NEW YORK — Moments ago, an angry and defiant Congressman Charlie Rangel, the man who defeated Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in a hotly contested Democratic primary in 1970, and has represented Harlem since 1971, told a solitary reporter that President Obama is a racist for not endorsing him for reelection.
Rangel, 84, faces political extinction tomorrow in New York’s Democratic primary at the hands of State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who came within 1,100 votes of defeating Rangel in the 2012 Democratic primary. Espaillat was born in the Dominican Republic and is descended from the family of Dominican President Ulises Espaillat (1823-1878). Fully aware that women are better than men, Rangel endorsed Hillary Clinton over Obama in 2008. The dean of New York’s congressional delegation, he represents the 13th Congressional District, which includes Upper Manhattan, a portion of West Bronx, Harlem, and Spanish Harlem. Grant’s Tomb is located in his district. Rangel has been trying desperately to secure Obama’s endorsement in this year’s primary, but the president has refused that request the last three electoral cycles, http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/charles-rangel-new-york-2014-primary-108160.html?hp=l11.
A spokesman for Espaillat declined to speculate on whether Rangel should be buried with Grant, but the spokesman did say that Espaillat is a kind man because he is Catholic.
Rangel, who was censured by his colleagues on ethics charges in 2010 and was forced to give up his chairmanship of the powerful House and Ways Committee, has said repeatedly that he wants to serve in Congress until the completion of Obama’s second term.
In other news, President Obama, doing his first-ever sit down interview on Live! with Kelly and Michael, about 13-year-old First Daughter Malia going to her first prom, was asked what it would be like to be Malia’s date and be greeted by the president of the United States, laughed and said, “I’m not too intimidating.” But RNC Chair Reince Priebus immediately pounced on that exchange, saying “I’m having my boys file articles of impeachment for that remark.”
“For the president of the United States to say that he’s not intimidating,” Priebus continued, "shows the president doesn’t give a good crap about defending our nation from Communism, Socialism, Putinism, and Al Qaedaism.”
In quick response, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the president will continue to grant interviews with anybody seeking the privilege, with the exception of Fox News.
Earnest also said that the president is disappointed that the SCOTUS engaged in unnecessary tongue-lashing at his EPA. “The president is thinking of sticking out his tongue at John Roberts,"
Earnest said, “although he is grateful that John sustained his Affordable Care Act.”