Clinton Is ‘Proud’ of Obama

Jan 13, 2008 1:24pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper reports: After an hour-long television interview critiquing Sen. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton went to an African American church, where the only words she had for her democratic rival — were of praise.

Clinton, who attended services in a predominately African-American Church in Columbia, S.C., spoke about the presidential race.

"We never thought we would see the day when an African-American and a woman were competing for the presidency," Clinton said. "I am so proud of my party I am so proud of my country and I am so proud of Sen. Barack Obama."

Clinton delivered her remarks to the audience and noted Martin Luther King’s upcoming birthday. Clinton has been enveloped in a firestorm about comments she made about King in recent days. Clinton did not address the issue — but longtime Clinton friend Bob Johnson, founder of BET, commented to reporters.

Johnson, who accompanied Clinton to church, criticized Obama for allowing his campaign (as he described it) to distort what Clinton was saying.

"Barack knows better than that, why he would let his people let that come out just shows to me either he is not in control of what they are saying or he’s allowing them to say it knowing it’s wrong," Johnson said.

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