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Andrew Young: Obama's Time Will Come

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hide captionAmbassador Andrew Young in an interview with "The Newsmakers Journal."

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"I want Obama to be president," said former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, "... in 2016. It's not a matter of being inexperienced. It is a matter of being young."

In an interview with The Newsmakers Journal, Young explains with candor why he believes now is not the time for Obama to serve as president.

"There's a certain level of maturity," Young said. "You have to learn to take a certain amount of sh*t. ... Leadership requires suffering."

Saying, "Barack Obama does not have the support network yet to get to be president," Young added: "To put a brother in there by himself is to set him up for crucifixion. His time will come, and the world will be ready a visionary leadership. Now, somebody's got to clean up the mess."

Then Young offered this story about Bill Clinton: "Bill [Clinton] is every bit as black as Barack. He's probably gone out with more black women than Barack. [laughs] I'm clowning, but when they went to Nelson Mandela's inauguration — there was a whole plane load of black folks who went down there. After the inauguration, there was a party. [Bill] Clinton was the one who said, "Let's start a Soul Train line!" All these middle class, bourgie folks looked around ... and Bill did the moon walk down the Soul Train line. And Hillary pulled her skirt up above her knees and she got down and went on through, too."

Watch the clip, and share your thoughts. Do you agree with Young? Taking the premise of Young's argument, does Obama need a "support network" like the one Young describes? Or have times changed? Is Obama too young?

Update: Obama Responds — "I think a lot of folks have longstanding relationships with Bill Clinton," he said. "If you are a former president, you've got chits out there. Obviously, I disagree with [Young], or I wouldn't be running."

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Brilliantly articulated and true. He (Barack) might be a good Vice President, but now I thinking about Andrew Young... Hmmmm...

Sent by Justin | 7:45 PM | 12-7-2007

Andy Young is way off base. He sounds a little bufoonish talking about Clinton and Hillary acting black. Obama has the maturity and the experience to be the next president. Plus his personal background is well suited for dealing with international challenges. I don't get it. Individuals of Young's generation marched and protested so that Obama's generation would have doors open to them. Now he's saying that it's not time. If not now, when?

Sent by marian | 8:09 PM | 12-7-2007

Andrew Young hit the nail on the head. This is not time for Obama. It is not a time that democrats can gamble. Obama should be President someday but the mess we have right now needs someone who has a lifetime of experience. I hope we democrats will make a right decision on this issue. Hillary is the answer.

Sent by Akinkanju Obirin | 1:08 AM | 12-8-2007

With all due respect to Ambassador Young, Senator Obama's youth, vitality, and charisma are exactly what America needs. I love Senator Hillary Clinton but with the nature of her political experience she can better serve our country in the Senate. Fresh political thinking is required to address the morass of problems that politics as usual has wrought. Barack Obama gives me hope and, for me (a sixty year old Miami housewife), his time is now.

Sent by ANNETTE BAGLEY | 6:25 AM | 12-8-2007

Andy Young is sounding very much like an old fool. Just cause he doesn't know who Barack has around him does not mean Barack does not have a solid support system. He has no idea what Barack's life has been like. And saying Barack has a "Chinese" sister from Indonesia? Huh?! Why are some folks so shameless and brazen in showing off their ignorance? And just cause many Black Southerners are blase enough to allow the Clintons to straddle the racial fence doesn't mean they do not "go dumb" when it is time to jump bad and "play white".
Barack Obama is a citizen of the world who THINKS globally and ACTs locally. He does not require the yardsticks set by the Stonehenge Brothers of the Civil Rights movement to decide when he is seasoned enough to lead. He is READY NOW BECAUSE HE KNOWS THE TIME IS NOW AND THIS COUNTRY NEEDS HIM NOW. Relax Andy and "crack some nuts" with Bubba. It's some new Grown Folks who got your back.

Sent by Gloria Alee | 7:09 AM | 12-8-2007

bunk

Sent by Herbert | 7:33 AM | 12-8-2007

That Andrew Young would use that tired, cliched observation with respect to Barack is truly numbing. Were not Andrew Young and company told back in the day that the time wasn't right for black equality? And he is today repeating the same mantra with respect to Barack being ready to be President. Have we learnt anything from history?

