As the nation eagerly anticipates the announcement of Barack Obama’s running mate, Blindie has compiled a list of people who definitely won’t be making the cut as the nation’s potential next Vice-President:

1. Rev. Jesse Jackson, who says he had the burning desire to cut Obama’s “nuts off.”

2. John Edwards, who is busy with a cancer-stricken wife, a mistress, a baby he denies fathering, and dodging the National Enquire.

3. Country singer Toby Keith, who thinks Obama “don’t talk, act, or carry himself as a black person.”

4. Rev. Jeremiah Wright whose fiery sermon is a pesky reminder of America’s shameful history.

5. Ex-Senator Larry Craig whose “inappropriate” behavior in a Minneapolis airport bathroom prompted his resignation. He insisted, “I am not gay and never have been.”

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Bill Clinton tried to dispel any bad blood between him and presidential hopeful Barack Obama in an ABC interview Monday.

“I never was mad at Senator Obama — I think everybody’s got a right to run for president who qualifies under the constitution,” the former President said.

Clinton’s ‘off-the-cuff’ comments in January, in which he seemingly dismissed Obama as the “black candidate” by comparing his presidential campaign to that of Jesse Jackson’s historical campaigns back in 1984 and 1988, upset Obama supporters. In light of Jesse Jackson’s recent off-the-cuff remarks about Obama, Clinton insists, “I am not a racist. I never made a racist comment and I did not attack him personally.”

“You can argue that nobody is ready to be president,” Clinton explained. “I certainly learned a lot about the job in the first year. He [Obama] clearly can inspire and motivate people and energize them which is a very important part of being president.”

And with a hint of condescension, Clinton lays to rest any doubts voters may have had about Obama’s competency with the remark, “He’s smart as a whip so there’s nothing he can’t learn.”

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In an editorial for Tampa Bay’s newspapers, Tuesdays With Morrie author Mitch Albom ponders what could have angered Rev. Jesse Jackson so much as to threaten to cut Barack Obama’s “nuts off” on national TV.

After discovering that Obama did not “insult Jackson’s mother” or “rip Jackson’s manhood,” Albom writes:

“I must confess, I have long wondered what Jesse Jackson stands for besides Jesse Jackson. We in the media have been far too lazy in sticking a microphone in front of Jackson any time we think there is a ‘black’ issue that needs commenting, as if he were somehow voted in by the black population as its official spokesman.”

Touché, Mr. Albom.

On that note: Please check out Blindie’s “Al Sharpton Says” series.

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We must be very clear that Senator Obama, in my judgment, is running for president for all Americans, not just African Americans.

–Sharpton on his wishes that Jesse Jackson’s ‘crude’ comments about Barack Obama “had not gone public.” But since they have gone public, he’s “happy” that Jackson has apologized and is hoping “people will remember the great work he’s done in this country.”

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Footage revealing that Jesse Jackson used the N-word (in addition to saying he wanted to cut Barack Obama’s “nuts off”) sparked a heated discussion between The View’s Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck, a staunch Republican, held back tears as she grappled with the double standard that black people are using the N-word, while she’s trying to teach her children otherwise. The mother of two explains, “When we live in a world where pop culture then uses that term and we’re trying to get to a place where we feel like we’re in the same place and we feel like we’re in the same world how are we supposed to then move forward if we keep using terms that bring back that pain?”

Goldberg quickly cuts Hasselbeck off and clears up the misconception that we are all “living in the same world,” arguing that her own mother’s lack of voting rights in America is evidence of the different worlds. “You must acknowledge the understanding of what it [the N-Word] is and why it is, in order to go [forward],” Goldberg insists.

All double standards are hard to understand, and it is practically impossible to selectively delegate which racial groups are empowered to use the word and in what context (ie: Are bi-racial people, who appear to be white, allowed to use the word?).

But Goldberg just might have good cause to defend the usage of the word and stress the understanding of the hows and whys before extracting it completely. It wasn’t too long ago that blacks had to accept the double standard that was segregation and slavery under the Constitution, so it shouldn’t be too hard for Hasselbeck to understand the double standard of one ridiculous little word.

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To paraphrase Rodney King: Can’t we all just get along?

After Rev. Jesse Jackson claimed that Barack Obama seems to be “talking down to black people” when addressing black churches and pledging to cut Obama’s “nuts off,” the civil rights leader apologized for his comments, according to CNN.

Calling the remarks he made on Fox News “crude and hurtful,” Jackson explains, “I was in a conversation with a fellow guest at Fox on Sunday. He asked about Barack’s speeches lately at the black churches. I said it can come off as speaking down to black people.”

Is Jackson specifically referencing Obama’s Father’s Day speech at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side, where the presidential hopeful urged black fathers to be more engaged in their children’s lives?

Clarifying his comments in a written statement, Jackson, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, said:

“My appeal was for the moral content of his message to not only deal with the personal and moral responsibility of black males, but to deal with the collective moral responsibility of government and the public policy which would be a corrective action for the lack of good choices that often led to their irresponsibility.”

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