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FIRE, JUST PLAIN FIRE!

March 13, 2008

Barack Obama

Commentary
By Ron Allen
Correspondent
NBC News

 

NBC News
Ron Allen
Correspondent

WASHINGTON – While the debate rages on about whether Geraldine Ferraro’s comments about Barack Obama were racist, there’s no doubt that what she said was ignorant.

Or to be kinder, perhaps just uniformed.

To recap, Ferraro told a reporter, “If Obama was a white man he wouldn’t be in this position. 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. And the country is caught up in the concept.”

Essentially, Ferraro said being African American gives Obama an advantage. Either that or he’s getting preferential treatment because he’s black.

As a result of the ensuing uproar, Ferraro resigned as a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. Clinton “rejected,” “repudiated” and “regretted” Ferraro’s comment. Obama called what Ferraro said “absurd.”

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