Sent by Bernard | 10:52 AM | 12-8-2007

Barack Obama is ready and able to get things moving in the right direction for our country!
I have always had madd respect for Young. However some need to stop hating on Mr. Obama. Get out of that old mind set. Start backing him and help him and our country. Now is the time. What and why should we wait?

Sent by Ms. Diop | 11:24 AM | 12-8-2007

l think Obama is the only president that can clean up the mess and now is the time we need him.

We need him and we are going to have in the white house regardless of what you say Mr Young. so, please keep your peace because there is alot of us who love president Barack Obama.

Sent by sandra | 1:22 PM | 12-8-2007

now the world has been told the essence of usa black cultural reality: the 'soul train' dance line

guess it would be asking too much for usa blacks to adapt more 'human & wealth capital' building/creating/growing skills such as mastering the...

biological sciences
physical sciences
mathematical sciences
engineering sciences

...oh well!

Sent by dirtyblues | 2:20 PM | 12-8-2007

Well here's what Oprah said this weekend in Iowa (not in direct response to Young): "There are those who say that Barack Obama should wait his turn. There are those who say that he should take a gradual approach to presidential leadership, but none of us is God," Ms. Winfrey said. "We don't know what the future holds, so we must respond to the pressures and the fortunes of history when the moment strikes. And Iowa, I believe that moment is now."

Sent by C James | 7:49 PM | 12-8-2007

He's way off base. A underwhelming offering from someone apparently committed to change.

"There are those who say that Barack Obama should wait his turn. There are those who say that he should take a gradual approach to presidential leadership, but none of us is God," Ms. Winfrey said. "We don't know what the future holds, so we must respond to the pressures and the fortunes of history when the moment strikes. And Iowa, I believe that moment is now." -- Oprah Winfrey

Sent by Mo | 8:04 PM | 12-8-2007

I think Hillary has slept with more women of all colors than either Bill or Obama.

Sent by Darrel | 11:54 PM | 12-8-2007

Gasp. I had to actually watch the Andrew Young video three times, because I just couldn't believe what I was hearing. Was he drunk or has he just gone completely nuts?

I got a strange sense here (and I fully admit that I could be wrong on this) that Young NEVER wants to see an African-American President, because in his mind that individual could somehow eclipse MLK in history. (Which is crazy...MLK is one of the greatest Americans ever. No matter how much I like Obama, he ain't gonna eclipse Dr. King!) Young managed to seem jealous and dismissive of Obama one second, and then highly complimentary the next (One positive line about Obama was, "He's brilliant.").

The whole thing was so bizarre. Comparing Obama to Maynard Jackson (now dead) and Bill Campbell (now in jail) makes NO sense. He also said, "Leadership requires suffering." Sometimes, but not always. It unfortunately did for MLK, but not for all great leaders.

The whole Chinese half-sister and "Islamic schools" comment? I'd say his premise is right (that Obama's international make-up will be a plus in dealing with the world), but why on earth did he frame it in such a racist way?

He also said, "To put a brother in there (the White House) is to set him up for crucifixion." What on earth is that supposed to mean? He apparently doesn't think Obama can handle himself, which I think is crazy.

Hillary's in a MAJOR bind on this one, because if you distance yourself from Andrew Young, her black vote is GONE, or it's at least gonna suffer big time. If she doesn't...ouch...if she doesn't distance she's in deep trouble too, especially with Drudge running this at the top of the page. This is a no win situation for Hillary if I've seen one, which is fine with me, because I'm for Obama! It's just too bad Andy Young would soil his reputation like this.

Sent by CornBred | 12:46 AM | 12-9-2007

Bill commits adultery with many black women, so he is blacker than a black man, so vote for Bill's wife. Obama does not commit adultery, so he is not as black as Bill. You see, all black men commit adultery, and that is a signal of their manhood and just how black they are. If you have a wife and don't cheat on her, you are not worthy of a black persons vote, huh?

The black slave owners and slave overseerers also had sex with lot's of black women. Did that make their wives qualified to be president of the united states?

This is some of the sickest stuff to ever come out of the Clinton sewers.

