Was Hillary Dismissing MLK?

On Fox News Channel this evening, our friend Major Garrett snagged an interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., which prompted a curious response.

"I want to read to you something Senator Obama said today about your contention that he offers false hopes," Garrett said.

Garrett then read from Obama's remarks earlier today, which were, per ABC News' Sunlen Miller, "How have we made progress in this country? Look, did John F. Kennedy look at the moon and say ‘Ahhhh, it’s too far. We can’t do that. We need a reality check.' Dr. King standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. ‘You know, this Dream thing,it’s a false hope. We can’t expect equality. False hopes.'

"Let me tell you something about hope," Obama continued. "I do talk about hope quite a bit. Out of necessity. There is no odds maker who would have said that I would be standing here when I was born in 1961. My parents come from different corners of the planet. They separated when I was two, My father left my mother. Single mom raised me with my grandparents. Could only offer me love and education and hope."

After reading to her the part of that quote that dealt with MLK, Garrett asked Clinton, "Do you have a reaction to that?"

Said Clinton, "Dr King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when he was able to get through Congress something that President Kennedy was hopeful to do, the president before had not even tried, but it took a president to get it done."

She continued; "That dream became a reality, the power of that dream became real in people’s lives, because we had a president who said ‘we’re going to do it,’ and actually got it done."

So...Obama is MLK, a good talker who never accomplished anything, and thank heaven for Clinton-slash-LBJ?

Am I reading that right?

And is this really a smart message to make just a few days before the South Carolina primary?

- jpt

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