The Washington Times - February 25, 2008, 07:56PM
OhioSen. Barack Obama SEE RELATED:


Sen. Hillary ClintonThis one
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton further upped her criticism of Sen. Barack Obama’s soaring rhetoric by accusing him yesterday of posing as a secular messiah who will bring about paradise on Earth.\ \ \ The rhetoric got more biting from the other side too, with the Illinois senator accusing the former first lady of presenting herself as if she were “co-president” from 1993 to 2001 while being disingenuous about taking credit for only some of the Clinton administration’s achievements.\ \ \ At an arena rally at the Rhode Island College Recreation Center, Mrs. Clinton drew big laughs and thunderous applause with an impassioned criticism of Mr. Obama’s “misleading” campaign mailings, and she borrowed heavily from religious imagery and language.\ \ \ “Now I could stand up here and say: Let’s get everybody together. Let’s get unified. The skies will open. The lights will come down. And you know the celestial choirs will be singing. And everyone we know will do the right thing. And the world will be perfect,” Mrs. Clinton said.\ \ \ “Maybe I’ve just lived a little too long,” she said, adding that those years of experience have left her with “no illusions” about how difficult the next president’s job will be. “We are not going to wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear.”\ \ \ Mr. Obama pushed back, agreeing during a rally in Toledo, Ohio, that a president cannot wish away special interest power, but he said “it doesn’t help” if you are taking millions of dollars from lobbyists as Mrs. Clinton has.\ \ \ “They definitely won’t go away then,” he said.
hereChristina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times