January 13th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
1 year ago

Clinton: Obama 'distorting' my remarks

Hillary Clinton said Sunday the Obama campaign is distorting recent comments made by her and her husband.
Hillary Clinton said Sunday the Obama campaign is distorting recent comments made by her and her husband.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton accused Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign Sunday of distorting remarks that she and her husband have made in recent days which touched off concerns among some African-American voters.

Clinton and Obama are in a heated fight for the support of black voters, particularly in the South Carolina Democratic primary on Jan. 26.

Speaking to NBC's "Meet the Press," Clinton accused the Obama camp of "putting out talking points" about the recent remarks.

Obama rejected Clinton's complaints as "ludicrous."

Sen. John Edwards, also in the running for the Democratic nomination, stepped in with his own fresh criticism of Clinton. Speaking at a church in South Carolina, he accused Clinton of suggesting "that real change came not through the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, but through a Washington politician."

In an interview with Fox News last week, Clinton said, "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done." She has argued repeatedly that her experience shows she can get more done as president than Obama.

Some African-American leaders criticized the remarks as denigrating the civil rights movement and Dr. King. Both Clintons have long been popular among African-American leaders, and have extolled the civil rights movement. On "Meet the Press" Sunday, Clinton referred to King as "one of the people I admire most in the world."

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  1. Us

    How can Hillary say that Obama is distorting the comments that she made about MLK? Those words were not uttered by Obama. Those words came right out of the horse’s mouth, and that horse is Hillary Clinton. It appears to me that Obama is busy Campaigning. The words uttered by Hillary are being translated by the Public. I am part of the public. I must say, Hillary is making Obama's job a bit easier. Maybe she should just put a muzzle on. It seems like her and her husband make ill advised comments. Her husband states that the whole idea in regards to Obama is a fairy tale.

    LBJ did not bring about the change. He did sign it into Law, but only after years of sacrifice made by MLK and his supporters. The fact is, MLK and his supporters demanded change. MLK efforts and support brought about the change by fighting for it, to the degree that he sacrificed his own life. LBJ had no other option, but to give in to the whim of the public support that was accumulated thought the years. Why did MLK have to negotiate with Politicians for equality, desegration, etc? That is a matter that should not need to be negotiated for. It should have been automatic thing.

    Hillary says that she has 35 years of experience, but her experience has not changed the favors extended to Lobbyist. She says that we need a president who know how things work behind the walls of the White House to be successful.

    We need somebody who does not have the Tradition 35 years of Washington Experience. Because as much "As much as Things Change, They stay the same". Her 35 years has changed nothing. Her husband’s years did nothing but conceal and provide a false mirage to the public that all was alright, while inwardly, Washing was still the same old place- An Immense influence by Lobbyist. If Hillary did not influence her Husband to put an end to the choke hold of Lobbyist and PAC groups THEN, what make us think that she is the candidate who will bring about that change now? After, Lobbyist are the "Root of the Problem". They are the reasons why cost in Healthcare, mortgage, Banking, Schooling, Outsourcing have led to the struggles that Americans face today.

    So far, I have only seen one candidate who can see all of that, and has seen it from the Beginning. His judgment, Trumps her experience. By the way, Look at Hillary’s website, it is update monthly. Obama's website is Dynamic. It is update daily. We need somebody who is not lazy. We need somebody who knows how to organize, stay abreast of the changes, innovate, renovate, and create. We need someone who knows how to use resources. Obama does not know it all, but I tell you what his judgment has helped him build the most successful and innovate team/staff. We need that type of Innovation to translate into the UNITED STATES of America. Not just Red state or Blue states, or certain states, or for certain classes of society.

    To see that we need somebody who knows how to analyze, and be proactive not reactive. Hillary reacts when it is too late. Example, she ignored students in the beginning, Obama realized the significance of students, now she is going after students 1 year later (reactive). Obama's Judgment, analysis, cleverness, and staff are Superior.

    January 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. stan pitts pa

    the first female president should stand on her on two feet and tell us why she should be president , not using her husband (an ex-u.s president)to state her case, honestly i think for all true hardworking women everytime she opens her mouth she sets the feminism movement 50 years back, i will vote for a woman president in the future, just not hrc!

    January 13, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Bobby

    How in the world can Hillary and Bill blame Barack for comments that they made. This is by far the silliest thing I have heard in a long time. I was always taught that a person should say what they mean and mean what they say. I guess Hillary and Bill both need a lesson in THINKING BEFORE THEY SPEAK!

    January 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Moderator don't keep deleting

    How can Hillary say that Obama is distorting the comments that she made about MLK? Those words were not uttered by Obama. Those words came right out of the horse’s mouth, and that horse is Hillary Clinton. It appears to me that Obama is busy Campaigning. The words uttered by Hillary are being translated by the Public. I am part of the public. I must say, Hillary is making Obama's job a bit easier. Maybe she should just put a muzzle on. It seems like her and her husband make ill advised comments. Her husband states that the whole idea in regards to Obama is a fairy tale.

    LBJ did not bring about the change. He did sign it into Law, but only after years of sacrifice made by MLK and his supporters. The fact is, MLK and his supporters demanded change. MLK efforts and support brought about the change by fighting for it, to the degree that he sacrificed his own life. LBJ had no other option, but to give in to the whim of the public support that was accumulated thought the years. Why did MLK have to negotiate with Politicians for equality, desegration, etc? That is a matter that should not need to be negotiated for. It should have been automatic thing.

    Hillary says that she has 35 years of experience, but her experience has not changed the favors extended to Lobbyist. She says that we need a president who know how things work behind the walls of the White House to be successful.

    We need somebody who does not have the Tradition 35 years of Washington Experience. Because as much "As much as Things Change, They stay the same". Her 35 years has changed nothing. Her husband’s years did nothing but conceal and provide a false mirage to the public that all was alright, while inwardly, Washing was still the same old place- An Immense influence by Lobbyist. If Hillary did not influence her Husband to put an end to the choke hold of Lobbyist and PAC groups THEN, what make us think that she is the candidate who will bring about that change now? After, Lobbyist are the "Root of the Problem". They are the reasons why cost in Healthcare, mortgage, Banking, Schooling, Outsourcing have led to the struggles that Americans face today.

    So far, I have only seen one candidate who can see all of that, and has seen it from the Beginning. His judgment, Trumps her experience. By the way, Look at Hillary’s website, it is update monthly. Obama's website is Dynamic. It is update daily. We need somebody who is not lazy. We need somebody who knows how to organize, stay abreast of the changes, innovate, renovate, and create. We need someone who knows how to use resources. Obama does not know it all, but I tell you what his judgment has helped him build the most successful and innovate team/staff. We need that type of Innovation to translate into the UNITED STATES of America. Not just Red state or Blue states, or certain states, or for certain classes of society.

    To see that we need somebody who knows how to analyze, and be proactive not reactive. Hillary reacts when it is too late. Example, she ignored students in the beginning, Obama realized the significance of students, now she is going after students 1 year later (reactive). Obama's Judgment, analysis, cleverness, and staff are Superior.

    January 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Victorial Wells

    Is the muslim still saying tranforming USA into a Islamic nation?

    Lots of people have concerns on the ongoing Kenya Christians and Muslims killing and anarchy!!!

    Does this muslim understand we do not want to see the Kenya tradegy repeating in USA???

    January 13, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. yes

    How can Hillary say that Obama is distorting the comments that she made about MLK? Those words were not uttered by Obama. Those words came right out of the horse’s mouth, and that horse is Hillary Clinton. It appears to me that Obama is busy Campaigning. The words uttered by Hillary are being translated by the Public. I am part of the public. I must say, Hillary is making Obama's job a bit easier. Maybe she should just put a muzzle on. It seems like her and her husband make ill advised comments. Her husband states that the whole idea in regards to Obama is a fairy tale.

    LBJ did not bring about the change. He did sign it into Law, but only after years of sacrifice made by MLK and his supporters. The fact is, MLK and his supporters demanded change. MLK efforts and support brought about the change by fighting for it, to the degree that he sacrificed his own life. LBJ had no other option, but to give in to the whim of the public support that was accumulated thought the years. Why did MLK have to negotiate with Politicians for equality, desegration, etc? That is a matter that should not need to be negotiated for. It should have been automatic thing.

    January 13, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. yeah

    Hillary says that she has 35 years of experience, but her experience has not changed the favors extended to Lobbyist. She says that we need a president who know how things work behind the walls of the White House to be successful.

