Now, whilst it's undeniably true that Bill doesn't mention Obama by name, it's very strange that, in the very week that the debate surrounding Reverend Wright's comments reaches it's peak, Bill should step forward and say this:
Mr. Clinton, in a speech to voters on Friday in North Carolina, said “it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country.”It is simply unthinkable that a Democrat could be attacking another Democrat as lacking in patriotism, but that does appear to be the gist of what Bill is saying, it's certainly the inference that is being read into this by the Obama camp.
Retired Air Force general, Merrill A. McPeak, stood next to Obama in Medford, Oregon, and read the remarks out to an audience who gasped when they heard Clinton's words, obviously taking the words to be an attack on Obama's patriotism.
The Hillary camp have attacked McPeak as deliberately misreading what Clinton was saying. Which sort of begs the question, what the Hell was he saying?
“Let me say first, we will have such an election this year because both Barack Obama and John McCain are great patriots who love this country and are devoted to it — so is Hillary Clinton,” said General McPeak, who is a co-chairman of Mr. Obama’s campaign. “Any suggestion to the contrary is flat wrong.”
Mr. Obama, of Illinois, did not address the comments from Mr. Clinton. He stood a few feet away as General McPeak made his remarks before a crowd of more than 1,500 people in a Medford community center.
“I’m saddened to see a president employ this kind of tactics,” said General McPeak, who served as Air Force chief of staff in the early years of the Clinton administration. “He of all people should know better because he was the target of exactly the same kind of tactic when he first ran 16 years ago.”
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