Jesse and Obama: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

by MullOverThis

Democratic intra-party sparring continues as Jesse Jackson painstakingly made a co-guest commentator aware of his disgust for what he perceived as Obama “talking down to Black people”.  Jackson specifically referenced one of the Bush administration’s babies, the faith-based initiatives, betwixt and between the initial whispered tirade and denoted that he wanted to  “cut his [Obama’s]  balls off”. 

Here’s my take on Obama and faith based initiatives as posted on another blog:      “Obama’s decision to support faith-based initiatives is more so a strategic move to garner more of the conservative Christian support, and to fortify allegiances from African American clergy,  than it is to continue the programs and policies.   Obama is working to narrow the existent gaps  between himself, staunch conservative Christians and lingering African American Hilary loyalists.  Jesse Jackson’s commentary, albeit tasteless and possibly divisive, is reflective of how many African Americans feel about Obama but just are not willing to pronounce because after all, Obama just may be the first African American President of the United States.  Jesse and our local grass roots civil rights activists don’t need to look for another day job because their agenda is pretty much mutually exclusive to that of Obama.”   Expanding Bush’s faith-based initiatives as part of Obama’s hopeful Presidential administration would be part of the bi-partisan change that makes Obama the deal breaker for those who are disgusted with traditional political party lines.

As for Jackson’s insipid comments, I don’t think anyone would query with the fact that they were terribly unseemly in timing and substantive content.  That was bar room, sports locker, street level, gangsta-style hood talk.  We weren’t ready for that raw lingo on CNN or Fox News from a reverend.  Jackson simply “played” himself.  He failed to camouflauge his newsroom ready decorum until the cameras were completely turned off.  He might have even made the co-guest commentator uncomfortable having to sift through such refuse between takes. 

Jesse apparently has issues with how Obama addresses Black people and whatever his gripe is with Obama, I don’t think it should be taken as a general dislike for, or disapproval of, Barack Obama for President.  No politician, especially one of Jesse’s caliber and historical presence as a Civil Rights leader, is going to see eye to eye with everything Obama says, particularly when it boils down to the African American community.  Jackson and Obama are two different Black men who have incredibly different paths in life, political careers and national agendas.  Many civil rights leaders fare with Jesse in Obama’s approach to dealing with issues that affect our community.  Hence we can now appreciate the last minute trump  into Obama’s bandwagon and failure to endorse him as their candidate of choice–but support the campaign– until Hilary bowed out of the race. 

So, this Jesse Jackson faux pas was just that: a faux pas or boo boo.  This is not an egregious breach between two Black men.  Obama is going to have to work with the good old boys, blue bloods and old school civil rights activists to make it to the White House.   The race card sword is double-edged and since Obama’s campaign uses it, it just may swipe a good cut against themselves.  Obama can’t berate fathers in the black community on Father’s Day and not expect distance and an aftermath from leaders who have worked to publicly advance the imagery of African American men.  Clearly, Obama and his nifty advisors would not find it fitting to go to a mother’s day event and talk about individual responsibility and the social ills of manipulating women who cause men to walk away from full responsibility as fathers rather than endure eternal fighting. Nor would he focus on the increasing number of absentee and deadbeat moms.  There is a time and a place for everything, and with such a strong absence of vigorous speeches bolstering the African American community, Obama needs to lighten up on the rare insular communique he makes when addressing any African American demographic. 

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/11/politics/washingtonpost/main4250508.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_4250508

http://youtube.com/watch?v=TQl_6buUggM

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