my kind of town

President Obama greets Rev Al Sharpton as he arrives to speak at the 20th anniversary National Action Network Gala on April 6, in New York City

Former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson gives a ‘thumbs up’ to President Obama

Spike Lee uses his smartphone to take a picture of President Barack Obama … and then his iPad:

Former New York City mayor David Dinkins greets President Obama

74 Responses to “my kind of town”

  1. 1 ber6964
    April 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Finally some Stands Up For The Presidenr!! Brought Tears.. Thank You for this Blog!!

    • 2 Eleroy
      April 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      Does anyone know where we can write to thank Al Sharpton for standing with the President??!!!

  2. 3 Proud of Obama
    April 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    “Servant-in-chief!” Tell the truth, Rev. Al.

    • 4 StR
      April 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      $10 says Rush will start using “Servant-in-Chief” and then saying “Wha? Al Sharpton said it first”…

    • 5 Dorothy Rissman
      April 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      I loved that line. I thought Al did a fantastic job.

      But where was Tavis, where was Cornell? lol.

  3. 10 Proud of Obama
    April 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    “Faints” at that first picture.

  4. 12 Hachikō
    April 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    He may have a few more gray hairs and lines on his face, but he’s just as beautiful as ever, and I love him more than ever.

    God bless you, President Obama. No enemy formed against you shall prosper.

  5. 16 collegekay
    April 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Rev.’s intro was fantastic!

  6. 17 bjw2
    April 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Take that Tavis Smiley and Cornell West!

    • 18 Dorothy Rissman
      April 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      My words exactly. Cornell has completely gone off the deep end. He apparently wrote a piece on Rawstory a day or two ago, and he decimated the president. I could not bring myself to read it.

      They cannot stand the fact that the president is smarter and hipper than either one of them. I suppose they felt that he would bow down to them to curry their favor. I guess they felt they were going to teach the president how to be a black president. Truth is they are jealous.

      I can no longer even look at a photo of either of them.

  7. 19 Lovepolitics2008
    April 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you, thank you, Reveend Sharpton, for telling the TRUTH, for giving President Obama the RESPECT and PRAISE he so richly deserves!

  8. 21 symmetry11
    April 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you, Rev Al!

  9. 22 Hachikō
    April 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    “And you shall know them by their works.” Can the Rev. Al get an amen?!

    “When I first met Senator Obama, I didn’t know what to make of him… But as I looked at what he did…here’s a man that rose from a single-parent home, went to Ivy League schools and became the top in Harvard. Could have chose [sic] any law firm in Manhattan or Chicago. He chose to go to a housing development in Chicago and work with those that were most needed [sic] of his work. Look at the choice he made – not to become rich and well-heeled. He took his Ivy League education and invested in us. And now that he fights these battles, those that never went back to the community, that got in the Ivy League places and got on an ivory tower…take shots at him for standing up for us. They don’t speak to us, they don’t talk for us, and we’re tired of hearing them talk about the President.”

    Hallelujah! Thank you, Rev. Al! You spoke for me right there. Preach it! Cuz the hypocrites like West & Smiley need to hear it. Can’t say you’re my favorite person, but thank you.

    • 23 CTGirl
      April 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      X2. Rev Al delivered the sermon just right!

      • 24 Bobfr
        April 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm

        Thank you for the transcript. Was so very proud of Rev Sharpton for speaking so eloquently and the response in the room was outstanding!! Tavis and Cornell should take a hint and stfu, at least.

        • 25 Dorothy Rissman
          April 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm

          We know many love our president. The media just chooses to ignore those who feel very strongly about him and what he is trying to do.

    • 26 Eleroy
      April 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      Oh my goodness!!! Could not have said it better than Al Sharpton!!! Wow!!! Thank you Al Sharpton!!! He has grown in my estimation for his steadfast support of President Obama in a time where others have chosen money, t.v face time and notoriety in exchange for obstructing, undermining and attacking the President with outright lies, exaggerations and fabrications!!!

    • April 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      Thank you, Hachiko

      I missed that introduction!

  10. 28 Tulips
    April 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    If he was’nt talking to tavis smiley and Cornell west. That hat fitted all of their heads.

