Skip to comments.Obama's charm lost on America's black activists
Posted on 01/13/2007 10:18:09 PM PST by george76
HE is a media darling, a paparazzi target and a source of inspiration for millions of Democrats who dream of retaking the White House in 2008.
But Senator Barack Obama, the charismatic African-American who is shaking up the presidential primary race, has not impressed some of Americas most powerful black activists.
Civil rights leaders who have dominated black politics for much of the past two decades have pointedly failed to embrace the 45-year-old Illinois senator who is considering a bid to become Americas first black president.
At a meeting of activists in New York last week, the Rev Jesse Jackson, the first black candidate to run for president, declined to endorse Obama. Our focus right now is not on whos running, because there are a number of allies running,...
The Rev Al Sharpton, the fiery New York preacher who joined the Democratic primary race in 2004, said he was considering another presidential run of his own...
Harry Belafonte, the calypso singer who became an influential civil rights activist, said America needed to be careful about Obama: We dont know what hes truly about.
The unexpected coolness between the old civil rights guard and the new Democratic hopeful has added an intriguing twist to the budding rivalry between Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton...
They are basically jealous, said a Democratic strategist who has not yet decided which candidate he intends to support. Theyve been toiling in the trenches for decades, and along comes this son of a Kenyan farmer and suddenly hes measuring the drapes in the Oval Office.
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He doesn't rhyme. ....nor does he holler.
Ooooooooh, sounds like they're JEALOUS!
The next two years should be entertaining.
The DUmmies can not blame everything on us anymore.
I really don't understand what the big deal with this empty suit is. He represents all that is liberal. There's not a dime's worth of difference between him and any other out-of- controldemocrat in congress. He's basically a light-skinned black man which in and of itself makes him acceptable to the democratic party racists.
There is nothing there . . . no there there. Hollow. Empty.
He has as much substance as Paris Hilton (altho she's a tad better looking)
HE is a media darling,
So is McPain.
Kerry, Clinton, Biden, Dodd, Bayh, ad nauseum....and that's just the beginning.
They do not mention his mother nor step-father who raised him...put him thru school, etc.
Is true, is true. If you're looking for some serious rhyming, look no further than my personal favorite: Louis Jordan .
More disgusting than entertaining... I still cannot bear to watch them.
Many of the DUmmies hate Hillary and do think that she can not win a general election.
Obama is just an anti-Hillary.
The DUmmies will be attacking each other very hard for a while.
Hillary has those FBI files under her bed.
She will start releasing the files as needed.
Harry's not black, he's a RED Communist. Harry thinks Obama isn't a radical revolutionary willing to wage open war against the US.
Harry Belafonte Calls Black Republicans 'Tyrants'
By Marc Morano
August 08, 2005
Atlanta (CNSNews.com) - Celebrity activist Harry Belafonte referred to prominent African-American officials in the Bush administration as "black tyrants" at a weekend march, and he also compared the administration to Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.
He has no chance, he's a SMOKER!!!
The leftists see him as "their" Reagan. Clinton/Carter have no legacy. Their last stallion was Kennedy (and thank goodness the last senator elected to the Presidency pushing 50 years ago) and he was WAY post WWII.
The dems and MSM are beyond desperate.
Hes 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 kings clothes. Whos the king?
You're right about that --- drip, leak, tick, tock.
This all about not pissing of the Clintons.
He's not a real African-American because he's not descended from slaves.
Harry is demented by age.
The activists don't like him because he's stolen their thunder.
While obama is as liberal as it comes, he's not some poverty pimp two-bit hustler like Blood Diamonds Jackson or Rev. Al Race Card Puller.
He doesn't every time he gets in front of a mic start spouting about how everything is some conspiracy by big whitey to keep colored people down which is how these activists make a buck.
That's why they feel the heat.
The old media never mention his mother nor his step-father who raised him.
When Obama was two years old, his parents divorced and his father returned to Kenya. His mother married Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian foreign student, moving to Jakarta with Obama when he was six years old.
Four years later, Obama returned to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents...
Think Obama Mania is largely an interest aggregation thing. Democrats have difficulty moblizing young voters ( A Conservative skill set) and minorities particularly black voters. While the percentage of blacks voting for dems is high at 89% the turnout among blacks is comparatively low. The Obama Hype is an effort to energize that demographic. it may work temporarily but will fade over time.
Since when is Banana Boat Belefonte a member of the civil rights establishment? Since he started bloviating a few years ago, taking advantage of the Hate Bush atmosphere? I think he was interviewed on the O'Reilly Factor. Does that make him important? Or is it because he had a hit record back in the '50's?
Even the DUmmies know that Hillary is a weak candidate. She's another Kerry or Gore. The DUmmies believe the only thing is to find another Bill Clinton. Another empty suit who is all mouth and everyone will blindly flock to him. Obama is showing the same style.
Bump and ping
I can't get enough of L. Jordan!
It's called "peaking too soon" and it's the reason experienced men are better lovers than young men.
Yep...Patently obvious what is happening. Obama is a warm up act. The Obama Phenomema is old fashioned ward politics writ large. He may be a VP pick ( But I doubt it) Essentially Obama he is the Democrats JC Watts. While Watts and Obama are ideological mirror images, Like Watts, he is bright articulate and engaging. But like Watts he doesn't have a shot at real insider power.
Just my guess, but it appears from the article that Obama has not paid the normal extortion fees to Rev Jesse Jackson, Rev Al Sharpton or Harry Belafonte.
Its the ears..
Louis Jordan is the man! For several years, I had a radio show on Saturday nights I called the "Saturday Night Fish Fry", with Mr. Jordan supplying the theme song. The first rock and roller, IMHO.
-Theyve been toiling in the trenches for decades, and along comes this son of a Kenyan farmer and suddenly hes measuring the drapes in the Oval Office.-
Measurin' ain't gettin'.
"Black Activits" are so easy to charm.
Exactly. And Obama's mother is white. That's a problem for the old guard as well.
That song/video is priceless. Very sage advice, too.
Belafonte has reversed the metaphor.
Hillary thinks that rich people did not earn their money.
I think they're just holding back so they can extort some promises from him.
I think the above is a bit over the top. His parents (biological, step- and grand-) were basically professors or civil servants. I would venture that most congresspeople his age, black and white, had at least as much money in their families. I would guess that his "raising family" income would be in the top 20% maybe, not much more .
Now, if you mean that, despite the family break-ups, he was always being raised by people who valued education, and seemed to care for him, that may be more privileged than most kids today.
I don't agree with his positions -- they are mostly conventional liberal -- but he is not "an empty suit." He is a very smart guy, who did not get his "brownie points" on affirmative action. (AA will get you into Harvard Law, but it won't get you on Law review, or graduate magna.) He is also well in control of himself, which is more than can be said for almot all the black dem leaders (which is another reason they dislike him), and most of the white dem leaders. That makes him both attractive and formidable. Be prepared to take him on on the issues.
How presumptuous of Obama!
You're right, perhaps I went a bit over the top, but I generally stand by what I said. He went to private school and traveled around the world as a kid. That's certainly more opportunity than a white kid from St. Paul such as yours truly ever had.
However, I agree that Obama is definitely smart and worked hard to get where he is. He didn't need to be outlandish to get attention, which sets him aside from the self-appointed black leaders.