Obama snubs Hillary at State of the Union address

Jan. 30, 2008

Maureen Dowd of the New York Times wrote about THE SNUB:  “It’s already famous as The Snub, the moment before the State of the Union when Obama turned away to talk to Claire McCaskill instead of trying to join Teddy Kennedy in shaking hands with Hillary. 

Nobody cared about W., whose presidency had crumpled into a belated concern about earmarks. 

The only union that fascinated was Obama and Hillary, once more creeping around each other. 

It would have been the natural thing for the Illinois senator, only hours after his emotional embrace by the Kennedys and an arena full of deliriously shrieking students, to follow the lead of Uncle Teddy and greet the rebuffed Hillary. 

She was impossible to miss in the sea of dark suits and Supreme Court dark robes. Like Scarlett O’Hara after a public humiliation, Hillary showed up at the gathering wearing a defiant shade of red. 

But the fact that he didn’t do so shows that Obama cannot hide how much the Clintons rattle him, and that he is still taking the race very personally.? … 

“Obama said he was “surprised? by reports of The Snub. 

“I was turning away because Claire asked me a question as Senator Kennedy was reaching forward,? he said. “Senator Clinton and I have had very cordial relations off the floor and on the floor. I waved at her as I was coming into the Senate chamber before we walked over last night. I think there is just a lot more tea leaf reading going on here than I think people are suggesting.? 

But that answer is disingenuous. Their relations have been frosty and fraught ever since the young Chicago prince challenged Queen Hillary’s royal proclamation that it was her turn to rule.? 

 

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