Bill Clinton made racist remarks about Obama in 2008: report

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Former US President Bill Clinton had taken a racial jibe at Barack Obama in 2008, saying "this guy would have been carrying our bags", a report claimed today.

Clinton allegedly made the racially insensitive remark to Senator Ted Kennedy as he tried to convince the liberal to endorse his wife, Hillary, Obama's rival for the Democratic nomination, according to The New Yorker.

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Only days before he will nominate President Obama for re-election in the November 6 presidential polls, the report claimed that in 2008, the former President said of him: "A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags."

The reported comment was similar to the one attributed to Clinton in a 2010 book.

"A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee," Clinton was quoted as saying in "Game Change," by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.

Clinton's speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, isn't until Wednesday night, but the former president is getting attention for remarks he has already made, the New York Post reported.

Clinton has, for example, on earlier occasions called Obama "incompetent" and "an amateur" who has no clue about how the world operates, according to an article in Sunday's Post by Edward Klein, author of "The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House."

"Obama doesn't know how to be president," Clinton told friends and political advisers last year, the article added.

"He doesn't know how the world works," Clinton had said.

Klein said Clinton had convened a meeting at his Chappaqua, Westchester, home to urge his wife to challenge Obama for the 2012 nomination.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama's secretary of state, rejected the advice, Klein said.

Bill Clinton has not commented on the issue.

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