Good gracious… The hits just keep coming for Barack Obama…
Enter Al Sharpton who has accused Obama “of trying to “grandstand in front of white people,”” because Obama “made a call for nonviolence in the aftermath of the Sean Bell verdict.”
During what a source described as a “heated” phone call yesterday, Sharpton told Obama he was disappointed with the Illinois senator’s words on Friday, when Obama said “resorting to violence to express displeasure” was “completely unacceptable and counterproductive.”
“[Obama] issues this statement and not a single rock had been thrown,” said a source. “How does the candidate of change ask people to accept a verdict that is unjust?”
The source said Sharpton had hoped Obama would “side with the Bell family” and not use it as an “opportunity to grandstand in front of white people.”
The NY Post reports that an Obama spokesman “described the conversation as a chance to “hear [Sharpton’s] views and to get his perspective.””
Andy Sullivan notes:
I think that is part of Jeremiah Wright’s view of Obama as well: he will never forgive him for winning so many white votes, and breaking the pattern and ideology of victimhood and marginalization that forged Wright’s identity. This dynamic is very powerful in minority circles.
It’s anyone’s guess who will come out swinging next. Meanwhile… under a lot of pressure Barack Obama is pledging to “Return to Message, Avoid Negative Campaigning.” Good luck with that.