    We need somebody who does not have the Tradition 35 years of Washington Experience. Because as much "As much as Things Change, They stay the same". Her 35 years has changed nothing. Her husband’s years did nothing but conceal and provide a false mirage to the public that all was alright, while inwardly, Washing was still the same old place- An Immense influence by Lobbyist. If Hillary did not influence her Husband to put an end to the choke hold of Lobbyist and PAC groups THEN, what make us think that she is the candidate who will bring about that change now? After, Lobbyist are the "Root of the Problem". They are the reasons why cost in Healthcare, mortgage, Banking, Schooling, Outsourcing have led to the struggles that Americans face today.

    So far, I have only seen one candidate who can see all of that, and has seen it from the Beginning. His judgment, Trumps her experience. By the way, Look at Hillary’s website, it is update monthly. Obama's website is Dynamic. It is update daily. We need somebody who is not lazy. We need somebody who knows how to organize, stay abreast of the changes, innovate, renovate, and create. We need someone who knows how to use resources. Obama does not know it all, but I tell you what his judgment has helped him build the most successful and innovate team/staff. We need that type of Innovation to translate into the UNITED STATES of America. Not just Red state or Blue states, or certain states, or for certain classes of society.

    To see that we need somebody who knows how to analyze, and be proactive not reactive. Hillary reacts when it is too late. Example, she ignored students in the beginning, Obama realized the significance of students, now she is going after students 1 year later (reactive). Obama's Judgment, analysis, cleverness, and staff are Superior

    January 13, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Jimenez

    Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Clintons being called racists? Now this is where ignvorance and stupidty really come into play. The Clintons are far from being racists. Shame Shame Shame on people saying something like that.

    January 13, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Y. Parker

    As a white Independent and former Republican, I am voting for the one and only candidate whom I believe can bring about the changes most Americans want and hope for...and that candidate is Barack Obama. I am not at all surprised that Hillary is attacking Obama, joined by her husband and fomer president, Bill. They both dreamed about this day many years ago when they were in the Whitehouse, and there is absolutely nothing they won't do to make that dream come true.

    Now they have gone too far! Bill's remarks about Obama's bid for the presidency being a fairy tale, and now reitterating what he said...is just another lie, which I might add, he seems to be good at. Remember, his exact words were (IT IS ALL A FAIRY TALE..."IT IS ALL" ...MEANING...IT WASN'T JUST ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR HE SAID HE WAS REFERRING TO. Also, Hillary's remark about President Johnson bring about the change for blacks.....NOT MARTIN LUTHER KING. It is true that President Johnson actually made the change, but IT WAS MARTIN LUTHER KING'S FIGHTING (BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS) THAT CAUSED THE CHANGE TO BE MADE. WITHOUT A MARTIN LUTHER KING, IT WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED.

    The Clintons are desparate now...because they know their dreams can all go down the drain....UNLESS THEY CAN DESTROY OBAMA'S CHANCES....AND I PROMISE YOU...THIS ATTACK WON'T BE THE LAST!

    I am really worried about Obama. If anyone has read the moutains of credible evidence of wrong-doing by both Bill and Hillary, and the many suspicions surrounding them, even the possibility of murder....they well understand why. Just type "The Clinton Murders" in your browser, and "Who Killed John John," and you will see what I mean. These two will stop at nothing for Hillary to become president. They have promised to many favors and have accepted too much money from their supporters who are expecting these favors as soon as Clinton is elected president.

    January 13, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Bill in Montgomery, AL

    News flash: It's just been revealed that there was no Rosa Parks; that it was actually Hillary Clinton that started the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. That was because Hillary had just found out she was actually a decendent of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings and was thus considered Black. She just wanted the African American community to know that fact about her. She also participated in the Selma to Montgomery March and was beaten severely by the police.

    Another news flash: Hillary just revealed that many of her best friends are Black. And in the near future, she's going to divorce Billary so she can marry a Black and have Black children. She's also moving to the inter-city so she can be absorbed into the Africa-American culture.

    January 13, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I am amazed at the number of responses made on this site all because of candidates trying to accuse one another of something or the other in a clear effort to win votes. The truth is that no matter what side we pick, there will always be those who hold on to the levers of power. So, we're now making decisions based on politcal drama for who we should put into the White House.

    Please vote for the candidate that speaks with conviction, avoids drama, and has the air of presidentiality.

    January 13, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Kim

    And will be made vice president, looser!
    End of watching BET!