    • 29 Dorothy Rissman
      April 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      Tulips that was the first thing that popped into my mind. It is those jokers trying to bring him down.

    • 30 africa
      April 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      And you know what Tulips, their egos won’t allow them to take this and think about their actions. They will feel compelled to respond in some way. They are a sorry bunch.


  11. 31 Me4obama
    April 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Mr. Al u’ve earned my respect.

  12. 32 EDP4BHO
    April 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Chipsticks, thanks for being on the ball with this. I happened to miss the beginning, but am elated to hear Rev Al’s poignant introduction, and to hear the audience give a round of amens via the cheers. Let the truth be told again and again. He called em out, yes he did!

  13. 33 CTGirl
    April 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Show them how to speak the truth Rev. Al! Now, this is the truth! We see you Tavis and West… we see you “speaking” for Black America — give me a break!

    • 34 bjw2
      April 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      Yep, as they sell their books after each event.

      • 35 africa
        April 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm

        And their sponsors are no less than Wal-Mart, Exxon, etc. Haven’t seen them push Wal-mart or Exxon to do anything for the black community. But when Tavis used to have his black state of the union, those were some of his biggest sponsors.

        They are opportunists. And these guys can’t point to anything they have done for the black community.

        OT, that picture of Magic Johnson was priceless. During the primaries, he was a staunch Hillary supporter. Go figure.

  14. 36 Kelly
    April 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Can’t watch the clip right now but the comments are making me emotional. I love my President and I love the look of pride of everybody’s face in that crowd. Thank you Chips I don’t know what I would do without your updates. You actually spoil me. I haven’t had to check MSM in months.

    • 37 CTGirl
      April 6, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      Oh Kelly, it is something to hear! Look at the way Rev. Al is looking at our POTUS … A picture is often better than a thousand words!

  15. 38 LYNN
    April 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm


  16. 42 CEB
    April 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Well, Rev. Al, Say so!

    Take that Tavis, and Cornell West and others of that ilk.

    “Servant-in-chief”; so many positivie ways to interpret this.

    I also have a new appreciation for Al Sharpton. There is just something about PBO that brings out the best in so mmany people. He wants us to be better and to do more; to be grown up. This trait is what the haters are fighting against. That he can inspire millions; most of whom have never acted; have never known that they have power or how to use it. The change is here. The days are numbered for those who want to hold on to the bad old days. Hallelujah!

  17. 43 majii
    April 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    The look on Magic Johnson’s face is priceless. The young whippersnappers can learn a lot from Reverend Sharpton about how to advance an agenda successfully. I hope they’re listening.

    • 44 Soldier*1
      April 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      I saw that and I was cracking up but then that would be me lol. Young and old have the same look when they meet this man. Oh yeah this president is FIONE!!!

  18. 45 m
    April 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    You GO Rev Sharpton! THANK YOU for THAT!

  19. 46 sherijr
    April 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I’ve been a fan of Rev. Sharpton for a while.. he was one of the smartest guys running in the primaries back in either 2000 or 2004 and I’m so glad he’s had our President’s back. I believe there are far far more of us than the naysayers, those angry few are just louder – we’ve kept our peace for the most part these two years, letting President Obama show this country and the world what he’s capable of.. I think most of us figured he didn’t need us micro-managing the job we gave to HIM to do. Now its time for his rehiring, thus I believe we’ll be seeing/hearing a lot more of ‘us’ speaking up and out on behalf of President Obama.. Our time is now and I believe we have always been the force and the ‘movement’. And I too say thank you Al- you speak for me here. And I think those thousands and thousands of donations received within 24 hours of POTUS filing is a fine sign that we know what we have to do and we mean business.

  20. 47 m
    April 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Magic Johnson could be an excited 6 year old boy in a crowd. He looks awestruck and eager to get a nod from the President!

    • 48 Tulips
      April 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      You know he was a Hillary supporter that, said President Obama was not experienced enough. After he got a backlash, he changed his tune.

  21. 51 shawn
    April 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Amen Rev Al. Thanks for standing up for our President. One man can’t do it all by himself. So many in the community forget our President didn’t have it easy but he overcame. Tavis & Cornell & others could learn from you. Our President is doing the best he can with what he has. Either we turn back the hands of time or we move forward with him.

