On Saturday, Jesse Jackson told followers that “it’s an honor” to call President Obama a “food stamp President,” just weeks after saying the phrase is an insult.
“Say, it’s an honor to be a food stamp president,” Jackson said at his weekly meeting at the Rainbow PUSH headquarters in Chicago’s South Side.
When Newt Gingrich calls Barack Obama the best food stamp president in history, he intends it as an insult, but to the Reverend Jesse Jackson, it’s not such a bad thing to be called.
Gingrich routinely on the campaign trail refers to Obama as the Food Stamp president, claiming that there has been a major expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and that the program is rife with abuses.
“Food stamps feed the hungry. Food stamps save the children. Food stamps help the farmer. Food stamps help the truck driver. Food stamps help the warehouse. Food stamps help the store. Food stamps hire people and feed people. Food stamps save people from starvation and malnutrition,” he said, encouraging followers to repeat his words.
But it wasn’t all that long ago that Jackson said such criticism could get Obama assassinated:
According to Jesse Jackson, conservative criticism of President Obama – the new definition of “demonization” – could lead to his assassination.
He made the comment while appearing with MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, who started the exchange by mentioning the finger-pointing incident with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and the characterization of Obama as the “food stamp President.”
“Sounds like Jesse can’t make up his race-baiting mind,” notes a post at The Right Scoop.
Since Gingrich made the comparison, liberal pundits in the Democrat-media complex have twisted themselves into pretzels calling the former Speaker a racist for even mentioning food stamps. Will they now follow Jackson’s lead and say it is an honor for Obama to be called a “food stamp President?”
On Sunday, Newsbusters’ Mike Bates wrote:
So is what Gingrich called Obama an insult or a plaudit? It’s unlikely the mainstream media will ask Jackson the question or if he truly believes it’s an honor for a president to oversee the addition of more than 10 million people to the food stamp rolls. The sensitive souls who report our news loathe ever putting the Most Reverend Jackson on the spot.
According to the USDA’s own numbers, there were over 28 million people receiving benefits in 2008, the last year of the Bush Presidency. In 2011, that number had climbed to over 44 million – a difference of over 16 million.
During the entire eight years Bush was President, over 11 million people were added to the rolls, while Obama added some 5 million more than Bush in just three short years.
It’s no wonder Gingrich calls Obama the “food stamp President.”
More on Jesse Jackson at modenook.com here.
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