Contrast Obama’s response to the Harry Reid fiasco with his treatment of Trent Lott seven short years ago; Lott as you will remember set off a firestorm by saying some positive things about Strom Thurmond and his presidential bid at the senators birthday party. While Obama condemned all Republicans and demanded they disown Trent Lott he is currently giving Harry Reid a free pass for saying that Obama was “light skinned” and spoke with “no negro dialect.”
Reuters reports that President Barack Obama on Monday rebuked critics of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has faced calls from Republicans to step down over racial comments he made about Obama.
“I guarantee you that the average person, white or black, right now is less concerned about what Harry Reid said in a quote in a book a couple of years ago than how we are going to move the country forward,” he said.
Obama also offered unqualified support for Reid, 70, who faces a difficult re-election battle in Nevada this November.
“Harry Reid is a friend of mine. He has been a stalwart champion of voting rights, civil rights. This is a good man who has always been on the right side of history,” he said.
“For him to have used some inartful language in trying to praise me and for people to try to make hay out of that makes absolutely no sense.”
This is a completely different stance than the one Obama took while condemning Trent Lott. Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D-13th), who hosted WVON’s Cliff Kelley Show, challenged the Republican Party to repudiate Lott’s remarks and to call for his resignation as senate leader.
“It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do,” said Obama.
He said: “The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party.”