2008 Jabbar on Obama
posted by March 26 at 15:48 PMon
Don’t worry, I’m not gonna start filing lovey-dovey Obama posts, but Kareem’s getting to me.
Over on Abdul Jabbar’s blog (!)—which is a little too on-message about everything— “Big Lew” (Google it, kids) has been posting some interesting stuff on Obama. (Jabbar has endorsed Obama and made a subtle appearance in the Black Eyed Peas promo video.)
In his post on the Rev. Wright controversy, Jabbar expands Obama’s controversial point about understanding the context of Wright’s anger. Of course, Obama used that as a savvy pivot to serve his campaign and talk about turning the page.
Jabbar—who talks about Rodney King … and DNA testing … and Emmett Till!—uses it to get all like uppity.
The vitriol in the Rev. Wright’s words is a direct result of what he sees when he reviews … the history of this country. This is not to say that there has been no progress made in those situations, but sadly that progress has been too often slow and grudgingly acquired. Because of the nature of the problems, which in many cases were started in the 19th century, Americans in this day and age have to pay for issues that they didn’t cause and shouldn’t have to fix. But nonetheless we are stuck with the tab.
Re: On message. Here’s Jabbar’s e-mail Q&A with Obama, which does end with this great tidbit:
Finally, I mentioned to him that I’ve seen several pictures of him playing basketball. He told me that basketball was a passion for him throughout his lifetime and should he get to reside in the White House there would absolutely be a hoop on the White House grounds.