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Bill Clinton Begins His ‘Black Apology’ Tour

From the color-blind Los Angeles Times:

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Brookins Community A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008.

In L.A., Bill Clinton visits black churches, and Oprah rallies for Obama

By Cathleen Decker and Mark Z. Barabak

February 4, 2008

Summoning the “God of second chances,” former President Clinton appealed for votes for his wife in African American churches in Los Angeles on Sunday, nudging close to an apology for having used language that many thought was racially insensitive.

As he tried to secure for Hillary Rodham Clinton the strong support he enjoyed from African Americans, Clinton went out of his way to say that he understood the tension between voting for her, at his request, and casting a ballot for Barack Obama.

Though the word apology never came out of Clinton’s mouth — nor did the name Obama — the tone of his remarks was a reversal of dismissive remarks last month, when he called part of Obama’s pitch a “fairy tale” and compared his South Carolina victory with one of the primary wins in Jesse Jackson’s ultimately unsuccessful candidacy.

“We have to find a way to choose without division,” Clinton told congregants at Brookins Community AME Church in Leimert Park. “To disagree without discord. To celebrate the shattering of all these phony categories that have kept Americans apart too long.”

At the Baptist Church of the New Covenant in Norwalk, his second stop of the day, Clinton’s visit got off to a rocky start when he showed up almost an hour late. The pastor had passed time by asking those with February birthdays to call out their day, and had worked his way down to wedding anniversaries and the birthdays of the large media contingent by the time Clinton arrived.

“Well, now, if I was running I sure would be on time,” Pastor L. Daniel Williams told the congregation before Clinton walked in. “I don’t care about almost here, they should be here.”

Clinton, whose arrival was greeted with applause, expressed sympathy for the dilemma faced by voters torn between his wife and Obama.

“I’ve been waiting all my life to vote for an African American president,” he said, then added: “I’ve been waiting all my life to vote for a woman for president. And on this Sunday, I feel like God is playing games with our heads and our hearts.” … 

Pandering? He’s soaking in it.

“I’ve been waiting all my life to vote for an African American president,” he said, then added: “I’ve been waiting all my life to vote for a woman for president.”

What a racist and sexist person Mr. Clinton is.

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