Many of Clinton’s claims have turned out to be total duds — especially on foreign policy, where Obama has proven to be less the doe-eyed naif than the cautious caretaker who signed off on Afghanistan troop withdrawals only after approving one final military surge.
But comments about his overall approach to governing have been more durable, and frequently re-purposed by Republicans.
“There’s a big difference between us — speeches versus solutions, talk versus action,” Clinton said, also in the make-or-break month of February 2008. “Speeches don’t put food on the table. Speeches don’t fill up your tank, or fill your prescription, or do anything about that stack of bills that keeps you up at night.”
A more pointed, and more controversial, statement came in late January 2008, when Clinton questioned Obama’s ability to control Congress — with a comparison of Martin Luther King and President Johnson, which many Obama backers took to be a veiled racial swipe.
“Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act,” Clinton told Fox News on the eve of Obama’s blowout win in the African-American-dominated South Carolina primary.
“It took a president to get it done,” she added.