Jesse Jackson and President Obama
Jesse Jackson has always talked about an equal chance, a chance for an African-American people to take the seat of power and lead the nation. The Reverend Jesse Jackson dreamed to find himself or someone else who is not white leading the American people to create a new nation that will grant equal access to the nation’s industry, protection and opportunity to all American races. But his time was not ready for a black American to rise above them all and lead them to a better future. Then here comes President Obama, more than twenty years later from when Jesse Jackson sought to take the seat where Obama now sat. One of the Reverend’s dreams was realized but the rest is yet to be seen.
As Obama’s one of early mentors and former black Presidential candidate, Jesse Jackson opinions concerning the President raises curiosity and interest. He is often asked about his feelings, the current the better, about how Obama run the office. When Obama won the Presidential election last 2008, it was the face of Jesse Jackson that caught wide range interest. His teary eyes pictured his realizations as Jesse Jackson stood watch a moment in history where his lifelong dream became a reality. If there was no Jesse Jackson who have paved the way, President Barack Obama would have been just another black politician who will never be allowed to take the seat of power. This is why Jesse Jackson is often asked about his feelings about the President.
Jesse Jackson reflected about how he had struggle for that night. From the visions of Martin Luther King Jr. through the rallies and bruises the reverend Jesse Jackson got from those campaigns, he had thought about the 60 years of struggle in that one single moment after Obama won the election. And despite his conflict with Obama in the 2008 campaign when Jesse Jackson remarked on how Obama was ‘talking down’ to the black community, Jesse Jackson still see the young president as the culmination of his lifetime dream.
Jesse Jackson, however, is also aware that Obama as the president has been tied down like any other African-American people. Jesse Jackson commented that in order for the president so that he will not be labeled as pro-black. Jesse Jackson needed the president to be stronger, the way when Obama was a Senator. The republican will push where it can push and Jesse Jackson thinks that Obama is allowing them to push him. The country needs to have a firmer, less afraid President and Jesse Jackson believes that Obama can be that, the president would just need to find his voice again.
Jesse Jackson son, Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is one of the President supporters since 2007. The Jackson family is very much entwined with the President. And though Jesse Jackson Jr. had publicly reprimand his father about his comment concerning Obama, the respect and the acknowledgement they give for the American Leader will always be there. The Jesse Jackson will always has the right to say what he thinks the president should do for the black Americans and for America as a nation. After all, he had given all his life for the cause Obama can now fulfill because Jesse Jackson made it possible for the President.
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