, of fighting for the downtrodden and African-Americans, has essentially be obliterated because they have committed the ULTIMATE BETRAYAL. For those many decades as they claim, they essentially used black people to achieve their stature in American politics, and then when it appeared that blacks were not as grateful as they should be ("sorry, massa, for not playing like a good negro. . ."), blacks been thrown under the bus.

Geraldine Ferraro, like many of her ilk, including Gloria Steinem, Faye Waddleton, are not fools. They fully understand the undercurrent some of their comments raise and I believe it is all INTENTIONAL. And I believe Hillary is playing the race card so deftly because it's "death by a thousand cuts" for Obama. If she can subliminally get white voters to realize that they are, in fact, openly supporting a black candidate, they will "come to their senses" and vote for her.

Only a fool would think this stuff is unintentional. Hillary and Bill have been riding the wave of support from African-Americans for over 2 decades and when Hillary suddenly and unexpectedly found herself losing to Barack, she decided that all of that good will, all of that "holding of hands" w/ Black America hasn't gained her much, so she's throwing that so-called good will-- and the African-American constituency-- under the bus.

Being thrown under the bus is generally expected from Republicans and conservatives; in fact, they typically just run the African-Americans OVER with the bus, but coming from the Clintons, it's astonishing! Hillary and Bill created a public persona for three decades in the Black community that they "felt the pain" of the community; that they cared deeply for the African-American plight. But it was all a LIE. They have been hatching their plans for "his and hers Presidencies" since 1979. Bill admits this. But African-Americans were hood-winked into thinking that for all those years, the Clintons were on their side. Now they see they were actually be played; played like a Stradivarius by the Clintons. African-Americans were simple pawns in their chess match toward his and her Presidencies.

So the Vernon Jordans, Bob Johnsons, Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangels and other village idiots are now in a conundrum because they don't want to admit they were played, and are still afraid to come out against the Clintons. This culture or under-current of racism running through the Clinton campaign, starting w/ the MLK statements, then the Jesse Jackson statements, then the "he's not a Muslim, as far as I know" statements, now Ferraro's statements, and several others, have gone without being "checked" by the Clintons, which only confirms what we already know.. .

Hillary's motto is "I will say and do anything to get elected", but more importantly, "what
I've been saying all these years to the black community, forget it! It was all a ruse to get to the White House -- the moment you chose HIM over ME!"

What may be said in private, does not mean that someone who is closely connected to one campaign team, being this time Hilary should go around spouting what was an insult, and in The End Clinton agreed!

Perhaps this is a lesson too late! that the race should be kept to politics and policy, the difference between the Barack & Hilary.

Jeremiah Wright's Tirade (Sermon) Against Hillary's Race

I guess this doesn't seem alarming to people from Chicago. I don't think most Americans will condone this...but I might be wrong.

This is what turned me off the Clintons the first time--walking away from good people in time of controversy. I can remember where I was when I heard about Lani Guinier. The Obamas are silly to read any racism into Ferraro's remarks.
But--beware--the Obama campaign--when it becomes an 'administration'--which it won't. (The caucus wins are fake). But notice how you cannot SPEAK without them trying to cut you off at the knees?
Maybe that's the way they do it in Chicago or in Kenya--land of kings. But in America you can't speculate or comment in a manner which the Obamites dislike or do not pre-approve.

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