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Obama Consults With MSNBC Host Al Sharpton, and Other 'Civil Rights Leaders,' on Fiscal Talks

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This afternoon, President Barack Obama consulted with MSNBC host Al Sharpton, who's also assicated with the National Action Network (NAN), about the fiscal talks between the White House and Congress.

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Cam V (417)
Friday November 16, 2012, 10:40 pm
This afternoon, President Barack Obama consulted with MSNBC host Al Sharpton, who's also assicated with the National Action Network (NAN), about the fiscal talks between the White House and Congress. At the same meeting, Obama also consulted with other "leaders of civil rights and civic organizations."

Via the pool report:

President Obama and Vice President Biden met with leaders of civil rights and civic organizations to discuss negotiations over how to avoid the fiscal cliff. The meeting lasted over an hour, and participants spoke to reporters outside the West Wing after they wrapped up.

Per the White House, expected attendees included:

* Peter Berns, The Arc
* Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK
* Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
* Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR)
* Deepa Iyer National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
* Ben Jealous, NAACP
* Marc Morial, National Urban League
* Janet Murguia, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
* Barry Rand, AARP
* Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner,
* Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network (NAN)
* Aaron Smith, Young Invincibles
* Rev. Jim Wallis, Sojourners

Pool can confirm that Campbell, Henderson, Iyer, Jealous, Morial, Murguia, Rand, Sharpton, Smith and Wallis were there, 'cause they all came out and talked.

Jae A (316)
Friday November 16, 2012, 10:43 pm
What's you point Cam..that Blacks , especially those associated with one of the larget black organizations in the nation, should not be in on talks about fiscal responsibility ?

Bill K (4)
Friday November 16, 2012, 10:51 pm
thank you cam for highlighting how open this president is. during the bush years a lot of the lists of who met with white house officials were kept secret. then romney even topped that level of secrecy during his campaign by keeping many of his policies secret.

jo M. (3)
Friday November 16, 2012, 11:16 pm
Anyone consulting with Al Sharpton should be impeached.

Cam V (417)
Friday November 16, 2012, 11:22 pm
Open? What the hell do these people have to do with the fiscal anything? What do they offer to the conversation about what is bankrupting a nation? Are they employees of the people? No .... so what exactly is it that they offered to this?

Jae A (316)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 12:35 pm
They represent a large portion of our U.S. citizenship Cam...I guess your being a Canadian it might seem strange that others,like in the U.S., want to here what the people have to say and not just the GOP's Corporate bosses.

Why Jo M, cause he is Black and that he is an outstanding active member of his community as well as the nation ?

Diane O (194)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 1:15 pm
Al Sharpton?? Laugh out loud!! Valerie Jarratt, Rev. Right, Al Sharpton...yep those would be very credible people to consult with....

Meanwhile, companies are laying off thousands of employees preparing for the "health care tax." Way to do, liberals. Wonder how many hundreds of Obama voters are in that number? I guess people get what they deserve....

Cam V (417)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 3:08 pm
Nothing to with race at all Jae so pocket that card. I am pretty tired of that one. Al Sharpton et al have always tried to be a Martin Luther King wannabes. THAT IS ALL THEY ARE! Dr. King was a REBULICAN first and foremost and I would bet still would be. He was for fairness and equality for all. Wanted EVERY American to have a shot at the brass ring and be successful in life.

Some of those mentioned that Obama met with are people who encourage other people to be DEPENDANT on Government. There is NOTHING free about that.

Giana P (398)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 2:08 am

Diane O (194)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 6:13 am
Mitt Romney is a venture capitalist. He took more than several smaller companies public and they have soared. A venture capitalist has to make the hard decisions. If a company is underperforming they can either be helped through different management or they may have to close. You elected a man who never had a meaningful job in his entire life. Mitt Romney is an astute businessman. Successful businesses all over our country have to face cutting jobs to remain profitable.

Recently, a medical supply company cut 1,170 jobs because of Obamacare. So, you see, this isn't about Mitt Romney. This is about President Obama forcing companies to downsize or close because of the outrageous cost to a company by his mandated "healthcare tax." We will see many more companies fold over the next four years or they will move their companies overseas.

Every single one of Obama's 'green' companies went belly up. Obama needs all the help he can get to better understand economics and the business world. He has shown us that he is absolutely clueless. His past record in picking private sector winners is poor. The liberals know this. They just can't bring themselves to talk about Obama's many failures.

