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October 8, 2015

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Latest Defense of Obama: Clinton Was Worse

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Latest Defense of Obama: Clinton Was Worse

by Yvette Carnell

The preacher who was handpicked to become President Obama’s ambassador to the African-American community is now grasping at straws in a last ditch effort to defend the first black president.

During an interview with New York magazine on whether President Obama had done enough for the African-American community, Sharpton mentioned Obamacare, then quickly pivoted to the harm inflicted upon the black community by Bill Clinton:

Al Sharpton, one of Obama’s staunchest defenders and a sometime adviser, argues that there is much to be grateful for in this presidency. “You know how many black people tell me, ‘I didn’t have health insurance until now’?” The Affordable Care Act is projected to give an estimated 2.9 million more African-Americans coverage by 2016, significantly narrowing the coverage gap between blacks and whites. “It’s extremely strange to hear people question President Obama who never questioned Bill Clinton,” he continues. “Under Bill Clinton, we got the crime bill that gave us three strikes and you’re out, and the welfare-reform bill. I too would have liked to see the Obama years do more. I agree with that. But Barack Obama never gave us a bill that hurt us.”

Actually, we saw a flurry of critical articles on Bill Clinton’s role in mass incarceration after the former president’s recent apology. But casting a critical gaze at Obama’s predecessor is certainly not a glowing appraisal of this president’s tenure. Saying the white guy is much worse than my guy isn’t the stuff pristine presidential legacies are made of.

I would also object to the notion that Obama has not harmed the black community. There’s a lot to be corrected here. It was under Obama that the heads of HBCUs threatened to sue the White House after its student loan policies forced an estimated 28,000 students to drop out and cost schools $150 million dollars in revenue. It was under this president that the Education Department’s “Race to the Top” policy caused a massive number of public school closures, especially in Obama’s hometown of Chicago. Recently, Obama defied his own fellow Democrats to ensure passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which arguably grants corporations more power than they’ve had at any other time in modern history.

As African-Americans are increasingly gunned down by police, Obama signed a bill to help protect police from threats. In the new BLS job numbers, the drop in the labor participation rate was sharpest among African-Americans. It’s not necessary that Obama sign a bill to hurt African-Americans for the president to do damage. Inaction and unilateral action are adequate bludgeoning tools.

Even the one success Sharpton imagines as being squarely in Obama’s win column isn’t as snug as he believes. In 2014 Bloomberg observed that Obamacare was helping everyone except black people:

When the Commonwealth Fund conducted a survey from July to September last year, 21 percent of blacks reported being uninsured. This year, in a similar survey conducted from April to June, that level was effectively unchanged, at 20 percent.

The truth about the Obama presidency is captured perfectly in one quote from the aforementioned article.

“That’s one of the fundamental paradoxes of Obama’s presidency — that we have the Black Lives Matter movement under a black president,” says Fredrick Harris, a political scientist at Columbia University. “Your man is in office, and you have this whole movement around criminal-justice reform asserting black people’s humanity?”

After researching the data, no one can, with a straight face, make the case that Obama has been good for the black community. You can, however, make the case that the white guy before him was worse. That’s the case Sharpton is making. It’s the only card he has left to play.

My video commentary below:

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23 thoughts on “Rev. Al Sharpton’s Latest Defense of Obama: Clinton Was Worse

  1. Watchful says:

    Exactly, Yvette … what other retort do Sharpton and all the other Obama apologists/enablers have at this point. I believe any sane and honest blk person is fully aware of what a colossal failure his presidency has been for our ppl.

  2. MorganaLeFay says:

    Sharpton undermined his credibility back in 2010 when he said he wouldn’t criticize President Obama at a time when black unemployment was around 16%. This is the problem with serving politicians- you can no longer truly claim to represent the people. It is a shame. I think that more black secularists need to get involved with the movement, as The Cause is suffering under religious hegemony.

  3. HaroldlClayton says:

    The Honorable Rev. Al Sharpton AKA Rev. Without Walls pivoted to Billiary on his debut of his Sunday morning show preview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd by a thinly veiled endorsement of Billiary . Unbeknown to most of us The Rev. Al is a socio-political byzantine pseudo-religious  mercenary just ask Tawana Brawley !

