Andrew Young—civil rights icon, former mayor of Atlanta and ambassador to the United Nations—has some explaining to do after his ringing endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Sen Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama that included an off-color joke about her husband and former president Bill Clinton.
At a "Newsmakers" event held in Atlanta, Young joked that author Toni Morrison may have been on to something when she referred to former President Bill Clinton as the "first black president." "Bill is every bit as black as Barack," Young quipped on the live television interview. "He has probably gone out with more black women than Barack." The ambassador immediately added that he was joking.
Before making the left-handed compliment, Young said "I want Barack Obama to be president," then paused and added, "in 2016." The ambassador declared, "It's not a matter of being inexperienced. It's a matter of being young" and accused Obama of having "very few" black advisors. That latter charge has been discussed elsewhere, such as HERE.
According to the New York Post, "Clinton's campaign had no immediate comment, nor did Obama's. Jesse Jackson, who has boasted that Obama 'has my vote,' wouldn't touch the political hot potato with a 10-foot pole. 'He has no comment,' spokeswoman Rashida Restaino said. The Rev. Al Sharpton, who hasn't yet declared his choice for Dem presidential nominee, likewise had no immediate comment."
Just as an aside, one could make are any number of arguments to endorse Clinton over Obama, but, age should not be a factor. At 46 years old, Barack Obama is three years older than John F. Kennedy was when he ascended to the presidency ... and exactly the same age that Bill Clinton was when he won the White House in 1992.