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Monday, January 23, 2017

Jesse Jackson gives Trump's speech a thumbs up

President Trump's inauguration speech drew praise from Jesse Jackson.

From WPXI:
“The speech was full of hope and inclusion and he reached out to cities in a way they’ve not been reached out to for a long time,” he said. “But with that must come a target, a timetable and a budget.”
Trump’s speech hit many of the populist chords he refined on the campaign trail, portraying Washington as full of elite insiders indifferent to the common man.
“That all changes, starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you,” he said, before ticking off goals: “We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.”
Trump capped his speech with his famous phrase: “Together, we will make America great again.”
Jackson says Trump must back up his rhetoric with action.
“I’m hopeful. There’s an awful lot of damage done that needs to be cleaned up,” he said. “The campaign was very divisive and very painful… Referring to President Barack (Obama) as the founder of ISIS, Hillary (Clinton) as a nasty woman. He’ll have to have to clean that stuff up and then put forth some concrete plans.”
Like many people in the news, Jackson and Trump have a long history.

Twenty years ago, Trump gave Jackson's organization office space on Wall Street, gratis.

From the Daily Caller last August:
In both 1998 and 1999, Trump was an honored guest at the annual Wall Street Conference hosted by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Jackson’ DC-based “multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change.”
“We need your building skills, your gusto,” Jackson told the real estate mogul before stating Trump is a model for “people on Wall Street to represent diversity.”
Politics and egos aside, we have major problems in inner cities and rural towns. I have lived in both.

Jackson's response to Trump taking on the Washington establishment was a pleasant surprise.


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  1. So in the first couple of days of the New Beginning, the Trump Revolution, pigs do fly. McCain on Tillerson and now Jackson. Wow.

    1. I just saw one fly past my window. There is always a qualification, though: “But with that must come a target, a timetable and a budget.” (He means, "Give me $$$$$.") - Elric

    2. "But with that must come a target, a timetable and a budget."

      He left out audit.

  2. Trump Triangulation! Maybe JJ sees a possible opportunity here with his pal DJT to give Al Sharpton a wedgie.

    1. Doubtless, the Rev Jackson hasn't liked being hustled aside by the interloper from Gotham.

    2. Agree. He seemed to be pushed to the curb by obama. Maybe too it was because his son was in jail. Now, just his daughter-in-law is so he can get back in the game and slip a shiv into the Rev. Al as he passes by him.

  3. "There’s an awful lot of damage done that needs to be cleaned up ... The campaign was very divisive and very painful"

    Not so good, really. Jackson is implicitly blaming TRUMP for this damage, not Barry and the race-baiters.

    1. With apologies to Dave Barry, "Barry and the race baiters" would be a good name for a band.

  4. Jesse letting Trump know he can bought (or at least rented), but he needs a timetable and budget to seal the deal. Wonder how much Jesse thinks he can worm out of that budget in tribute.