Politico reports Jackson compares Obama to Jackie Robinson.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) told convention-goers Monday that Barack Obama is like baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson – enduring jeers without the ability to hit back.
“Barack Obama has the capacity to hit,” Jackson said a breakfast panel just before the opening of the Democratic National Convention. “But he is in the situation where he can’t hit back, which Jackie Robinson could not do. … He had to be able to run the bases, even though the crowd was jeering the first African-American on the field.”
Jackson, son of the civil rights leader, said Obama is in the same situation: “He has to keep smiling, because no one wants an angry African-American man in the White House.”
The NY Times reports Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the military is a fixture. “Three years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans still needs the military to help keep some semblance of order in certain neighborhoods… This year alone, New Orleans has had at least 127 murders, a stunning statistic given that roughly a third of the city’s population – 454,000 before the hurricane – has so far not returned.”
In June of 2006, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin asked the governor to deploy the national guard. “More than two years later, 300 soldiers remain, with the Louisiana National Guard still operating its command post from the Dixieland conference room in a downtown Holiday Inn. The plan, officers say, is to end the mission by the new year, giving the police department more time to replenish its ranks.”
“These soldiers do not make arrests, but they can cuff and detain suspects until the police arrive”.
Four at Four continues with propaganda job at the Pentagon and a human-powered gym.