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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Obama Continues to Maintain His Integrity

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are a perfect study of contrasts with regard to the question of integrity. Consider these two illustrative examples:

First, remember the "bitter" comments Obama made at a fundraiser in California? Remember how Hillary Clinton unmercifully pounced at the opportunity to take his words and repeatedly twist them, ad nauseum, into some "elitist" caricature worthy of a Willie Horton redux?

Second, take Clinton's false and disturbing comments on Friday about her reasons for staying in the race including the chance that Obama might get assassinated. How did Obama and his camp respond? They first released a one-line statement taking exception to it ("Sen. Clinton's statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign"), and then, when Clinton issued her apology"clarification" later that day, Obama strongly stated that he took Clinton at her word:

I have learned that when you are campaigning for as many months as Senator Clinton and I have been campaigning, sometimes you get careless in terms of the statements that you make and I think that is what happened here. Senator Clinton says that she did not intend any offense by it and I will take her at her word on that.

In other words, he gave her the benefit of the doubt that she had refused to give him.

This is a seriously cool, calm and collected man that has maintained the vast bulk of his integrity throughout this campaign.

Thank you, Barack Obama.

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