Obama “empathizes” with Clinton over

Kennedy comment

By Thomas Ferraro Sat May 24, 9:06 PM ET

Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama empathized with rival Hillary Clinton on Saturday for the firestorm she ignited by referring to the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy.

“I have learned that when you are campaigning for as many months as Senator Clinton and I have been campaigning, sometimes you get careless in terms of the statements that you make and I think that is what happened here,” Obama said in an interview with Radio Isla Puerto Rico during a campaign visit to the Caribbean Island and U.S. territory”

On Friday, Clinton cited the June 1968 assassination of Kennedy during his Democratic presidential campaign to help explain why she was still in the race for the party’s nomination.

“My husband (Bill Clinton) did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California,” she told a South Dakota newspaper’s editorial board.

Clinton’s reference to the Kennedy assassination drew a quick rebuke on Friday from Obama’s campaign and she apologized.

Kennedy, brother of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, was assassinated in Los Angeles just after winning the California Democratic primary.

Obama has a nearly insurmountable lead in delegates to the party’s nominating convention after months of contests that began in January, but Clinton has refused to give up until the last votes are cast and counted. The Democratic nominee will face Republican John McCain in the November election.

With Puerto Rico set to hold its Democratic nominating contest next Sunday, Obama and Clinton both campaigned on the island on Saturday. Fifty-five delegates will be up for grabs in the June 1 vote, with Clinton favored to win the bulk of them. The territory cannot vote in the presidential election.

Clinton made no reference to the Kennedy remark in addressing a rally of several hundred people in the coastal town of Aguadilla after Obama went on a parade-style walk through San Juan.

Instead, she sought to rally the crowd, saying, “If you stand for me, I will fight for you every day in the White House.” They responded with chants of “Hillary, Hillary.”

Obama Empathizes With Clinton…

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While Clinton’s remarks drew headlines and became a hot
topic of debate on talk shows, her campaign made it clear it
believed the flap had been overblown and would subside.

“Senator Clinton was very clear yesterday when she explained she was simply
raising historical references,” noting some Democratic primary campaigns had stretched into June, Clinton campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee said on Saturday.”

There have long been concerns about the safety of Obama,
who would be the first black U.S. president. The Illinois
senator was given Secret Service protection 18 months before
the November election — earlier than any other candidate has
received increased security.

Clinton’s comment brought up the taboo topic of the
possibility of a rival’s assassination, and political analysts
said the remark was a serious gaffe.

“This is serious. It’s more serious because there were
already questions about why Hillary Clinton was still in the
race and what she was hoping for,” said Calvin Jillson,
political science professor at Southern Methodist University.”What she articulated was the most catastrophic
possibility,” he said. Jillson said the reference to Kennedy’s
assassination made the chance of Clinton being asked to be
Obama’s vice presidential running mate even more unlikely.

The state-by-state nominating contests end on June 3, when
15 delegates will be awarded in South Dakota and 16 in Montana.
Clinton will spend much of the rest of next week campaigning in
those two states.

The Democratic nominee will likely be decided by the nearly
800 superdelegates — members of Congress and other party
insiders — free to vote for whomever they want. Most have
endorsed Obama.

Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States is the
central issue in the island’s politics. Both Clinton and Obama
support allowing Puerto Ricans to decide for themselves whether
they want to try for statehood or keep their current status.

There are 3.9 million residents on the island, which has a
median income half that of the poorest U.S. state, and an
almost equal number of Puerto Ricans live on the mainland.

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IT BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES: I have purposefully stayed out of the recent fray concerning Senator Hillary Clinton’s infamous “assassination” statement. The well known political analysts and pundits have certainly said much in the last few days concerning her “misspeak. But when I got this letter today from one of my friends at the ObamaBrigade [NationForChangeYesWeStand], it sincerely brought tears to my eyes. The letter is from Dennis Egan and the forward is from one of the faithful.

The letter is forwarded from Marla Turner and her comments also warrant mention here:

Senator Clinton’s latest verbal faux paux is further evidence that she is not the person who should become the next president of the United States. Her newest justification for staying in the race (beyond the time where she can win it) is because things like assassinations can happen in the month of June? Referencing Bobby Kennedy’s assassination was a stupefying, horrific comment that epitomizes the mindset of a tired woman who forgot her game face for just a moment.

