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What top Dems really think about Obama

posted at 4:45 pm on January 9, 2010 by

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin have written Game Change, a book on the 2008 campaign chock full ‘o’ tasty tidbits, including two top Democrats expressing their private views on President Obama. For example, Sen. Maj. Ldr. Harry Reid:

He was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” as he said privately.

On Twitter, John Hawkins channels his inner Kanye: “Hey Trent Lott, I’m gonna let you finish, but Reid had the best racist comments by a Senate Majority Leader of all-time!” Reid and Obama are now desperately trying to make that story go away, though — as Allahpundit notes — Obama was a lot less forgiving of Don Imus on this score.

The book also exposes Bill Clinton, during the Clintons’ efforts to secure an endorsement from the Kennedys:

[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill’s handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

Bill may have been referring to Obama’s career of non-accomplishments, but Nathan Wurtzel reminds us Bill has a record here.

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HARRY, when you’re telling the truth, stand up for what you say.

Kissmygrits on January 9, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Even the dumbest of goofball Democrat voters are going to have trouble putting their hands over their ears and humming”La-La-La, I can’t hear you…” to drown these comments out.

MTF on January 9, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Reid and Obama are now desperately trying to make that story go away…

That was my original reaction, and I had some fun with the history of outrage over the Magic Negro. But on second thought, I think Obama is delighted that this story has surfaced as he can feign loyalty and forgiveness to Reid, while his Chicago machine work on a whispering campaign that he’s a racist – until he’s forced to step down as Majority Leader and pull out of his losing re-election efforts before its too late (see Chris Dodd).

Buy Danish on January 9, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Of course they thought this — Obama was elected mainly because the Democrats thought the Idea of Barack Obama, as the first African-American president, would be able to not only win election, but also push ideas through both the public and Congress that never could have won approval under, say, President Al Gore or President John Kerry.

The Democratic leaders never bought into Barack Obama other than as a vessel who could bamboozle the American public better than the goofy white guys they had run in the last two presidential elections. There was never any respect for him ideologically or as someone who had worked his way into the position of running for president due to his past political efforts.

jon1979 on January 10, 2010 at 2:08 AM

jon1979 on January 10, 2010 at 2:08 AM

I think you’re right about Obama being a “vessel”, but I disagree that they “never had any respect for him ideologically”. Democrats are Progressives. Obama embodies the Progressive ideal.

Buy Danish on January 10, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Even the dumbest of goofball Democrat voters are going to have trouble putting their hands over their ears and humming”La-La-La, I can’t hear you…” to drown these comments out.

MTF on January 9, 2010 at 8:34 PM

You obviously don’t know Democrat voters too well. Look how fast Obama and Al “Gimme some” Sharpton came to Dingy Harry’s defense?

uknowmorethanme on January 10, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Buy Danish on January 10, 2010 at 9:02 AM

I think they respected the fact that he believed what they did, but didn’t respect him as a creator of progressive ideas.

Remember back during the 1992 election how Hillary Clinton was lauded by the progressives as The Smartest Woman In America, If Not In The History of the Universe? In that case, I think the progressive really did believe their own hype, and thought Hillary’s progressive liberalism and brain so big it’s amazing it fits in her cranium would mitigate any fears they had over Bill being part of the moderate Democrat coalition.

In this case, the left trumpeted Barack Obama during the 2008 election as The Smartest Man In America, If Not In The History of the Universe, but behind closed doors their view of Obama appears to have been a tad less lauditory.

jon1979 on January 10, 2010 at 1:44 PM