Last week, Hillary Clinton made the following statements about Barack Obama and civil rights.
“Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act. It took a president to get it done.”
“You know, today Senator Obama used President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to criticize me. He basically compared himself to our greatest heroes because they gave great speeches.
“President Kennedy was in Congress for 14 years. He was a war hero. He was a man of great accomplishments and readiness to be president. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a movement. He was gassed. He was beaten. He was jailed. And he gave a speech that was one of the most beautifully, profoundly important speeches ever written in America, the “I have a dream” speech.
“And then he worked with President Johnson to get the civil rights laws passed, because the dream couldn’t be realized until finally it was legally permissible for people of all colors and backgrounds and races and ethnicities to be accepted as citizens.
“I’m running for president because I believe that there is not a contradiction between experience and change.”
Is Hillary really saying that Barack Obama isn’t doing enough for civil rights by merely running for President? Does he need to be gassed, beaten and jailed and win the Presidency in order to become an official Champion of Civil Rights? And only she has the wisdom to sign into law (not write the law, just sign it) a civil rights act? Would Obama be incapable of handling such a task?
That’s crazy talk!