Monday, January 15, 2007

Black Leaders Wary of Obama

Who can back Obama?


Powerful black activists in the U.S. remain surprisingly cool to a White House run by African-American Senator Barack Obama.

At a recent meeting of activists in New York, Rev. Jesse Jackson, the first black candidate to run for president, declined to endorse Obama, saying "our focus now is not on who’s running, because there are a number of allies running.”

Rev. Al Sharpton, who ran in the 2004 Democratic primaries, said he was considering another presidential run in 2008 and observed about Obama: "Right now we’re hearing a lot of media razzle-dazzle. I’m not hearing a lot of meat, or a lot of content. I think when the meat hits the fire, we’ll find out if it’s just fat, or if there’s some real meat there.”

And singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte said America needed to be "careful” about Obama, the Sunday Times in London reported. ...


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