Monday, March 05, 2007

Obama and Clinton in Selma

In case you were out of pocket and didn't get to view coverage of the events in Selma, NPR and the Montgomery Advertiser have multiple articles, videos, and audio files available at their websites.

Reviews seemed good for both presidential hopefuls. The only real snafu being that Hillary's folks didn't set up speakers outside of the church so that she could be heard by the masses. Obama's folks made sure he could be heard, causing some to leave the church where Hillary was speaking and make the short walk over to the church where Obama was.

From the coverage I saw earlier, it was good to see "the Dean of the Civil Rights Movement," Rev. Joseph Lowery, out and about. He appeared with Obama at the Martin and Coretta King Beloved Community Unity Breakfast. And later he attended Obama's speech and linked arms with the Senator from Illinois at the march.

Not to be outdone, Hillary made her first public post-announcement appearance with her husband, Bill in Selma. Former President Clinton was inducted into the National Voting Rights Hall of Fame.

I can't decide if appearing with Bill is a good thing for Hillary or not though. He makes her look like a rookie when mixing, mingling, and giving speeches. It's very natural for him, and anything but for Hillary. His coat tails will prove useful, especially amongst African Americans who seem to remain Bill's most loyal constituency. But the comparisons of the two will be inevitable.


philip said...


My name is Philip Kovacs and I am the Chair of a national organization working to replace NCLB with more democratic alternatives.

We are launching our national campaign in Atlanta on March 17th, and I am inviting area bloggers to the meeting.

You can learn more about us here.

I hope you will attend,

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what i would have done but i have to say i would have gone to see Bill instead of Obama, though the choice would have been tough.

Hillary would have defintely come in third in my book. Her remarks on NPR were very gracious.