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Rev. Jesse Jackson says he 'reserves' the right to be critical of Obama

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

ATLANTA, Sept. 9, 2011, 11:30 p.m. - Rev. Jesse Jackson today said that he "reserves" the right to be critical of President Obama.

The minister, who once talked about cutting off the president's "nuts", says he has voted for Obama every time he has had the chance, but will continue to be critical.

"We reserve the right to challenge him, if it is an area where he is wrong and can be made better," Jackson told Redding News Review. 

Jackson has a history of making critical comments about Obama.

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Most recently, he has said that Obama should have been "tougher" with Republicans during deficit negotiations.

He also said that "some layer of the excitement is gone" from the president's first campaign.

When I was crying "at that moment in Grant Park, we were finally winning, but I was reflecting on the long journey, the many years of struggle for civil rights," he said. "Obama ran the last lap of a 60-year campaign. I thought of all the bruises we endured during this campaign and I thought of Dr. Martin Luther King and wished he had been there just for 20 seconds to see how 60 years of struggle suddenly paid off. Sure, some layer of the excitement of that night is gone."



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