Jackson on Obama

Wow! I figure that anything that makes Jesse Jackson say something like that must be worth hearing!

So what did Obama do to make Jesse flip his lid? Well, can you believe he had the audacity to challenge fathers to get an education, strive for achievement, quit blaming others for their problems and to be a positive presence in the lives of their children? Scandalous!

Hear Obama’s comments for yourself.

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9 thoughts on “Jackson on Obama

  1. Jackson has been riding on the backs of minorities for years. If the groups he was trying to “help” actually started to truly improve and to gain ground of their own initiative, he’d be out of a job.
    that’s my limbaugh-esque thought of the day.
    but seriously, this is a perfect example.

  2. you know, i don’t wish for anyone to die, but you gotta wonder, how different would the world be if the person who shot martin luther king had been off by about a foot and hit jackson instead?!?!

    same thing with jfk. lbj was right there! oh well.

  3. @Jim E.: I hear you man, but it’s a fine line. The same could be said for cancer researchers, drug counselors, relief workers, etc., if you want to carry that train of thought out beyond Jesse Jackson.

    But I hear you.

    What’s interesting to me is that it shows a completely bipolar approach to this stuff within the African-American community itself. I mean, I’m not sure if you listened to Obama’s Father’s Day speech or not (the link above). But you’ve got a church full of folks serenading Obama’s message with “Mmmm-hmmmm’s” and “Amen’s” and even wild applause at times.

    Then at the other end of the spectrum you’ve got Jesse Jackson hearing that same message and thinking Obama’s “talking down to black folks” and it makes him want to “cut his nuts off.” I’ve heard a similar sentiment (although the minority opinion) from some African-American callers on Air America shows these past couple weeks as well.

    All I know is, you know it’s bad when both Al Sharpton and Jesse’s own son both spoke out strongly against what he said. 😆

  4. no no no, there is no fine line. that sounds like you’re defending him. many people do not want to solve the problems they’re working on, whether it be Jesse Jackson or anyone. my question is whether or not it’s intentional or subconscious decisions that lead to the exploitation or the ignorance.

  5. No, I get that. And I’m certainly not defending his remarks on Obama, or any of his past controversies (see also: “Hymietown” and Karin Stanford).

    But I’m not going to completely discount what success he has had a civil rights leader (both with MLK and to a lesser extent after). I mean, he once singlehandedly freed a hostage being held captive in Syria! 😆

    My only point was that really, I can’t know his heart. And alot of times there can be a very fine line between people/organizations who work to raise awareness, raise money for research, etc., and exploitation. It’s kind of like war profiteering. 😆

    But don’t misunderstand me. I agree with you on Jackson. (That’s why I said “I hear you.”) Somewhere along the way – in my estimation anyway – he wandered pretty far from the MLK mold. But I’m sure there are some folks out there who owe him a debt of gratitude as well.

  6. there’s the approach of the 60’s – early 70’s, of your pacifist types like mlk, which i am the most influenced by, but also the black panthers & malcolm x, even though they were “militant”, they were also saying “we have to fix this ourselves”. that is how every immigrant group that came from europe got by, be it the irish or italians or whomever. though, i realize that the impact of slavery doesn’t go away after a few generations, and that kind of thing is going to have a very lingering effect – even with a black dude as the democratic candidate for president. but, he’s also half-white, and it was his white mother who raised him. so, he is speaking from experience. it’s like with bill cosby getting heat for saying the same thing malcolm x & the panthers were saying – stop bitching and pick yourself up and help your community. the victim mentality doesn’t work…i know from experience. but, as far as the black community in america, i don’t know what it’s like to be black so i’m not going to pass any judgement. but i will say that i think the obama and cosby mindset is far better and will work, whereas jackson and sharpton aren’t improving anything with their POV’s.

  7. As much as LBJ grates on me, he did get the work done. Whereas Kennedy was putting stuff out there but unable to get Congress to follow through.

    People like to have things done their way. Jackson is the old guard now. I’m sure having Mr. (half-white) Obama going round making suggestions about personal responsibility when Jackson has spent a lifetime trying to push, shove, and cajole action out of American society has to be frustrating.

    Mr. Action Jackson is from a more traditionally democratic viewpoint and he has to worry that Obama will set his cause back 10-20 years by letting the community think they can rest on these issues because the individuals should or can take care of them.

    Hey, I vote personal responsibility too, but I can see why he’s ticked. He probably thinks Obama is going for the ‘get elected by any means necessary’ route.

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