Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Bernard Sanders has claimed that his rival, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is not qualified to be president. The Clinton Campaign called his assertion a “new low,” demanding that he retract it. And, on the Today Show Clinton said Sanders was “silly” for repeatedly stating she is not qualified.
But all the Today Show or any news organization or Google searcher need find, are four (of many) instances when Bill and Hillary Clinton said Barack Obama was not qualified to be president.
- In 2008, she told reporters that she and Sen. John McCain were experienced enough to run for President, but Barack Obama was not. She said:
“He (McCain) will put forth his lifetime of experience. I will put forth my lifetime of experience. Senator Obama will put forth a speech he made in 2002.”
- Hillary repeated the same statement nearly verbatim a few weeks later. She said:
“I think that I have a lifetime of experience that I will bring to the White House. I know Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience to the White House. And Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002.”
- In a speech questioning Obama’s judgment, Bill Clinton called his wife’s opponent’s campaign a fairy tale. He quipped:
“Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.”
- And who can forget Bill Clinton’s racist and demeaning scoff, when he suggested that Obama could have been a servant.
“[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill’s handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.”
Here’s a trip down a not-so-distant-memory lane: