Former President Clinton struck a high tone with black parishioners Sunday, noting the historic nature of the Democratic presidential race in which his wife is a leading candidate and not once mentioning her rival by name. Why do candidates running for office always find their way to the black church? Do we have power that we don't recognize?
Clinton's back-to-back appearances at 4 black churches in the city's historically black heartland appeared intended to smooth over perceptions that he injected race into the campaign in the heated run-up to the Democratic primary in South Carolina.
Former President Clinton laughs with Pastor Noel Jones, left, and Ambassador Sidney Williams as he campaigns for his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., at the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008.
The former president never uttered Obama's name when he spoke for about 20 minutes at the City of Refuge church in Gardena, but struck a conciliatory tone in describing the Democratic contest as "an embarrassment of riches." What do you think should the pulpit be open to politician on Sunday morning when clearly that's not it purpose?