    January 13, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. WP, Phoenix, AZ

    Maybe I am missing something, but will someone please tell me WHERE/WHEN Obama said the Clintons are racist!? Where do you guys come up with this stuff??? I am black and yes I was offended by what Clinton said. MLK is the ONLY leader we have ever truly had on a wide scale and is very important to me, as well as many other black people. Discrediting his work is insulting and just plain STUPID as a politician. She's spinning what she said and surprisingly people are actually believing it!

    January 13, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Innovate

    How can Hillary say that Obama is distorting the comments that she made about MLK? Those words were not uttered by Obama. Those words came right out of the horse’s mouth, and that horse is Hillary Clinton. It appears to me that Obama is busy Campaigning. The words uttered by Hillary are being translated by the Public. I am part of the public. I must say, Hillary is making Obama's job a bit easier. Maybe she should just put a muzzle on. It seems like her and her husband make ill advised comments. Her husband states that the whole idea in regards to Obama is a fairy tale.

    LBJ did not bring about the change. He did sign it into Law, but only after years of sacrifice made by MLK and his supporters. The fact is, MLK and his supporters demanded change. MLK efforts and support brought about the change by fighting for it, to the degree that he sacrificed his own life. LBJ had no other option, but to give in to the whim of the public support that was accumulated thought the years. Why did MLK have to negotiate with Politicians for equality, desegration, etc? That is a matter that should not need to be negotiated for. It should have been automatic thing.

    Hillary says that she has 35 years of experience, but her experience has not changed the favors extended to Lobbyist. She says that we need a president who know how things work behind the walls of the White House to be successful.

    We need somebody who does not have the Tradition 35 years of Washington Experience. Because as much "As much as Things Change, They stay the same". Her 35 years has changed nothing. Her husband’s years did nothing but conceal and provide a false mirage to the public that all was alright, while inwardly, Washing was still the same old place- An Immense influence by Lobbyist. If Hillary did not influence her Husband to put an end to the choke hold of Lobbyist and PAC groups THEN, what make us think that she is the candidate who will bring about that change now? After, Lobbyist are the "Root of the Problem". They are the reasons why cost in Healthcare, mortgage, Banking, Schooling, Outsourcing have led to the struggles that Americans face today.

    So far, I have only seen one candidate who can see all of that, and has seen it from the Beginning. His judgment, Trumps her experience. By the way, Look at Hillary’s website, it is update monthly. Obama's website is Dynamic. It is update daily. We need somebody who is not lazy. We need somebody who knows how to organize, stay abreast of the changes, innovate, renovate, and create. We need someone who knows how to use resources. Obama does not know it all, but I tell you what his judgment has helped him build the most successful and innovate team/staff. We need that type of Innovation to translate into the UNITED STATES of America. Not just Red state or Blue states, or certain states, or for certain classes of society.

    To see that we need somebody who knows how to analyze, and be proactive not reactive. Hillary reacts when it is too late. Example, she ignored students in the beginning, Obama realized the significance of students, now she is going after students 1 year later (reactive). Obama's Judgment, analysis, cleverness, and staff are Superior.

    January 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Marty, Orlando Fl

    OBAMA ROCKS!!!

    OBAMA 08

    January 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. steep

    Hillary says that she has 35 years of experience, but her experience has not changed the favors extended to Lobbyist. She says that we need a president who know how things work behind the walls of the White House to be successful.

    We need somebody who does not have the Tradition 35 years of Washington Experience. Because as much "As much as Things Change, They stay the same". Her 35 years has changed nothing. Her husband’s years did nothing but conceal and provide a false mirage to the public that all was alright, while inwardly, Washing was still the same old place- An Immense influence by Lobbyist. If Hillary did not influence her Husband to put an end to the choke hold of Lobbyist and PAC groups THEN, what make us think that she is the candidate who will bring about that change now? After, Lobbyist are the "Root of the Problem". They are the reasons why cost in Healthcare, mortgage, Banking, Schooling, Outsourcing have led to the struggles that Americans face today.

    So far, I have only seen one candidate who can see all of that, and has seen it from the Beginning. His judgment, Trumps her experience. By the way, Look at Hillary’s website, it is update monthly. Obama's website is Dynamic. It is update daily. We need somebody who is not lazy. We need somebody who knows how to organize, stay abreast of the changes, innovate, renovate, and create. We need someone who knows how to use resources. Obama does not know it all, but I tell you what his judgment has helped him build the most successful and innovate team/staff. We need that type of Innovation to translate into the UNITED STATES of America. Not just Red state or Blue states, or certain states, or for certain classes of society.

