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blog.washingtonpost.com — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton acknowledged Saturday night that her husband may have offended some African Americans with his comments last month about Sen. Barack Obama's candidacy, but she said that Bill Clinton's record on race relations and "his heart" attest to his good intentions.

Clinton was asked about her husband's comments by broadcaster Tavis Smiley at the annual "State of the Black Union" conference, which drew thousands to the Morial Convention Center.

"If anyone was offended by anything that was said, whether it was meant or not, whether it was misinterpreted or not, then obviously I regret that," Clinton responded.

But she added, "My husband apologized for slavery. My husband mended, so as to avoid ending, affirmative action. My husband had in his White House, his Cabinet, his administration, many of you who I see here in either full-time or advisory positions."

"There are a number of people who here today who know him personally and know his heart," Clinton said.

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African Americans were never offended by Bill Clinton's comments; this is an excuse for switching sides?
Agree, the '85% support' defines that African Americans are voting according to skin color
47%
Disagree, that's why he's getting that kind of support from the African American Community
53%
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Posted 2430 days ago
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I watched on C-Span. Hillary was invited to be there as well as Barack. She attended, he did not. Front and center, the camera focused on several rows of younger men and women (twenties and thirties). They sat either with scowling, expressionless, or 'I know something you don't know' expressions. I found it quite offensive. We don't need that type of representation in the democratic party; It brings divisiveness. When media asked various people their opinions why Obama wasn't there, they gave excuses like 'he needs to stay on schedule' or he had schedule conflicts. I guarantee that Clinton had other places she could have been. She thought this was important enough to attend. That shows respect. By not attending, what does that say about Obama's respect? It says he takes the Black vote for granted. He is a FIRST GENERATION black american. I take offense. There are many, many african americans whose ancestors endured HELL to get their descendants where they are now. If Barbara Jordan or Shirley Chisolm were alive today, I'd be honored to vote for either one of them for President. I find Obama's arrogance in calling the WHITE HOUSE "My White House" extremely offensive. That White House was built on the backs of 'OUR' ancestors ..... many ethnicities .... their blood spilt ...... how DARE HE call it 'HIS' White House. How dare the young men and women attending the convention to sit 'sullenly' when it was their convention who invited Hillary to attend. I declare here and now that if Obama gets the nomination I will be voting for McCain because I still believe the government belongs to 'the people', not to a few arrogant americans!
Posted 2430 days ago
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TobiasJovi,

Man, you have packed many incendiary (AND contradictory) comments in that one paragraph.

Every citizen has the right to call the White House…my White House. Whether you like it or not, this White House is our house. Obama was simply expressing dismay over the perpetual claim of OUR White House by the rich and well-connected few (and by the special interests and lobbyists).

I know you are desperately trying to make a cheap political point here, but when Obama says my White House, every fair-minded American understands he clearly means the citizen's (my) White House. This is in reference to average Americans like you and I taking back Washington (i.e. taking back OUR White House).

You are unable to beat Obama on substance, so it seems you have decided to go after his character with contrived arguments.

Obama has been hammering home the same sentiments you "seem" to articulate in your posting. Obama has been the first and only candidate to say (and I'm paraphrasing): 'I don't just see Blue State, Red State. Nor do I believe we are just a collection of White America, Black America, Latino America or Asian America. I believe we are the United States of America."

So, it seems to me that if you really, truly believe the "White House was built on the backs of 'OUR' ancestors ..... many ethnicities .... their blood spilt", Obama's message of a united America (one America) would have appealed to you a great deal. So, I must ask myself: what is TobiasJovi's true motivation? Hmmm!
monet768
Posted 2430 days ago
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Tobias really sounds like a true clown. Toby did you not forget that all of America was for "WHITE AMERICA" How dare a black man that pays taxes claim anything. You are really a joker.

Toby are you not forgetting that your same old mind set, with the same old people will prove same old results.

Hill and Bill certainly feels the White house belongs to them or Bill would not be running a third term. Is he another NADAR- CLOWN OLA "It took a Clinton to clean up the mess before and it will take another Clinton to clean it up again" HAHAHAHA ANOTHER XEROX JOKE. FOR A LADY OF SO MUCH INTELLEGENCE.....WHO THE HECK USES THAT WORD IN THIS DAY AND AGE.........HILLARY
monet768
Posted 2430 days ago
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HILLARY'S RESPONSE TO TRAVIS SMILEY'S QUESTION WAS UNEXCEPTABLE.
DO HILLARY AND BILLARY REALLY FEEL BECAUSE THEY EMPLOYED AFRICAN AMERICAN'S DURNING HIS PRESIDENCY THAT IT'S OK TO MAKE OFFENSIVE COMMENTS ON T.V. IF WALL'S COULD TALK WHAT DO THEY SAY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. IT'S NOT ABOUT MEETING YOUR HIRING QUOTE FOR MINORITIES.

HOW OFTEN DO PEOPLE OF WHITE AMERICA MAKE RACIAL COMMENTS AND THEN JUSTIFY THE NASTY COMMENTS BY SAYING, I'M NOT RACIST "MY ROOMMATE IN COLLEGE WAS BLACK" TRUE SIGN OF RACISM.
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