An ‘en­tourage’

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Demo­crat Barack Obama said May 13 he was re­luc­tant to ask for Se­cret Ser­vice pro­tec­tion this early in the 2008 pres­i­den­tial race.

“I’m not an en­tourage guy. You know, up un­til re­cently, I was still tak­ing my wife Michelle’s gro­cery list and go­ing to the gro­cery store once in a while,” the Illi­nois sen­a­tor said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Mr. Obama ac­knowl­edged that some of the threats against him were racially mo­ti­vated.

“You know, I don’t spend a lot of time think­ing about it or con­sid­er­ing the de­tails of this, but just to broaden the is­sue, are there peo­ple who would be trou­bled with an African-Amer­i­can pres­i­dent? Yes,” he said. “Are there folks who might not vote for me be­cause I’m African-Amer­i­can? No doubt.”

But Mr. Obama said that if he doesn’t win, it will not be be­cause of the color of his skin, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

“It’s go­ing to be be­cause I didn’t project a vi­sion of lead­er­ship that gave peo­ple con­fi­dence. It’s go­ing to be be­cause of some­thing I didn’t do, as op­posed to be­cause I’m African-Amer­i­can,” he said.

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