    To see that we need somebody who knows how to analyze, and be proactive not reactive. Hillary reacts when it is too late. Example, she ignored students in the beginning, Obama realized the significance of students, now she is going after students 1 year later (reactive). Obama's Judgment, analysis, cleverness, and staff are Superior.

    January 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. jay

    I don't plan to vote for John Edwards but I have to admit, he's on fire. Just about everything I've heard him say in the last 2-3 weeks has been 100 percent correct, spoken and delivered the right way. The Clintons are the flip side of the Bushes, and those two families seem to like and respect each other. Together, they act as if they own the White House and anyone else who comes close will get obliterated with the most scurrilous attacks, delivered at the worst possible moment (day of NH primary by B.C. was classic).

    The reason I won't vote for him is that that the country won't elect that firebrand type, like George McGovern was in 1972 and 1984. You have to be able to work with "the enemy" and negotiate compromise along the way.

    January 13, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Ken

    January 13, 2008 5:17 pm ET

    Is the muslim still saying tranforming USA into a Islamic nation?

    Lots of people have concerns on the ongoing Kenya Christians and Muslims killing and anarchy!!!

    Does this muslim understand we do not want to see the Kenya tradegy repeating in USA???

    ********************************************************************************************
    I am from Kenya and you are shamelessly bringing this to up. You don't even know what is going on in kenya. You seem to be one of those people who head in the wrong directions. There are many walking mentally wounded in U.S than machet wounded in Kenya. If not go figure!

    January 13, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    Yes, I sure wish Obama WOULD talk about something of substance. Race and racial issue are certainly important in this contry but this presidential campaign is about the WHOLE country. This discussion of race has taken us way off track. There are way too many enemies outside (and many inside) the country we need to worry about. We should not be fighting each other. Focus on the issues and who has the experience, intelligence and connections to make us safer, more respected in the world, and economically stronger-Hillary wins that race hands down!

    January 13, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. obaman08

    These blogs make me sad for America. As much as I dream of someone like Barack Obama coming in to turn our country around, comments such as this make me realize that I will probably never see that dream come true. First off, where did Barack Obama come out and say that Hillary was racist because of those comments? As a matter of fact he said that he did not think she was racist and the idea that it came from his camp is ludacris. But of course the media is going to bring it up in any interview he does. So what is he supposed to do? Just skip the question? Clinton is trying to do whatever she can to stay on top. People are wanting Obama to screw up so badly that they are now resorting to lying. The only reason Hillary's camp is even speaking out against this is because of some NEUTRAL African-American leaders that spoke out against her. So out of fear of losing some key endorsements she tries to point fingers. Go Google Congressman Clyborne who spoke out against it. Give me a break- Do your research people and find out the REAL facts!

    Obama in 08

    January 13, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. Jim

    Dr. King's dream would not have been realized without the leadership and political skills of LBJ to get the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act and the other legislation he pushed through Congress in the face of Southern Democrats' filibusters, men like Al Gore Sr., and William Fulbright, Bill Clinton's mentor, and Robert Byrd, the ex-KKK member and present President pro tem of the US Senate. Obama might be naive but the Clinton's are always calculating.

    January 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Sean Karmali

    I agree with both Obama and Clinton on both of their viewpoints: Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson are all part and parcel of the emancipation of a peoples.

    January 13, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    More dirty politics from the Clintons... now blaming Obama for racial tension, when he has stayed out of it. The media is the one distorting stuff. The CLintons are so power hungry they will lie, play dirty, do anything. I'm a long time dem but if Hillary is the nominee, I may vote for the Republican.

    January 13, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Moderator

    Moderator: Why do you keep deleting my comments. My comments are pure, and clean. What happend to people's Freedom of speech. I have capture all of your efforts. Please don't delete again. People need to know the truth and not be left in the dark.

    January 13, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. Kathlene Johnson

    To Victoria wells,
    You are such a looser. This is America and Obama is one of those kids born by Immigrants but he is a citizen just like Hillary was born by british Immigrants or John Kerry from french and Irish immigrants. I really feel you crossing the line here and I wish well and peace to all those Kenyans who are hurting in their country. Peace be with them.

    Obama is a man of integrity and honor. Clintons are playing dirty tricks to American citizens who are hurting with their kids in Iraq(God bless them). I feel bad this is coming down to this while we have thousands of our kids out there.

    These politicians have no idea what is going on in the minds of average Americans and Americans whose kids are in the middle of the war.

    January 13, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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