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Jesse Jackson has done a lot of good – but sometimes he can just put his foot right in it. First when he thought the mic was off – he claimed Barack Obama was talking down to the Black people (for telling fathers to be responsible for their children) and that he wanted to castrate Obama – while publicly claiming that he was pleased with Obama being the first Black nominee. Now it’s reported that while in France – off the top of his head – claims he knows what an Obama administration would do in relation to Israel and US foreign policy – in the most undiplomatic terms.

Popular sentiment points to a man who ran unsuccessfully for President – and more that Barack Obama is half Black and of African decent and not African American – with all the history of slavery and struggle for equal rights. Jackson’s behavior may signal – a feeling that Obama didn’t earn or more doesn’t deserve what he has. But Jackson’s problem is no one asks to be born. And if the advantage is there why not take it.

Jesse Jackson said in a telephone interview (when Obama became the presumptive nominee) that some years ago he had met Obama at a Harvard Law School event and Obama asked him what he thought the chances were that a Black person could ever become President – while Jesse Jackson said not in my lifetime – Obama disagreed.

Jackson remarked – that he guessed Obama never gave that up. It was later that he made the unbecoming castration comment – so there is definitely an element of rivalry here.

In yesterday’s New York Post, conservative columnist Amir Taheri reported on an interview with Rev. Jesse Jackson in Evian, France, at the World Policy Forum.

Taheri wrote that Jackson “promised ‘fundamental changes’ in US foreign policy – saying America must ‘heal wounds’ it has caused to other nations, revive its alliances and apologize for the ‘arrogance of the Bush administration.’ The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where ‘decades of putting Israel’s interests first’ would end.

“Jackson believes that, although ‘Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades’ remain strong, they’ll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House.”

The Obama campaign’s response to these vague quotes — recorded by a columnist it considers hostile in a tabloid newspaper it considers biased against them — from an interview with a man last publicly seen threatening to castrate Sen. Obama, is as follows, from Obama campaign national security spokesperson Wendy Morigi:

    “Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is not an adviser to the Obama campaign and is therefore in no position to interpret or share Barack Obama’s views on Israel and foreign policy. As he has made clear throughout his career and throughout this campaign, Barack Obama has a fundamental commitment to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, and he is advised by people like Dennis Ross, Daniel Kurtzer, Rep. Robert Wexler, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Senator Joe Biden who share that commitment. As President, he will ensure that Israel can defend itself from every threat it faces, stand with Israel in its quest for a secure peace with its neighbors, and use all elements of American power to end Iran’s illicit nuclear program. No false charges can change Barack Obama’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.”

McCain campaign seizing all over it – the usual rant.

Source: ABC News

November 2022