You might not want to elude to assassination when referring to Obama

The NY Times Political Blog reports that yesterday, in Dover, Francine Torge, a former John Edwards supporter, said this while introducing Mrs. Clinton: “Some people compare one of the other candidates to John F. Kennedy. But he was assassinated. And Lyndon Baines Johnson was the one who actually” passed the civil rights legislation.

The comment, an apparent reference to Senator Barack Obama, is particularly striking given documented fears among blacks that Mr. Obama will be assassinated if elected.

Phil Singer, a Clinton spokesman said: “We were not aware that this person was going to make those comments and disapprove of them completely. They were totally inappropriate.”

Mrs. Clinton’s expression did not change noticeably when Ms. Torge made the comment.

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One Response to You might not want to elude to assassination when referring to Obama

  1. SMH. Politics bring loads of foot-in-mouth moments. While the statement about LBJ is absolutely correct and frankly, JFK stalled progress for the most part, the assassination bit was unnecessary regardless of who it was regarding. While I don’t particularly care for politicians and the nuts who would give life and limb to see their respective candidates win, I don’t consider this to be ill-intentioned.

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