I’ve contended here for months now that the Obama campaign is not above the fray, as they claim. Last night, within moments (“immediately“) after the candidates left the debate stage, Obama’s campaign “began circulating a similar comment” to Hillary Clinton’s closing comment to the media, one that was “delivered by former presidential candidate John Edwards” during a debate in Iowa, in December.
Oh… the indignation! How dare she! How dare she speak about the tests she has faced in her life and bring it around to this race for the nomination and reach out and say “I am honored to be here with Barack Obama.” How dare she show the American public, yet again, that she is gracious and passionately cares about the people.
Hillary Clinton reached out last night in a moving and genuine moment that resonated with the audience enough that she received a standing ovation. And how did the Obama camp respond to that moment? They bitch-slapped her. Yup. Bitch-slapped. They bitch-slapped her for “using a common English phrase” — “whatever happens, we’re going to be fine.”
I’ve said it myself hundreds of times in my life — you probably have too. In fact it’s use is widespread:
Laura Bush: ‘Whatever happens will be fine’ [El Paso Times, 5/19/00]
NBA Star Shaquille O’Neal: ‘We’ll be fine, no matter what happens.’ [AP, 10/8/03]
Actress Lindsay Lohan: ‘No matter what happens, we’re going to be fine.’ [AP, 4/19/07]
Former Redskin Dexter Manley: ‘Whatever happens, I’m going to be fine.’ [Washington Post, 7/26/98]
Former Redskin Gus Frerotte: ‘I look forward to whatever happens. We’re going to be fine.’ [Washington Times, 12/22/98]
Notre Dame football player Tom Zbikowski: ‘Whatever happens, we’re going to be fine back there.’ [Notre Dame football player Tom Zbikowski, 4/22/07]
Angels GM Bill Stoneman: ‘Whatever happens, I’m going to be fine.’ [Los Angeles Times, 2/22/03]
Former Giant Christian Peter: ‘And whatever happens, I’m going to be fine.’ [Asbury Park Press, 1/29/01]
Chicago Cub Larry Rothschild: ‘I’m not worried about that. Whatever happens, I’m going to be fine.’ [St. Petersburg Times, 4/1/01]
Diamondback Edgar Gonzalez: ‘Whatever happens, I’ll be fine because I’m in the big leagues.’ [Edgar Gonzalez, Diamondbacks, 5/2/07]
Hockey player Richard Hamula: ‘Whatever happens I’ll be fine with but hopefully I can still stick around here.’ [Richard Hamula, hockey player, 9/20/02]
Leonard Hamm, interim commissioner for the Baltimore City Police Department: ‘Whatever happens, I’m going to be fine.’ [Baltimore Afro-American, 11/19/04]
The reaction from the Obama campaign last night to Hillary’s closing statement showed me a petty, small minded response to a gracious woman, not unlike the moment when Hillary Clinton reached out to Ted Kennedy before the SOTU and Barack Obama, standing next to Kennedy, turned his back on Hillary.
Barack Obama — above the fray? Hardly. He and his campaign are just as capable of getting in the muck — but don’t tell supporters that. He’s all about hope and change, isn’t he? No he’s all “politics as usual.”