AAReports: Rev. Al Sharpton excoriated Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday who have been critical of President Barack Obama. He went after Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat, as 2008 Clinton supporters who were never supporters of President Obama in 2008, so it should not be surprising that both members of Congress are critical of the president today.

101 Responses to “truth”

  1. 1 Fred
    September 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I was shaking my head the whole time in agreement because he said the TRUTH!

  2. 2 sherijr
    September 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Rev Al tweeted that he’ll be commenting on his show this evening regarding Pat B’s ‘plantation’ slurs. I don’t have cable nor do I view tv at all.. would for the Rev though… so hopefully some of you – who do watch, will comment here about what he says? Also Rep Donna Edwards is going to be on his show, and she has thus far been a supporter of both POTUS & his jobs bill.

  3. 4 sherijr
    September 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    OH I’m sorry chips, my comment just went to your spam/trash.. I forgot to sign in, it’s odd because usually I don’t need to sign in, all my info is generally on here. sorry, if you can put it out here, fine & thank you… if not thats okay too. sorry.

  4. September 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I have to admit this: as a former New Yorker, growing up I always thought Rev. Sharpton to be a grand-stander—I lived in NY during the Tawana Brawley fiasco. But age changes everyone, including myself and Rev. Al. And his full-throated support of PBO comes not from “well, he’s better than the alternative”, but because he truly sees the amazing work he’s done over 3 years, against almost universal opposition from both the GOP and those in his own party. I often wish that PBO would just say “screw you” and form his own party. I have no doubt that it would win a majority in the House.

    • 9 aristac
      September 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      wouldn’t that be an interesting turn of events.

    • September 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Remember, LL, that Teddy Roosevelt created the Bull Moose party. That was pretty great, though it didn’t turn out well and the country got Democrat Woodrow Wilson. It sounds to me that the Bull Moose party had a more aggressive social-centered party than Wilson’s did

    • 16 theo67
      September 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      I was thinking about that the other day, too, LL. In reality, he kind of did that already in 2008, didn’t he? The traditional Dems in the party weren’t really behind him, and were offended that he didn’t ask their permission before challenging Hillary. And now, they’re coming out of the woodwork trying to convince people that they’re disappointed. That’s why they can’t shake that solid block of support that he has – because those are the people who belong to President Obama’s party, which is really America’s party. They are trying to make things right for ALL people, and they understand the need for compromise – even if they don’t like it very much. These extremes on both sides are the fringes,while President Obama’s party is the core.

      And if they keep pushing, they’ll find out just how solid that core really is…

    • 22 hopefruit2
      September 29, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      LL, I can relate to your experiences because in the late 80’s through the 90’s, Al Sharpton was not one of my favorite people and I too assumed he just liked to hog the spotlight. But even before PBO was elected I had noticed an evolution and a new maturity about him and have come to appreciate him a lot more.

      • 23 nintendowii10
        September 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

        I believe Reverend Al has found his calling. Plus you could easily compare him to criers like Jesse Jackson, Maxine Waters, who do want nothing BUT attention BECAUSE they are black and think that exploiting their race will bring them sympathy.

      • September 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm

        I noticed the new maturity when he ran for the Dem nomination. He wasn’t throwing bombs, but setting out clear policies for why Dems had to turn away from Clintonite/DLC politics to refocus on traditional Dem themes.

        • 25 EDP4BHO
          September 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm

          Rev Al had some of the best campaign rhetoric, based on truth. Even though I knew, and he did as well, that he would not win, it made for great political education, and no one could win an argument with him. He keeps it real, like he says.

      • 26 Betty's Girl
        September 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm

        He has evolved! I was the same way. I would quickly pass up anything with him. The same with Rev Jackson. They were always everywhere but never really got things done. He has learned to pick his battles. I am loving his show. He is getting better and better. His is a natural. He will soon be the best talent they have on MsNBC. The show came just in time.

        Again, this is another example of the President picking his partners and going around the establishment. He can’t say these things about the Clintons or the CBC. I remember Clinton bitching about how Obama has his attack machine but everyone thinks he is Mr. Nice guy or something to that effect. The President knows exactly what is going on around him. He has to take control of the Dem party. It has been as destructive to his platform as the Repubs. They don’t respect him as their leader period.

      • September 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm

        Yeah, and me also, *hopefruit2*. I guess people change as we all grow, and change as well 🙂 I like him a heck of a lot now, and I watch him daily.

