No One Left to Be Racist To

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From the "first black President" who moved his base of operations to Harlem in 2001, to defending himself against charges of playing the race card. Former President Bill Clinton was visibly—and understandably—impatient when telling ABC News that he was not, in fact, a racist (video here) for, among other supposed offenses, saying that Sen. Obama had distorted his wife's position on Iraq and that his recapitulation of her views amounted to a "fairy tale." Indeed, Clinton is so bitter about the primary race row, reports the Daily News, that he refuses to say that Obama is ready to assume the presidency:

Bill Clinton regrets some things he said—and didn't say—on the campaign trail. But there's one thing he still can't utter: Barack Obama is ready to be President.

"You can argue that nobody is ready to be President," the former President told ABC News.

"You can argue that even if you've been vice president for eight years, that no one can be fully ready for the pressures of the office," Clinton said Monday during a visit to Rwanda. That's probably not what Team Obama wanted to hear from the former commander in chief, whose role in Obama's election push and at the Democratic National Convention remains in flux.

Team Obama has said Clinton will be an asset, but so far he and the Illinois senator have spoken only once, by phone, since the primaries ended—a fact that has peeved some Obama supporters.

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  1. I don’t see what the big deal is. By Clinton’s definition McCain isn’t ready to be either. Clinton himself wasn’t when he was elected. Clinton is probably right about that. No one is really prepared to be President. As a former President, Clinton speaks that on good authority. Just exactly what do the Obamabots expect Clinton to do? Bend over and kiss Obama’s skinny ass on national TV?

  2. I almost feel sorry for Slick Willie. Almost. He’s getting smeared by his own party and it hurts.

  3. Didn’t his wife have a slogan “Ready from Day One”?

    Of course, if you unpack his statement, he’s not saying that he thinks no one is ready before becoming president; just that “you can argue” that.

  4. That depends on what your definition of “can” is.

  5. You can argue it either way. Either no one is ever ready for the office (i.e. it is just too unique of a job), or anybody could do it (i.e. it’s basically just a bunch of rhetoric and hand-outs to the appropriate groups).

    I think I’m ready for the job, personally. Elect me and I won’t do a damn thing for 4 years (except maybe close or slash a few Executive departments.. and veto anything that increases the size of gov’t).

  6. I’m tired this evening, so that could be it, but I can’t make a lick of sense out of the title here. No one left to be racist to? What does that mean or imply?

    On a personal level it’s easy to understand Clinton being upset that his wife, whom he worked hard for (and stupidly at times) lost to this guy from out of nowhere. But he’s supposed to be a somewhat titular leader of one of the two major parties and for him to not be out there pushing for Obama betrays something very petty and small about him.

  7. Elect me and I will try my best to get hummers from hot interns in the oval office, but yes, probably little else would get done (but I would look into the truth behind Area 51 and such, I heard Clinton did this when he came in)

  8. I can’t make a lick of sense out of the title here. No one left to be racist to? What does that mean or imply?

    See here.

  9. Elect me and I will try my best to get hummers from hot interns in the oval office

    I think MNG is a chubby chaser.

  10. This dovetails nicely with Gen. Clark’s comments. Technically yes, he didn’t say anything improper about Mr. McCain. But we all know better. Right?

  11. I can say authoritatively that I am vastly more prepared to be president than Barack Obama is. Why? Because I have a list of 100 things I’d do if elected. Not weaselly, make-everyone-happy kinds of statement, but definitive assertions indicating a consistent political (i.e., libertarian) mission and a willingness to mock the federal government.

    Where’s your list, Mr. Obama? Where’s your list?

  12. IMHO, Clinton is right about one thing: Obama’s stance on the Iraq War is a fairy tale. From what I heard, Obama has been saying that he was opposed to the war since day one (Actually, day minus some number, considering the war started in March 2003). Problem is that Obama was not US senator before 2004. There is no way of knowing how he would have voted had he been in the US Senate at the time. He might have voted against it or for it. Besides, he might have been swayed by the idea that it was to liberate the Iraqi people from a brutal dictator. It is a humanitarian gesture too. After all, Obama is not so different from Bush or McCain when it comes to the size of government (McCain might not be as supportive as Obama for a big government, but the difference between the two is slim, especially if we had Ron Paul to the mix. The difference would be clear).

  13. By Clinton’s standards, his wife wasn’t ready to be President either.

  14. You guys are missing the point. It would have looked better for Obama if Clinton just said “Yes, he is.” While Clinton’s answer is correct, it’s not very good politics.