  4. Watchful says:


    Like that sarcastic ‘Honorable’ reference, Harold. : )

  5. TerryLawson says:

    His presidency failed when he stood in front of the NAACP , on television and told them to stop complaining. Black Male unemployment 50% in large cities , forien nation as receiving money claiming refugee status . Were hasn’t he failed Black people??

  6. Watchful says:


    I actually think it failed long b4 that, Terry … but I’m in full agreement with u on all ur other points.

  7. Rick Manigault says:

    Lets be clear. Most blacks supported Hilary this time 8 years ago and still think Bill Clinton the drug dealer/jail builder is something other than a complete monster. A vast majority of our people are complicit in Imperialism 2.0 and the banker supremacy two scourges that will destroy humanity.

  8. lovework says:

    Rick Manigault Agreed!  What you write is short, sweet, and undeniably the truth.

  9. millymil49 says:

    We have more blacks in politics now than ever before, one would think things would in some ways improve.  If anything Obama has proven to blacks especially that there is no hope. He’s making justice Thomas look real good.

  10. BlackheywoodHeywood says:

    TerryLawson That’s when he said “take off your bedroom slippers, stop complaining and vote. He also said  ” If you are looking to me for Special Treatment, none is coming”.  I am glad you posted that comment, as I maintain President Obama is a Black skinned man but  have a White man’s mindset and thinking when it comes to Black people.  President Obama lost credibility when he made Al Sharpton his point made for Black folks, that was a message to us all.

  11. BlackheywoodHeywood says:

    Yet Reverend Charlatan first guest on his downgraded show was Hillary Clinton, did he ask her why she supported the Mass Incarceration Bill, Welfare Reform and NAFTA , he did not. Once again he’s talking out of both sides of his mouth. He is also a confident of President Obama which tells me all I need to know about the President.  I wish someone would asked the ” Civil Rights Leader” how many JOBS or JOB Training programs for Black men in Harlem and NYC, ask him why hasn’t President Obama visited Harlem on his many jaunts to NYC or the NAN on  W 145th st.  Al had his NAN conference not in Harlem but in Midtown Manhattan.  His actions prove who he is.

  12. Johnw11 says:

    Al Sharpton is a political / civil rights hustler. Although he belongs to a “class” of such ilk, he is arguably the worst of the lot.
    He was /is the one willing to stoop the lowest, when it comes to obfuscating and shamelessly lying  to cover-up African Americans’ set-backs under the Obama administration. The set-backs, some cited by Ms. Carnell in the above video, exist at existential levels in every area of Black life except for a small slither of Black elites. Some of the set-backs are due to ‘benign neglect’ of Blacks by the Obama administration, others result from direct policy implementations. One example of benign neglect was the administration’s not intervening to stop the devastating wealth lost of Blacks in the form of home foreclosures, which, according to New York Times and Congressional Budget Office reports, was caused by a lack of guidelines and resolve to ensure that the $8 billion allocated by “congress” in the 2008 TARP bailout — and became under the executive purview of the Obama administration — were spent to help mortgage holders “hardest hit” (which data show are Blacks). That act of nonchalance caused Blacks to lose hundreds of $billions in wealth assets. An example of direct executive policies that caused set-backs, in addition to a change in PLUS loans qualification, which resulted in the massive Black student force-outs cited by Ms. Carnell, are policies ranging from school privatization resulting in thousands of competent Black teachers losing their jobs; resisting a 6th Circuit Court’s decision to release thousands of Blacks imprisoned for no-violent drug offenses which causes them to remain locked-up today without just cause, to successfully arguing before the SCOTUS to have “protestors arrested for minor offenses “stripped searched.
    The fact that Sharpton has not complained about the “strip search” ruling, despite, given his livelihood of protesting, is simply further proof that he is a charlatan as well as “low budget snitch.”
    His latest buffoonery, comparing the two “third way” right-winged / neoliberal Dem administrations of Clinton and Obama in search of a paradoxical “lesser pain” hallucination for the consumption of mindless, and or uninformed, followers is also designed to facilitate Sharpton’s desperate attempts to save his own face. Another benefit he hopes to achieve is consistent with his job description, which is the misleading of Blacks to be “reactive” politically(always vote AGAINST something), rather than be proactive (voting FOR something). By reinforcing such maladaptive  “bogeyman” voting behavior, Sharpton and his ilk hopes to keep the masses in a perceptual cycle of wasting what political agency they do have by voting for “personality” rather than “policy.” 
    Consequently, the condition and future prospects for the vast majority of Blacks get worse. Sharpton knows this, and he knows that perhaps most Blacks know it too. Therefore, being a con man bent on personal survival, he knows that at the end of the Obama administration about a year or so from now, when Blacks wake up and see what has actually happened to them, there will be hell to pay for all those who’ve enabled (served as accessories to) the devastation of African Americans, setting the group back a range of 50 to 100 years in socio-economic and political realities in the views of many analysts..

