The Man Leading A Movement

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
I spoke with Senator Barack Obama last night after his victory in the Mississippi Primary. It has taken him exactly a week to make up for the dramatic losses in Ohio and Texas. His lead in delegates is about the same now as what it was before those losses.

We didn't make much news in our chat...Senator Obama still loathes to get down in the muck.

I asked him about the Geraldine Ferraro's comment...the one where she said the only reason he's where he is because he's black.

Barack wouldn't bite.

He praised her as a trail blazer and said she merely represented the politics of the past. I might have pointed out to Mrs. Ferraro that while she was an afterthought, Mr. Obama is a forethought. He's leading a movement...she was an add on to a campaign that never had a chance.

When asked if it was time for Hillary Clinton to get out of the race he said that was her decision.

And when I asked how that whole dream ticket thing that going...he laughed.
By Harry Smith
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