Obama in 2002: GOP Has to Drive Out Trent Lott
Unlike the 100 hour lag time for President Obama to respond to the undie bomber attack, it took Barack Obama only a few hours today to accept Harry Reid’s apology over some racist remarks made during the 2008 campaign:
“Harry Reid called me today and apologized for an unfortunate comment reported today. I accepted Harry’s apology without question because I’ve known him for years, I’ve seen the passionate leadership he’s shown on issues of social justice and I know what’s in his heart. As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.”
But, back in 2002 Barack Obama demanded the GOP “drive out” Republican Trent Lott over similar remarks.
The Weekly Standard reported:
Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D-13th), who hosted WVON’s Cliff Kelley Show, challenged the Republican Party to repudiate Lott’s remarks and to call for his resignation as senate leader.
“It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do,” said Obama.
He said: “The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party.”
Remember- Reid is the same guy who compared Republicans to slave owners just a couple months ago.
Jules Crittenden has more on the racial double standards.