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Jan. 7, 2008
"I would point to the fact that that Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President 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."
Clinton, talking to Fox News during a running feud after Clinton suggested that Obama was raising "false hope" with his campaign rhetoric. Her remarks to Fox followed an Obama speech where he said JFK didn't decide going to the moon was "false hope" and MLK didn't see ending segregation as such. Clinton took heat from African American leaders for her comments suggesting that turning Dr. King's dreams into reality required a seasoned politician. She later accused the Obama camp of "deliberately distorting" her words.