Wednesday's intriguing people
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says a license plate honoring Klansman Nathan Bedford Forrest won't actually pass.
February 16th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Haley Barbour

The Mississippi governor, who is reportedly considering a 2012 presidential bid, refused to denounce an effort to put a Confederate-era member of the Ku Klux Klan on state license plates, saying, "I don't go around denouncing people." Barbour also said of the ex-Klansman, "He's a historical figure."

Kiel Eigen

Five years ago, a spinal injury during his eighth-grade football game confined the boy to a wheelchair. On Tuesday night, before his hometown crowd at a high school basketball game, Eigen, now a young man, walked with the help of a metal walker, according to CNN affiliate WBRE in Pennsylvania.

Emanuel Cleaver

The Missouri congressman and Congressional Black Caucus chairman broke with President Obama on Tuesday, saying if the president were still a caucus member, he would oppose his own budget.  "We have an obligation ... to oppose things that we think will impact negatively our constituents," Cleaver said.

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  1. Jim Brieske

    To Governor Haley Barbour I say, don't run. You are unelectable and you will cause damage by harming the person who can win. He won't get the nomination to run against Obama. Furthermore I will be angry. Your state sits on the edge of disaster.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      Fatty will be Palin's VP candidate.

      February 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    Dumb hick

    February 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • wilcu

      That's an understatement.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark Couvillion

    The connection of Nathan Bedford Forest and the KKK is a product of the immigination of CNN and the rest of the MSM. The issue that they CHOOSE TO PROMOTE is nothing more than a part of a culture war in which persecution of any part of Southen heritage is deminished. This is bigitory in its purest form.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ Jones

      I guess the writers of Forrest Gump are part of your "main stream media" conspiracy.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      The KKK is not southern heritage, its southern travesty!

      February 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • klangster

      Nathan Bedford was a terrorist and a traitor. Osama Bin Laden and sadam Hussein are histrical figures but we do not honor them!

      February 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The connection between the KKK and Forest is historical fact. I suggest that you at least look at Wikepedia before you embarass yourself with mistatements.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • George W. Bush

      Man, are you ever stupid. Even I know Forrest started the KKK. He also invented that there Kentucky Fried Chicken and won the Sibyl War three times.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minnesota Steve

      I'm not sure this is a new claim, and whether or not it's true is irrelevant. The historical record does show that Forrest if he didn't found the KKK was one of it's earlier members and leaders. He was interviewed by papers, he testified before Congress.

      The question remains... why honor him?

      For his civil war battle strategy prowess? Perhaps. I'm sure they read about the battles at West Point.

      But why would a state? We all know why, you just don't seem to want to admit it.

      February 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. frontgate

    Not necessarily a dumb hick, but definitely a typical Southerner.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Your ingorance of the South and Southerners is as appalling as Couvillian's ignorance of Southern history.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      The South is full of educated people, but also still full of hicks and Glenn Beck-worshipers. But I've been up North and there were way more bigots and know-nothings there.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cog in the wheel

      🙂 Yes, there are lots of educated people living in Southern states, but a very high percentage earned that education somewhere else. They followed their employers to southern states offering property tax abatements and similar financial incentives.

      February 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. blake

    What's intriguing about this? Just a thinly veiled attempt by leftist CNN to discredit a conservative politican.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • klangster

      Barbour dose that fine by himself

      February 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      Yeah, how unfair of CNN to reveal actual facts available from Barbour's office and website.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. klangster

    KKK is a terrorist group any person who does not denounce them is a terrorist sympathizer and an unpatriotic coward

    February 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wilcu

    Where is General Sherman when you need him? He can start by burning Mississippi!!!

    February 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jaye

    haley barbour please run for president against OBAMA, we Democrats need you. Thanks from a former Mississipian.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama 2012

      And please, please, please pick Palin as your running mate.

      Thank you.

      February 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Johnathan

    "Your state sits on the edge of disaster." & "Dumb Hick" – REALLY?!

    I am a lifelong resident of the great state of Mississippi. I am not a supporter of Governor Barbour, but I find offense whenever you say that our state is on the edge of disaster. Our state is thriving right now. We have new industries coming into the state left & right. Our new Toyota plant is set to open this fall. I don't see anyone up north or in the "rust belt" talking about good jobs coming to their states. We recently had a plant from IL move to Mississippi because of the unions up north. See all of the jobs are moving to the south because we have no unions (they are ignorant to have) & we are very hard workers. We have a great state here in Mississippi. Yes, it may have been at the bottom of EVERY list that is put out in the yankee magazines, but we are changing that. "Dumb hick" – I maybe a hick or a redneck, but I am certainly not dumb. We have a great educational system now in place in Mississippi & whenever we get Gov. Barbour out & get a real Governor in will be even better. So I would appreciate that you not put down the good people of Mississippi for one idiot governor's mistake.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Great educational system reflected by your 55% graduation rate.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      If I pick up a bottle and it says POISON and has a picture of a skull on it, I assume it's poison. If I look at a state and it says MISS and has a picture of a fat white bigot, I also think poison. Change your label, if you can, and then complain.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Great educational system? You're dead last in education. Even Arkansas has passed you.

      February 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • AL

      The reason why nontechnical blue collar jobs are moving to your state is because they can pay your citizens less, not offer good benefits and you will accept a lower standard of working conditions.

      February 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gentle Giant

    Hum, well maybe they should consider Hitler. He was a historical figure also. Right?

    February 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Gentle Giant: You know this is Mississippi we're talking about, right? Don't think they wouldn't if they could.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Carol

    If Barbour's not willing to denounce a member of the KKK, to me that's the same as saying that you agree with the KKK.There are a lot of "historical figures" who should be denounced for their evil ways! Maybe Barbour is one of them.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      You're overlooking the obvious: Barbour knows exactly what he is doing, and while I have no doubt that the man is not a racist – that doesn't preclude him from being a narrow minded idiot.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cobra

    Bring back the KKK!!!!

    February 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberty

      How about this instead, all of the people who really are racists stand up for their beliefs and let everyone know how they feel. Instead of being a covert racist, come on out and take a stand for your beliefs in the open rather than hiding.

      February 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. huck finn

    All you Yankee's that are throwing out these disparging remarks about the South sure do like to retire from your union jobs and retire down South to our warmer climates and nice beaches.......sheeesh.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cog in the wheel

      The complaints are not about the weather or the beaches.

      February 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David

    Another racist s**t-kicker from the south who has no chance of winning...

    February 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LeeCMH

    I am sure Barbour would like to see the KKK revived. Over the past half century folks like him still exercise their hatred, but only in a coded fashion. Remember Trent Lott at Strom Thurman's birthday, "I want to say this about my state. When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years either." Oops, Trent didn't get away with that little bit of "code speech."

    February 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
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