January 22nd, 2008
04:23 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama supporter: President Clinton needs to 'step back'

 Sen. Obama owes his trademark phrase 'Fired up, ready to go' to Edith Childs.

Sen. Obama owes his trademark phrase 'Fired up, ready to go' to Edith Childs.

GREENWOOD, South Carolina (CNN) – The woman made famous by Barack Obama's "fired up" stump speech story is speaking her mind on the recent feud between the Illinois senator and former President Bill Clinton, implying he crossed the line with his latest attacks on the Illinois senator.

"The president needs to step back," said Edith Childs, a city councilwoman from Greenwood, South Carolina who is, as Obama puts it in his stump, famous for her chant of "fired up, ready to go."

"His wife is the candidate, not him," she continued. "I think he just needs to step back and maybe coach her in what she needs to do."

Today's rally in Greenwood was Obama's first visit to Greenwood since meeting Childs back in June. A the end of his speech, he told the story as he usually does but brought Childs on stage to lead the crowd in a new chant that included the lines "go out and vote" and "Sen. Obama will be our next presi dent."

Related video: Obama: 'Fired up'

–CNN Political Producer Chris Welch

soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Yamaka


    Amen, Well said.

    We need more questions and not less. President Clinton should take more active role in questioning Senator Obama.

    If he cannot ask questions, then who would ask?

    Blacks must get rid of their anxiety and act color blind. Whites have largely become color blind.

    It is a training for Black candidates and voters to become tough act on the preachings of Dr. King: A Color Blind Thinking.

    Please, Ms. Childs, Grow Up. Don't ask for easy win and pandering.

    January 23, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. GetReal

    Did you really think that democrats are less prejustice than republicans??

    January 23, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Ada

    Obama, your campaign is too weak. The Clintons have more scandals than you. Use them.

    January 23, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Nando, Florida

    Obama should go independent for the DNC letting this man get treated like this from this disfuntional Family,

    My Father always told me as a AA Republican that the Democratic Party was the Biggest obstacle for any Minority in this country , As with many thinks I have learned as I grow older that my Father was telling the Truth I will have to Say he was RIGHT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!


    Put this WOMAN on the Ticket as your NOMINEE I WILL GO PROUD WITH MY FATHER TO SWITCH TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Karen

    Apparently Obama thinks Bill Clinton should "step back', but has to have a woman say it for him???? If Bill should step back, so should all the candidates spouses. No one told Michelle Obama she should step back when she made her Anti-Hillary speech in Nevada. Of course not. Just because Hillary's spouse is a former President, doesn't mean he doesn't have the same rights to speak on behalf of his spouse just like the other candidates' spouses do. And as for the comment by "Republican in NY" on Hillary's supporters being uneducated, uh, we have educated ourselves on the issues, that's why we support Hillary. Go make your anti-democrat comments on a page that talks about Republicans. Oh, wait, you all backed Bush. Talk about uneducated, but hey, I won't stoop to those levels.

    January 23, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. henry j malachi

    if Clinton got so much experience she need to prove it. Show those records that you got in husband library. Hilary Clinton release all your records. You alway talks about your experience, prove it show , your records. Clinton you maybe ex-presi
    dent you don't act like it. Obama is doing great running against two people. It hard to run against one, but two. Hilary you will do anything to win. But if you win, you will nothing. At least I will not vote for you. I would vote Republician before I vote for you. You Black folks some of you , just like the house negro in the old days. you can't see for riches around you. You think everything is fine. But come down off your cloud. Smell some roses of life. There was nothing about race until you Clinton, bought it into the race. All you and your husband was keeping us down. Now a black on your level. The real you come out Clinton. So you help us in the past. So what , you got what you wanted. Now a black man got a chance to be President.. You are all out of yourself . You black politics , you think about the reason you are where you are. Don't forget who put you there. After the Primary thing going to change.
    You may not be where you are now. Yes I am a black Disabled Veteran. Obama and John Edward is the only Democratic Party I will vote for. But if they don't win, I will vote for a Republician. Thing are going change one way of another. Obama you have made us open our eyes. Hilary show your record that you are so proud of.

    January 23, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. florida

    danny boy or daniel we've been handling the heat for 400years , tell billairy to stop crying because a black man has a chance and with out black people voting for is a didn't have sex with that girl line, or boo hoo hillairy they would have gotten elected

    January 23, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Winston Salem, NC

    I like what you said Ada...The clintons have so many scandals its ridiculous yet the Obama camp for some reason is choosing to ignore this to there detriment.

    Do a search on the The Clinton Body Count and one might find some interesting information.

    I think what the Clintons have shown is what many of us have already suspected and the they are active members in the Confederate Knights of America

    A wise man once said that Jim Crow didnt dissappear he simply changed his name to James Crow Jr Esquire, in essence he cleaned himself up since his Arkansas days of birth and has moved to Washington DC as Billary Clinton.

    January 23, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Gavin


    He lost all my support.

    January 23, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Winston Salem, NC

    I would like all to know that we as a people recognize that Racism still exists and has evolved into an ignorant microbe that effects the most ill-informed of people. I will say this and that is We as Nation can make a change as long as we stand up for what is truly right and that is Equality for everyone and refusal to accept any more lies as we have accepted and or have been thrown since 2000 and beyond. We need a New Deal Bringer and That is Barack Obama, of course there will be whites and black alike who say he cant do it and they wont vote for him, and for them lets pray for they know not what they are trying to get into with another 4yrs of Hillary Clinton. We need a change from the past lets not go backward, lets move forward VOTE FOR BARACK in 08 but more importantly vote your Consciousness!!!

