We love to make fun of Al Shaprton around here. It’s because, well . . . it’s because he’s just such an imbecile.
Unfortunately, he’s a very powerful imbecile, with his own TV show, the ability to start riots, to influence vulnerable, unformed young minds, and so forth.
And, as a recent piece in Politico made clear, he has the wide open ear of the president of the United States:
The White House, as the crisis following Brown’s death seemed to flare out of control, worked extensively behind the scenes to maximize The Rev’s doing what he does, using him as both a source of information and a go-between.
After huddling with Brown’s family and local community leaders, Sharpton connected directly with White House adviser and First Friend Valerie Jarrett, vacationing in her condo in the exclusive Oak Bluffs section of Martha’s Vineyard, not far from where President Obama and his family were staying.
Obama was “horrified” by the images he was seeing on TV, Jarrett told Sharpton, and proceeded to pepper him with questions as she collected information for the president: How bad was the violence? Was it being fueled by outside groups—and could Sharpton do anything to talk them down? What did the Brown family want the White House to do?
It was a heady consultation for Sharpton, who spent years on the outside dreaming of a place in the pantheon of the civil rights leaders he revered as a teenage street preacher in Brooklyn, and it’s an irony lost on no one that his rise to White House adviser has come thanks to Barack Obama, whose restrained personal style couldn’t be any more different from Sharpton’s.
Well, Obama’s style may be different than Sharpton’s, but his thinking runs on about the same track.
Here are some scenes of the presidential advisor in action.
UPDATE: Yid with Lid has a great summary of all Shaprton’s unsavory stunts.