Sharpton and Obama Make Up

Apparently they talked this weekend, and they are supposed to be all good now. This was inevitable, as I pointed out on Air America on Friday. The question is, is this for real?

Also, Sharpton said he is not jealous of Obama. I doubt it, but if he says so, so be it.

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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

3 responses to “Sharpton and Obama Make Up”

  1. Political Realm says :

    I think the better question might be: was the feud ever real in the first place?

    Seems to me like it was entirely media-manufactured. The NY Post ran a story quoting only unnamed sources, one supposedly in the Clinton camp, but then told Sharpton that Obama’s camp was behind the story.

  2. Garlin II says :

    That is a good question. I think that there is some bitterness on Sharpton’s part, I think Obama could really care less, and I don’t trust Clinton.

    With that combination, anything is possible.

  3. Tony says :

    Listening to your interview, Garlin. It makes me remember how much I don’t like Al Sharpton. I truly feel that he’s only out to serve himself and that he does more harm than good. Although, in this case, I think a public rift between him and Barack actually helps Barack distance himself from Sharpton and get more white votes. If they get even a whiff that Barack might be a little too pro-black, they are going to turn on him. Shoot, they’re already trying to use his church, Trinity, to paint him as too pro-black. An Al Sharpton association would all but make their case for them.

    If you need some evidence of the harm he causes, then look no further than the 2002 Newark, NJ mayoral election. He (and Jesse Jackson) helped to successfully campaign against a young, black reformist challenger against an old guard, corrupt incumbent by questioning the young guy’s blackness (he was light-skinned, too). Sounds just like now, doesn’t it? I’ve emailed about it before, but it’s something that
    cats need to reminded of in lieu of the similar tactics they are using against Barack.

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