Obama, Clinton Cross Paths in Selma
Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton sent to Selma, Ala., on Sunday to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the historic march there. With news outlets buzzing over their “intense rivalry,” they managed to applaud one another and honor a momentous struggle above and beyond their own campaigns.
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Clinton and Obama both appeared outside Brown Chapel for a pre-march rally, but came from opposite sides of the podium and did not interact. Despite the intense rivalry between their campaigns, the two praised each other.
“It’s excellent that we have a candidate like Barack Obama who embodies what all of you fought for here 42 years ago,” Clinton said. Obama said Clinton is “doing an excellent job for this country and we’re going to be marching arm-in-arm.”
But they did not join arms when the commemorative march attended by thousands got under way. Instead, Clinton held hands with her husband and Obama was several people down the line. Obama, who shed his coat and tie for the march, approached Hillary Clinton at one point and the two chatted for a few seconds before moving back to opposite sides of the street.
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