Sent by Darrel | 12:34 PM | 12-9-2007

I think a lot of Americans and African Americans have the same sentiment as Young. On the other hand a lot of African American fell that Obama is ready. However one has the understand that Obama did not pass through the old guard to run for President. he has not even asked to old guard for help. I think this is the underlined motive for a lot of the Young comments about Obama. I recall the first the Black in in space were blown up on the shuttle. That did not stop us from sending brothers in space. One finally made back to earth safe. I do believe that we need a free thinking person as a leader in America. Obama has my support. We need something in America, we can't keep doing what we are doing. It's time for change. So maybe the old guard needs to step aside

Sent by db stover | 1:19 PM | 12-9-2007

There are those of us black that are really fearful of other black people rising beyond their place. I can not believe that with Mr. Young has fought for over the years that he would make comments like those. I believe that one of the greatest legacies of racism is internalized racism. In every group there is some level of self loathing but we black people have it in a particularly alarming way. The world is changing with or without the Jesse Jacksons, and Andrew Youngs of the world. Finally, what is this adoration the some black folk seem to have with the Clinton years. Is it ending welfare, Is it ending poverty?

Sent by Tad | 2:00 PM | 12-9-2007

I think Andrew Young really lost it. First Spokesperson for Wal-Mart, then his support for Paul Wolfowitz who later was fired from his position as World Bank President, now this strange arguments about why Senator Clinton? Because her husband had gone with more black women than Obama!!!!!!!!! I think the problem of Andrew Young and many other black leaders like him, is they can't simply accept the fact that someone outside their dynasty or self-centered elite can become a serious president contender. I am not an Obama supporter but I believe its time for blacks in this country to decide freely without someone like Andrew Young telling them who should run now and who should run 2016.

Sent by John Adams | 4:40 PM | 12-9-2007

I VERY MUCH AGREE THAT OBAMA, THROUGH NO FAULT OF HIS OWN, IS NOT YET READY TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. PRECLUDING DEVINE INTERVENTION, HE CAN NOT YET HAVE ACQUIRED THE WISDOM, INSIGHT AND HUMILITY WHICH CAN COME ONLY WITH TIME AND EXPERIENCE. IN ESSENCE THOSE ARE THE GIFTS OF GROWING OLDER. ALTHOUGH I HAVE NOT YET DECIDED WHICH DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE I WILL VOTE FOR, FROM THE START, I HAVE ENVISIONED OBAMA AS AN EXCELLENT RUNNING MATE FOR CLINTON. IN FACT, I BELIEVE HE WOULD LIKELY BE AN EXCELLENT VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ANY OF THE DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES AND POSSIBLY EVEN FOR SOME OF THE REPUBLICANS!!! WOULDN'T THAT BE SOMETHING.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE ONLY TIME I HAVE HEARD IT SUGGESTED TO HIM, HE ADAMANTLY DISMISSED THE NOTION WITH A STATEMENT TO THE EFFECT THAT HE WOULD NOT SETTLE FOR SECOND BEST. IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, THIS SUGGESTS THAT HIS EGO STILL COMMANDS A BIT TOO MUCH OF HIS JUDGMENT, HIS ATTITUDE, AND HIS DECISIONS. AND CONSIDERING HIS PRESENT AGE, THAT IS NOT SURPRISING TO ME. HOPEFULLY, WHETHER OR NOT HE IS ELECTED, HE WILL IN TIME, AND WITH EXPERIENCE, OVERCOME THIS VERY HUMAN AND VERY COMMON TENDENCY.

ANYONE WHO CHOOSES TO TAKE NOTICE AND SEE THE TRUTH MUST SURELY BE AWARE OF THE DANGEROUS CONSEQUENCES OF DECISIONS ORIGINATING FROM ONE'S EGO. PARTICULARLY SO WHEN THAT EGO IS EMBODIED IN A PERSON IN A POSITION OF GREAT POWER. SHOULD THIS FICTITIOUS SOMEONE DISPLAY NO CAPACITY FOR HONEST SELF EXAMINATION OR LACK THE ABILITY TO ADMIT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR MISTAKES AND SHORTCOMINGS THEN THEY BECOME AN INCREASING THREATEN TO ALL WHO ARE IMPACTED BY THEIR TYRANNY AND DICTATES.

SHOULD OBAMA NOT WIN THE DEMOCRAT PRIMARY, BUT IS OFFERED AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS RUNNING MATE TO THE NOMINEE, THEN I TRULY HOPE HE COULD MOVE BEYOND HIS OWN PRIDE AND DISAPPOINTMENT AND WOULD INDEED ACCEPT THE POSITION.

