Al Sharpton: Obama’s asked black leaders not to push the idea that his opponents are racist

posted at 2:41 pm on January 21, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via NRO, I’m late to this but wanted to flag it as a postscript to O’s comments on race affecting his job approval. Is Sharpton on the level here or just spinning for him? Before you answer, here’s a bit from the sequel to “Game Change” last year:

“Obama had little patience for the ‘professional left,’ and vanishingly close to zero for what one of his senior African American aides, Michael Strautmanis, referred to as ‘professional blacks’ (as opposed to black professionals),” authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann wrote on page 39 of the book. “Apart from Georgia congressman John Lewis and Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, Obama had nearly as much contempt for the CBC as he did for the Tea Party Caucus.”

“New York’s Charlie Rangel he derided as a hack; Jesse Jackson Sr. was effectively banned from the White House,” according to the authors. “Obama remembered all too well a conversation with [Cornel] West in 2009, in which the professor used the precious time to complain about his seating at the inauguration.”…

Obama, according to the authors, has struggled with the left and the black community. “One day in the spring of 2011, as he sat with some staffers preparing for a speech to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Obama rattled off a list of his policies,” the authors note in the same passage. “Cracking down on predatory lending. Education reform. Student loan reform. Most important, health care reform. All with an outsize impact on African Americans. All achieved at a time when half of the GOP believed he’d been born in Kenya . Obama threw up his hands. ‘After all that,’ he said, ‘am I still not black enough?’”

Obama’s always preferred to let surrogates handle race cards on his behalf, notwithstanding the occasional “police acted stupidly” or “if I had a son he would have looked like Trayvon” comment when he’s cornered on some bit of hot-button racial politics and has to speak up. The problem with surrogates, though, is that they bring their own baggage to the debate; in Sharpton’s case, that baggage could fill a few dozen shipping containers. Go figure that O doesn’t want this cretin, with the Tawana Brawley hoax and Crown Heights riot on his CV, appointing himself some sort of unofficial White House mouthpiece in attacking critics of White House policies as racist. That’s a headache for O under any circumstances but it would have been especially poisonous pre-reelection, when Democrats were desperate to keep disaffected white voters who helped elect him in 2008 in the fold. If you’re Obama, and you know you’ll have 95+ percent of the black vote on election day anyway, how does it benefit you to have Al Sharpton running around trying to “help”? Of course he told the guy to shut up.

My guess is, if he thought he could get away with it, he wouldn’t meet with “professional blacks” like Sharpton at all. He went more than two years without holding a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, until enough complaints trickled into the media that he felt he had no choice. Even his overrated speech on race during the 2008 campaign, which sent thrills up the legs of media liberals everywhere, was something he delivered only after the Jeremiah Wright story had blown up on him and he needed to do damage control. (Speaking of which, when was the last time he saw Wright? Six, maybe seven years ago?) Lord knows he’s not above letting leftists play defense for him by lobbing racial grenades at the right (unless, like Sharpton, they’re so compromised politically that he could be hurt by it), but I think he came to the conclusion — and not recently either — that talking about this subject himself will almost always do more harm than good. It won’t win him any more black votes and it might cost him votes among other groups, whether because they think it’s unpresidential and divisive to play racial politics or because they perceive that O’s “siding” with blacks in discussing racial matters. Look no further than what he told the New Yorker about his race making him less popular with some people and more popular with others, a truism that somehow became major news yesterday because it was O himself who said it. When it comes to self-serving accusations of racism, he’s better off not bothering. He’s got Chris Matthews for that.


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Well Thank Yhwh Obama discouraged it, just imagine what the last 5 years would have been like if he HAD “encouraged” it….

JFKY on January 21, 2014 at 2:46 PM

This is only news to some.

verbaluce on January 21, 2014 at 2:48 PM

It will never end.

celtic warrior on January 21, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Obama:

“Don’t push the idea that my opponents are racist…”

“Wink”

VastRightWingConspirator on January 21, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Al Sharpton: Obama’s asked black leaders not to push the idea that his opponents are racist

Well, of course!! If everyone else does it, then no one will listen when Obama does it!

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Al looked better fat.

celtic warrior on January 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

This is only news to some.

verbaluce on January 21, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Are you sure you’re authorized to speak for the president on this subject?

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2014 at 2:52 PM

But I bet Obama did push Sharpton to come out with this story…..

tommyboy on January 21, 2014 at 2:53 PM

vanishingly close to zero for what one of his senior African American aides, Michael Strautmanis, referred to as ‘professional blacks’

Time to play the “what if Rick Santorum had used the term Professional Blacks” game. You already saw what the media did to him when he stumbled over a sentence and they thought he said “black people’s lives”

This is just one more piece of evidence that the things conservatives have been saying about these matters has been correct all along.

