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Monday, January 21, 2008

Clintion's Courting Black Folks?

January 21, 2008 N.Y. Poll: Hillary Clinton maintains her lead over Barack Obama, 48-23

Harlem, USA

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bout Our Daughters reader IMAN said... I just finished confronting Hillary outside of the church I go to in Harlem, where she went to get an endorsement from the Rev. She got her endorsement and was met outside by a crowd of chanting Obama supporters. It was so bad that her staff started holding up Hillary signs and passing them out to tourist to make it look like Harlem supported her, but it was clear where the people's hearts were and the press was aware of that as well. We need to break apart this myth that Harlem loves the Clinton's just because Bill has an office here. He came here because we are a symbol of black America and they're pretending to have support here to make it appear the black folks still "love the Clintons". I'm sure she wanted to get that message to South Carolina, but it did'nt work. She might have the Harlem leadership (who are also part of the CRIC), but she doesn't have the people.

Hillary Heckled in Harlem

by Fernando Suarez, CBS News

NEW YORK CITY -- After winning the Nevada caucuses and only a few hours of sleep at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., Hillary Clinton put on her Sunday best to worship at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Although Clinton recieved a nice welcome inside the church, the crowd awaiting outside was less than welcoming. Following the church service, Clinton emerged accompanied by Rev. Calvin Butts, who endorsed her. The press conference was interrupted by loud supporters of Barack Obama who chanted his name as Butts spoke. Soon after the press conference Clinton handed out coffee to those who braved the frigid temperatures, including handing some joe to Obama's crowd. Some yelled to Clinton to "stay out of Harlem" and told her not to "steal the black vote."
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Fresh from winning Nevada caucuses with the help of Latinos, Hillary Rodham Clinton Sunday resumed her courtship of African-Americans by attending a service honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., at a prominent Harlem church. But the boos that mingled with cheers during her uptown visit underscored the tough battle she faces in wresting black voters from rival Barack Obama.

"You've come to Harlem to steal the black vote!" a small but boisterous group of Obama protesters shouted as Clinton stood outside the Abyssinian Baptist Church to receive the endorsement of its influential pastor, the Rev. Calvin O. Butts.

"Harlem for Obama!" the protesters repeated so loudly that at some points they drowned out Butts' endorsement. When Clinton passed cups of steaming coffee to the crowd on the bitterly cold day, one man shouted, "I don't want your coffee!"

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Atlanta mayor takes political shot at Bill Clinton
During the MLK service, Franklin addresses Clinton's reference to Barack Obama's rise as a 'fairy tale'

With former President Bill Clinton standing not 20 feet in front of her, Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin took what appeared to be a political shot at the former president's comments about Barack Obama's candidacy.

Speaking at the 40th annual MLK commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Franklin said the country is on the "cusp of turning the impossible into reality. Yes this is reality, not fantasy or fairy tales."

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Bill Has A "Dream"
Post Staff Report Courting

January 21, 2008 -- Bill Clinton showed yesterday why he made it into the book "The Art of Napping." During an appearance at the Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem, the former president was caught nodding off. Hillary Clinton was there during a service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while his wife was nearby at Abyssinian Baptist Church, where she was endorsed by its minister, Rev. Calvin Butts.

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