AFTER ALL, BECOMING THE UNITED STATE'S VICE-PRESIDENT IS NO TRIVIAL RESPONSIBILITY. IT WOULD INDEED BE A TREMENDOUS PRIVILEGE, HONOR AND OPPORTUNITY. OBAMA WOULD STILL BE IN AN IDEAL POSITION TO ASSIST IN ALTERING THE TERRIFYING DIRECTION OF OUR SOCIETY AND ULTIMATELY OF OUR PLANET.

THE DANGEROUS PATH WE ARE NOW TREADING ALONG IS INDEED THE RESULT OF THE GUIDANCE OF MANKIND???S EGO. AT THIS CRITICAL TURNING POINT IN OUR SPECIES DEVELOPMENT, I BELIEVE IT TO BE ESSENTIAL THAT OUR PRESIDENT CONSCIOUSLY AND PERSISTENTLY THINK, ACT AND SPEAK ACCORDING NOT TO THE BEST INTERESTS OF HIS OR HER PERSONAL AGENDA, (OBVIOUSLY) AND NOT EVEN JUST BASED ON OUR OWN NATION'S INTERESTS BUT ULTIMATELY ACCORDING TO THE WELLBEING OUR ENTIRE PLANET AND ALL ITS DIVERSE INHABITANTS.

..BUT THEN WHAT DO I KNOW?

BARB

Sent by BARBARA BECK | 6:10 PM | 12-9-2007

Answer to Barbs last question:

Apparently not much outside that social construct swirling in your head. Please by 'ego' you mean men, puulease!

If Hilary wasn't a woman, judging by her politics and record, she would be an also-ran running at around 10%. Remember she's not a 'self-made woman' her popularity is due to riding on the coat-tails of that 'ego' that you deplore.

Too much at stake can't allow those of you who operate in the nonsequiter fuzz of racial or gender politics get in the way this time. Save that for the cocktail parties or masturbatory academic symposiums the REAL world is at stake. Real talk for real solutions for a real difference. Not politics as usual, which is what Hilary represents, she's basically a power machine good ole' boy in drag.

Ego because his ambition is to win the election? No the real ego (with other assumptions that go along with it..the nerve of him not knowing his place) is that no one suggest Hilary be Barak's running mate.

Sent by Jon Jeter | 7:21 PM | 12-9-2007

Kudos to Gloria Alee

To your quote about: Black Southerners blase enough to allow the Clintons to straddle the racial fence doesn't mean they do not "go dumb" when it is time to jump bad and "play white".

EXACTLY! Like when it's time to serve up a friend to appear 'moderate'. OR doing nothing about the war on drugs and public education for 8 YEARS!

If Hilary wasn't so busy wheeling and dealing big lawyer style, she could have taken on public education as her mission.

Sorry Andy the world is moving a little faster than 40yrs ago; we're already 8yrs behind, can't sacrifice 4 to 8 more years simply for the glee of those who think it's a woman's time or those just happy the winner isn't a Republican.

It's time to repair and regain your international relationships, make our citizens more competitive... we need visionary statesmanship or stateswomanship...but Hilary isn't that woman.

Sent by Jon Jeter | 7:35 PM | 12-9-2007

Well, JFK was only 43, so I don't think age is a real issue here.

I think Andy is trying to get around the fact he is loyal to the Clinton campaign as opposed to supporting the brother.

And if anyone makes that "Clinton" is black statement "one more again" I'm going to vomit. Clinton's legacy with Africa was a dismal failure in every category: Rwanda, Somalia, the Kenya embassy, Sudan, etc. the man was an ineffective joke, AND if he had of gotten Osama after the African embassy explosions, we may have avoided 9/11.

I was for Hillary, but every since those kindergarten attacks against Obama, I'm done with her.

Sent by DJ Black Adam | 8:07 PM | 12-9-2007

Part of Douglas Wilder's sense of fraternity with Obama comes from the success the latter is achieving independent of the African-American establishment, with its high-profile representatives who are self-appointed but receive great deference.

"Certain black leaders would believe that you have to go through their prism: 'If I lay my hand on you, you're OK,' " Wilder said with a chuckle. "So many people have made a living off of the pimping of race. I told him when he runs, one of his big problems he would have is with the African-American leadership, as such. He didn't question it. He said, 'I think I know what you mean.' "

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0807/5518.html

Sent by Andy Young Is a Race Pimp | 8:12 PM | 12-9-2007

Obama is not ready, Young is right.

