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Big Story echo of Senator Obama's youthful indescretions

Reported by Chrish - January 4, 2007 -

John Gibson's Big Story today 1/3/07 gave obligatory coverage of the eleven-year-old news that Senator Barack Obama admitted experimenting with drugs when he was a teenager. Gibson's angle was to ask his guests, AB Stoddard of The Hill and Rick Klein of The Boston Globe, if "Obama's coke confession" mattered today. With video.

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For the most part the two agreed that it will not matter, should Obama decide to run for president in 2008. Stoddard contends that if it was a Republican primary it would probably be a big problem, but Democrats are more liberal so it will probably not be an issue. She also asserts that we're going to see a lot of firsts in this contest - "it could be a first woman; it could be a first black man, it could be a first cocaine user, it could be a first-time Senator winning the presidency." Stoddard is apparently in denial that Bush's "youthful indiscretions" included cocaine use, even though he pointedly does not deny it.

Even though the revelation was made public eleven years ago when the autobiography was first published, the folks at FOX have just gotten wind of it. I guess they figure if they throw a little mud around and pretend it's fresh, maybe some will stick.