Obama steps up to the plate, calls for Imus to be fired
April 11, 2007- In an interview with ABC News Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., called for talk radio host Don Imus to be fired, and said he would never again appear on his show, which is broadcast on CBS Radio and MSNBC television.Obama answered the call, when will Dodd and Lieberman and the head of the state's NAACP do the same.
"I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus," Obama told ABC News, "but I would also say that there's nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude."
Obama said he appeared once on Imus's show two years ago, and "I have no intention of returning."...
"He didn't just cross the line," Obama said, "he fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America. The notions that as young African American women - who I hope will be athletes - that that somehow makes them makes them less beautiful or less important, it was a degrading comment, it's one that I'm not interested in supporting."