What's more, Obama takes as much money from global corporations as anyone and flirts too much with the GOP and with blurring the distinction between the parties. His hope looks to me more like ambition than selflessness.

Mentored by Lieberman, breakfasting Bloomberg - I am not convinced of Obama's real commitment to progressive policies or to the Democratic Party. His Senate voting record shows he's even more to the right than Clinton (more willing to vote with the GOP against progressive Democrats).

Let him gain experience, temper his ambition, and -prove- through legislation and public service some real commitment to progressive causes.

And let him stop bad-mouthing fellow democrats and blaming the progressives of the '60's, to whom we owe a great deal for opening up dialog in this nation.

Sent by Chris Corbell | 10:24 PM | 12-9-2007

If Barack Obama is lacking a support network, as Mr. Young claims, then how did he become one of only three African Americans in the modern era to be elected to the US Senate?

Say, for example, that Mrs. Clinton is nominated but not elected in 2008. Would Mr. Young still prefer that Mr. Obama wait until 2016 in order to become a little more "seasoned"?

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin has said that if Mrs. Clinton is elected President, he would be surprised if Barack Obama is not her first choice for Supreme Court Justice, which, I suppose would put him out of the running in 2016.

Or as Charlie Parker said, Now's the Time.

Sent by david | 7:44 AM | 12-10-2007

Funy how some think that Obama has been "mentored by Lieberman"...

Really? Hmmm. If thats true, then how come it was Hillary who supported the Kyle\LIEBERMAN amendment that even Biden, Dodd, Edwards, and Richardson said gave Bush too much authority to attack Iran? I guess Joe's mentoring didn't work on Obama, but somehow it effected Hilary..

Lets not forget, It is Hillary who voted for the Iraq War, and continues to LIE when she says that she thought the Resolution required Bush to return to the Senate for further authourization. Here's the facts on that:
(search for "Require U.N. Compliance with Military Action in Iraq.")
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Congressional_actions_on_the_Iraq_War_prior_to_the_2003_U.S._invasion#Authorization_for_Use_of_Military_Force_Against_Iraq:_Final_vote

Sorry that this link requires one to READ, but at least you'll then know what a LIAR Hillary is on this..

As for Obama being to the RIGHT of Hillary, here's a link on that:

http://nationaljournal.com/voteratings/sen/lib_cons.htm?o1=lib_composite&o2=desc#vr

Barack was the 10th most liberal Senator, but Hillary was the 32nd most liberal. Therefore, Hillary is far to RIGHT of Obama. No wonder her and her friends want to FIGHT, instead of TALK. Rightwingnuts are always the ones who want to fight, as long as somebody else takes te body blows.

As for breakfasting with Bloomberg, after dinning with Al Sharpton.. Bloomberg is the Mayor of the biggest city in the U.S. so why shouldn't he meet with him. Not only that, Bloomberg is very popular amongst Black people in NYC and has also severed his ties to the Republican Party.

I suggest that for those of you who have yet to be TOLD about Obama's experiences, why not just go to Goggle and search on "barack obama state senate". This will return links to both his State and US Senate records. Then decide for yourself, instead of paying attention to some burnt-out hippie from the 60s'.

I hate to address a blogger directly, but to Akinkanju Obirin:
Hillary is responsible for the mess we are in right now, so if the idea of a Black Man being President is too much for you to take, why not support Kucinich or Edwards? Perhaps you have also NOT read Obama's October 2002 statement on war with Iraq:

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Barack_Obama%27s_Iraq_Speech?oldid=481343

PEACE!

Sent by Da'Norr Afri Sankofa | 9:37 AM | 12-10-2007

It is utterly foolish to think that anyone is actually "ready" to be President of the United States. I don't think anyone is ever truly completely "ready" to be leader of the world's largest industrial complex. With that said, as an African American Conservative who most likely not be voting for Senator Obama, I am offended by the tired and irrelevant musings of Ambassador Young. I completely support Senator Obama's right to run for the position and I appreciate his aspiration to this high office. In many ways he represents something that American politics needs - some new faces and ideas. The real issue is he ready, but can he make wise decisions, while providing good leadership and inspiration to others to lead and to take responsibility. I think it is quite obvious that Senator Obama can do both of these well.

