Black Leaders Not Warming Up to Obama


ObamaThe American media is enthralled with Obama, treating him like a movie star and recording his every move with fascination and adoration. But for the long term “black leaders” that have made careers out of negotiating the “black position” with the Democratic Party, Obama is not someone they want in the Oval Office. Who will listen to Jesse or Al or even Calypso Louie if there is an articulate Democratic black man in the White House, not to even bring up Condi.

So look forward to the knives to be sharpened as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the rest of the usual suspects start to carve up Obama’s reputation to protect their gravy train. Plus, think of all the concessions from Hillary et al. they can get if they bring down her biggest competitor.

Yet Obama’s charm and eloquence have not wooed the old guard.
“They are basically jealous,” said a Democratic strategist who has not yet decided which candidate he intends to support. “They’ve been toiling in the trenches for decades, and along comes this son of a Kenyan farmer and suddenly he’s measuring the drapes in the Oval Office.”

Sharpton, 52, is widely considered to have no better chance of winning the Democratic nomination than in 2004, when he never amassed more than a few percentage points in the polls but still made a national impact with his barnstorming performances in the televised primary debates.
When asked about Obama’s likely candidacy, the preacher, renowned for outrageous self-publicising antics, shrugged: “Right now we’re hearing a lot of media razzle-dazzle. I’m not hearing a lot of meat, or a lot of content. I think when the meat hits the fire, we’ll find out if it’s just fat, or if there’s some real meat there.”
Belafonte, who returns to British cinema screens shortly with a small role in Bobby, the new Emilio Estevez film about the assassination of Robert F Kennedy, also cast doubt on Obama’s credentials as a legitimate candidate.
“He’s a young man in many ways to be admired,” Belafonte said. “Obviously very bright, speaks very well, cuts a handsome figure. But all of that is just the king’s clothes. Who’s the king?” There were contrasting views on the likely impact on Obama’s campaign of black competition or criticism. One analyst argued that a Sharpton candidacy would “put Obama on the spot” by forcing him to address awkward civil rights issues such as police brutality and racial profiling that he tends to steer clear of. One Democratic blogger argued that Sharpton was “just what the doctor ordered to keep Obama on the straight and narrow”.  via  Times Online.

Posted January 14, 2007 by
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    9 Responses to “Black Leaders Not Warming Up to Obama”

    1. Big Lou on January 14th, 2007 1:09 pm

      I’d rather have Obama than Hillary.

    2. Betty on January 14th, 2007 3:37 pm

      #1 I agree. I think he would make a great president!

    3. Scrapiron on January 14th, 2007 6:49 pm

      The only difference in Obama and $harpton and Je$$ie is Obama is a better con man and has already been involved with more criminals. He as qualified for president as any wino sleeping on a street corner. It’s really funny watching the educated elite, product of the liberal colleges, get brainwashed again by the media.

    4. Mortella on January 14th, 2007 11:11 pm

      Yes, it is but what exactly is it that Obama has ever done? I don’t think he has one bill with his name on it and has been a senator for two years.

      Being better than Hillary is not much to recommend a person but as far as I can see, that’s all he really has going for him. And many of the blacks except for those remaining in the Louis Farrakhan camp are Christian and are not exactly thrilled with the prospects of our first Muslim president in light of the Global Jihad we are currently facing.

      Oh, well, they have really important things on their mind over there on the left like that bogus first 100 hours. Oh, wait, after the football games. And passing legislation to insure tax funding for stem cell research. If it’s such a good investment, I would think all major drug companies would be chomping at the bit to get on board that. Fact is, they know it is junk science and going no where.

      So far, we are being offered the Socialist and the Muslim. What’s wrong with this picture?

    5. Scared Monkeys on January 14th, 2007 11:34 pm

      It’s funny how now after all this time they have found that embryonic fluid has all the stem cells that can be used to research.

      Also notice – with the last election, we have had the first attack on an US Embassy since 9/11.

    6. Mortella on January 14th, 2007 11:51 pm

      The Forum Seems to be down. Anyone else try to get in and can’t?


      SM:   Forum is down right now, Tom is working on it and hopefully it will be back up soon ;)   (klaasend)

    7. micah on January 15th, 2007 1:35 pm

      How ironic… It’s “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” and Obama wants to announce his run for the presidency, but the Black Leaders won’t rally their support for him!

      Would the Black Leaders rather have a white woman for President? Because that’s what they’re gonna get – if they don’t take a stand!

    8. Ben on January 15th, 2007 3:22 pm

      Micha, not sure if I agree with you on that front. Once again, the dems are going to be shooting themselves in the foot. Obama will get not help from Sharpton’s, just as Hillary will get no help from Pelosi’s.

    9. Greg Smallwood on January 17th, 2007 1:51 am

      Watch the “articulate black man” stuff. I’m sure you would fit in with Sally and Johnny at

      I’m not slamming, I might have once thought it was a compliment but why is remarkable for a black man to be articulate?

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