Arielle S (313)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 10:46 am
Bravo, Angelica! When the CEO of Home Depot said anybody who voted for Obama should be shot, he lost my business forever - there are other stores who know how to deal. And yes, all those threatening to secede, all those making statements like the Home Depot CEO should be on a terror watch list. They are more concerned with their petty little whines than with the country.

Diane O (194)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 10:53 am
Angelica, as usual, you missed the point entirely. This isn't about Romney losing by a few percentage points. This is about what ObamaCare will do to our country. Your flippant, "to hell with them we don't need them anyway" was a childish response to an adult discussion. And there's nothing 'traitorous" in your vernacular about 49% of Americans who actually have taken the time to learn and understand the escalating cost of this failed attempt at fixing healthcare.

Do you honestly believe the government can do a better job of running your personal healthcare needs? Then I direct your attention, once again, to the hard fact that the taxpayers for decades have been paying now at $60 billion a year in fraud and abuse. How does that happen? It happens when a government mismanages medicare and medicaid.

There will be more and more layoffs because companies simply cannot afford the mandated penalty requiring them to provide health insurance. They will end up paying over $2,000 a year for each employee on their payroll. Doesn't take a mathematician to add these numbers up and place them at the year end profit with a minus sign in front of it. What you are seeing now is just the tip of the iceberg.

Obama was never smart enough to be the POTUS. He has never been a leader in anything in his entire life. He's the puppet man. He has no ideas of his own.

What's "funny" is that many liberals will lose their jobs as a result of this. We'll check back with you later to see how you are coping.

Patrice M (84)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 11:10 am
I agree with you totally, Arielle.

Funny, Diane. I don't think the tantrum throwers on your side are acting like adults at all. I think they are greedy and I, frankly, am tired of their whiny and constant complaining over not getting their own way. We have this funny little thing here called majority rule.

Obama won the popular vote. He won the electoral vote. If you don't like how it's done here, go live somewhere else. I am all for that pity-party disenchantment being turned into some action. I want to help you guys with packing.

Obama care is already saving lives and it hasn't fully gone into effect yet. It isn't perfect, but I have great hopes for it. Apparently, so do the majority of Americans. So stop whining.

"Obama was never smart enough to be the POTUS. He has never been a leader in anything in his entire life. He's the puppet man. He has no ideas of his own. "

He has really good ideas for reaching out to all Americans and making them accepted in our culture. He has ideas for jobs, and strengthening the economy. He has had trouble achieving those goals largely because of a House of Representatives that refuses to pass any of his legislation. So, whose fault is that? If you ask me, that inaction is a great reason not to ever vote republican again. Ever. They should be charged with treason for what they did on the transportation bill alone. Maybe you didn't hear about that. Your party refused to pass legislation that would ensure over one million jobs in repairing the infrastructure. They went on vacation instead.

If your republicans in the House had any strength of character, they would have resigned from their jobs, not just sit around on their fat white butts collecting tax payer money in high salaries. We are the tax payers they refuse to help because it might make Obama look good. That's as low as it gets, in my opinion.

But I bet you voted for them.


Cam V (417)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 11:16 am
As long as Obama puts more value into mindless social justice 'experts' rather than true math you are screwed. Seems the fellow was right when he admited he could not help his daughter with her math homework.

As citizens we take responsiblity for our votes by following what our elected representatives are doing with them. The Congress has a strong mandate to hold the fiscal line. I hope they do that.

Arielle S (313)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 11:33 am
The "fiscal line"? Would that be the one protecting the 1%?

I ask advice from a lot of people, Cam - doesn't mean I'll do what they suggest, doesn't mean they have to be experts. A wise man seeks the opinion of others - "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel." Prov 12:15.

Diane O (194)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 11:36 am
Al Sharpton is a credible mentor alright....he had over a $1 million lien placed on him for failing to pay state and federal taxes. Of course, this is who Obama would seek out "for advice." This dog and pony show just keeps right on rolling down the road to nowhere.

Diane O (194)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 11:36 am
That's a nice quote, Arielle, but Obama isn't a wise man so this would not apply to him.