The Schaef on January 21, 2014 at 2:55 PM

So, basically, this article is saying the President is racist, right?

Snitchmo on January 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I want to know why so many people only discovered Obama was black after two elections and five years.

Seriously, he makes the claim on the MLK weekend no less, that his poll numbers are low because the color of his skin. It shows you just how petty the man has become. A real man and real human being would at least acknowledge that all the scandals and Obamacare have made people upset. Instead he makes himself the victim of a hate crime. Simply disgusting.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM

This is only news to some.

verbaluce on January 21, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Is that a reference on how few people watch MSNBC?

NotCoach on January 21, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Who really benefits from continuing this ‘discussion’ on race?

The same one’s who talk non-stop about race – the progressives…and the phoney meme that opposition to Obama is entirely based on the racism of the right….when the real racism remains where it has always been…in the progressive left.

You’ve got race-baiter and serial liar, Al Sharpton going on about it…and you’ve got Obama BFF, Rev. Jeremiah Wright spending MLK Day playing the race card and accusing …

“…with one branch of the tea party being nothing but a 2.0 upgrade of the lynch mobs … with some folks doing everything they can to get that black man out of their White House.”

Athos on January 21, 2014 at 3:01 PM

So, basically, this article is saying the President is racist, right?

Snitchmo on January 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

No, but in this case the words speak volumes about Obama’s views on race. He’s the first mixed race President (openly mixed race anyway) and yet when his poll numbers tank what does he do about it? Does he defend Obamacare, his actions in the wake of Benghazi, or reform of the IRS turned into a partisan cudgel? NO! He blames his failure on racial bias.

Sadly I’d expect nothing more from an affirmative action winner with no discernible character, intelligence, integrity, or ability.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Blacks don’t need to be told by Obama, Rev Al or anybody that the tea party hates them. They see it everyday on Fox News and every far right conservative blog.

It doesn’t take much for them the draw this conclusions when the tea party is constantly calling them welfare queens, takers, lazy etc.

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Also of note, Obama’s accusation was revealed on the 1st day of the 6th year of his presidency.

Going downhill some more this year.

22044 on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Zeke! You’re still an idiot!

22044 on January 21, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Well, they can’t play the race card, but they always have the stupid card to play…

right2bright on January 21, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Al Sharpton: Obama’s asked black leaders not to push the idea that his opponents are racist

Correction:

Al Sharpton: Obama has asked me to tell you he has asked black leaders not to push the idea that his opponents are racists.

petefrt on January 21, 2014 at 3:04 PM

If you like my lies, you can swallow my lies…

profitsbeard on January 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM

It doesn’t take much for them the draw this conclusions when the tea party is constantly calling them welfare queens, takers, lazy etc.

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Yeah, the the Tea Party hates seniors, wants all kids to drop out of school, loves a dirty environment…

You see, the Tea Party doesn’t live in this country really, and they are all white, lily white, not even a freckle, every one of them…oh, yeah, that’s what they are…rogue albinos.

Aliens posing as American’s, and imagine, calling someone with a live long ambition of living on welfare, a welfare queen…and of course we all know the code words.

Keep posting you are F’in brilliant…

right2bright on January 21, 2014 at 3:08 PM

that the dictator continues to hold hands with the race hustler dullton says more about the messiah of no hope then it says about the blatant racist dullton.

Dullton seems to be welcomed no where except functions at the white house and his paying gig at bsdnc, where he joins fellow haters of the right, chrissy leg chills and mr madcow

tuttle from tacoma on January 21, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Blacks don’t need to be told by Obama, Rev Al or anybody that the tea party hates them. They see it everyday on Fox News and every far right conservative blog.

It doesn’t take much for them the draw this conclusions when the tea party is constantly calling them welfare queens, takers, lazy etc.

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I don’t know what color you are, but you certainly do have the laziest intellect I’ve ever seen around here.

NotCoach on January 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Failure is color blind.

albill on January 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Does Sharpton have AIDS?

Lanceman on January 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

It doesn’t take much for them the draw this conclusions when the tea party is constantly calling them welfare queens, takers, lazy etc.

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Yeah, I remember that one time I walked up to my professionally-employed black friend, and told him that he was a “welfare queen”.

Never mind that neither “welfare” nor “queen” would apply here, he was black, so I just started calling him that instead of his real name.

CONSERVATIVE BOGEYMEN!

The Schaef on January 21, 2014 at 3:16 PM

So, y’all ready for Black History Month ?

burrata on January 21, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Oh, and don’t forget that evil, racist “black cloud of debt”, right?

