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Sharpton Is Obama’s Link To The Streets

From an approving Associated Press:

Rev. Al Sharpton introduces Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, at the National Action Network Convention, Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in New York.

Ex-mentor: Sharpton is Obama’s link to the streets

By Verena Dobnik, Associated Press Writer Sun Apr 18

NEW YORK – The Rev. Al Sharpton is a "lightning rod" for President Barack Obama on inner city streets, Obama’s former Harvard mentor and friend said Saturday at a forum in Harlem.

But Sharpton, who led the event, told The Associated Press that America’s first black president "has to work both for us and for others," and that if Obama were to push a race-based agenda, "that would only organize the right against him."

How could a man who believes that “white man’s greed runs a world in need” have a race-based agenda?

Sharpton spoke on the last day of an annual conference organized by his National Action Network. Speakers included three members of Obama’s Cabinet and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, as well as Charles Ogletree, the president’s Harvard Law School professor, now a friend.

Never mind that Mr. Sharpton’s National Action Network is nothing but a shakedown racket. That doesn’t bother to pay its taxes.

"Al Sharpton has become the lightning rod in moving Obama’s agenda forward," Ogletree told the AP, describing Sharpton as a conduit between the disadvantaged and powerful leaders. "And he has access to both the streets and the suites, to make sure that the people who are voiceless, faceless and powerless finally have some say."

That the race-baiting thug Sharpton is so honored by Mr. Obama tells us all we need to know about race relations and the rule of law in general.

By the way, when did Charles Ogletree become an ex-mentor of Barack Obama? Mr. Ogletree’s name does not appear once in either of Mr. Obama’s two autobiographies.

Maybe the AP is confusing Mr. Ogletree with Frank Marshall Davis. We suppose it’s a natural enough mistake.

Standing at the back of a balcony overlooking Harlem’s ornate First Corinthian Baptist Church, the 57-year-old lawyer said that some black Americans may be disappointed the president they helped elect isn’t doing more for them.

"And President Obama expected to do a lot more," said Ogletree, referring to the challenges Obama faces in two wars and the struggling economy. Still, he predicted, the new health care law would affect uninsured black Americans more than any other segment of the population.

Of course. ‘Healthcare reform’ was always really just income redistribution by another name. But weren’t we told Mr. Obama’s didn’t have a race-based agenda?

Sharpton clearly was at the center of this forum. Saturday, the front page of The Washington Post featured a photo of him with a headline that read: "Activist Al Sharpton takes on new role as administration ally." …

Sharpton told the AP that he is working to expand his Harlem-based organization to 100 cities from the current 42, with about 200,000 members, "and to really deliver against unemployment that is disproportionate in the black community, and for health care and education reform."

The four-day conference, focusing on a 12-month plan of action for black leadership, brought together prominent figures from dozens of fields, tackling topics as diverse as finding jobs for men leaving prison and federal subsidies for black farmers

Again, no race-based agenda at work here.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 18th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Sharpton Is Obama’s Link To The Streets”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    I thought the President worked for “ALL” the people.
    My bad……..
    America’s first black President, “has to work both for us and others.”
    Well I’ll be damned!
    I have yet to see him work for us but I have seen him jockey for the others.
    Using the word “work” is an oxymoron when used in the same sentence with dingleBarry doing anything.

    Yet, Bro Al being a lightning rod has its’ comforts to some.

  2. U NO HOO says:

    Note to media:

    When Sharpton shows up on your network I switch the channel.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      UNH, thanks to the powers that be for inventing the TV remote, eh? I cannot count how grateful I am for being able to silence things that would otherwise invade my airspace in my own home. It is truly liberating.

  3. proreason says:

    “Sharpton is Obama’s link to the streets”

    Who doubted it?

    Frankly, Rev Al is one of the saner members of Obamy’s Clown Possie.

    And it’s also good to know that when the Revrnnd says the Moron is a socialist, it’s coming from one of Obamy’s closest confidantes.

  4. oldswimcoach says:

    Just some interesting links on Rev. Al.



    This one is my favorite becaue it chronicles several of his more “Christian” activities.


    Apparently he really is a pastor, actually an assistant pastor, at a Baptist church in Harlem.

  5. GetBackJack says:


    Now … for something completely different … a black Harlem preacher (actual preacher, not a faux ‘reverund’) and HIS views on Big Zero.

    Oh yeah … that’s entertainment.

  6. canary says:

    dumb Ogletree may be next on Obama’s rap mentor Jay Z friend & supporter. Jay-Z, who along with Lil-Wayne wrote obscene things about Al Sharpton & Rev Jesse Jackson, that they aren’t the real “n” thing, and aren’t from the hood, like Obama. Obama wasn’t from the hood, he was just hanger out wither wanna be thug and hooder. To think those rappers call Al Sharpton Casper the ghost.

  7. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    “Sharpton told the AP that he is working to expand his Harlem-based organization to 100 cities from the current 42, with about 200,000 members”

    Gee, I wonder how many Federal taxpayer dollars in grant money that’s going to take.

  8. MinnesotaRush says:

    Maybe the whole batch of ’em could go swimming with ol’ “Lightning Rod, Al”.

    Just sayin’.

  9. Mithrandir says:

    A link to the sewer is usually a toilet…..

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