Politico: Obama White House hearts Al Sharpton, thinks he really ‘gets it’
— Diego (@dcarr25506) August 22, 2014
We already knew that the Obama White House has an uncomfortably cozy relationship with Al Sharpton. But somehow, it seems even creepier after you read this:
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) August 22, 2014
Over the years, the 59-year-old former Brooklyn protest leader turned MSNBC talk-show host has embraced a new identity, one that reflects his evolution from agitator to insider with all that implies. In Ferguson, Sharpton established himself as a de facto contact and conduit for a jittery White House seeking to negotiate a middle ground between meddling and disengagement. “There’s a trust factor with The Rev from the Oval Office on down,” a White House official familiar with their dealings told me. “He gets it, and he’s got credibility in the community that nobody else has got. There’s really no one else out there who does what he does.”
And what, pray tell, is it that Al Sharpton does? Because from where we’re sitting, he does nothing but stir the pot — and make a fool of himself.
— AS (@adeleshiv) August 22, 2014
To be fair, Thrush does mention some of Sharpton’s greatest hateful hits. Evidently the White House has forgotten about all that, or they just don’t care.
— Christine Smith (@mamaristine) August 22, 2014