Sent by Ed | 10:15 AM | 12-10-2007

A couple of things come to mind with Mr. Andy's comments. One: the Clinton express must be really steamrolling a whole bunch of out-of-touch, out-to-lunch negroes. Too YOUNG? Somebody needs to remind that crew of the fact that the civil rights movement was dead in the mud until the college, high school and even 13 year old students reared up. It was then that those Southern Christians got a jump start. Two: I'm not a historian, however i don't think a Catholic elder said John Kennedy was too young or anything close to what some of these Clinton lackeys are spouting these days about Barack Obama.
I said it before and i'll say it again and again and again: Those old negroes need to sit in a rocking chair, have a coke and a smile - and shut the heck up!

Sent by Anthony | 11:30 AM | 12-10-2007

Everyone has a right to his or her opinion and back who they choose. However, to say that Clinton is just as Black as Obama the hairs on my neck and arms stood up. Was Andrew Young telling Martin King that he was too young to lead the Boycott against a racist south? Martin was not even 30 years old so age has nothing to do with it. Also, to use the example of Clinton forming a Soul Train line I am totally discussed. At the end of the day Clinton is white and benefits from white male priviledge...PERIOD. The fact that Bill may have had Black girlfiends does not make him better or more qualified. So sleeping with a sister as your jump off makes you a Black man....hmmmm...I did not expect this from Andrew Young of all people.

Andrew Young's comments are no better than those of less intelligent individuals that say our worth is based on our ability to keep a beat and sexual prowess.

Sent by Ronald | 12:46 PM | 12-10-2007

Mr. Young should have checked his facts before he decided to shuck and jive in public. He did not say one good thing about Hillary, except that she could do the job because her husband would be by her side. Bill Clinton's age when he took the oath of office - 46. Barack's age in January 2009 - 47.

It is so insulting when black people talk down to black people about serious issues. And what is Hillary's political network as cited by Mr. Young - the "defense committee" of Hillary's friends that Hillary organized to defend against attacks from women Bill had been involved with.

That's the judgment and character we want in out next leader. If even Hillary's supporters are cracking jokes about Bill's inability to remain faithful, what does she expect when the campaign begins in earnest?

The old Civil Rights Establishment hates that their is a new day and that the bus no longer pays tolls at their door.

Sent by tina | 2:11 PM | 12-10-2007

What does his age have to do with it. I've seen plenty of old folks acting the fool. I am supporting Obama, not because of his age or race, but because he is the only authentic presidential contendor I see in the race.

So what if he's young. He's a post civil rights movement black man, who represents the optimism, hope and courage that my generation grew up with -- many of us grasped it. Many didn't.

Leave the brother alone, don't disparage him. I'm not saying that you have to support him, but give him a chance. We can't do any worse than what we've had over the past few years.

Niavete and optimism have gotten me everything I ever wanted in my career and in life in general. I was always to young and too niave so I believed that anything and everything was possible.

Sent by James McKissic | 3:03 PM | 12-10-2007

It is time for America to look for a New Global Policy. Face to Face Diplomacy is a must. The old policy of force has caused the decline of America. Barack is totally prepared for America's new Direction. As for Andy Young, John Lewis,and Rangel, have you forgotten the Dream For Global Blacks. Andy your logic is weak.

Sent by Anita Dorsey | 5:08 PM | 12-10-2007

By Young's criteria Martin Luther King Should have not lead the civil rights movement. The man proves he is an old fool. Its time for a change from these old jiving jerks. Out with the old in with the new. Bye bye Andy Young.

Sent by midwest democrat backer of barack | 7:36 PM | 12-10-2007

I think andy has no idea what he is talking about. He is an bitter old fool. Waiting your turn is the exact same thing some whites told the blacks during the civil rights movement.

If having experience equaled doing a good job then pres bush would have more support in his administration and the war in iraq would not have gone on this long.

It is sad that andy (given his civil rights experience) has the audacity to come out so negatively about another black man. I feel he is EXTREAMLY jealous and should do us all a favor and keep his mouth shut.

Hilary Clinton is NOT bill clinton and she is NOT an honest person. She will do and say ANYTHING to be elected. I DON'T TRUST HER!!!

Sent by forchange | 9:36 PM | 12-10-2007

Maybe a Resident Clinton/V.P. Obama Presidential Team? Obama should not assume the helm just yet, waiting in the wings is not a bad place to be.

