Barack Obama, appearing on CBS’ 60 Minutes in February 2007:
Will being African-American hold him back as a candidate? “No…. If I don’t win this race it will be because of other factors –[that] I have not shown to the American people a vision for where the country needs to go that they can embrace,” Obama tells Kroft.
Barack Obama today at a fundraiser in Florida, playing the race card, and preemptively playing the victim:
“We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid.
“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”
He’s starting to sound a bit like his racist pastor or Pfleger Flav there. So much for being a “post-racial” candidate who’s going to bring Americans together. And we’re only a couple of weeks into the general.
And of course the Democrats – the planet is in crisis and only massive tax increases and draconian regulations can save us, you’re only one paycheck away from losing your job, your house, and your health insurance in the worst economy since Herbert Hoover, and only massive tax increases and draconian regulations can save you, America is a racist country, the Evil Bu$hCo Regime is trampling the Constitution and taking away all our rights…. – would never play the politics of fear.
Update: CNN has audio and some discussion from The Situation Room.