You can't say that the thought had not already occurred to millions, but still one has to question the tact and taste of CBS morning guy Harry Smith raising today the question of Obama getting assassinated -- with Ted Kennedy, no less. Hey, why not send out a printed invitation to all the nut cases out there? According to my viewing of the video, Smith asked, "When you see that enthusiasm [for Obama] though, and when you see the generational change that seems to be taking place before our eyes, does it make you at all fearful?"
Kennedy seemed to not know what Smith was hinting at -- although he did stutter a bit -- and offered a bland reply about a "new generation." Smith then tried again: "I just, I think, what I was trying to say is -- sometimes agents of change end up being targets, as you well know. And that was why I was asking if you were at all fearful of that." This time Kennedy, who certainly does well know, surely understood what he meant but again evaded the question, just referring to Obama as an "agent of change." Good for him. Smith also tried to get Teddy to reveal what went down in his now-famous phone conversation with Bill Clinton regarding the pending endorsement. Kennedy chuckled heartily and said, no way. Here's complete video of yesterday's Kennedy and Obama speeches:
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Obama as 'target': Harry Smith raises assassination threat with Ted Kennedy
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