    • 28 desertflower
      September 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      There you are, LL! We were all wondering where you were the other day:) Nice to see you here again! As to your comment…..agreed!

  5. 37 lilma
    September 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you, Rev. !!!! Speak the truth and shame the devil….

  6. 39 mmmk
    September 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    i couldn’t agree more with the rev. those clintonians are sore losers; enough already.

    • 40 anniebella
      September 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      People that’s why I like Rev. Al, cause he speak the truth. I’ve said that Waters wouldn’t have the guts to go on Rev. Al show.

    • 41 Mel
      September 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      We voted for Clinton twice, but we picked Obama from the very begining, in fact we picked him when he
      deliverd the magnificent speech at the Democrati Convention in 2004 and a lot’s of pur friends and
      neighbors could not believed in fact we maxed in our donations and so the rest of our families. I just have
      afeeling that those rumors are all made up just they all were saying that Hillary was 35% in the polls.
      so what happend? there are a bunch of lies going around just to pissed us all do not buy it.

  7. 42 mtmarilyn
    September 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I really love the Rev Al show. It is the one pundit show I DVR. I will definitely watch today. It is so great hearing someone speaking out for our President!!!

  8. September 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Time to wnd down. The Rev will be on in 5 minutes. This should be hot.

  9. 44 Fred
    September 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Maine Elections Chief Uses GOP List To Intimidate Student Voters And Encourage Them To Re-Register In Another State

    The latest voter suppression tactic employed by Republicans can be found in Maine, where last week the Secretary of State sent a threatening letter to hundreds of college students who were legally registered to vote in Maine, floating the possibility of election law violation and encouraging them to re-register elsewhere.

    The letter explained that Maine Secretary of State Charles Summers was writing because he “was presented with a list of 206 University of Maine students with out-of-state home addresses and asked to investigate allegations of election law violations.” That list was provided to him not by an uninterested citizen, but rather the Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster, who has accused these students of voter fraud.

    In his letter, Summers informed the recipient that “our research shows you have registered to vote as a resident of Maine,” before going on to strongly imply that the students did not meet the state definition for “residence of a person”. Summers went on to encourage the students to re-register in another state, telling them that if “you are no longer claiming to be a Maine resident, I ask that you complete the enclosed form to cancel your voter registration in Maine.” Here is the relevant section of the letter:

    Dear ______:

    On July 25, 2001, I was presented with a list of 206 University of Maine students with out-of-state home addresses and asked to investigate allegations of election law violations.[…]

    Our research shows you have registered to vote as a resident of Maine. Maine’s election law (Title 21-A of the Maine Revised Statutes, section 111, subsection 1) defines “residence of a person” as “that place where the person has established a fixed and principal home to which the person, whenever temporarily absent, intends to return.” […]

    If you are currently using an out-of-state driver’s license or motor vehicle registration, I ask that you take appropriate action to comply with out motor vehicle laws within the next 30 days (i.e. by October 20, 2011). If, instead, you are no longer claiming to be a Maine resident, I ask that you complete the enclosed form to cancel your voter registration in Maine so that out our central voter registration system can be updated.


    • 45 lmrj
      September 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      Where is the DOJ on this? This is ridiculous!

    • 46 LunarSea
      September 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      The question is: is the residency rule incorporated into the voting regs. They are not applying for residency and I’m not sure there isn’t a provision for college voters in the voter regs somewhere. Hopefully I will find time to look them up tomorrow. At least I should be able to find time to contact secr. of state or law and legislative library to learn more if I don’t fine time to check myself.

      I think this is just another voter disenfranchisement ploy.

    • 47 prettyfoot58
      September 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      This issue of Voter Suppression is serious…

      over 30 states have new voter laws….there was legislation introduced in PA…as of yet it has not passed….

      that scares me……more than all the rhetoric that is filling the airwaves about bedroom slippers,,,,,etc,,,,this is something concrete….to have your vote take away from you…is very serious….

      REV Al…has highlighted voter suppression on his show….

  10. September 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Preach!!! Words have never been spoken so true… President Obama could cure Cancer in a pill and these same people would say he caved because he didnt cure AIDS and Diabetes in the same pill.. President Obama has done more in 2 years than any Presi,dent since FDR, but many people dont care about facts when it doesnt fit their predisposed, disingenuous claims about President Obama. NAFTA, CAFTA, GAT, DADT, DOMA, repeal of glass-steagal, Deregulation of derivatives, deregulation of Telecomms, ominbus crime bill Welfare “reform” (going from 66% of ppl in poverty under Welfare to now 25%). Imagine if President Obama did any one of these how would these Clinton supporters Treat President Obama? The definition of Double Standard #smh

  11. 50 Linda
    September 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I love Rev. Al…but that Alex Wagner has got to go…..

