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Geraldine Ferraro's Controversial Comment About Barack Obama

Was Geraldine Ferraro Out of Line?

It's the comment that's racing around the world as fast as its little legs can carry it: Geraldine Ferraro, former vice presidential candidate, (the first woman to be nominated on a major ticket) said this to an LA newspaper:

If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.

Obama campaign aide Susan Rice responded by calling for Hillary Clinton to fire Geraldine Ferraro, saying,

That's a really outrageous and offensive comment . . . I think if Senator Clinton is serious about putting an end to statements that have racial implications, that diminish Barack Obama because he's an African-American man, then she ought to really repudiate this comment and make it clear that there's no place in her campaign for people who will say this kind of thing.

While Ferraro has a unique set of experiences in her handbag by which to make observations about the nature of this contest, was her comment in error? For context, she was speaking what she thinks has been going on in the Clinton campaign and the role of the media, which she says, "has been far larger than anything I've seen before." Check out the original article and decide for yourself.


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