Considering that many Barack Obama supporters have long feared for the senator’s safety, this comment was especially reckless. I find it despicable and disgusting – and unforgivable in the face of the lame apology that she offered. Even if she didn’t mean it the way it sounded, it will be hard to convince some people of that considering how intelligent she is. Surely she can connect the dots! We as Americans cannot afford for our president to make stupid comments like that. Imagine if she made such a comment during negotiations with the Middle East!

I can only imagine how hard it is for Hillary Clinton to swallow her own insufficiency but she has lost this election by her own hand. Barack Obama has won it fair and square, despite her desperate maneuvering and manipulating. Please don’t let her grandstanding and her distractions allow her to usurp what Barack Obama has already done, which is to win the nomination and to unify this country in a way that hasn’t been done in 40 years.

If anything happens to Senator Obama, I hope Ms. Clinton realizes her own culpability. Surely she must be aware of the considerable influence she wields. Should anyone take her comments to heart and harm Senator Obama or any member of his family, she should know that we will see the blood on her hands, even if she doesn’t or won’t.

Her comment was inflammatory, stupid, reckless, inciting, insensitive, provocative, and shows clearly that she does not have the judgment to be the next president of the United States of America. She needs to leave the race immediately.

Sincerely,

Marla Turner

Las Vegas, NV

This is the letter. Please read on…it is informative and brought a tear to my eye. This is a past we would like to forget.

Is it not a story that this woman is incapable to admitting fault or apologizing?

Assuming this is was truly an accident vs. a Freudian slip. Where is the apology, where is the remorse.

She was [is] the wife of a [former] president, for God’s sake how can she not have any remorse. How can this just be brushed off?

Abraham Lincoln (1865)

James Garfield (1881)

William McKinley (1901)

John F. Kennedy (1963)

RFK (1968) – during the primary

Assassination Attempts

Andrew Jackson (1835)

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933) (as President-elect)

Harry S Truman (1950)

Gerald Ford (1975)

Ronald Reagan (1981)

Then add Black Leaders

Malcolm X

Martin Luther King

And it is so unspoken a fear and so alive in our public consciousness – Do you remember the song “Cult of Personality” – 1989

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/living+colour/cult+of+personality_20084475.html

My wife actually looked ay[at] me and said – “she just gave some crazy the code”.

Regards,

Dennis


Marla goes on to say…My comments to the DNC and others – feel free to use if you like:

Senator Clinton’s latest verbal faux paux is further evidence that she is not the person who should become the next president of the United States. Her newest justification for staying in the race (beyond the time where she can win it) is because things like assassinations can happen in the month of June? Referencing Bobby Kennedy’s assassination was a stupefying, horrific comment that epitomizes the mindset of a tired woman who forgot her game face for just a moment.

Considering that many Barack Obama supporters have long feared for the senator’s safety, this comment was especially reckless. I find it despicable and disgusting – and unforgivable in the face of the lame apology that she offered. Even if she didn’t mean it the way it sounded, it will be hard to convince some people of that considering how intelligent she is. Surely she can connect the dots! We as Americans cannot afford for our president to make stupid comments like that. Imagine if she made such a comment during negotiations with the Middle East!

I can only imagine how hard it is for Hillary Clinton to swallow her own insufficiency but she has lost this election by her own hand. Barack Obama has won it fair and square, despite her desperate maneuvering and manipulating. Please don’t let her grandstanding and her distractions allow her to usurp what Barack Obama has already done, which is to win the nomination and to unify this country in a way that hasn’t been done in 40 years.

If anything happens to Senator Obama, I hope Ms. Clinton realizes her own culpability. Surely she must be aware of the considerable influence she wields. Should anyone take her comments to heart and harm Senator Obama or any member of his family, she should know that we will see the blood on her hands, even if she doesn’t or won’t.

Her comment was inflammatory, stupid, reckless, inciting, insensitive, provocative, and shows clearly that she does not have the judgment to be the next president of the United States of America. She needs to leave the race immediately.

Sincerely,

Marla Turner

Las Vegas, NV