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Obama: Punjab Memo “Staff’s Dumb Mistake”

From those highly conflicted reporters at the Associated Press:

Obama: “Punjab” Memo Was A “Dumb Mistake”

Candidate Disavows Campaign Memo That Mocked Hillary’s India Ties

(AP) Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama on Monday disavowed a memo criticizing rival Hillary Rodham Clinton’s financial ties to India, blaming his campaign staff for a “dumb mistake.”

In an interview with The Associated Press, Obama labeled the memo and its headline — “Hillary Clinton (D-Punjab)” — as “unnecessarily caustic.” The memo had referred to Bill and Hillary Clintons’ investments in India; her fundraising among Indian-Americans; and the former president’s $300,000 in speech fees from Cisco, a company that has moved U.S. jobs to India.

“It was a dumb mistake on our campaign’s part and I made it clear to my staff in no uncertain terms that it was a mistake,” Obama told the AP in a brief interview.

The memo has created a furor in the Indian-American community and raised questions about Obama’s claims that he is above attack politics epitomized by secretly distributing opposition research about a rival. Placing the blame on his staff is not new. Earlier this year, Obama faulted his staff for comments in a dispute with the Clinton camp over Hollywood donor David Geffen.

Last Thursday, Obama’s campaign sent the memo to reporters, demanding that it not be attributed to their campaign. The Clinton campaign got a copy and also sent it to reporters

In a statement on his Web site, Obama said he was not aware of the contents of the memo before it was distributed. The Illinois senator said he was responsible for the mistake and the campaign had taken appropriate action “to prevent errors like this from happening in the future.”

The campaign said the new policy is to ensure that senior staff will review materials before they are distributed publicly…


“Getting caught was a dumb mistake. We thought we had protected ourselves with the ‘no attribution’ caveat, but we underestimated the loyalty the media has to the Clinton machine.”

What is truly hilarious is that with all the ammunition the recent disclosures that the Clintons have profited richly from big oil, big pharm, defense and Wal-Mart stocks — that Obama would decide to attack their involvement with Indian companies.

But sure, Mr. Obama is highly qualified to be the next leader of the free world.

How can you doubt it?

Are you a racist?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 19th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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