Contrary to his claims, Barack Obama did indeed snub his presidential rival Monday, writes the New York Times' Maureen Dowd—who’s not surprised, given the long, untold tale of Clinton coldness to the Illinois senator. It began when friendly Obama, fresh from revealing he might run, was “brushed off” by Hillary; she’s been “icing” him ever since, and he seems finally fed up.
Obama has always respected Clinton's work, but a dam recently broke in his tolerance for her harsh attacks. He is “the more emotionally delicate candidate,” Dowd writes, and was never expecting the Clinton negative treatment. It’s good he’s not taking the vindictiveness lying down but should remember not to stand up for himself too much: “A little chivalry goes a long way.”