Al Sharpton Has Visited Obama’s White House 61 Times
Most who have been following current events over the past few decades can agree that there is no more malign and contemptible character in public life than Al Sharpton, who launched his career with the outlandish Tawana Brawley hoax (for which he was convicted of libel), who got people murdered by sparking pogroms at Crown Heights and Freddy’s Fashion Mart, who supported communist accomplice to murder Angela Davis, who has never passed up on an opportunity to inflame racial tensions in the crudest and most irresponsible manner possible, who is infamous for participating in Jesse Jackson–style shakedowns and extortion, who was fined $285,000 for violating federal election laws during his farcical 2004 presidential bid, who is currently on the hook for $4.5 million in unpaid taxes, who opposes our right to bear arms, and who enlightened his followers with the following pathetically delusional history lecture:
“White folks was in the cave while we [blacks] was building empires … We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was … we taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”
The Age of Hope & Change has been a bleak period for America on the whole. But not for Al Sharpton:
Sharpton has been enthusiastically embraced by President Obama. He has bragged about helping to pick a new attorney general and communed with the current one. In fact, a much-quoted Politico profile last summer described Sharpton as Obama’s “go-to man on race.”
Imagine a president of the same race as the majority of Americans picking David Duke as his “go-to man on race.” That would be the nearest equivalent, except that so far as I know, Duke hasn’t gotten anyone killed by race-baiting.
Given the reports of phone calls and text messages frequently exchanged between Sharpton and top Obama officials, a complete accounting of the relationship may be impossible. But a perusal of the White House visitor log — which shows 61 visits by Sharpton since 2009 — illustrates the extraordinary access Sharpton has had to the president and his top advisers.
Thirty-four of Sharpton’s visits were for White House events like high-profile nominations, bill signings, and soirées. Some, like the February 9, 2010, “Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement,” seem well within Sharpton’s wheelhouse. But many more — including a March 18, 2010, signing ceremony for a “jobs bill” and a May 19, 2010, event honoring visiting Mexican president Felipe Calderón — leave one wondering where Sharpton’s expertise enters the picture. Others — such as the Obamas’ 2011 Super Bowl party, small-scale movie screenings in February 2011 and April 2013, and especially the president’s birthday party in August 2011 — speak to a close personal relationship between Sharpton and the first family.
Small wonder race relations have worsened under our supposedly “post-racial” president.
We are now governed by people of Al Sharpton’s caliber. The technical term for this is kakistocracy.
On a tip from JusttheTipHQ. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.