Jesse Jackson agrees with Obama's grandmother

Barack Obama's hypocrisy knows no limits.

As you may remember, Obama yesterday chastised his own grandmother for being afraid of blacks:


I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother - a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.

Guess what. The Daily Howler has unearthed a 1993 article in the New York Times quoting Jesse Jackson expressing comments identical to those of Obama's grandmother. Jackson, ladies and gentlemen, was afraid of blacks and relieved when a white person walked by:

Bob Herbert, 12-12-1993:


Jesse Jackson is traveling the country with a tough anti-crime message that he is delivering to inner-city youngsters. In Chicago he said, "There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery -- then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.

Yet Obama chose to blame his own defenseless grandmother rather than taking the bold step of taking Jackson to task, even though the latter is an influential figure in the nation, unlike Barry's granny.

Barack Obama's hypocrisy has been on display for a while now.

This is just one more example.
Will he condemn Jackson?

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UPDATED w/ video: Kendrick Meek contradicts media on Bill Clinton's Jackson comment.

I got an unpleasant surprise over at dKos today when I posted this as a "developing story." They basically called both me and Kendrick Meek a liar.  According to Tove in the comments here, Kendrick Meek was on MSNBC today and said there was another part to the question asking Bill to talk about historical black candidates.  I called Meek's FL office once and his DC office twice and got a confirmation that he was with Bill in SC, and that he did hear something extra that the staffer could not personally confirm, and that he was on with Chris Jansing on MSNBC at 2pm eastern.  I have not yet found footage of that.  I was hoping that maybe someone else might have seen it and tivoed it for some reason.  One commenter in my dKos diary did confirm that Meek said what I had heard, then proceeded to dump all over Meek's credibility.

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Obama's whining strategy

There is an article out in the New York Times today with Jesse Jackson's reaction to Bill Clinton's quote from Saturday comparing him with Obama.

To his credit, he downplayed it:

"I don't read anything negative into Clinton's observation," Mr. Jackson said in a phone conversation late Sunday night from India, where he is taking part in a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

But, Mr. Jackson said, "Bill has done so much for race relations and inclusion, I would tend not to read a negative scenario into his comments." He said his chief concern was that Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton not "bloody themselves" so much that they can't unite against the Republicans in November.

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You got answers?

So many questions this morning. I feel as if I am in a Shakespeare play and  much is 'afoot' that I don't quite get.

. What was so aweful about Bill Clinton's comments about Jesse Jackson?  Why was he crucified over them? What is racist about his comment? I just don't get it at all. Even if he was trying to diminish Obama's win in South CArolina, what is so aweful about that? That's his job.

. Why is Ted Kennedy going all out for Obama? Does this aging lion want to wrest control of the party from the more moderate Clinton faction. I think control of the Democratic Party going forward is partly what this is about. And maybe in his dotage Kennedy does think Obama is the second coming. Poor judgement like this is why he supported John Kerry. And this sort of judgement is how we lose the general election.

. Why is Caroline comparing Obama to her father? She is another Kennedy who couldn't get elected in her own right!!I mean let's get real. JFK was 50 years ago. He was a womanizer who would be so steeped in scandal today he could not hope to get elected. He was also pushed into more liberal stands with regard to the racist south by his brother Bobby. And Bobby's son has endorsed Clinton.

. How much will Kennedy campaigning for Obama out west influence the hispanic vote? Again we hark back to the  Kennedy-Cesar Chavez connection, but Delores Huerta the only surviving member of the Chavez-Huerta duo has endorsed Clinton. And she has endorsed her bigtime. Huerta played a strong  role with the workers in the Culinary Workers Union.

. Why does Kennedy think it is his job to tell Clinton to lay off Obama? Is Kennedy afraid of alienating the black support for the Democrartic Party? Who is the head of the Democratic Party today? Clinton or Kennedy?

. I think class is beginning to rear its head in this intra-party dispute. We have some wealthy liberals siding with Obama hoping to pull in more of them, and the more working class elements of the party siding with the Clintons.

. How does Clinton fight this?

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Breaking: Clinton's comment about Jackson manufactured by media?

I ran across this in comments over at TPM:

I am outraged by this story. I saw the ORGINAL clip of the reporters question. He FIRST asked Bill whether Obama could win as a black candidate...then added the second part of the question. The media CUT the first part, then accused Bill of injecting `race' (with Jesse Jackson) into this response. These tactics are increasingly alarming to me and show that the media is not only deliberately trying to "spin" again Bill Clinton, they are stealing the election from the American people. People need to stand up to this -- it is WRONG!

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