Robert L. Johnson, a Hillary Clinton supporter and founder of the Black Entertainment Network, made an attack against Barack Obama earlier today in an effort to defend Hillary’s statement that Lyndon B. Johnson was more important to the civil rights movement than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In his statement, he implicated an attack towards Obama’s drug usage during high school, a fact that Obama has written about in his book Dreams from My Father.
He then added: “And to me, as an African-American, I am frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues since Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood – and I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in the book – when they have been involved.”
Besides the fact that Obama has already disclosed the facts of his drug usage years ago, attacking him for mistakes he made in high school is the kind of mudslinging that is hard to defend. Of course, the Clinton campaign already knew this. A Clinton adviser “resigned” last year after suggesting that Republicans would attack Obama’s drug use. Robert Johnson must have been too busy to get the memo however, and has since issued the following statement.
My comments today were referring to Barack Obama’s time spent as a community organizer, and nothing else. Any other suggestion is simply irresponsible and incorrect.
Riiiiight. Anyone else believe this guy? I would have accepted an apology, but does he seriously think “that we are so stupid that we would think” he was simply referring to Obama’s time spent as a community organizer? Insulting.
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