By now we’ve all made up heard plenty about Obama’s snubbing of Hillary before Bush’s God-awful State of the Union address. But apparently, there was an Obama snub before the Obama snub we’ve all had so much fun discussing.
Obama staffers rejected proposal for their candidate to sit with Clinton at State of the Union.
Leading Democrats wanted rivals to sit together for the sake of party unity.
Clinton was willing, but Obama chose to sit with newly-minted supporter Ted Kennedy.
Axelrod says no such invitation came from the Clinton camp.
If this story is true, not only did Obama snub Hillary by turning away from her before the horrible speech, but his people snubbed her even before that. How tacky can you get? As the Boston Globe puts it:
It’s the one night in Washington when decorum truly reigns: The president delivers the State of the Union speech, and politicians of both parties put on their best behavior and come together to pay tribute to the living, breathing democracy that makes America what it is. Did Barack Obama honor the tradition?
Hillary Clinton did the classy thing. She walked right over to her friend and colleague Ted Kennedy and shook his hand. Despite the fact that he had just endorsed her rival in the nomination race. She wasn’t petty about it. She’s a grown up.