Ah’ve come toooo fahhhr

Mar 5, 2007 8:40am

Make no mistake — the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights heroes of 1965 were not only bravely marching for the right to vote — they were in a way fighting for the right to be pandered to by politicians.
And that much, at least, has been accomplished.

Witness Sens. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, and Hillary Clinton, D-NY, in Selma, Alabama over the weekend, which you can read about HERE.

Listen to a montage of Clinton in this iFilms clip (CLICK HERE) Clinton, raised in Illinois and representing New York, affected a sporadic but curious Southern drawl in her speech. “I” became “Ahhh,” “far” morphed into “fahhhr,” and “mayor” suddenly sounded like “mare.”

(You should note that Clinton’s exhortation that "I don’t feel noways tired" isn’t quite as bad as it seems — she’s quoting "James Cleveland’s great freedom hymn" which you can see HERE Still, the molasses that suddenly appeared in the senator’s mouth was interesting. Though a former Clinton aide reminds me that Clinton lived for quite a spell in Arkansas, of course.)

And how about Obama? Well, he credited the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights marchers of 1965 with the fact that his parents — a black African father, and white Kansas mother — were empowered to fall in love and got married.

"They looked at each other and they decided, we  know that in the world as it has been it might not be possible  for us to get together and have a child, but something is  stirring across the country because of what happened in  Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march  across the bridge. And so they got together and Barack Obama, Jr. was born. So don’t tell me I don’t have a claim on Selma, Alabama!”

Um….Obama was born in 1961; the Selma march was four years later.
Obama later said that he meant to be crediting the entire civil rights movement with their union, not just the Bloody Sunday marchers. He did reference other civil rights heroics in his speech, though not in that specific section.

What say you? Is this horrible? Wonderful? Amusing? Typical? Much ado about nothing?
– jpt

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