This one will leave you silent. More on the Clinton/Obama South Dakota Connection
Check out this ABC news report as to the real reason why David Geffen switched over to Barack Obama from being a Hillary Clinton supporter - it's all about Leonard Peltier, who many years ago in South Dakota murdered two FBI agents in cold blood:It came up at dinner tonight with one person noting that they also knew of the story. And when I got home, I had another reader who pointed me to a retelling of the tale. But it wasn't just a re-telling of the tale by a bystander.The sharpest political snipes among the Democratic 2008 presidential hopefuls can be traced beyond media mogul David Geffen to a jailed man named Leonard Peltier.Actually, it's also my understanding that former Governor Bill Janklow deserves significant credit at keeping this cop killer in jail. The story goes that Bill Clinton was going to do it until Janklow personally spent some time with him, showing him the file of how Peltier gunned down these agents, leaving widows and fatherless children in his wake.
Peltier, convicted of murder in 1977 for allegedly gunning down a pair of FBI agents in a shootout at South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, was one of the primary reasons cited by media mogul David Geffen for jumping ship from New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign in favor of fellow Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.Read it all here.
Yes, it's the tale of Bill Clinton's not pardoning Leonard Peltier after being convinced by Governor Janklow. But it's more than that. It's the tale in the former Governor's own words. In his own voice.
I didn't know this existed out there on the internet available to hear. But it is. Public Television had this archived at http://lightning.state.sd.us:8080/ramgen/2.1legislature/press/gov2201.rm. (And through the magic of software, I converted the Real Media file and clipped it down).
As you'll hear, at the February 1, 2001 press conference, there were people there aside from the normal media. Governor Janklow asked who the students were in attendance, and they were journalism students from SF Washington. He invited their questions, and the first question was essentially whether Janklow would support a reconsideration of Clinton's denial of clemency should the newly elected Bush review the case.
No one had ever asked the Governor about Clinton's last minute denial in the final hours of his administration. And you might hear that he hesitated for a moment. And then he told the story of his trip to DC to meet with Clinton, and why Leonard Peltier deserves every minute of his jail term.
It's supremely powerful stuff. If you want to hear 10 minutes from South Dakota history as it's being replayed today on the national scene in the new presidential contest, it's well worth your time.
Listen to Governor Janklow tell the tale why he talked President Clinton out of Pardoning Leonard Peltier.
Given all of this; if the tipping point for David Geffen's support on the Clinton's was the withdrawal of support for executive clemency for Leonard Peltier, it's legitimate to ask if a promise has been extracted from the Obama people that he will pardon Leonard Peltier in exchange for Geffen's support.
That's the question the media should be asking.