Obama Repudiates Talk Show Host
by Pacific John, Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 05:04:54 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrat Barack Obama's presidential campaign on Saturday repudiated a liberal talk show host's description of Sen Hillary Clinton as a big f*cking whore, a comment made to an audience of Obama supporters.
Randi Rhodes, host of a nationally syndicated radio program that is based in New York City, was warming up the crowd Friday at a $100 (64)-a-person fundraiser for the San Francisco supporters of Obama supporters when he tagged the presidential candidate as a a "big f*cking whore."
Rhodes acknowledged using the phrase "big f*cking whore," in a telephone interview Saturday. She said she has used the phrase many times with Obama supporters to describe her assessment that the Senator is vile and unworthy of respect.
"She votes like a big f*cking whore. She acts like a big f*cking whore. She an advocates like a big f*cking whore," Rhodes said. "In my personal definition, she's a big f*cking whore."
Obama was not in the room when Rhodes spoke. Nearly half of Google hits for the event, "an evening with Randi Rhodes," come from Obama's webpages*.
Obama thanked Rhodes and called her "the voice of progressive radio."
But on Saturday, Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement: "Hillary Clinton is not a big f*cking whore and should not be described as such. She's a not even an actual big f*cking whore, but at most a figurative big f*cking whore."
At a campaign appearance in Prescott, Arizona, on Saturday, Clinton said Obama should condemn Rhodes's use of the phrase "big f*cking whore."
"I would hope that in keeping with his commitment that Senator Obama would condemn such language, since it was part of his campaign," Clinton said.
"That kind of language is unnecessary," he said.
Jamie Selzler, director of the California Democratic Party, defended Rhodes. "I'm not going to criticize Randi Rhodes. He gave a rousing speech that got the group excited and we appreciated that he did that," Selzler said. [this part is way too over the top. CDP Chair Art Torres would never defend Rhodes - ed]
Anyone else notice a little imbalance here? Can anyone say why Obama will distance himself from a mild yet true insult aimed at a Republican, but not distance himself with an extreme insult aimed at our own side. If I didn't know better, I'd say he doesn't know who the real enemy is.
* - as of yesterday, 6 of 13 Google hits for the phrase were from the BarackObama.com domain. The phrase has since gone viral.