The more times I read the speech, the more I agree with Kevin. For example, Obama says:
We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race card
Obama means, of course, “we did pounce.” Here’s his campaign manager, David Axlerod, on Ferraro:
David Axelrod called on Hillary Clinton’s campaign to firmly rebuke Geraldine Ferraro for saying in a recent interview that: “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position.”
“They should be denounced, and she should be censured by the campaign for them,” Axelrod said of Ferraro’s remarks.
If Clinton’s campaign does nothing, Axelrod said during a call with reporters, they are reinforcing a politics-as-usual approach.
“They ought to set a tone and do what we’ve done when people have said things not in keeping with what is the spirit of our campaign,” he said, adding, “the bottom line is this when you wink and nod at offensive statemens you really send a signal to your supporters that anything goes.”
Meanwhile, Axelrod suggested that the episode reinforces opinions of Clinton as a “divisive and polarizing force.”
“She represents a continuation of a politics that’s become all too familiar in Washington,” he said.