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April 25, 2008
Bill Clinton Dethroned as 'First African American President'
Evidently, Bill Clinton is in trouble with the African American community for his remarks made the other day that the Obama campaign "played the race card" on him after South Carolina.
This didn't sit well with Representative James Clyburn (D-SC), the Democratic House Whip and influential African American: called the former president's behavior during the campaign "bizarre:"
In an interview with The New York Times late Thursday, Mr. Clyburn said Mr. Clinton’s conduct in this campaign had caused what might be an irreparable breach between Mr. Clinton and an African-American constituency that once revered him. For his part, Clinton points out he has his personal office in Harlem and a spokesman says that "President Clinton has an impeccable record on race, civil rights and issues that matter to the African-American community, the strongest of any president in our time.”
“When he was going through his impeachment problems, it was the black community that bellied up to the bar,” Mr. Clyburn said.
“I think black folks feel strongly that that this is a strange way for President Clinton to show his appreciation.” Mr. Clyburn added that there appeared to be an almost “unanimous” view among African-Americans that Mr. and Mrs. Clinton were “committed to doing everything they possibly can to damage Obama to a point that he could never win.”
Mr. Clyburn was heavily courted by both campaigns before South Carolina’s primary in January. But he stayed neutral, and continues to, vowing that he would not say or do anything that might influence the outcome of the race. He said he remains officially uncommitted as a superdelegate and has no immediate plans to endorse either candidate.
At one point before the South Carolina primary, Mr. Clyburn publicly urged Mr. Clinton to “chill a little bit.”
Yes Bill, but what have you done for us lately?
The fall of grace of Bill Clinton in the African American community shows the danger of unquestioning devotion to one political party on the part of blacks. Being taken for granted by the Democrats should come as no surprise to Clyburn and others. It is the reward for giving 90% of your support to cynical, manipulative politicians.