  12. 52 nintendowii10
    September 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I just saw Reverend Al calling out this BS on his show not too long ago as well as calling out that POS Herman Cain.

    God bless the Reverend, keep preaching sir!

    • September 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      Oo he is. He’s tearing it up tonight. He just invited the motor-mouthed Max, Tavis, and Cornell to come on his show any time.

      • September 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm

        Maxine is my Congresscritter. I’ve sent her several scathing emails, but I doubt they’ve gotten through. I just think I’ll skip over her election next year.

        • 55 nintendowii10
          September 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm

          It’s time she faces a primary. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t her district deep blue? If that’s the case, a primary challenge wouldn’t be a bad thing. It’s time that a pro Obama Democrat challenges her in the upcoming election.

          • 56 Mel
            September 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm

            That is an excellent idea if they can get a good pro Obama to challenges her. we will donated.

          • September 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm

            Our district is the bluest of blue, which is why she’s survived all the corruption charges. It’s time for some new blood, and not for her to hand the seat to an anointed successor.

            • 58 Betty's Girl
              September 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm

              I would be so curious to know how many voted for her in her district. I remember watching Charlie Rangel election during 2010 midterm. He was primaried but what I noticed was the turn out was so low. I think this is how they continue to win. First, no one ever primary against them and then turn it low probably unless it is a Presidential year.

            • September 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm

              From your on the ground position, is there the least possibility of this? From my position far away I can’t understand why there aren’t younger democrats actively challenging these disloyal dems.

          • September 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm

            and someone younger with fresh ideas…mad max is stale!!! time to retire maxine!!!!

        • September 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm

          Can you call her offices? That might get through to her obtuseness.

  13. 64 hopefruit2
    September 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Just so you are aware, I love my President.

  14. 65 dotster3
    September 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Here’s President Obama being interviewed by Orlando NBC station today. I haven’t watched yet, but the text looks good:

  15. 67 Tally
    September 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Excuse me while I momentarily highjack this thread –

    ATTENTION ALL MY SO CAL TOD PEEPS – As of this morning, there was only 50 tickets left for my Poe/Gorey show at The Huntington on Oct 8th.

    Would love for you to come!


    Now back to our regular awesome blog…. 😀

  16. September 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Hello folks! I just received this email from the Whitehouse!
    “Congratulations! You’ve been selected to attend the White House Tweetup.
    Please join us for the
    Arrival Ceremony for Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak
    Thursday, October 13th, 2011
    The White House”

    I have to fill out a security clearance form and send it back with my RSVP and my phone number. I would be there to watch the entire ceremony and I am invited to tweet the event and take pictures. I applied last week I think, but never thought that I would be invited! Is this a BFD or am I overreacting? Wow!

  17. 91 dotster3
    September 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Nancy Pelosi was great on Ellen today. Big applause for repeal of DADT:

  18. September 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Rev. Al told the truth.

    the utter truth.

    • 94 Puddin'
      September 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      …and nothing but the truth. I love it (and him). Rev. Al invited Maxine, Corney, Small person to some on his show, but we all know that would never happen…just like the Rev. said, “they are talkin loud and sayin nothing!

  19. 95 LunarSea
    September 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    My jaw was hanging down during that exchange. I was soo impressed. Go Al

  20. September 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Thank you Rev Al for having a backbone and not just jumping on board
    with the rest of the disingenious media. You Sir are a breath of fresh air.

  21. 97 Eleroy
    September 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Thank you Rev. Al!!! You Rock!!! Thanks for having our brilliant, hard working, phenomenal President’s back!!!

  22. September 29, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Maxine just finished talking shit on KOs show. What a joke. i used to like K O too. Maxine is tryin’ to worm her way back in as a champion of the people. Heifer dust!

  23. September 29, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Just about time for taps. time to put these ole bone in the rack. As always, it’s been stimulating. BTW any status on SueinMN? i hope she’s all right. Peace.

  24. 101 AnitaW
    September 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Just heard the Rev. Al audio. Wonderful. He was spot on we need to keep giving all our friends and family this message.

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