Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television and one of Hillary Clintonâ€™s impolitic high-profile supporters apologized to Barack Obama for his comments in a SC campaign event on January 13th insinuating that while the Clintons were in the trenches fighting for civil rights, Obama was in the hood taking drugs (Obama admitted youthful marijuana and cocaine use in his autobiography, â€œDreams from my Fatherâ€):
â€œI 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 wonâ€™t say what he was doing, but he said it in the book â€¦â€
Johnson since released a statement of apology:
â€œI am writing to apologize to you and your family personally for the uncalled for comments I made at a recent Clinton event. In my zeal to support Senator Clinton I made some very inappropriate remarks for which I am truly sorry. I hope that you will accept this apology. Good luck on the campaign trail.â€
Bloomberg News columnist Margaret Carlson notes that the ugly episode â€œhas validated the judgment of George W. Bush eight years ago to refuse to answer questions about his own alleged drug use, which many believe continued well beyond his teen yearsâ€ [contextual link added by The Stiletto].
So the moral of the story is: Underhanded references to a candidateâ€™s illicit drug use are inappropriate if the candidate is a black man, but not if he is a white man. Got that?
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