Friday, February 23, 2007

Hillary VS. Obama: Round Two

What started the current showdown between the Clinton and Obama camps? David Geffen. The Hollywood mogul that once raised 18 million dollars for Bill Clinton and got to spend the night in the Lincoln bedroom. To follow are his quotes from Maureen Dowd's column (since the NYT makes you pay for story access now):

  • “Not since the Vietnam War has there been this level of disappointment in the behavior of America throughout the world, and I don’t think that another incredibly polarizing figure, no matter how smart she is and no matter how ambitious she is — and God knows, is there anybody more ambitious than Hillary Clinton? — can bring the country together."

  • “It’s not a very big thing to say, ‘I made a mistake’ on the war, and typical of Hillary Clinton that she can’t,” Mr. Geffen says. “She’s so advised by so many smart advisers who are covering every base. I think that America was better served when the candidates were chosen in smoke-filled rooms.”...

  • Did Mr. Spielberg get in trouble with the Clintons for helping Senator Obama? “Yes,” Mr. Geffen replies, slyly. Can Obama stand up to Clinton Inc.? “I hope so,” he says, “because that machine is going to be very unpleasant and unattractive and effective.”

  • Once, David Geffen and Bill Clinton were tight as ticks. Mr. Geffen helped raise some $18 million for Bill and slept in the Lincoln Bedroom twice. Bill chilled at Chateau Geffen. Now, the Dreamworks co-chairman calls the former president “a reckless guy” who “gave his enemies a lot of ammunition to hurt him and to distract the country.”

  • “Marc Rich getting pardoned? An oil-profiteer expatriate who left the country rather than pay taxes or face justice?” Mr. Geffen says. “Yet another time when the Clintons were unwilling to stand for the things that they genuinely believe in. Everybody in politics lies, but they do it with such ease, it’s troubling.” (source)

  • So Hollywood throws Obama a party, Geffen (who probably knows the Clintons a lot better than Barack does) makes some statements that are his opinion of people he knows personally) and now Hillary's camp is calling on Obama to apologize? Why? I'm so confused... Even more confused when Bill Richards chimed in agreeing that Obama should apologize.

    Slash and burn politics don’t bother me at all…but whiny politics turn my stomach.

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