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When the Obama Magic Died
Wall Street Journal, by Fouad Ajami

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Posted By:Scottyboy, 11/14/2013 7:25:38 PM

The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obama´s policies—and, more significantly, in the man himself. Charisma is like that. Crowds come together and they project their needs onto an imagined redeemer. The redeemer leaves the crowd to its imagination: For as long as the charismatic moment lasts—a year, an era—the redeemer is above and beyond judgment. He glides through crises,

Pretty god piece. Ajami is too kind.
Bottom line: Barry´s baloney caught up with him and a critical mass of his former sycophants started paying attention.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Poliskeptic, 11/14/2013 7:41:34 PM     (No. 9613745)

This piece makes me ashamed. The American public is what Europe and much of the rest of the world thinks of us: stupid.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: EQKimball, 11/14/2013 7:45:44 PM     (No. 9613747)

The band uniforms have arrived and Obama is at the footbridge waiving his baton. But the town folks have now been told the truth. "There is no band, there never was a band, and there never will be a band." Except in this story, there is no pretty music teacher who quietly stepped in to teach the boys to play.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bpl40, 11/14/2013 7:49:40 PM     (No. 9613751)

No it will never die. 47% LoFos are depending on him to preserve their free lunch. The grip of that drug is unlikely to be loosened by logic, reasoning, appeal to higher patriotic instincts or anything else.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: saguni, 11/14/2013 8:19:16 PM     (No. 9613775)

d´RATs will abandon a sinking ship.

I hope the edge is beginning to fray, a few days ago there was an interview with a lady who attended Punahou school with Duh Wun, now this article and others today.

We will start seeing more and more 1) old school chums, 2) disgruntled former employees, 3) political "allies" who want to put their spin on things before 0bama has a chance to throw them under the bus.

As the Chinese say, may we live in interesting (but suddenly truthful) times.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jalo1951, 11/14/2013 8:46:15 PM     (No. 9613800)

I would like to take issue with the "personal charisma" comment. You can call obama a rose but he still smells like the cow pie he is.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chance_232, 11/14/2013 9:03:10 PM     (No. 9613813)

What Obama and the American people have demonstrated is that "we" are literally no better and no smarter than the 1930´s Germans were.

I remember watching the 2008 Obama "rallies". Adult women all but throwing their underwear at Obama. The press hyperventilating over every utterance as if every word were divinely inspired. The press and pundits marveled at Obama´s genius without ever questioning what he was actually proposing. It was as if it was the 1950´s and Elvis had retaken the stage.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JoniTx, 11/14/2013 9:34:17 PM     (No. 9613843)

Excellent piece. Nomimate for ´Must Read´.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 11/14/2013 10:54:02 PM     (No. 9613920)

The interview No. 4 refers to is on Youtube & it is worth your while. BO´s biggest problem is he started believing his own BS. What´s the old show biz adage - always leave the audience wanting more? He´s the "magician" who stayed on stage too long pulling rabbit after rabbit out of the hat & how he´s embarrassing himself because he´s run out of rabbits & he´s down to the raisins.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Ben Around, 11/14/2013 11:44:33 PM     (No. 9613952)

bary is a con artist. Greedy people who want something for nothing are susceptible to con men. Unfortunately most americans today fall into this category. They are responsible for the disaster we are facing today.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/15/2013 1:04:52 AM     (No. 9613992)

The worm turns.
They call it charisma. In the south we call it like we see it-shucking and jiving.

The last paragraph is what VJ wants everyone to believe. She is far more dangerous.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: red oak, 11/15/2013 7:14:55 AM     (No. 9614217)

I miss Don Meredith singing "Turn out the lights, the party´s over." If only someone would blare that out at the next press conference. And every press conference after that.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/15/2013 7:22:39 AM     (No. 9614236)

I have personally despised Obama and everything he stands for from the very beginning and he has never said or done anything that has changed my mind.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/15/2013 7:23:13 AM     (No. 9614239)

Conservatism is what happens when the bill finally arrives for the liberals´ all-you-can-eat free lunch.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 11/15/2013 7:44:29 AM     (No. 9614267)

Obama has forgotten that the Nuremberg Rallies later became the Nuremberg Trials. Or probably not forgotten - he´s astoundingly ignorant of the lessons from history.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 11/15/2013 8:16:18 AM     (No. 9614318)

I am certain Europe, for all that is worth, is frightened to death.

Our fool in the WH can bring the world economies to its knees. If he quits making Fiat Money and defaults on the U.S. debt, the world will end as we know it today.

We are a hairs breath from that reality today.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/15/2013 8:25:38 AM     (No. 9614336)

FTA: "Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed."

