With former President Clinton due to deliver tonight's keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on behalf of President Obama, Ryan Lizza dropped this bombshell from the 2008 campaign in an article in the New Yorker:
Tim Russert told me that, according to his sources, Bill Clinton, in an effort to secure an endorsement for Hillary from Ted Kennedy, said to Kennedy, "A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags."
Conservatives, of course, know all too well that if it had been reported that those words were uttered by a Republican there would be no effort spared in ostracizing that Republican from public life. Don't forget that MSNBC personnel fell all over themselves telling us that words like anger, Chicago and golf are racial code words against Obama. But since Bill Clinton was "the first black President," he gets their dispensation.
Yet let us put aside the racial overtones of Clinton's statement (which, as if this writing, he has neither confirmed nor denied). The most interesting aspect of this revelation is that, four years later, it is Clinton who is set to carry Obama's bags. (Meanwhile, Hillary was wise enough to pack her bags before the Labor Day Weekend. She is currently in China amidst six country, Asia-Pacific tour thus avoiding President Obama, her husband and the DNC altogether).
It should be noted here that the 42nd President isn't the first person to have carried Obama's bags nor will he be the last. Since Obama won the 2008 Iowa Caucus, the liberal media has been carrying his bags usually with great enthusiasm. Early on this was an easy task because Obama's bags were light owing to his tendency to vote present. Matters of inconvenience such as Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers and Rashid Khalidi were simply cast aside like lost baggage. Or in the case of the Khalidi videotape, some baggage was put under lock and key, never to see the light of day.
However, over the past three and a half years, the liberal media has found Obama's bags heavier to carry. They still haul them but not with the ease they did when hope and change danced off Obama's tongue causing people to faint in his presence. You would think with the country accumulating nearly $5 trillion in debt, a stimulus with no spark, the albatross of Obamacare and an unemployment rate that hasn't fallen below 8% would cause people to feel faint or at the very least feel faint hope in President Obama. No doubt this has played a big part in adding to the strain to the backs and shoulders of the liberal media's heavy lifting for The Anointed One. Yet for the liberal media, carrying Obama's bags is preferable to the prospect of a Romney presidency.
But even some of Obama's surrogates are having trouble carrying his bags. When Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley was asked by Bob Schieffer on CBS' Face the Nation over the weekend if we were better off now than we were four years ago, O'Malley replied in the negative. O'Malley has since changed his tune. But O'Malley, who has been touted by some as a future Democratic presidential nominee, is likely to be relegated to carrying Joe Biden's bags for the next two months.
You know things are not going well when the best a surrogate like former New Mexico Governor and Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson can do is say that the international community wants Obama to be re-elected. Unfortunately for Obama, UN General Assembly members like Iran and Venezuela do not have a vote in this election.
It wasn't supposed to be this way. It was supposed to be "a new era of responsibility." Instead, Obama has spent this new era of responsibility blaming his problems and shortcomings on the Bush Administration, Japanese tsunamis and the Arab Spring, thus passing his burdens onto us. In a sense, all of us have been carrying President Obama's bags whether we want to or not.
There is a simple reason for this state of affairs. Barack Obama cannot handle the responsibility that comes with being President of the United States. President Obama cannot carry his own weight. Will the American people choose a President who can carry his own bags this time?