Clinton and Obama
The race for the Democratic
Article added on April 3, 2008
Texas and Ohio primaries, things have become more complicated
in the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton (financially) managed to stay in
the race. In reality however, her course to the presidency is pretty much a
lost cause. Only if Barack Obama should have a few additional Jeremiah Wright's
in his cupboard, she could still get the Democratic nomination.
In 2007, Hillary Clinton was the hot favorite and looked like the likely
Democratic candidate, facing a weak field of contenders. More than that:
Hillary feels entitled to the presidency. After her husband, it is now her
term to “serve” the nation.
Unfortunately for her, the voters in the Democratic primaries and caucuses
have other ideas. They do not share her vision that not only Bill, but the
American voters somehow owe her the presidency.
Some die-hard Clinton supporters may slowly realize that truth is something
unknown to the Clinton camp. Both Bill and Hillary think that they can get
away with almost anything.
Hillary Clinton did herself not a very good service by repeating - at least
for the fourth time - the fantasy story how she came under sniper fire when
landing in Bosnia in 1996. Thanks to Youtube, the tale of her Tuzla airport
adventure could quickly be dismissed as another Clinton fairy tale.
Her reaction to her unmasking
was Clinton pure: “I
made a mistake. That happens. It proves I'm human, which, you know, for
some people is a revelation”. Hmm.... not quite an apology. To describe a
story she has repeated four times as a slip of tongue - “I
had a different memory” - as a result of sleep deprivation is another fairy
Given the fact that Hillary Clinton has not regularly come under sniper
fire, she could not have mixed it up with other events. Once again, Hillary
has just created her own version of the truth.
Barack Obama suffered his fair share of criticism for the sermons of his
long-time pastor Jeremiah Wright, who married him and baptized his children.
Obama took the book title “The
Audacity of Hope” from one of Wright's sermons.
It is embarrassing for Obama that his spiritual leader made incendiary,
anti-American remarks. Especially troubling is his conspiracy theory
suggesting that the U.S. government had created and spread the Aids virus in
order to exterminate African-Americans.
The sermons of pastor Wright could not be further away from Obama's claim to
bring all Americans together. Of course, the Democratic presidential
candidate is not responsible for all the nonsense people close to him say
However, as a long-time member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in
Chicago, Obama must have heard much earlier some of Wright's rants. Of
course, one can argue that on the political right, there are plenty of wacky
pastors too. But it does not make Wright's case better. Still, the most
important thing is what Obama himself says and does.
Regarding racism in America, Barack Obama could have referred to the
statistics published at the end of February 2008 which show that, at the
beginning of 2008, some 2.32 million Americans were behind bars, a
staggering 1 in 99.1 adults.
Among adult white men between the age of 20 and 34, the chance to end up in
prison was 1 in 30, whereas for African Americans of the same age and sex,
the proportion was as high as 1 in 9.
Regarding the discussion of the acceptability of a woman or an African
American as the next president, let's just point out to the fact that it is
sad to see that Barack Obama had to make clear that he is not a Muslim. Why
not elect a lesbian, African-American or Chinese-American of an advanced age
and Muslim faith? What counts is the competence of the candidate and nothing
By chance, in 2008, the old white guy happens to be the best of the three
candidates of whom, incidentally, none has ever held an executive office.
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