  15. I know what Clinton’s definition of “can” is. And “cans”.

  16. And in any case why does everyone expect Clinton to practice good politics now? It’s not like he has to give a shit about pretty much anything. So he’s being Impolite to the Democrats. Sniff Sniff. If Obama loses Hilary becomes the ’12 frontrunner (again) anyway.

  17. While Clinton’s answer is correct, it’s not very good politics.

    Unless he’s trying to help Hilary win in 2012.

  18. But he’s supposed to be a somewhat titular leader of one of the two major parties and for him to not be out there pushing for Obama betrays something very petty and small about him.

    MNG — Or maybe he doesn’t think Obama would make much of a president compared to his wife, and rather than coming out and bluntly saying so, does a classic Clinton evasion and skips past this unpleasant POV.

    And so maybe being truthful would be the petty and small thing for him to do.

    And maybe, given this dim view of an Obama presidency, he isn’t willing to torpedo the Hillary 2012 effort to unseat McCain.

    Or do you think party loyalty trumps one’s judgment about the merits of the actual candidates?

  19. Has Obama spoken with Jimmy Carter? Bush, SR?
    So what?

  20. Or do you think party loyalty trumps one’s judgment about the merits of the actual candidates?

    Ask that again in late October.

  21. It’s odd to see the same people who accused Bill Clinton of slacking off and causing the 9/11 attacks holding him up as one of the Serious People.

    Sort of like how people who spent the primary campaign gleefully accusing Clinton of race-baiting are now portraying him as the innocent victim of Barack Obama as his magical, omnipresent race card.

  22. Evidence or quotes please, joe. Otherwise, I will assume you are talking out of your “they” said this, but “the same people” said that, ass.

  23. If John McCain is elected president, will he crash Air Force One (like he lost five other planes)?

  24. You can argue that even if you’ve been vice president for eight years, that no one can be fully ready for the pressures of the office

    Yeah becouse sooooo many Presidents have just quit after the first month or so.

    Has there ever been a president that after they leave office everyone agrees “yeah, he was not ready for that”?

  25. Just exactly what do the Obamabots expect Clinton to do? Bend over and kiss Obama’s skinny ass on national TV?

    Well…yeah.

  26. for him to not be out there pushing for Obama betrays something very petty and small about him.

    Nooooooo…

  27. HOTSAUCE IS ACTUALLY KETCHUP.

  28. Some wacky columnist was being quoted on the radio this AM as saying the mention of Sen. Obama being slender (fit?) is a racist attack on him.

    These Obamaholics with column space are really coming off the rails.

    What is next? Mentioning the whites of his eyes becoming a slur?

  29. Look, all the people saying that they hope obama loses so Hillary can run in 2012. Let me let you in on something. There will be several contenders running in 2012. Obama supporters are going to vote for the other dems instead of Hillary. She wont even make it out of the primaries. Obama supporters will blame Bill and Hill for his lost, if he loses. Your best bet is to vote Obama now. In 2016 we will vote for Hill. Deal or no deal. Either we all win are we all lose? Take your pick!

  30. Bill Clinton needs to stop playing the victim here. FIRST of all, you don’t have to be a racist to INJECT RACE into any political arena. Bill Clinton is not fooling anyone. He is a “master” of manipulation when it comes to politics, yet I find it odd that he blames everyone one else for his own mastery deceit. He knows full and well everything he says and they way in which he states it is fully calculated AND would be scrutinized by the media. Bill Clinton is playing “dirty” and he knows it. This is ALL about his bruised EGO, he always wants to be the center of attention. But guess what? This whole “I’m the victim” foolishness is NOT fooling anyone. He’s NO longer President, He’s NOT running for President, it was his WIFE and she LOST, mainly because of HIM!!! He just can’t come to grips that he’s NOW a part of the past and NOT the future and he doesn’t LIKE it. Bottom line.

  31. LaShawn – You are RIGHT on it.

    People need to understand that if Sen. Obama loses the election, HIllary and Bill will be blamed and many more powerful members of Congress and the Senate will hold them accountable for the lost. Bottom line, Democrats need to decide are you in it to WIN or are you in it to lose? Because if Sen. Barrack Obama loses, there will be NO 2012 for Hillary Clinton AND her Senate seat will surely be history, she will NOT get re-elected. Many Senior Democrats have made this point very clear when they supported Sen. Obama over her and Bill. Don’t get it twisted, there are NO loyalties here, it’s ALL about the PARTY and Sen.Obama loses, the PARTY will blame the Clintons for the lost big time.

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