I stumbled on this photograph–it kinda made me laugh–it took me way back–back down memory lane

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Picture it.  America.  The year was 2008 and then Senator Barack Obama had emerged as a candidate for president.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters had just announced her support for then Sen. Hillary Clinton for President:

I have been through a lot in my political career, and I’m looking for concrete proposals … and people who are credible in being able to implement them. I think that, for me, Hillary is a policy wonk. And I am focused on public policy. And I’m thinking about action, and thinking about what people say, how they present themselves, and whether or not they sound really credible on hardcore, concrete ideas and proposals. And she just emerges as that one for me.” (Hear Rep. Waters on NPR’s News and Notes)

But she wasn’t alone, on January 31, 2008, the list of Congressional Black Caucus members supporting Clinton over Obama looked like this:

Hillary Clinton Supporters:

Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX)

Stephanie Tubbs Jones (OH)

Kendrick Meek (FL)

Corrine Brown (FL)

Alcee Hastings (FL)

Yvette Clarke (NY)

Charles Rangel (NY)

Gregory Meeks (NY)

Edolphus Towns (NY)

Emanuel Cleaver (MO)

Dianne Watson (CA)

Laura Richardson (CA)

Maxine Waters (CA)

David Scott (GA)

John Lewis (GA)

Donald Payne (NJ)

Donna Christian-Christensen (VI)

Barack Obama Supporters:

Bobby Scott (VA)

Danny Davis (IL)

Bobby Rush (IL)

Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL)

Barbara Lee (CA)

Artur Davis (AL)

Gwen Moore (WI)

William Lacy Clay (MO)

Elijah Cummings (MD)

Sanford Bishop (GA)

Hank Johnson (GA)

John Conyers (MI)

Keith Ellison (MN)

Bennie Thompson (MS)

Chaka Fattah (PA)

Al Green (TX)

Al Wynn (MD)

Not Committed:

Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI – CBC Chairwoman)

Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)

Jim Clyburn (SC)

William Jefferson (LA)

That was then and this is now and I’m just wondering how everyone is feeling today.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • Wonderlove

    Good point….

    Thumbs up for the Minnie Riperton reference….

  • Chitown Kev

    Interesting list.

    And I’m willing to bet that one or both of the campaigns to Carolyn Cheek Kilpatrick (mother of Kwame) to stay the hell away.