Ask Rev: Is Obama the Jackie Robinson of politics?

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In Friday’s installment of Ask Rev, Sharpton answered questions on the party of reverse and talked about why he thinks President Obama is “the Jackie Robinson of politics” in some ways.

Loretta asks:

“It seems like there’s a spirit of ignorance that looms over the ‘party of reverse’ - do you think it will ever change?”


Rev’s response:

“I hope it changes and I hope that if people keep telling the truth it will enlighten some, even in that party, to start rising to a responsible level of doing what’s right for all Americans.”


Hal asks:

“Do you think President Obama is the Jackie Robinson of politics?”


Rev’s response:

“Well, he certainly broke the glass ceiling at a presidential level, and he certainly, like Jackie Robinson, has had to take a lot of undue, unearned criticism and attacks.”


Bob asks:

“In all your time with the Godfather of Soul, did you ever get to meet Elvis?”


Rev’s response:

“No, I never met Elvis. I met everybody that would come around James Brown… from Mick Jagger to you name it, but I never met Elvis. But James Brown used to talk about Elvis in very endearing terms and I think they had a lot of respect for each other from what he would tell us.”


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Ask Rev: Is Obama the Jackie Robinson of politics?

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