    January 23, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. henry

    -When Obama was ahead of Hilary everyone talking about, he should attack her.
    Then when he started to defend himself everyone start to say he's pilng on.
    You people of trying to tie his hand. Yes Harrison he a man. A thinking man that not used to wadding in the dirty to win. He not use to doing anything to win.
    When Hilary though she was going to loose, New Hamphire , she cried. That a person ready from day one. Give me a break. What a big joke the Clinton is. No kind of ethics. Clinton had become low life, with no morals. When it all over Clinton, you Democratics going found out that you won nothing. Clinton, you have done what the Republician Party could do. You given Republician the President.
    Now you Bill Clinton can glory in your win.

    January 23, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Hillary 2008

    TO: Republican in NY:

    Your entire comment is dergogatory. But so typical of a Republican. Polls as "some" of us know are not always right. But if I were you I wouldn't talk. Your party elected a president who misues the English language! Because of that there are numerous websites, published books and people who make fun of him–and he obtained an MBA from Harvard!! So, you want to talk about Hillary supporters being "uneducated"– we were smart enough not to vote for an IDIOT for President! You and your party on the other hand were not smart enough. You voted for an IDIOT!

    January 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. DAVID

    Just take a long look at the way things were when the Clintons were in the
    Whitehouse.For eight years Americans enjoyed a great economy,low unemplyment
    low interest rates,balanced budget and all you can remember is Bill gettin a little on the side.talk about ignorance,you must be happy with the old Bush thinking that whats good enough for me is.....good enough.


    AND GIVE US ALL A THRILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. RuthieM

    Right on! She is sooooo correct, Bill Clinton needs to step back, his wife is the candidate, not him! OBAMA '08!!

    January 23, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Cam

    It is ridiculous to compare Michelle and Elizabeth to a former president. Yes, they are all spouses, but one would have to be ignorant to ignore how influential Bill Clinton's political clout is. He comes with a reputation deeply ingrained in the American mind, and I think it is unfair to put voters in a position where they must essentially vote for Bill and Hillary Clinton. I think it is unavoidable that peoples' impressions of Bill are going to affect Hillary, that's the point of having a two-term limit on the presidency and other forms of office. Not to mention the fact that Bill has very real connections and alliances from his former presidency (come on here, he was PRESIDENT) that are certainly giving him access to influential groups and more press time. Furthermore, I would be wiling to challenge anyone that Michelle or Elizabeth are as pointed in their criticisms–Bill can get away with saying much more personal, controversial comments than either Obama or Edwards' wives.

    I think the Clinton's should stop taking advantage of Bill's former presidency, and Bill should stop doing Hillary's dirty work. Right now she can get away with saying whatever she wants–and through a respected former leader, no less!–since she is still able to say it wasn't her. She wants it both ways. She shouldn't be able to have her cake and eat it too.

    And do we really want America to become a country of powerful, dynastic families? We're reverting back to the past, people! This is not democracy! A former first lady running for president violates the spirit in which the law limiting the presidency to two terms was made!!! Bill Clinton should have no way, formal or informal, to be living back in the white house. Political races should not be so controlled by powerful alliances, money, and former white house experience!!!

    OBAMA 08!

    January 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. karla

    After Super Tuesday, phony Obama can go back t o Illinois! Watch Fox news and vote Republican!

    January 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. Sophia

    I think as John Edwards said "Let's be fair".
    Let's ask Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Elizabth Edwards, Ann Romney, Cindy Mc Cain, Janet Huckabee & whoever else is married to ALL go home. NOBODY campaign but the candidates. Would that stop this insane need to keep this in the headlines instead of what's important to us voters? Oh yes, we're still out here, waiting.
    We're still going to be voting. Not all of us are sheep, doing & hearing only what we're fed. You might want to consider that when embarking on these very slick media's spins. Heck, even the media is slipping up & making brief mentions that Obama isn't perfect. Or as he confessed, maybe has a "little dirt on his hands". History is going to have as much fun with this election as they do the GWB presidency. I didn't vote for him or his father & I ain't buying into this BS either.

    January 23, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Yamaka

    Recent Zoghby poll in South Carolina

    Obama 43% Hillary 23% Edwards 15%

    Son of the South beaten badly by the Blacks.

    Black power is evident. Dr. King is rolling over his grave: Blacks are racists, still!!!

    January 23, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. E G

    I have never heard anything but praise from the Clintons for Obama as a person.They only attack his politcal views and record. This is a political campain is it not. But Obama and his supporters have made some really hateful comments about the Clinton's personalities. This only shows his imiturity.He also got his political training in.Chicago and you know their reputation for mud slinging politics.

    January 23, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. Diane

    To Angela,

    You totally missed the point.

    When have you ever seen a current or former head of State on the front page of an American newspaper because he's spreading disinformation for the political and professional benefit of his wife or family?

    Ferdinand Marcos comes to mind, but didn't he wind up in prison?

    January 24, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  21. Bij- New York

    Daniel let's be careful not to make general comments like "all these black people" this is exactly what is turning people off

    January 24, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Jim, American in Paris

    Obama has all the clowns with their funny hats on his side! They should step back and start thinking about what their really voting for!

    People of South Carolina: don't make your decision based on skin color.

    January 24, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. CARL

    obama can't even handle a piece of paper. how can he handle the United States? you can't be just present as president. we have seen in the last 8 years someone being just present. it is to important of a time to leave to someone who is so unsure of he position to just vote present. wake up america and cnn…

    January 24, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. Lee, York Pa

    Should Michelle Obama or Elizabeth Edwards or any of the Republican spouses
    what nonsense....
    Bill Clinton is a spouse-just happenes to also be a 2 term President....
    HILLARY 08

    January 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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