If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” she continued. “And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is.
Where to begin?
First, if Obama were a white man, a black woman or a Latina, he’d most likely be in the position he’s in. He’s an incredibly gifted politician who is running a hell of a campaign that seems to have a good feel for the country’s mood. That’s a real advantage for him because Clinton seems to be running on what the country’s mood was in 1992.
Second, are you saying that Obama is where he is only because he’s black? If that is what you are saying, are you aware that such statements might lead some to conclude that Barack Obama is successful only because of affirmative action and not because of his skills?
Do you realize that most feel that Mondale chose you as his running mate because you were a reasonably accomplished woman who was a member of the house for six years before he chose you? He wanted to make some history, and he did. You were a great candidate for the vice presidency.
But Mondale chose you as the most qualified candidate to be VP for the same reason that the first George Bush thought Clarence Thomas was the most qualified person in the whole US to be a Supreme Court Justice; you fit his demographic.
Glass houses, Gerri.
Your thought that Obama has only been successful as a candidate because he’s black is way beneath you.