New Book: Reid Refers to Obama as “Light-Skinned Negro” While Bill Clinton Says He Would Have Been Serving Him Coffee a Few Years Ago

While many people are chatting up a storm about Majority Leader Harry Reid reference in Game Change to President Obama as a “light skinned” black man “with no Negro dialect,” Ben Smith has pulled out two other notable sections, including Bill Clinton objecting to Ted Kennedy that “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.”

The remark by Clinton apparently backfired, according to the book, and enraged Kennedy. Here is the passage:

[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill’s handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

Smith also notes that the book details how Hillary Clinton pushed her staff to push Obama’s drug use as her own campaign faltered. While Clinton often accused Obama of negative campaigning, she was criticized in editorials for what was seen as scorched earth tactics, here.

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10 thoughts on “New Book: Reid Refers to Obama as “Light-Skinned Negro” While Bill Clinton Says He Would Have Been Serving Him Coffee a Few Years Ago”

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  2. I am pretty sure the Clintons think that most of us should be getting their coffee. So I doubt it was racially motivated.

  3. “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.”

    This isn’t necessarily a racial comment. It looks to me more like a comment on Obama’s quick rise in the Democratic party from nobody to junior senator to president. Of course, the context of the quote would probably clarify this.

  4. Mike

    All politicians do it-the GOP just does it better? Or worse?

    Good, as long as we are clear on that.

    All people hold prejudices against one another. Some are more malevolent than others.

    Harry Reid doesn’t rise to Jesse Jackson’s level, IMHO.

    You certainly don’t think that only people of European decent can be prejudiced, do you?

  5. All these statements were quotes from a book and of course we all know that when it’s in a book it must be true. The only truism here is that there are a number of Americans who still harbor some degree of prejudice towards people of color. The other truism is that anyone running for political office must be a self centered egotist, which is sad but true. Self-centered egotists tend to make stupid statements in service to themselves. Reid’s comments, if true, certainly in context don’t rise to the level of the vitriol spewed my members of the GOP and that is a fact that some behind licking trolls are immune to.

  6. AY, I just watched This Week with George and George Will just gave the Jimmy the Greek defense.

    ” Harry Reid told the truth for once and he’s being condemned for what he said”

    George Will, This Week with Stephanopolus

  7. Amateurs. The dems can’t hold a candle to Lee Atwater, Roger Ailes or even Karl Rove. Amateurs.

  8. What a bunch of charmers.

    Politicians so deserve each other. They deserve to be put into a pit with some pointed sticks and made to fight to the death for the causes they are paid to promote, er, believe in. Because if we had legislation as trial by combat? You’d see what color they are all beneath the skin. It’s mostly yellow (both kinds, avarice and cowardice) and green (both kinds, greed and jealousy).

    On the plus side, newly purchased legislation would come to a cowering halt.

  9. All’s Fair or is that Fare in Love and War or is that Peace. This is Politics after all. Strange Bedfellows does it make.

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