11 de Marzo, 2008
An Obama aide has struck back at the Clinton campaign over comments made last week by Geraldine Ferraro, calling them “outrageous and offensive.”
Susan Rice, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, was responding to Ms. Ferraro’s remarks on MSNBC Tuesday morning. Ms. Ferraro told a Los Angeles newspaper that the “sexist media” and the country has “gotten caught up in the Obama campaign.”
“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” she said, according to an article published in the Daily Breeze. “And if he was a woman of any color he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”
MI ESPOSA said in response to this: "Well...Hillary wouldn't be in this position if it weren't for her husband." Which points out, more than anything, what a silly attack such a line is, coming from the Clinton camp. And in general! You know what, Geraldine? I'm very lucky to be who I am! Don't you feel that way, too? I hope so.
I'm not really sure we can say that Obama would not be in "this position" if he were a white man. Personally, I think the man is brilliant and has a few gifts that set him apart from any of the "white men" (as well as from Hillary Clinton) I've seen run for office lately....or in my lifetime, perhaps. I don't—unlike Ms. Ferraro—feel his success so far is simply due to his skin tint! We could pick many things. For me, one of them is I just like his story better. The story of his life, his challenges, where he came from, what it meant to him, how it shaped him.
I think Ms. Ferraro is saying, in effect, "Dammit, if it weren't for this Obama phenomenon, Hillary would have this wrapped up, WTF is going on???" Yeah, I think Geraldine Ferraro sounds unguardedly bitter and is probably seeing HerFailedBid-as-RevivedInClinton, so I don't really blame her for strongly identifying with HRC and appreciate her working long hours for her and such...but I think her comments are essentially gross. Yeah, I think Ms. Ferraro ought to get some rest before speaking to the Press here on in.
update: Ferraro says comment is valid, and she is only catching backlash "because I'm white."
Interesting comment from the thread at article.
Time and again, I’ve watched Hillary move from talking about how proud she is to be running against Obama to talking about his lack of preparation and readiness. It seems as though she’s trying to imply that he’s an affirmative action candidate and that he would not be in the place he is today if he wasn’t black.
A lot of the “naive” kid talk has bothered me for a while. I think there are some real undertones there. I’d love to see an Obama ad of her calling his Pakistan position “frankly naive” and then parroting it a month and a half later at the Nevada debate.
At the very least, I do think this issue begs discussion. It’s funny how it’s okay to talk openly about sexism in our country but not about racism. The minute someone raises racism as an issue they get slammed, as the comments here demonstrate. If you took a Hillary speech on how tough it is to be a woman and substituted “being a black man” you could see that Obama could never speak as openly as she does about the barriers he’s faced.
Yet supposedly gender is a bigger obstacle than race. Yeah right. Pull your heads out of the sand. There have been a half-dozen female leaders in Western countries and a dozen more contenders. A serious black contender? Never. Segregation ended 40 years ago.
What do you think?