In a release that just hit the wires, Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television and prominent supporter of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, apologized to Barack Obama for recently implying that while the Clintons were fighting for civil rights, Obama was taking drugs.
With Hillary looking on at an event in Columbia, South Carolina, on Jan. 13, Johnson said:
"I am frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues since Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood – and I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in the book – when they have been involved.”
Obama admitted experimenting with marijuana and cocaine in his book "Dreams from my Father." Johnson's comments caused quite a stir. He initially defended them, saying he was referring only to Obama's time as a community organizer - an explanation that neither Obama's campaign nor many hosts of many black talk radio shows accepted. At the same event, Johnson compared Obama to Sidney Portier in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." At Tuesday's debate here in Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton first defended Johnson's explanation but also said his remarks were out of bounds.
Today Johnson released the following statement:
"I am writing to apologize to you and your family personally for the uncalled for comments I made at a recent Clinton event. In my zeal to support Senator Clinton I made some very inappropriate remarks for which I am truly sorry. I hope that you will accept this apology. Good luck on the campaign trail."
Mike Emanuel currently serves as chief congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined FNC in 1997 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.