Tuesday, January 8, 2008

HRC, LBJ, JFK and MLK

Talking Points Memo notes — what a surprise — that the story going around via The Politico about what Hillary Clinton said about civil rights is a botched quote.

The Politico quote is …

“Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act,” Clinton said. “It took a president to get it done.”

What she really said (here’s the video) was:

“I would, and I would point to the fact that that Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when he was able to get through Congress something that President Kennedy was hopeful to do, the President before had not even tried, but it took a president to get it done. That dream became a reality, the power of that dream became a real in peoples lives because we had a president who said we are going to do it, and actually got it accomplished.”

Not even close. The Politico leaves out the reference to John F. Kennedy and makes it sound like it was Lyndon Johnson who smote the ground and voila! civil rights.

Yet another case of the messy truth being shoved aside for the quick sound bite.