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2.27.2008

senator inouye apologizes for obama comment

Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye has apologized for suggesting that Barack Obama's private high school in Hawaii elitist: Senator apologizes for Obama comment. Inouye said before his state's Democratic caucuses last week that voters know Obama was born in Hawaii and graduated from one of its high schools, "but he went to Punahou, and that was not a school for the impoverished." Never mind the fact that Obama went to the school on a scholarship. (Inouye is backing Hillary Clinton for President.)

Punahou, located in Honolulu, is one of the island's most prestigious private schools. I'm sure Senator Inouye's comments had Punahou's community—graduates, students and faculty—in a bit of an uproar, which prompted the apology. Don't mess with the Punahou, I guess.