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'Ecstasy' in Chicago Tonight, Says Jesse Jackson

By Ed O'Keefe
CHICAGO -- Pausing between a series of television interviews on the main risers at Grant Park, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said "there's a joy, there's an ecstasy" in Chicago tonight as Sen. Barack Obama draws closer to the presidency.

"At an analytical level, there's emerging a new South coalition," Jackson said, noting that Lyndon Johnson's support of the 1964 Voting Rights Act handed southern states to Republicans for a generation, based partially on racial fears stoked by the GOP.

"This time, the various attempts at that didn't work," he said of Republican "scare tactics."
"Now we see many whites choosing reason over race, hope over fear." Jackson believes working class whites, Hispanics and blacks can help build a new Democratic coalition in states such as Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

"Many whites voted for him because he was black," Jackson said of Obama. "They saw a redemptive moment. They could say 'we're better than we have been.'"

Asked if his son Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) should throw his name into the mix to replace Obama should the current senator win the presidency, Jackson paused, smiled and said, "I will not address that issue and I do approve that message," before laughing and turning away.

By Washington Post editors  |  November 4, 2008; 10:58 PM ET
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I pray that this proves to be a catharsis and challenge to many. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: fraccle | November 5, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

First, thanks to all from other countries who appreciate what Americans did last night in electing Barack Obama. He is a man of honor, integrity, charisma, and intelligence.

The news programs last evening showed Jesse Jackson crying in the crowd listening to President-elect Obama's acceptance speech. I wonder if Jackson's tears were because it was not he for whom the crowd was cheering.

I bet Jackson now regrets his uncalled-for remarks about wanting to "cut off [now President-elect] Obama's n__ts." Shame on you, Jesse Jackson, for not having honor, integrity, charisma, and intelligence. Shame on you, Jesse Jackson for your racial divisiveness!!(Sorry, but I HAD to get this off my chest.)

Enough of that -- right now I am so happy for our country. We have FINALLY proven to the world that Americans, through hard work, intelligence, persistence, and care for their country, can indeed achieve the American Dream--finally! Yes, we can!

God Bless America, President-elect Obama, Americans, and the world!

Posted by: beckmsolo | November 5, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse




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Posted by: fu_buki | November 5, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Hi from Melbourne, Australia. Like so many around the world, my family and friends have been monitoring this election very closely. We too are absolutely ecstatic about the result and sense this is the dawn of a bright new era for the U.S.

Posted by: fluffy_tuff | November 5, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

To President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and the people of the Unites States of America.

Well Done

A Canadian for Obama!

Posted by: kentaylor1 | November 5, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama didn't just win tonight.

The United States regained its soul ...

Integrity and Honor!!!

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | November 4, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

We have choosen hope over fear, let us celebrate !!!

Yes ! We can and we did.

Posted by: yeda924 | November 4, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Jackson should know the end is coming for his political carrear. Oh sure, he'll be around for a while, but blacks now have a mainstream leader whom they can turn to in lieu of Jackson's street theater. Prediction is that outside of a few occasions, Obama is going to keep Jackson far away from him. No more hand motions from the senior Jackson.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | November 4, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Greetings from australia and huge congratulations to you america, I truly believe that now with Mr Obama leading your country you can now win back respect from the rest of the world. its a win for sanity at long last cheers

Posted by: vwats001 | November 4, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Now that the election is over, I see the muzzle is off Jesse. I can hardly wait for his latest rhyme!

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | November 4, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

We have a President who is practical, moral, and intellectual - how refreshing. ...........

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 4, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

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