The Rev. Al Sharpton praised President Obama on MSNBC on Wednesday, saying that he is the John F. Kennedy “of today” and that he was elected to office all because of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
“A lot of the media is trying to make [Mr. Obama] the new King,” Mr. Sharpton said to MSNBC host Richard Liu. “He’s the result of King. He’s the President Kennedy of today, the President Johnson of today.”
When Mr. Liu asked what the anniversary meant to the president, Mr. Sharpton said he thinks “it puts a sense of obligation on him that he is manifesting the dreams and wishes of many and that history is calling him to take a real stand that would show that the sacrifices and pain was not for nothing and that he must continue this struggle,” the Washington Examiner reported.