Diane O (194)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 1:40 pm
Linda, millions of Americans are opting now for "Concierge Medicine." Only doctors with the best medical reputations are asked to join. They charge a large annual fee but have reduced their patient load from 2,000 a month to 600 patients. You can have an appointment right away, and have direct access to your doctor. These doctors are not participating in ObamaCare and they want to provide a place for their patients to get excellent care in record time. The fee is worth every penny if one can afford it. They grandfather in their patients who are facing medicare enrollment and the fee makes up the difference for what medicare doesn't pay these deserving physicians. So, healthcare, as we have known it is, indeed, changing, but for millions of Americans it is going in the opposite direction of ObamaCare. 27 states have denied participating in ObamaCare. 20 states have confirmed thus far that they will not be participating...the rest will follow.

Capturing a country's healthcare is crucial to socialism. Absolutely crucial. Because without being in control over our medical care they cannot be in control of us. Why, may I ask, do we have to enroll in Medicare at age 65? Can anyone answer that question? The large majority of Americans can afford to pay for private insurance until the day they die. They don't need medicare and they don't want it. And, yet, they are made to enroll in it? Doesn't make sense to me. Yes, they have paid into it but many don't want to have it as their primary healthcare provider. Seems to me that the government could save a lot of money by allowing Americans to have their own private insurance carriers for as long as they wanted.

Your thoughts on that, Linda?

Diane O (194)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 1:46 pm
The answer: it's socialized medical care thanks to democrat Lyndon B. Johnson. And we have $60 billion a year in fraud and abuse. The government shouldn't be managing our healthcare.

Patrice M (84)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 9:35 pm

Steven's Story:

Linda, my mom is on medicare. She has a multitude of health issues. Her coverage has expanded this year. Have you read the new Medicare information book? Coverage has expanded.

What you fail to realize, Diane, is that for millions of people who have worked hard all their lives, this medicare or medicaid is all they have. And you would take it away from them and still support corporate welfare and tax breaks for the one percent. I think the majority have shown that they do not agree with you.


Roseann d (178)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 11:30 am
Diane O. is back from her post-election time-out. know what's truly laughable and pathetic at the same time...John Boehner putting Lyin' Ryan in charge the budget committee. What a joke. I hope we go over the fake fiscal cliff of the GOP's own creation. I don't mind going back to the Clinton rates when unemployment was low, there was no housing crisis, no debt crisis. Even if I were in the 1%, I wouldn't be greedy like you Diane. I'd want to pay my fair share for the betterment of society.

And stop your mythic mantra about "you can't tax the job creators...blah, blah." The government study that the GOP has suppressed stated there is absolutely no evidence of that. Also only 4% within the 1% are job creators...the other 96% of ya...what's your excuse for wanting your tax breaks? There's nothing worse than people like Diane being BOTH rich and a Freeloader.

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 11:33 am
And Cam what's your point? Are you saying these representatives of a significant portion of our society do not deserve a seat at the table? I see you GOPers are really working on changing your image problem. Don't worry Cam...your party isn't changing....It's just fading into oblivion and irrelevancy.

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 11:38 am
Oh and far as the Gov running our healthcare needs...I don't see the private sector doing such a great job. I see incredible waste from the private sector trying to scam the system and drive up costs. You know...It's a SICK System that Exploits Human Health for Profit on the stock market. That makes ill health a commodity. That's what's truly SICK. Healthcare is a basic human need and should be available to all. You would think with your pro-life would be behind that.

That's For Profit Privatization for ya. What a mess.

Diane O (194)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 11:41 am
It's important to have CREDIBLE PEOPLE AT THE TABLE. This means that their skin color can be red, blue, yellow or does NOT matter, but when you bring a tax evader to the table you prove that you aren't credible either.

And, Roseann, the next time you personally attack me know that I have flagged your comment. You can't personally attack me and I can't personally attack you, and never have, because it is against the Code of Conduct. So, please try to phrase your comments in an adult like format.


Roseann d (178)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 11:43 am
But YOU'RE also a Tax Evader Diane O. You know....only people who pay their fair share in taxes deserve a seat at the table. Since your party is coming up short...No pay, no say....that's the way forward!

Diane O (194)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 11:48 am
Roseann, you don't know me. You don't know anything about me. I pay my fair share of taxes. Are you one of the 47% of Americans who pay no taxes at all? What makes you think I'm in the 1% LOL?

Patrice M (84)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 2:33 pm
Re: the 47%
Should our soldiers, who are part of the 47%. have to pay taxes while they are overseas fighting in a war? I don't think they should. I think they should have free health insurance for life after serving in war, too. They and their families have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. They should get something for that besides being denigrated by the GOP for being part of the 47%.
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