Clinton Surrogate Bob Johnson Says Ferraro Was Right, Obama Only Is Where He Is Because He’s Black

By Jaketapper

Apr 15, 2008 12:06am

Billionaire Bob Johnson, the founder of BET, last seen publicly raising Sen. Barack Obama’s youthful drug use, then denying it, then apologizing for it, has stepped into the spotlight again.

In an interview with the Charlotte Observer, Johnson says that former vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro was right.

If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she said, just before the resulting firestorm forced her to step down as an adviser to Obama rival Hillary Clinton.

"What I believe Geraldine Ferraro meant (is) if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called ‘Jerry Smith’ and he says I’m going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote? And the answer is, probably not. Would he also start out with the excitement of starting out as something completely different? Probably not. He would just be a freshmen senator …

"Geraldine Ferraro said it right. The problem is Geraldine Ferraro is white. This campaign has such a hair trigger on anything racial. It is almost impossible for anybody to say anything."

- jpt

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