Hockney’s painting A Bigger Splash reminds us of Obama – big splash and emptiness. “Shallow Lyricism” also reminds us of Obama and his vapid adjective laden hagiography about himself.
Yesterday was Presence of Absence Day for Obama. It was not only the senate vote he missed. You know, the only thing Big Blogs talk about because it is about their demographic. Obama missed the Laborers Union meeting the day before too.
What about the Jena 6? Why is Obama AWOL on this issue? Reverend Jesse Jackson, frustrated with Obama, did an impolitic thing and told the truth as if to wake Obama:
“If I were a candidate, I’d be all over Jena,” the prominent civil rights activist said Tuesday in Columbia, South Carolina, the The State newspaper reports. “Jena is a defining moment, just like Selma was a defining moment.”
Hillary understood. On the high profile Al Sharpton radio show she said:
“People need to understand that we cannot let this kind of inequality and injustice happen anywhere in America,” the Democratic presidential hopeful told Rev. Al Sharpton when she called into his nationally syndicated radio program Tuesday afternoon. [snip]
The New York senator said she has put a request into the Bush administration to ask the Civil Rights division of the Justice Department to investigate the case because, “we have a responsibility to confront racial injustice and intolerance anywhere.” She said she did so because she was troubled by reports that the youths were charged and sentenced in a manner that may have been inconsistent with what was called for.
Hillary was also at the NAACP convention in South Carolina with a civil rights plan and to talk about the Jena 6 on September 16, 2007:
Clinton addressed almost 1,000 people during the Charleston NAACP’s 91st annual banquet, and she chose the occasion to unveil her plans for bolstering civil rights. [snip]
“This case reminds us that the scales of justice are seriously out of balance when it comes to charging, prosecuting and sentencing African-Americans,” Clinton said. “The case in Jena cries out for a full investigation by the Civil Rights Division” of the U.S. Justice Department.
Obama was absent at the AARP debate last night. Obama was also absent at the Jena 6 rally sponsored by his supporter Reverend Jesse Jackson. Jackson was upset and made that unhappiness public. Reverend Jackson is not the only Obama supporter upset with Obama on the Jena 6 issue:
Lisa from Saint Charles, MO – I am appalled that Obama (who I have intented to vote for until recently because of this issue) has not responded more publicly about the Jena 6 situation. I can’t imagine what is preventing him from addressing this matter. I shudder to think that he feels it may negatively effect his Presidential campaign. Even President Bush – who ordinarily shows no heart or soul whatsoever – has condemmed the actions of the individuals involved and the legal system’s fallibilities. I sincerely hope that Obama changes his tune, and quickly. He needs to be a voice of moral authority on this issue. Leaving such things in the hands of Rev. Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton is simply irresponsible. If he chooses not to speak up on this issue soon and LOUDLY, I will be forced to choose another candidate to support in the Presidential primary. GO TO JENA, BARACK. GO TO JENA, NOW!
When it comes to Obama we have the Presence of Absence and his words are the Sounds of Silence. Neon god indeed.