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    There's an edge to Jesse Jackson for sure - he reminds me a little of Joe Biden.  They both seem like working class guys from the 1970's. Biden shoots his mouth off too, saying stupid things like how clean and articulate Barack Obama is.  Then he apologizes.  And as time goes on, I feel more affection for both of them rather than less.  There's a big generational and attitudinal difference between Jackson and Obama.

    I'm from Chicago and this generational and attitudinal difference encompasses more Chicago politicians than just Jesse Jackson.  Some felt that Barack Obama hadn't paid his dues, hadn't come from the same crucible that created Jesse Jackson and Bobby Rush and Danny Davis in Chicago politics.  Or even Harold Washington.  This young skinny kid thinks he can run for Congress and diss his elders.  I can see how for some of them Barack Obama... and this will sound sort of Republican... how Obama came across as an outsider, a foreigner, who took all that political capital they created and appropriated it for himself.  He rankled, and they didn't see the brilliance at least at first.  Bobby Rush called him an "educated fool from Harvard" and trounced Obama when he ran against him in 2000.  There was more than a little of that Oedipal thing going on in Chicago politics when Obama got his start, and Jesse surely felt it too.

    But there really is nobody remotely like Obama.  He is a little strange, a little different, hard to categorize. He's as ambitious as anyone on the planet, but he doesn't hold a grudge.  Look at his relations with Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, who also ran against him.  The reason Jesse Jackson was in the audience holding a sign and not on that stage is not because Obama is contemptuous of Jackson, but because Jackson gives the image of a more racially contentious America, and Obama has spent his whole life embracing the civil rights movement while trying to be as non-racially antagonistic as possible.  Obama's fluid ease across the racial divide is both a tribute to Jesse Jackson's life work and yet another thing that probably irritates him.  I just hope that President Obama on that stage gives him a greater measure of satisfaction than sadness.  He's respected back in Chicago and he has his place in history.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 05:06:57 PM PDT

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