Bill Clinton Claims Obama Camp Played the Race Card Against Him

By Theresa Cook

Apr 22, 2008 7:58am

In his inimitable fashion, former President Bill Clinton told Philadelphia’s WHYY radio that his South Carolina-primary comparison of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, to Rev. Jesse Jackson is an example of HIS being the victim of ugly racial politics.

Listen to the interview HERE.

“I think that they played the race card on me," Clinton said. "We now know, from memos from the campaign that they planned to do it along."

It’s unclear what "memos" he was referring to.

Clinton had been asked by WHYY’s Susan Phillips about a local official who switched her support to Obama after Clinton’s "Jesse Jackson" comments, which she saw as his marginalizing Obama as “the black candidate.”

The microphone also picked up Clinton saying to someone with him, after the interview, “I don’t think I should take any s— from anybody on that, do you?

Plenty of African-American officials, including Rep. James Clyburn, D-SC, the House Majority Whip, assuredly disagree with Clinton’s interpretation of that controversy. Clyburn told me a few weeks ago that African-Americans, especially those from the South, "know the code words when we hear them."

UPDATE: Obama and Clinton elaborated on this interview today, which you can read about HERE.

- jpt

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