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President Obama Reaches Out to Civil Rights Leaders, Excludes Rev. Jesse Jackson

President Obama met with Civil Rights activists across the nation to discuss the fiscal cliff, but didn't invite Rev. Jesse Jackson in on the conversation.


As President Obama seeks to tackle the fiscal cliff that is approaching the United States, he and Vice President Joe Biden sought advice from prominent leaders in the African American community and civic organizations for insight on how to avoid the catastrophe.

Among the people the President and Vice President invited to meet were: Rev. Al Sharpton (National Action Network),  Ben Jealous (NAACP), Marc Morial (National Urban League), Rev. Jim Wallis (Sojourners),  Aaron Smith (Young Invincibles), Sister Simone Campbell (NETWORK), Chad Griffin (Human Rights Campaign), Peter Berns (The Arc), Wade Henderson (Leadership Conference on Civil Rights), Deepa Iyer (National Council of Asian Pacific Americans), Janet Murguia (National Council of La Raza), Barry Rand (AARP), and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner (MomsRising.org).

Campbell, Henderson, Iyer, Jealous, Morial, Murguia, Rand, Sharpton, Smith, and Wallis all have already met with President Obama and Vice President Biden. Although he is a prominent Civil Rights leader in the African American community, Rev. Jesse Jackson was not invited to the meeting. Rev. Jesse Jackson was recently arrested for protesting a factory in Free Port, Illinois, for sending their jobs to China — leaving 100′s of people without employment. Would he have not been a good resource to consult with on how to avoid the fiscal cliff?

Why do you believe Rev. Jesse Jackson wasn’t invited to meet with the President and Vice President to discuss the fiscal cliff?


51 Responses to President Obama Reaches Out to Civil Rights Leaders, Excludes Rev. Jesse Jackson

  1. King

    November 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks Oliver for the insight. I will try to pick up a copy.

  2. s'ann

    November 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I commend the President for reaching out. I hope he keeps it up and includes others from the academia and professional associations.

  3. Dan

    November 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I would be surprised if anything comes out this meeting. Just a meeting/photo opt. No one can now say that the president did not meet with “Black Leadership”.

  4. King

    November 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

    The Preseident did it because white advisers told him not to meet with him. This has been the most controlled President since Bush. I thought things would be different since re-election, but sadly I have been proven wrong. If you don’t believe what I am saying, then ask yourself why has the Pesident been silent about the violence in his home city for the past two years even as litle girls are gunned down while selling lemonade?

  5. Ida

    November 19, 2012 at 8:22 am

    President Obama need to meet with the Honorble Louis Farrkhan this brillant man can be very helpful to him in many ways for one let look at the educational system in the united states with the help of the nation of islam our children will be some of the smatest people in the world grade age children of the Nation of Islam surpass the ninth grade level of people in the united states children will learn truth children in the Nation of Islam are smarter than both children in china and japan all teacher’s here need to be reeducated because what they teach is old and rusty President will be doing a great service to the people here to allow the Nation of Islam to teach our children the right way to higher education.

  6. Milton

    November 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Republicans in congress and other quarters have said bad things about him too but that hasn’t stopped him from reaching out to them and REPEATEDLY going back.

  7. David Jones

    November 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    yeah right..if someone want to cut your balls off..the hell with the bridge you’re talking about..run.

  8. Malcolm

    November 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Jesse Jackson——is the one that taught Obama.

    When Obama lost his election in Chicago to Bobby Rush, Obama went to Rev Jesse Jackson for help and Jesse Jackson took Obama under his wings. He saw that Obama needed to work on his speaking style. So for 2 years straight Rev Jackson had Obama to come over to the Rainbow Push headquarters and speak every week, and that helped Obama with his speaking style. Never forget the bridge that helped brought you across.

  9. sunflowerliz

    November 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    It is almost impossible to please everyone, all the time and Pres. Obama knows this. He is trying to find folks who will work with him. Some folks only want to be in “charge” of the discussion and it seems Rev. Jackson is one of them. I am glad the President is “leading” this discussion and asking other to join him. Everyone who happens to be A/A won’t be involved.