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Rangel dancing at birthday bash (Video)

A pending trial on ethics charges didn't stop Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) from celebrating his 80th birthday in style Wednesday night.

"You know, I"ve been to a lot of funerals where they worked it out but this damn sure ain't no funeral, is it?" he told the crowd.

Here's proof -- Rangel dancing up a storm:

Former Mayor David Dinkins gave the finger to a heckler outside, who witnesses said were screaming words like "crook" and "corrupt" at almost any African-American who walked into the building.

A number of high-profile guests bailed on the event once the House of Representatives began investigating Rangel.

UPDATE: David Malpass, a Republican vying to take on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) this fall, has already cut a web ad attacking the senator for attending the party:

By Rachel Weiner  |  August 12, 2010; 9:56 AM ET
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How sweet! He won't get that kind of party at the gray bar hotel.

Posted by: CMVienna | August 14, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

How sweet! He won't get that kind of party at the gray bar hotel.

Posted by: CMVienna | August 14, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

How sweet! He won't get that kind of party at the gray bar hotel.

Posted by: CMVienna | August 14, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

How sweet! He won't get that kind of party at the gray bar hotel.

Posted by: CMVienna | August 14, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

my gosh, compared to repuiglican wholesale looting, they sure don't have much on Rangel or Waters. But... we all know how racism works.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | August 12, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

A pathetic caricature of a once honorable man. What a pity. And, blacks wonder why they are not taken seriously! Jackson (Sr. and Jr.), Sharpton, Jackson Lee, Waters, et al. Poor folk's!

Posted by: rustynailx | August 12, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

As the saying goes, "Birds of a feather flock together." That being largely true then Mr. Dinkins, et. al., no doubt are deserving of closer scrutiny, too. They (Mr. Rangel and his cronies/supporters) represent everything that's gone wrong with politics in general as well as representing what the majority of Americans find so outrageous and infuriating about politicians, starting with Congress and, sadly, frequently, working its way down the food chain to local governments.

Posted by: 65tarheel | August 12, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Sad thing watching an 80 year old man dance alone; its a prosaic end to what should have been a celebrated career. Adam Clayton Powell would have approved.

Posted by: Urbanista | August 12, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

So much for the Fifth Amendment, as far as you goobers are concerned. Maybe you've forgotten a few names previously near and dear to your black little Republican hearts.

Duke Cunningham, for instance. You have the nerve to attack Kerry for docking his boat in Maryland, close to where he works, on the claim that he was thereby dodging taxes. Duke took a boat as a gift, or, should we just go ahead and say bribe?

Have you forgotten John Ensign, currently under investigation for cuckolding a staffer, bribing that staffer to keep quiet, and then proceeding to land said staffer a lobbying job that, as a Congressional staffer, it was unlawful for him to have. This former staff member later provided his new employers with access to Ensign. A nice, happy, incestuous little political family, eh?

How about former Speaker Newt Gingrinch, cheating on his wife and lying through his teeth to the American people about his supposed moral purity, at the very same time as he was trying to impeach Bill Clinton for the same thing, and openly dismissing his hypocrisy when asking that his wife quietly condone his affair.

Then there's Tom DeLay, still under indictment for campaign finance violations and money laundering, two of whose close associates have been convicted of wrongdoing in the Abramoff scandal.

Guys on your side don't seem to get so casually vilified before they get their day in court, but I don't suppose that matters much to you. It's only the American way.

Posted by: lonquest | August 12, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

It's not corruption when black politicians do it.

Just call it "reparations."

Posted by: pgr88 | August 12, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse


Dinkins ... another despicable corrupt thief.

82 days until Election Day. See you at the polls, Dims.

Posted by: screwjob19 | August 12, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Giving "the finger" to taxpayers is just what the democraps have been doing for decades. They have no shame, partying up at the Plaza.

Posted by: mightyheidi | August 12, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Democrats have been flipping off Americans for the past four years...

Posted by: joesmithdefend | August 12, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The thing is the paradiagm has shifted on the old school/establishment Black politicians. In their hey day they were revered and could do no wrong and if they were so accused they could always claim it was because they were "Black."

Not so today. While Africa American voters are proud of high standing Black government repsresentative and officials and by and large support them, the day has come when we expect them to not use their positions (gained on the legacy, work and sacrifice of generations) to enrich themselves. The bigger issue is not even whether what Rangel and Waters did was illgeal or violated House ethics rules as much as it is that the betrayed the sacred trust of their consituency and their people.

Maxine Waters may be redeemable, but and over his career Rangel has served the people of New York and this nation well. But with age and tenue his priorities got mixed up. He should resign, pass the touch to the next generation and live the remainder of his days in quiet dignity.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | August 12, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Hypocritical Democrats, who think they're "Entitled" to everything.......
we're a certain color, so you have to give us a pass or we'll use the race card....
I did so much for N.Y., so you have to give
me a pass.....
I'm so old, so you have to give me a pass...
Everyone likes me, so you have to give me a pass...
I'm a war hero, so you have to give me a pass.

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Posted by: howmalls | August 12, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

LOL - the man can move for 80:).

Posted by: rlj1 | August 12, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

When Rome was burning, the Emporer named Nero was seen at the gates of Rome, playing a fiddle. America is sinking and Charlie Rangel is partying while collecting big bucks for his re-election campaign. The First Family vacations while telling us what severe times we're in, and they spend the "people's money" as if there's no tomorrow. Seems like the attitude in Washington when being told about all this is: LET THEM EAT CAKE.

NOVEMBER IS COMING!

Posted by: barrysal | August 12, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Another DEM that thinks he/she is above the rules.

Posted by: askgees | August 12, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Hypocritical Democrats, who think they're "Entitled" to everything.......
we're a certain color, so you have to give us a pass or we'll use the race card....
I did so much for N.Y., so you have to give
me a pass.....
I'm so old, so you have to give me a pass...
Everyone likes me, so you have to give me a pass...
I'm a war hero, so you have to give me a pass.

Posted by: ohioan | August 12, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

He'll have plenty of time to work on his dance moves - IN JAIL!

Posted by: jemoorman | August 12, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Since this is on the Obama Presidency Blog, where is President Obama's comment on this pressing matter?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 12, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

impeach impeach impeach.

Posted by: lacarids | August 12, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey... why not...

He will not be KICKED out of Congress as he deserves.

He personally will not have to pay all his legal fees, and he can continue to get fat at the expense of his power, office and the taxpayers.

Guy is a disgrace to politics, and his a crook to beat all crooks..

But because he is a founding father of the CBC he will be bowed to and allowed to die in office like so many of the corrupt crooked Dems in the past.

Posted by: miller515501 | August 12, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

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