The Schaef on January 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Last sentence…. spot on Allah

cmsinaz on January 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM

What the hell is happening to fat Al? He looks like he is disappearing.

Viator on January 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Sorry, I am a bit confused.

Am I suppose to believe the words Mr. Obama stated himself or the mumblings of a discredited minion?

It wasn’t but a few short days ago the President implied the majority opposition against him was due to racial animus. You know, that same racial animus that got him elected twice.

Marcus Traianus on January 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Blacks don’t need to be told by Obama, Rev Al or anybody that the tea party hates them. They see it everyday on Fox News and every far right conservative blog.

It doesn’t take much for them the draw this conclusions when the tea party is constantly calling them welfare queens, takers, lazy etc.

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

So that is why blacks love the party of KKK ?
I did not know that ;-)

burrata on January 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Blacks don’t need to be told by Obama, Rev Al or anybody that the tea party hates them. They see it everyday on Fox News and every far right conservative blog.

It doesn’t take much for them the draw this conclusions when the tea party is constantly calling them welfare queens, takers, lazy etc.

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

You left out Baby Butchers, Dope smoking Dimwits, Pole sm*kers,
and Dumber than Sh*t Jackazzes….

ToddPA on January 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Will it turn out that calling people racist time after time after time is like crying wolf?

Viator on January 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

They detract from him saying it. That is all.

JAGonzo on January 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

You sound like a regular at LGF.

scalleywag on January 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

So, y’all ready for Black History Month ?

burrata on January 21, 2014 at 3:16 PM

The theme for Black History Month in 2014 is “Civil Rights in America” chronicling the important milestones by African-Americans and others in the battle for civil rights and equal treatment under the law.

Ironic considering the fact that Obama has set civil rights back by decades.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM

All achieved at a time when half of the GOP believed he’d been born in Kenya.

Gee, I wonder if that belief could have had anything to do with the fact that Obama himself had perpetrated the lie that he’d been born in Kenya for a couple of decades?

Does Sharpton have AIDS?

Lanceman on January 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

He reportedly had gastric bypass surgery a few years ago. (Remember that he used to be quite fat). That surgery often causes other health complications, especially in males.

AZCoyote on January 21, 2014 at 3:34 PM

What is Sharpton’s bodycount?

Murphy9 on January 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

He reportedly had gastric bypass surgery a few years ago. (Remember that he used to be quite fat). That surgery often causes other health complications, especially in males.

AZCoyote on January 21, 2014 at 3:34 PM

The new gold digger he hangs out with might have something to do with his new look :O

burrata on January 21, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Well that all makes sense… of course there is no evidence he ever said anything of that sort to his white cheerleaders… (Matthews, et al)

dpduq on January 21, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Blacks don’t need to be told by Obama, Rev Al or anybody that the tea party hates them. They see it everyday on Fox News and every far right conservative blog.

It doesn’t take much for them the draw this conclusions when the tea party is constantly calling them welfare queens, takers, lazy etc.

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Convicting the Tea Party for what they … umm .. aren’t actually saying.

Brilliant!

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM

I get the impression Obama does not like middle class whites. But I am only a typical white person.

birdwatcher on January 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM

The theme for Black History Month in 2014 is “Civil Rights in America” chronicling the important milestones by African-Americans and others in the battle for civil rights and equal treatment under the law.

Ironic considering the fact that Obama has set civil rights back by decades.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Knockout game and fraudulant multiple votings are the new civil rights ,
and Hussein can totally take credit for that .

burrata on January 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Go practice falling down in traffic reprobate.

Murphy9 on January 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

It doesn’t take much for them the draw this conclusions when the tea party is constantly calling them welfare queens, takers, lazy etc.

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

When you hear tea partiers (in your mind) talking about welfare queens, takers and lazy people, what makes you automatically think of black people?

Ronnie on January 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Liberia awaits reprobates.

Get on that ship to freedom.

Murphy9 on January 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Well if Al Sharpton says Obama’s not racist, so white folks have to believe him or we’re racist or something.

Don L on January 21, 2014 at 4:02 PM

He reportedly had gastric bypass surgery a few years ago. (Remember that he used to be quite fat). That surgery often causes other health complications, especially in males.

AZCoyote on January 21, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Interesting.

Lanceman on January 21, 2014 at 4:03 PM

It doesn’t take much for them the draw this conclusions when the tea party is constantly calling them welfare queens, takers, lazy etc.

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

You’re right, of course. I also heard that the green tea the Tea Party prefers is actually Soylent Green. And that the Tea Party shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

Mr. D on January 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Convicting the Tea Party for what they … umm .. aren’t actually saying.

