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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Maya Angelou: Clinton’s “My Girl”

posted by on December 11 at 11:35 AM

In South Carolina, the Clinton campaign has launched a radio ad that seems a direct response to Obama’s appearance on Sunday with Oprah Winfrey—before nearly 30,000 people, many of them black—at a South Carolina football stadium.

The transcript, via Ben Smith:

Maya Angelou:

Hello South Carolina, this is Maya Angelou. Let me tell you about my girl… Hillary Clinton. As a child, Hillary Clinton was taught that all God’s children are equal, so as a mother she understood that her child wasn’t safe unless all children were safe.

I know what kind of president Hillary Clinton will be because I know who she is. Hillary Clinton has always been a strong woman and a passionate protector of families. For 35 years, that’s exactly what she has been doing.

Each generation of African Americans stands on the shoulders of those who came before. Today, the challenges facing us threaten the dreams we have had for our children. We need a president with the experience and strength to meet those challenges. I am inspired by Hillary Clinton’s commitment and courage … a daughter, a wife, a mother… my girl.

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To which South Carolina says: "Who's Maya Angelou?"

Posted by DOUG. | December 11, 2007 11:55 AM

I thought Oprah and Maya were BFF or something. Wonder if that is awkward at all...

Posted by Julie | December 11, 2007 11:56 AM

her qualifications for the presidency are being a daughter, wife, and mother? my girl? my GIRL?!

if someone said these same things about a guy [with appropriately gendered nouns, of course] they would be laughed off the stage.

Posted by brandon | December 11, 2007 12:01 PM

I used to sleep for five years with a branch librarian, who eventually ran her own branch.

As a result, I am now qualified and experienced as a librarian.

What? You question my credentials in librarian skills?


See, I can read My Pet Goat the right way up!

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 11, 2007 12:11 PM

This was written by one of America's greatest writers?

Posted by PJ | December 11, 2007 12:26 PM

i like the lady but she was a retainer of the old regime. i want to get away from this dynasticism....le roi et mort

Posted by Jiberish | December 11, 2007 12:37 PM

Sorry but Oprah has her beat hands down. And @1: funny!!! Said as a native South Carolinian.....

Posted by M | December 11, 2007 1:28 PM

Maya Angelou is as close to royalty this country is likely ever to get, and if she announces "Hillary's my girl" then the king is not dead. It's clear she's not skipping down the wind-free path. And if George H. W. Bush didn't say "Dan Quayle's my boy" - his intent was clear. What should Maya have said, Brandon: "Hill, you is my woman" ???????

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | December 11, 2007 2:23 PM

47% of SC Democratic primary voters are black ( But don't let a few facts get in the way of the HRC bashing.

Posted by Big Sven | December 11, 2007 3:20 PM

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