The last thing Sen. Barack Obama needs right now is a prominent supporter claiming his skin color makes him uniquely qualified to be President.
But that apparently is just what 2004 Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Forbes Kerry has done.
From MSNBC’s FirstTalk [excerpt]:
Speaking of the race speech from Tuesday, Obama supporter John Kerry gave an interview with a local N.H. paper, reports NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli.But wait, folks, it gets much worse.
In it, Kerry said the color of Obama's skin makes him uniquely qualified for president and even reach out to the moderate Islam world.
During an interview with the New Bedford Standard Times, portions of which were posted on YouTube, John Kerry says bluntly that Barack Obama has the potential to “bridge the divide in religious extremism” because he is black.
“It would be such an affirmation of who we say we are as a people if we can elect an African American president, a young leader who is obviously a visionary and got an ability to inspire people,” Kerry said. “It will give us an ability to talk to those countries, to in some cases go around their dictator leaders to the people and inspire the people in ways that we can’t otherwise.”
The Massachusetts senator said Obama has an ability to perhaps even empower moderate Islam “to be able to stand up against the racial misinterpretation of a legitimate religion.”Let’s see how this story plays out.
Asked by a reporter what gave Obama the credibility to do so, Kerry said, “Because he’s African American. Because he’s a black man, who has come from a place of oppression and repression through the years in our own country. We only broke the back of civil rights, Jim Crow, in the 1960s here. Everybody in the world knows this is a recent journey for America too. And everybody still knows that issues of skin and discrimination still exist.”
If you spot something about it, please comment and let me know.
Meanwhile, can we agree Kerry should check himself into Massachusetts General for treatment of his latest outbreak of chronic cluelessness?
If he does, should Geraldine Ferraro come visit him or just send flowers?
MSNBC FirstTalk’s entire post is here.