Sharpton plans to call Clinton over incendiary Obama remarks
Fox News"I think that's far more disturbing because this is someone seeking to stop Mr. Obama's campaign and making a direct reference -- I don't know the context in which he said it -- but that is far more disturbing to me than even the comments that were made by Mr. Reid," Sharpton said.
"Game Change," a new book about the 2008 presidential election from New York Magazine's John Heilemann and Time magazine's Mark Halperin, was featured on Good Morning America Monday. George Stephanopoulos interviewed Heilemann and Halperin about the book and its profiles of candidates and their spouses. ~ Huffington Post
The Rev. Al Sharpton has said today that he is disturbed over remarks former President Bill Clinton reportedly made about then-Senator and Presidential candidate Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign season.
In a book about the campaign season of 2008 which has just been published, it was said that Clinton told Senator Ted Kennedy a few years ago, Obama would have been serving them coffee. Sharpton says he finds these remarks far more incendiary than Reid's comments - depicted in the same book - about Obama's light skin and continental dialect.
Sharpton plans to call Clinton to discuss the remarks. It might be said that Clinton was not referring to Obama serving them coffee because of his race, but because he was a fresh new Senator. Thus, the remarks might refer to Obama's greenness, and not his blackness.
The Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday said he was disturbed by condescending remarks reportedly made by former President Bill Clinton about Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign.
Sharpton was referring to a passage in the new book, "Game Change," which recounts the conversation Clinton had with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy when he was trying to convince the liberal lion of the Senate to endorse his wife for president.
"A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee," Clinton told Kennedy, according to the book -- a comment that angered Kennedy, who later endorsed Obama.
Sharpton, speaking on Fox News, defended Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over a passage in the book in which he said Obama doesn't have a "Negro dialect" unless he wants one. But the reverend would not give Clinton such a pass for his remark.
"I think that's far more disturbing because this is someone seeking to stop Mr. Obama's campaign and making a direct reference -- I don't know the context in which he said it -- but that is far more disturbing to me than even the comments that were made by Mr. Reid," Sharpton said.
Sharpton and other civil rights leaders last took on Clinton during the Democratic presidential primaries, after the former president compared Obama's win in the South Carolina contest to Jesse Jackson's victories in the state two decades earlier. Sharpton brought up the South Carolina flare-up Monday in discussing the "coffee" remark.
"If someone said that he would have been getting us coffee like that in the context they said he said it, that would be very offensive to me, and I would definitely take Mr. Clinton on as I did in South Carolina," Sharpton said.
He said Clinton has not yet called him over the report, "So I guess I'll have to make the call."
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