As bad as Barack Obama has been – the country would have been in even worse shape (not that they ever really had much of a chance) had the Edwards’ become residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A sleazier bunch (yes I know Elizabeth is a cancer sufferer but there has to be some concession to the truth –she was manipulative, overly ambitious, and not very nice) it would be hard to imagine. Also frankly, Hillary does not exactly come off very well, and as for the “staffers” on the McCain campaign who tried to strangle Sarah Palin – I wish those dirt bags had put as much effort into defeating Barack Obama as they did in trying to kill off Governor Palin. After reading the many reviews of this book I have to open up my window and scream “Were these the best we had to offer in 2008?” By the way check out Bill Clinton’s slap at Barack Obama.
By David Kerley and Kristina Wong
While “Game Change” has yet to hit the stores, the book about the 2008 presidential campaign has already offered revelations of messy moments between political opponents, even creating a stir among friends.
Start with, for instance, Sen. Harry Reid’s remarks on Barack Obama’s race.
“[Reid] was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama, a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ as he said privately,” according to the book, which is authored by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, and due out this week.
Then-Sen. Obama, for instance, was furious at comments his running mate, Joe Biden, made at a campaign fundraiser.
“‘How many times is Biden going to say something stupid?” Obama reportedly said after Biden said that it would not be “six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy.”
Former president Bill Clinton received flak from his comment that Obama’s campaign was “the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.”
But he made an even more dismissive comment about Obama in private with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, according to the book.
“A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee,” Clinton reportedly said.
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