An obligatory follow-up to Ed’s post this morning about BJ complaining that the race card was played on him for comparing Obama’s win in South Carolina to Jesse Jackson’s — ironically, one of the few times thus far in the campaign where I thought the Clintons really were guilty of racial politics. Consider it a follow-up too to this post about his comments on Tuzla-gate, which were so inept as to be evidence either of genuinely compulsive lying or willful sabotage of Hillary. Here he is this morning in Pittsburgh, not 24 hours after telling WHYY — and I quote — “I think that they played the race card on me,” suggesting that he never said they played the race card on him.
NBC/NJ: “Sir, what did you mean yesterday when you said that the Obama campaign was playing the race card on you?”
CLINTON: “When did I say that, and to whom did I say that?”
NBC/NJ: “On WHYY radio yesterday”
CLINTON: “No, no, no. That’s not what I said. You always follow me around and play these little games, and I’m not going to play your games today. This is a day about election day. Go back and see what the question was, and what my answer was. You have mischaracterized it to get another cheap story to divert the American people from the real urgent issues before us, and I choose not to play your game today. Have a nice day.”
NBC/NJ: “Respectfully sir, though, you did say …”
CLINTON: “Have a nice day.” [continues shaking hands with supporters]. I said what I said, you can go and look at the interview. And if you’ll be real honest, you’ll also report what the question was and what the answer was.”
NBC/NJ: “They asked you if you regretted your comparing Jesse Jackson to Barack Obama on the day after the South Carolina primary.”
CLINTON: “And I pointed out that I did not do that, and that I complimented them both. And that Jesse Jackson took no offense. And I called him myself, I said, ‘Did you find that offensive?’ And he said no.
Exit question: Compulsive lying or willful sabotage? Or head injury? As you ponder, click the image and watch Obama try to keep a straight face when asked about it. Truly Slick is the gift that keeps on giving.
Update: Via Perfunction, here’s the vid. Golden.