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Sharpton: Obama’s critics just don’t get it

Rev Al Sharpton mounted a passionate defence of Barack Obama today, and claimed that the US president’s critics were hopelessly out of touch with the mood of America and the world.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the civil rights leader drew a parallel between the progressive manifesto and the need to galvanise voters to play a part in democracy.

He told presenter John Humphreys that Obama was facing “tooth and nail” opposition from politicians who had “not caught up with the spirit of change.”

‘That’s what President obama is trying to do [bring change], and I think that most Americans will see that and support that. I think we’ve got to galvanise that around the world; that’s why I’m trying to help Operation Black vote trying to galvanise black voters in the UK.’

Rev Sharpton added: ‘He [Obama] raised expectations enormously and he has certainly been a change agent, but what has not changed is his opposition. They fought him tooth and nail on healthcare and on what he’s trying to do on global policy.’

The one-time Democratic presidential candidate – in Britain as a guest of Operation Black Vote to kickstart the voter registration campaign – will address a rally of 2,000 people in central London tonight.

By Lester Holloway


Thursday 21st January 2010

6pm – 9.30pm


Friends House (opposite Euston station, London)

For tickets email: jyoti@obv.org.uk

Or call Jyoti Bhojani on (020) 8983 5460

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