Friday, July 18, 2008

Fisher: Obama's past drug use should disqualify him

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Dr. Ada Fisher, a Republican who perennially runs for the U.S. House District 12 seat (and perennially loses) wasn't speaking so highly of Sen. Barack Obama at the same NAACP meeting where Sen. John McCain took pains to compliment his opponent.

In an interview with WMNF radio, Fisher said Obama's admitted drug use decades ago should disqualify him being elected president. Here's a partial transcript WMNF provided to Wonkette.

AF: “…Obama in his book about his father talked about his use of drugs. And I think it’s disingenuous of people to vote for somebody for President when you won’t allow a drug user in any secure or nuclear facility. Yet we as a nation, are willing to consider making somebody President of the United States I think that speaks very poorly…Bill Clinton said he smoked but he didn’t inhale…But he didn’t come out and flagrantly say he used drugs…and if that’s going to be our standard God helps us in nuclear facilities and secure facilities who have this kind of history..and this nation must be very careful when it lowers the bar on who and what it will accept.

Apparently, it's the admission, not necessarily the drug use itself, that's most damning ...

MP: Well Dr. Fisher, let me pick up on that…you mention Bill Clinton did not deny inhaling…or I guess he did deny inhaling, but that did come up in his campaign.

George Bush there were many rumors about cocaine that he never really dismissed, so isn’t that unfair to criticize Senator Obama for being forthright and honest about this, uh admitting in his youth?….

AF: See, if you admit it, it should disqualify you. Otherwise, we’ll have to let all those people who …applied for jobs in these facilities…There is a reason that those rules are there. I was a detox director for 16 counties in North Carolina , so I have a great understanding about what drugs and what they do to people. And I know that in moments of weakness, people tend to revert those things that they’ve used in the past. I don’t think it’s disingenuous, I don’t think its fair. If I ran for President of the U.S. and I had that history, I would expect people to look at that very carefully. We cannot have a nation high on drugs and have the President… as an example. I’m sorry I disagree with that.

Fisher is is the North Carolina National Committee woman-elect for the Republican Party. She's also black, and McCain was at the NAACP convention to reach out to African-American voters. (The NAACP appearance may actually do more to help a white candidate's standing among moderate whites, as this USA Today article illustrates.)

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