03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Hillary Campaign Manager: Obama "Kindergarten" Reference Was A Joke

Now this is interesting. Yesterday the Hillary Clinton campaign was pilloried in the press after it issued a press release that attacked Barack Obama for claiming he wasn't running for President in order to fulfill a life-long ambition. In a widely mocked move, the Hillary camp cited the fact that he had written that he wanted to run for President way back in kindergarten and in the third grade.

This morning, Hillary adviser Mark Penn went on MSNBC's Morning Joe to explain that the release was all just a big joke. "Oh, that is so silly," Penn said, claiming to be amazed that anyone actually took it seriously as a real attack:

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