Obama attends Chicago endorsement event

March 12, 2008 3:31:55 PM PDT
Following a victory in the Mississippi primary, U.S. Senator Barack Obama returns back home for an endorsement from a group of military leaders. The group endorsed Obama's ability to handle a crisis. Ten former generals and admirals said Wednesday that Obama has the judgment, temperament and right answer to the 3 a.m. phone call, a direct reference to a recent ad by U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton that helped her win the Texas and Ohio primaries.

"I have no doubt in my mind that Senator Obama will do what he has to be done at the time that it most be done," said Maj. Gen. Hugh Robinson (ret.), Obama supporter.

"Senator Obama said he wasn't against war. He's just against dumb war," said Gen. Tony McPeak (ret.), Obama supporter. "No shock Barack kind of a guy. No drama Obama."

"After years of being told the Democrats have to talk, act and vote like John McCain to pass some Commander in Chief test, how many times do we have to learn that tough talk is not a substitute for sound judgment?" said Sen. Barack Obama

Following the endorsement, Obama answered questions about his victory in Mississippi no Tuesday. He received 90-percent of the black vote, which has raised questions about the role of race in the campaign. The issue was already out there following the comments of Clinton supporter and committee member Geraldine Ferraro, who said that if Obama was white, he wouldn't be where he was.

"I think her comments were ridiculous," said Obama.

Ferraro saying on Good Morning America that she's talking about racial pride- not racism. "The spin on the words has been that somehow I was addressing his qualifications. I was not. I was celebrating the fact that the black community in this country has come out with pride and has shown itself at the polls," said said Geraldine Ferraro, (D) 1984 vice presidential nominee.

Ferraro said Obama should be thanking her for acknowledging the racial pride that has given him such success this year. But, by Wednesday afternoon, Ferraro resigned as a member of Clinton's finance committee.