  13. Johnw11 says:

    Watchful I think TerryLawson is stating when he first recognized the failure. That’s great, as long he did recognize it at some point.
    Look at how many people still have not recognized it. Those still in “denial” (for reasons already explained) are most likely still following the leadership antics of the con- artist Sharpton, and, like him, still making up stuff in vain attempts to give credence to their delusions” in the real world.

  14. Johnw11 says:

    BlackheywoodHeywood TerryLawson  And despite the fact that he consistently denigrates Blacks in the manner you described, some Blacks still peddle the idea that his position as president somehow increases the esteem of Blacks in the world.
    But how can that be when he, knowing his every utterance is transmitted worldwide as loud as thunder, is reinforcing the very untrue, negative, stereotypes that accounts for the negative images and perceptions of Blacks in the first place?

  15. Watchful says:

    U’re probably right, John … I was just expressing my view that he never had any credibility with me since I knew he was just a puppet that the white supremacists selected to mislead not only our ppl, but the U.S. populace as a whole.

  16. Johnw11 says:

    BlackheywoodHeywood … a Charlton, and low “budget snitch,” using an exaggerated claim of popularity with Blacks to hustle kickbacks from major political players.

  17. Johnw11 says:

    Johnw11  Note: the word “perceptual” in the last sentence of the fourth paragraph was intended to read “perpetual.” Apologize for the mistype.

  18. Johnw11 says:

    Watchful  Precisely!

  19. mosesawesome says:

    U0001f440 why do we think we was going to happen? Who are Obama’s handlers are? have anybody took the time to look that up? Socialist Jews all of them. So simply because you put a black man in a white house does not mean you will get positive black results. A brother called Stephen a Smith and Kevin Durant slave fighting .black proxied power following orders in order to keep the white myth power; so all we are doing the slave fighting. The reason why he mentioned Clinton is because most believe he was the best president. Keep in mind they a
    re all Freemasons no related.

  20. ms sa says:

    The question I have is why didn’t Rev. Sharpton march against Joe Biden, who wrote the crime bill, and Clinton who signed it at the time it was being voted on? Why now? And as far as Obama and the Black community he selected Joe Biden, to be his Vice and Biden has a terrible record in crime reform, as well as the federal government, who privatize and pays the salary of profit making prisons, and awards cops with body cameras after killing unarm Black men.
    People please research each candidates voting record, comments and actions or inaction in the Black community. For example, for all who are considering Hillary did you forget she said in 2008 that Obama would not be president because he was not white. What does that say about Black Lives Matter?
    One thing Sharpton CAN do is have the panelist of his NAN Convention held in DC in 2013 (I think) to nationally implement their gun control strategies. They were on point!

  21. ms sa says:

    The question should be are things better for African Americans under Obama. I don’t think so. The next question that must be asked is why?

  22. mosesawesome says:

    I’m missing the reason why it should be better. A token changes nothing else if Jews tell him what to do, who knows maybe her tried, but he is a puppet in a bigger scheme. Same for he wars, he isn’t behind any that.

  23. CharlesHarris2 says:

    millymil49 Those Black politicians are financed by White Liberals. In 1960 there were a little over a hundred Black politicians by 1990 there were over 9000 & things got worse for Black folks.

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