Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ferraro's Flub

Just in case you missed it....

From the LA Times:

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she said for an article aptly headlined "Geraldine Ferraro lets her emotions do the talking."

She went on: "And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."

It turns out she said something similar about Jesse Jackson during his run for president. But the funny thing is that she is right on the first part. A white male wouldn't have had to overcome certain biases to get to where Obama is. So I can see where that adds to Obama's allure. But she is dead wrong on the second part. If Obama were a woman all he/she would have to have done to achieve his position is marry someone who eventually became president. (Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the status quo inside the beltway I'll admit.)

However I for one would be curious as to whether or not she has similar opinions on Clarence Thomas and Colin Powell to boot.