And the real good news for the Spite House is: one happens to be available.
Friday, 22 Aug 2014 03:47 PM
By Sandy Fitzgerald | Newsmax
The Rev. Al Sharpton has come a long way from his bullhorn-shouting presence at some of the nation’s most racially charged events, and has become President Barack Obama’s go-to man for a White House seeking to make a connection when tensions are flaring between the races, a Politico Magazine article claims.
Sharpton’s latest appearance happened this month in Ferguson, Mo. He arrived 72 hours after a white police officer shot and killed 18-year-old black man Michael Brown. Brown’s grandfather requested he come in to help after Sharpton advocated for the family of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, reports Politico Magazine.
But these days, Sharpton is taking a different route, and instead of agitating protests, he’s serving as a contact for the White House, a role he once again played in the Ferguson melee.
“There’s a trust factor with The Rev from the Oval Office on down,” a White House aide told Politico. “He gets it, and he’s got credibility in the community that nobody else has got. There’s really no one else out there who does what he does.”
After Sharpton met with Brown’s family and members of the local community, he connected with White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, who told him the president was “horrified” by the images he was seeing from Ferguson and wanted to know what the Brown family expected from the White House.
While the old Sharpton was avoided, the new Sharpton visits and texts or emails the White House and Obama officials frequently, especially with Attorney General Eric Holder, the first black man to hold that job. Holder, who traveled to Ferguson this week for a probe into the shootings, and Sharpton both say the Ferguson crisis is important to Obama’s legacy.
The shift has been a lifelong goal for Sharpton, says the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who in the past was often a rival of Sharpton.
Sharpton said he has matured over the years, but his critics don’t accept that.
“I’ve grown to appreciate different roles and different people, and I weigh words a little more [carefully] now. I’ve learned how to measure what I say,” he said. “Al Sharpton in 1986 was trying to be heard. I was a local guy and was like, ‘Y’all are ignoring us’…. That’s not the case now.”
Let’s call him the czar of racism. Activist, organizer, race agitator, promoter, TV host, and White House adviser. Race-baiter General.
The excuse that is being made is that the Brown family called the bad-reverend to help. But don’t you think countless people or families in Chicago reach out to Sharpton? But the provocateur did not turn down the Browns. He “learned how to measure what he says”…. now that is funny.