Sent by just-thinkin' | 2:30 PM | 12-11-2007

Had I not seen the video clip, I would not have believed that such comments could come from one of the leading icons of the civil rights movement. As some have suggested, I guess time has passed ole Andy by. I'm not surprised that there are some who feel that Hillary has a better shot at winning the white house, but when you examine the facts closely you can easily see that Obama is different. The fact that he has broad appeal across racial lines (ala oprah, tiger woods)tells me this guy can go all the way. So, it boils down to: do you want politics as usual or do you want change? I happen to believe that Obama would be the better agent for change in this country...the kind of change that would benefit working americans. Hillary on the other hand is just too beholden to the big money guys.

Sent by sid daniels | 8:53 PM | 12-11-2007

How old was Young when he was marching with King to change the country? And since when did forming a Soul Train line certify Blackness? I expect better from Mr. Young. I'm extremely disappointed a the set up of Civil Rights Generation vs all those who come behind them. Aren't they supposed to enjoy watching us ride the roads they paved instead of being constantly critical???

Sent by C. Anderson | 11:34 AM | 12-12-2007

I think this is a good indication of the kinds of so-called new stories that will be swirling around a President Hillary. We need a break for the Bushes and the Clintons... Twenty years is enough!

Sent by newmetro | 9:45 AM | 12-13-2007

It seems to me that Mr. Young is a Clinton supporter. He's trying to justify why he supports the Clinton(s) over Obama without saying it directly. Most of his points don't make sense. I recognize "bull" when I hear it.

Sent by realguy2000 | 7:00 PM | 12-14-2007

President Barack Obama! Yes, now is the time.

It's time for Hillary to stay in the senate.

It's time for Andrew Young to keep his negative comments to himself - no one wants to hear it!

GO OBAMA!

dls

Sent by DL | 11:25 AM | 12-20-2007

Andrew Young's comments are absolutely amazing and don't even merit a response. I will say that as an African-American, I am SO tired of people telling us what we CANT do. All of this talk about Barack not being "experienced" enough is nonsense. If that was really the case,the people in Washington--with all of their years of EXPERIENCE should really be getting things done right now. NOT! And please people--stop with the "Barack would make a good VP" comments. Honestly I would be highly disappointed if Barack settled for anything less than President. It would be a slap in the face to all African-Americans and would send the message that maybe we should just take the back seat and settle for less. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!

Sent by obaman08 | 12:48 AM | 1-15-2008

Andrew Young is absolutely off his rocker. To even think that Bill and Hillary's "shuckin' and Jivin'" is what proves their "blackness" is noteworthy of how Andrew's mind really works. The last few days have been devestating in pulling the covers off some classic "uncle toms". Robert Johnson, Charles Rangel, Whoopi Goldberg, Maya Angelou, now Andrew Young. These negros are really afraid that this country just might elect a black man as president.

Sent by Richard | 12:30 PM | 1-17-2008

I can't believe this igmorant NEGRO said what he said. To grow up around Black people makes you black and understanding of black issues. Bill Clinton the first Black president. What did he do to be considered Black! Please! Will these lame, so-called leaders stop making these ignorant statements. What experience does Hillary have at running a country. All these tire irrelevant civil rights leaders keep talking Bill! Bill!Why didn't Bill nominate an African American for the Supreme Court when he could have? What Black issues has he and Hillary addressed? This guy sounded so stupid it was almost unbearable. Will all you "Toms" please keep your mouths shut!!! I am truely hurt and upset with Rangel though, I really like him! He's a smooth Brother!

Sent by Demetrius | 12:43 AM | 1-22-2008

I can't believe these two stupid men, Andrew Young and Bob Johnson, made such statements. This is a prime example why Black Folks don't have anything today - house ni**ers keeping the masters house in order.
And right before the South Carolina vote. How much did the Clintons pay the Young Boy for that!

Sent by ED | 6:07 PM | 1-22-2008

When I hear a man like Andrew Young say that "Bill Clinton is every bit as black as Barack Obama," I feel as though I've been cut to my soul. How in the name of Heaven...? Strike that. How in Hell could a Black man, living in America, believe that a White man would know what it's like to be Black? The world is upside down and I'm just about to lose my grip on reality.