  22. April 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm


    I thought while we wait on the video that you’ll like to see the last time then Senator Obama was at the NAN.

    I think you’ll enjoy it…

    • April 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Love them Donna, I never saw them before!! Truly, you are the undisputed Video Queen!! Thank you so much 😉

      • 54 V C prezOfan2
        April 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm

        I’ve never seen them before and yes, I love them too! There is SUCH A THRILL in being able to see ‘old’ videos of this President while he is still in office!! 😀 It’s one of the first things that endeared this site to me – the ‘memory lane’ videos. I get a high from watching every single one because each one reveals the consistency, integrity, charm, sense of humour and ‘reality’ of the President! We have said this here before, but repetition of the truth doesn’t hurt – we are blessed to have THIS MAN in control at this time in world history!

        Donna, you are undoubtedly our Video Queen -THANKS! 😆 😆 Thanks too Chipsticks, for keeping the doors open so Donna, and others, can share when they find something good, and we can enjoy it in peace and comfort.

    • 55 Evelyn
      April 7, 2011 at 1:39 am

      I love my President he is the greatest.

    • 56 Anne in Tn
      April 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      WOW. Thanks so much for the pre election videos. Barack Obama is the most awesome, honest and astute leader we may ever see.

  23. April 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks for posting Donna. Very enjoyable.

  24. 58 Doris
    April 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks so much for this beautiful diary. Love all of the awesome pics and energy you put in each day to keep us informed and up-to-date regarding this wonderful President. I’m a fan.

  25. 59 BIGFan
    April 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you, Rev Sharpton. That was POWERFUL! Yes, indeed, Servant-in-Chief.

  26. 60 africa
    April 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Speak, Rev. Al. Speak!! Yes, speak truth to power. Yes!!!

  27. 61 bjw2
    April 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    To all who appreciate Rev Al Sharpton comments of support for the president, here’s contact info to let him know. I just dropped him a line and told him just how much I appreciate what he said tonight.


  28. 67 PoliticalJunkessa
    April 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm


    Rev said it right: “We are not confused.”

    Cornel West and Tavis Smiley who?!?!?

  29. 68 Shirley
    April 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    oooooooo Chips, thank you so very very much, for “ALL” that you do. I just appreciate you Girlfriend, this Is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the pretty pictures and the nice videos 🙂 I just got a big kick out of not only President Obama, but Reverend Al. I am so very proud of you Reverend Al, you did a superb job of commenting and telling about our Beloved President. You spoke for me, and you told the TRUTH. I enjoyed looking and watching some of the Celebs, and all their expressions. I had never heard or seen those Videos before. They were good, good, good. Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh, I just love our President, and I like how he thinks. I enjoyed reading every comment here tonight, and I love each of you as well. Take care, and good night 🙂

  30. 69 Sue in Minnesota
    April 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you Rev Al.

    Nobody is asking for deification, but rather a simple demonstration of respect, and the benefit of perspective.

    Respect shouldn’t be such a rare commodity. Our President graces us everyday with a very real model for respectful conduct.

    Magic Johnson’s delight makes me smile. Is that his daughter on his right, she seems to share her Father’s excitement.

  31. 70 Asher in Boston
    April 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Thank you Rev. Al. And yes you speak for me too. Keep preaching Rev. To the soul patrol, go suck on salt.

  32. 71 Audrey
    April 7, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Merci beaucoup Rev. Al! Thank you for your wisdom, insight, and foresight! Thank you Rev. Al for working WITH and not AGAINST our most hard working and exceptional President Obama!

    Thank you for exposing those who keep moving the goal posts and the shameless grandstanding by those who want to hold this President to impossible standards never before imposed upon presidents before him!

    Thank you Sir!

  33. 72 Titti
    April 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    OMG!! Thank you Rev. for telling it like it is!! “We shall know them by their works!” Thanks Chips and Donna for such wonderful videos. That pic of Magic is a trip.

  34. 73 Perry
    April 7, 2011 at 9:50 am

    AL – Way to Go!

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