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Sometimes, friends are a politician’s worst enemy

March 19, 2008

By Andrea Billups
The Washington Times
March 19, 2008

In the wake of the Teapot Dome scandal of the 1920s, President Harding remarked: “I have no trouble with my enemies … [it’s] my … friends … that keep me walking the floors at night.”

Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding, President of the United States 1921-1923.
Today’s presidential candidates likely feel the same way at times, facing a certain guilt by association, as their personal connections dovetail with their political ambitions. The media are watching — beware your past.
Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois faced down his own relationship with his controversial Chicago pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., in a speech yesterday that sought to distance himself from Mr. Wright’s anti-American and seemingly anti-white teachings and to bridge a gap on racial understanding, particularly his own views.
Although Mr. Obama’s speech generated much attention….

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