You mean to tell me, Mr. Young, that Barack doesn't know he's Black? What America do you live in, Mr. Young? Must be the one from the Twilight Zone about the parallel universe? And, on your side, it's all good. Because, the America you live in, Mr. Young, has never made you feel Black or, as though you were less than a man.

Well, in the words of your dear friend Bill Clinton, "Give me a break!"

Even Oprah and Tiger Woods has come up against their share of prejudice in America.

I've never seen you shuckin' and jivin', Mr. Young. And, yet your statement implies that just because Obama is intelligent, he's not Black enough! Or, as you also stated, Barack isn't Black enough because "Bill Clinton has probably gone out with more Black women than Barack?" Or, could Bill Clinton be more Black than Barack because he wanted to dance like Black people? It wasn't the Soul Train line Bill Clinton told you to get in, Mr. Young. It was the line for the kool-aid.

Think about this, Mr. Young. As the great Chris Rock said once upon a time, there isn???t a white man in the world who would trade places with him even with all his money. That includes Bill Clinton. Oh, but I forgot. Bill is already Black according to you.

Sent by WAKE UP AMERICA!!! | 10:59 PM | 1-22-2008

I have been immensely disappointed with Mr. Young over the past 25 years, but this is too much. He has become an embarrassment to Black America.

Sent by Gary T | 5:12 PM | 1-23-2008

LET'S MAKE A SLAVE

Let us make a slave. What do they need? (First of all they need us to turn against each other, Andy you and Bobby demonstrated that). How do you march with Dr. King for a change then and sellout NOW
Second, if you spell now backwards it spells WON and that's what Andy and Bobby thinks they won They have no more fight in him.

They are using the same basic principle on us they use in breaking a horse, combined with some more supporting factors. What they do with horses is break them from one form of life to another, ( have you forgot were we came from all the butt whippings that was given from the marches during the movement.) They want to reduce us from our natural state in nature, sticking together as a tribe ( to get you to say just what you said) Whereas nature provides them with the natural capacity to take care of their offspring,( we are the offsprings of Dr. King and people like you and Bob Johnson are sellouts and there is a whole lot more like you standing in that line) If they break that natural string of independence we have work for it thereby create a dependency status that we may be able to get from them useful production for our own business or for themselves ( I'm sure your pockets are being lined or have been lined in the past) and pleasure.(you got a laugh, you and Bobby Johnson and you both did just what they wanted division in our race, Thank You Andy and Bobby!!!!!! At lease there was shame in their game they had on Hoods

Andy you should me ashamed of yourself, oh yea Andy and Bobby is what they call you when you're in the good ole boys club not the boyz club you sellouts.

One Black Mans opinion.

Sent by A.Green | 4:39 PM | 1-24-2008

To hear Mr. Young speak of a young African-American's vision for change in such a negative manner is very indicative of the fact he missed the message his mentor, Dr. King represented and gave his life for. Dr. King was 34 years old when he said to thousands "I have a dream". Does his death for that dream mean he was not ready, that he was to young? Mr. Young you were there, were you to young, or did your passion and your dream become a catalyst for the change this country still resist and has often been forced to implement?

Sent by Jacquelyn | 7:45 PM | 1-24-2008

What an Idiot. This man is an embarrassment to all black men. I see the playa hata coming out.

Sent by Shawn | 12:56 AM | 1-29-2008

Jesus was only 33 years old and he changed the world. What a bunch of crock from this old fart, with all due respect. Ewww! That's why we as a people are still in the same hole we were in back then because of mentalities like that. All the more reason to vote for change. Idiot!

Sent by How Disgusting of Andrew Young! | 1:38 PM | 3-4-2008

Andrew Young this is Quentin Reynolds here to inform you that you have some nerve to make a ridicoulous statement qouting that Obama isnt ready for presidency. If all black people were like you in this confrontatiolnal country we would all be re-enslaved.Are you not the president of an blood diamond company in africa. YOU MIGHT AS WELL PUT ON THE KKK SUIT YOURSELF AND GO BURN A CROSS LIKE YOUR PEOPLE. The reason why Martin Luther King was killed was because you and your entourage set him up to be killed with your jealousy. You are an UNCLE TOM SLAVE MASTER GOOD WRITTENS KKK. Thank God for Obama !!!!!!

Sent by Quentin Reynolds | 11:09 AM | 3-15-2008

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