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Obama Uses Sharpton To Get Black Votes

From the Wall Street Journal:

Obama’s New Partner: Al Sharpton


MARCH 17, 2010

WASHINGTON—With his wavy bouffant and medallion necklaces, the Rev. Al Sharpton famously confronted government officials on behalf of black Americans. Now he has found a new role: telling black leaders to quiet their criticisms and give the government a chance.

President Barack Obama has turned to Mr. Sharpton in recent weeks to answer increasingly public criticism in the black community over his economic policy. Some black leaders are charging that the nation’s first African-American president has failed to help black communities hit hard by the downturn, leaving party strategists worried that black Democrats will become dispirited and skip November’s congressional elections.

Mr. Sharpton has emerged as an important part of the White House response. On his national radio program, he is directly rebutting the president’s critics, arguing that Mr. Obama is right to craft policies aimed at lifting all Americans rather than specifically targeting blacks. One recent on-air fight with Tavis Smiley, a prominent talk show host and Obama critic, grew so heated that it has created a small sensation among black leaders.

"The president does not need to get out there and do what we should be doing," Mr. Sharpton told Mr. Smiley during the testy exchange. He argued that expecting Mr. Obama to become a "black exponent of black views" was "just stupid," because it would create fodder for conservatives looking to defeat legislation that could ultimately help blacks.

In an interview, Mr. Sharpton added that it was a "double standard" for Mr. Smiley and other critics to expect more from a black president than they would demand of a white Democratic president.

Mr. Sharpton is an unlikely White House partner, given his racially polarizing history and efforts by Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign team to steer clear of the civil-rights leader.

But Mr. Sharpton could help ensure that blacks remain energized for November’s elections—an important task in a year that finds the Democratic base to be less enthusiastic about voting than are Republicans

Actually, Mr. Sharpton campaigned quite vigorously for Mr. Obama. Especially, in September, when he criss-crossed the south to rejuvenate the flagging support for Obama in the ‘black community.’

Which sounds exactly what he is supposed to be doing now.

Mr. Sharpton has been to the White House five times since Mr. Obama took office, most recently this month as part of a small group meeting with economics advisor Lawrence Summers. Mr. Sharpton’s radio program, which airs in 27 markets, has become a friendly platform for administration officials to address black listeners, allowing Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, for example, to take credit for a recent $1.25 billion settlement with black farmers who had sued the government for discrimination.

In case there was still any doubt as to what this wildly expanded and undeserved ‘settlement’ was all about.

Now there are signs that Mr. Sharpton will play a role in this fall’s midterm elections. Democratic National Committee Chairman Timothy Kaine conferred with Mr. Sharpton this month on sending him to black churches and neighborhoods in politically important states to register and mobilize black voters

Now, Mr. Sharpton’s visits to the White House are announced to the public. Last month, he addressed reporters in the White House driveway after an Oval Office meeting with other black leaders to press the president on jobs. At a White House Christmas party for liberal activists, Mr. Obama went out of his way in welcoming remarks to point out that "Reverend Al" was in attendance, say two participants

You see how we have gotten beyond race under Mr. Obama? Just like we have gotten beyond partisanship.

Oh, and never mind that Mr. Sharpton still has federal liens against him for back taxes and fines from his various Presidential campaigns and shakedown rackets.

That has nothing to do with his fervent support for Mr. Obama.

He is just doing the right thing.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama Uses Sharpton To Get Black Votes”

  1. GL0120 says:

    Birds of a feather.

  2. proreason says:

    Separated at birth.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    There is what politicians say to the public, and what they really mean. I am sure they send out memos to each other all the time:

    “I am going to complain about this and that, and make you look bad to gain support from a particular voting block, tell your people to take no heed or action against it, I don’t mean any of it.”

  4. joeblough says:

    Red Hussein plays the blacks like a fiddle.

    I’d feel some sympathy about it if I were not convinced that most American blacks are willingly self deluded on this subject.

    My pale faced, blue eyed skinny old self has infinitely more in common with the guys who grew up in Harlem back in my time than Red Hussein ever had or could have, and I think that deep in their guts they know it too.

    And here’s this arrogant bastard showing up with a fat old black hooker, and expecting the audience to be pleased. Insult? You damn betcha!

    And they eat it up.

    Go figure.

    If I were black I’d want his head on a pike.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      1) Jesse Jackson wanted to “cut his nuts off”
      2) One wonders if he “wanted to” use his “negro dialect” while talking to Mr Sharpton.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Houseboy now has a lap dog ……… “Gooooooooooood boy!!”

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