I pray that this is, in fact, exactly what happens. So many were so easily fooled by this con man and his coterie of fools. This country deserves better. If we do recover and return to values that made this country great, it will be one of our sweetest victories. To be this close to destruction and be able to pull ourselves back from the brink will be a resounding reaffirmation of our founding principles.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 11/15/2013 8:36:31 AM     (No. 9614354)

As a kid I learned one thing when Roosevelt was President. When someone turns on the charm, run.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: pickle1, 11/15/2013 8:36:53 AM     (No. 9614357)

They are just moving onto Hillary.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: nevernaught, 11/15/2013 8:44:23 AM     (No. 9614378)

Well Fouad Ajami, if that really is your name. There never was any Obama magic, there was a cheerleader atmosphere created by the MSM. He was Mister Wonderful and you never bothered to check out his past criminal activities. He was a lie you created and now you are saving your own backsides.

Thanks for destroying large parts of this country. The world is laughing at him, you and the very stupid people who voted for this charlatan... twice.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: privateer, 11/15/2013 8:57:28 AM     (No. 9614410)

Loved 2´s Music Man comparison. Except Harold Hill was charming, and capable of reformation. 9 reminds me of W.C. Fields maxim: you can´t cheat an honest man. Re: the article, it´s great to read a fellow Muslim (one assumes the writer is!) kicking zero´s worthless bum.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Tallgrass Palms, 11/15/2013 9:16:20 AM     (No. 9614450)

Disregarding all the other lies, if a white man had blatantly and repeatedly lied to the American public about a piece of legislation that crippled their healthcare in order to get re-elected, he would have been tarred, feathered and ridden out of town on a rail. Because he is black and we have this collective guilt over slavery or something, he gets a pass but, in the end, he may wish that he was never re-elected! I sure wouldn´t want to be the president that has to clean up this mess.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 11/15/2013 9:28:37 AM     (No. 9614477)

Thank you, Mr. Ajami, for this assessment of Obama and his imperial mindset and decisions.

Reading it, I was reminded of the hoards of screaming, sobbing, hysterical young girls watching Elvis or The Beatles in so many videos I´ve watched. Puzzling, almost embarrassing displays of emotion, but little else.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: lasvegaslou, 11/15/2013 9:45:42 AM     (No. 9614506)

Can´t post on this site anymore. It´s way to twitchy. I just had another long comment wiped out. Let me try to say that many people are way to happy way too soon. Obamacare is still the law of the land, Obama seems to be able to modify or ignore any law or regulation anytime he wants to and our brave Republicans still just stand there. Obama makes John Roberts look like a piker when comes to rewriting law.

One more thing, if you think that the liberal media or the Dems are going to abandon O because of a little bump in the road, you are wrong. These people were willing to fight the Civil War to enforce their progressive views.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 11/15/2013 9:51:36 AM     (No. 9614518)

Charisma? Obama? LOL
Yeah, charisma of Joe Stalin.

A previous post states that the media are moving onto Hilliary!; that´s exactly right. This is the LeftMedia´s ebb tide, and Obama´s the lamest of the lame ducks. Soon, it´ll be all about Hilliary! and how none of this will happen when she becomes the next "historic" president.
Watch for it.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 11/15/2013 9:56:34 AM     (No. 9614528)

#18 and #24 El Correcto!
The left and the propaganda media are getting ready to blow passed Obama like a freight train passes a Hobo. Hillary is the next flavor of the coomunist left. If Benghazi strikes Hillary down (which I doubt) Elizabeth Warren is waiting in the wings.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: strike3, 11/15/2013 10:05:51 AM     (No. 9614552)

This is a very well written piece. Devoid of emotion, it just describes how the amateur magician surrounded the gullible with a castle built from smoke and mirrors. Now that it´s all crashing down, there is no doubt that the show is over.

The democrats who voted for this obamacare mess and all of his other dismal failures believe that they can save their own skins by bailing out now. We have had five years to sharpen our eyes and our memories. Every last one of them will bear this albatross around his neck forever. "We are keeping score."

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Freeloader, 11/15/2013 10:10:08 AM     (No. 9614560)

Surprised by all this "weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth"? Don´t be! It´s what happens when the "leadership" of the greatest nation and economy in recorded history is turned over to an undocumented Muslim foreign student from the teeming streets of Jakarta, Indonesia...A foreign student who also just happens to be a devout communist with absolutely zero previous private sector management experience, to include running a drive-thru window at a Chi-Town Popeye´s Chicken & Biscuits...Have a nice day!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: An Afternoon Walk, 11/15/2013 10:23:38 AM     (No. 9614588)

I never bought the snake oil from him in the first place. Obama is a con man like Clinton and John Edwards. He conned even several Republicans at the beginning.

David Brooks fell in love with Obama´s perfectly creased pant, apparently Brooks´ sole criteria for choosing a president (no surprise though there.

Peggy Noonan swooned over Obama´s elegant speaking voice and dapper exterior with her precious syrupy rhetoric (gag) and Dr. K inexplicably thought for a time at least that Obama was intelligent and dignified.

Trying to return the snake oil is a sticky business; it´s hard to get your money back from a swindler. It´s even harder for people to trust a pundit again who proved themselves such a terrible judge of character in swooning over an obvious con. A con who is on videotape saying there are 57 states and pronounces corpsman like corpse....among many other serious bloopers. Thomas Sowell details in one of his columns other gross mistakes Obama has made.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 11/15/2013 10:24:26 AM     (No. 9614589)

You reality must be proud Axelrod for your achievement.
A nod of course to the Liberal media for their assistance, and let us not forget the voters who couldn´t quite face reality..So here we are!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Tall Oak, 11/15/2013 10:34:25 AM     (No. 9614600)

Some scattered thoughts here:

#1, I don´t care about the Europe´s opinion of us because I can´t think of any country over there that is better than the USA, even in our present condition.

#21, that next president might be crazy Uncle Joe. Zero´s adoring fans are the only wind beneath his wings and once he loses them he loses his mojo. He lost credibility and his lap dogs are running like it´s their bath time.

If this emperor loses both the admiration and political cover that he´s thrived on, his lack of apparel will become obvious and he will look for a way out. He´ not a fighter, he´s a lover, albeit, of himself. The last five years he has poured gas on America and, like a jilted lover, he may strike a match.

FTA: "A president who constantly reminded his critics that he had won at the ballot box was bound to deepen the opposition of his critics."

It is now payback time. The GOP needs to let him know that they control the House because they won, too. Immigration reform should not be a rush job like zerocare was, just look at the damage speed can create.

Finally, today it´s "Illusionist" not magician, because thinking people know what they´re being shown cannot exist in the real world.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: walcb, 11/15/2013 10:43:12 AM     (No. 9614612)

#3 is brief but correct--sorry to agree--too many losers on the dole in this coutry.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: swarfer, 11/15/2013 11:01:53 AM     (No. 9614647)

Mr. Ajami´s finally observes what many of us have known since the beginning. Obama is nothing, was nothing and will be nothing, but BS in a suit. Our idiot Nation has nobody to blame but itself.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Dante, 11/15/2013 11:56:45 AM     (No. 9614766)

Perhaps this will end the U.S. experimentation with 3rd World style government.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Flipper3, 11/15/2013 12:56:28 PM     (No. 9614887)

What about the ´Magic of Valerie´? Is that still with us?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: privateer, 11/15/2013 3:15:13 PM     (No. 9615122)

To 3 and 31 I offer this slender reed of Hope: the number of those living off the "Fat of the Land" is bound to decrease as does the aforementioned F of the L. Paying your own way is the beginning of mistrust of Big Government.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: melanie, 11/15/2013 5:04:31 PM     (No. 9615275)

Mr Ajami has never been an Obama acolyte. He saw through him long ago like most of us. He doesn´t deserve the criticism some have meted out here.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: pasann, 11/15/2013 8:50:42 PM     (No. 9615534)

You don´t put ANYONE in the WH to be the FIRST of ANYTHING.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 11/15/2013 10:24:52 PM     (No. 9615626)

Anyone who watched that speech in Grant Park in 2008, with the adoring crowds chanting and the wife and kids being shunted offstage, had to know it would end eventually.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: clancyb, 11/15/2013 10:28:25 PM     (No. 9615628)

As a very infamous jerk once said............."You can put lipstick on a pig....but, it is still a pig"

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Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
of $7,921,638

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Why is US Senator Harry
Reid so concerned with
a local Nevada rancher?

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Fox News, by Wayne Allyn Root    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:37:12 PM     Post Reply
I live in Las Vegas. I live and breath Nevada politics. Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in the Nevada desert. And Senator Harry Reid’s fingerprints are all over it. I am of course referring to the Bundy Ranch siege. This was a dispute between a Nevada ranching family with rights to the land in question for 140 years and the BLM (Bureayu of Land Management). The government claims they haven’t paid grazing fees for 20 years. The result was a government assault on the ranch- including snipers with assault rifles, SUV’s, helicopters, airplanes and over 200 heavily armed troops. No

Elizabeth Warren whines about coverage
of her fraudulent Indian claim

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Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:54:52 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote in her forthcoming book that she was “hurt” and “angry” by 2012 reporting on her fraudulent claim to Native American heritage. “What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side,” Warren wrote in her book “A Fighting Chance.” “I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger, would launch a rocket at me,” Warren wrote, adding, ”I was stunned by the attacks.” This reporter (blogger?) reported extensively

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 10:32:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Progressive Insurance
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National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 10:08:10 PM     Post Reply
How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 3:42:51 PM     Post Reply
With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

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