Brilliant!

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Why are you surprised? These are the same people who:
- made up Santorum saying “black people’s lives”;
- falsely accused protesters of hurling the n-word and spitting on them, even in the face of exonerating video evidence;
- called Perry’s reference to a “black cloud of debt” a dog whistle
- make commercials about pushing grandma off a cliff;
- say that conservatives want women to have back-alley abortions based on whether or not Hobby Lobby pays 100% of insurance coverage for contraceptives;
- constantly float the spectre of violence and/or political assassinations erupting at Tea Party gatherings;
- accuse candidates of killing their wives with cancer
- invented the term “White Hispanic” so that even ethnic minorities could be white racists under the right circumstances

and the list goes on. This is all they do: invent bogeymen to marginalize other viewpoints for political gain.

The Schaef on January 21, 2014 at 4:07 PM

haterofamerica on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Constitutionally Limited Government
Fiscal Responsibility
Free Markets

Quit projecting your hatred of others here.

Fallon on January 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Bull Shizer, frackin liar. Is he a minister?

hawkdriver on January 21, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Obama is black? Yikes! Who knew?

Mason on January 21, 2014 at 4:17 PM

That photo of Sharpton slays me. Does his head have a slow leak? It looks like someone let some of the air out of his head. And people joke about blondes. lol!

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM

I’d love for a race-hustler like Sharpton (or even the Obama himself) to explain to a Martian what it means to be black. Because it doesn’t mean a damn thing.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2014 at 4:38 PM

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Convicting the Tea Party for what they … umm .. aren’t actually saying.

Brilliant!

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Because everyone knows that if he looked like Gary Busey, we’d all fall madly in love with his marxist policies.

CurtZHP on January 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Blacks don’t need to be told by Obama, Rev Al or anybody that the tea party hates them. They see it everyday on Fox News and every far right conservative blog.

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

We think that the individuals of the Black community are fully capable of standing on their own two feet, and leading useful and productive lives. Your side thinks that they would starve unless they are hand-fed by the government.

Which side has the higher regard for the talents and abilities of the Black community?

By the way, since Obama has been in office, Black poverty has gone UP.

SubmarineDoc on January 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM

When liberals say that opposition to President Obama is driven by racism, doesn’t that mean that they think there’s a problem with racism in the Democratic party/ among liberals.

Conservatives and Republicans disagree with the President on political issues, so their opposition is natural.

But it would take a Democrat or a liberal to oppose the President because of race.

Mister Mets on January 21, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Blacks don’t need to be told by Obama, Rev Al or anybody that the tea party hates them. They see it everyday on Fox News and every far right conservative blog.

It doesn’t take much for them the draw this conclusions when the tea party is constantly calling them welfare queens, takers, lazy etc.

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Are you black? If so, give us some credible anecdotal evidence of Tea Party racism. And if not, please go back under your bridge. Media Matters Talking Points are laughed at here.

BTW that $100,000 reward offered years ago for video proof of Tea Party Racism has never been claimed. Break out your camera and get cracking!

F-

Del Dolemonte on January 21, 2014 at 6:35 PM

How Democrat of them!

Yesterday: Obama: My low approval ratings might be kind of racist, or something

Today: Al Sharpton: Obama’s asked black leaders not to push the idea that his opponents are racist

RJL on January 21, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Al Sharpton: Obama’s asked black leaders not to push the idea that his opponents are racist

Al already burnt everybody out!

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM

It doesn’t take much for them the draw this conclusions when the tea party is constantly calling them welfare queens, takers, lazy etc.

loveofcountry on January 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

…and ignorant!

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM

I wouldn’t believe a word out of Al Sharpton’s mouth if he were hollering “Fire!” and I could see smoke and flames.

Adjoran on January 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

If Obama pushed on his blackness, that would cause a discussion of how black he is, which is “not very”. It’s not because he wants to heal the rift between races. He is a half-black/ half-white liberal of european socialist heritage.

Sharpton and Jackson are just into the rabble-rousing and corruption more than the antique marxism of Obama. That’s why they are frustrated – they want more action and the president isn’t giving them any.

virgo on January 21, 2014 at 11:04 PM

That’s a headache for O under any circumstances but it would have been especially poisonous pre-reelection, when Democrats were desperate to keep disaffected white voters who helped elect him in 2008 in the fold. If you’re Obama, and you know you’ll have 95+ percent of the black vote on election day anyway, how does it benefit you to have Al Sharpton running around trying to “help”?

Nothing turns off your supporters so much as grouping them with the opponents that they previously joined you in dissing (because they deserved it, and we don’t).

AesopFan on January 22, 2014 at 12:10 AM