NEW YORK - Former president Bill Clinton says his comment about Barack Obama telling a fairy tale about opposing the war in Iraq has been misconstrued as a criticism of the senator's run for the Democratic nomination.
"There's nothing fairy tale about his campaign. It's real, it's strong, and he might win," Clinton said in a phone interview yesterday for the Rev. Al Sharpton's Radio One network talk show.
Clinton said his fairy tale remark on the eve of the New Hampshire primary - won by his wife, Hillary - was only intended to describe Obama's claim to have exercised better judgment about the war, not as a sign of "personal disrespect."
The remark had been criticized by some prominent black politicians, including Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina.