Can Obama Save Jesse Jackson Jr.?

Jesse Jackson Jr.Triple J is emerging from under a political boulder. He’s shovel-ready.

Fox News Chicago reported last week that
President Barack Obama has told U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. he will
“absolutely” support him for re-election. That tidbit might be just
enough to save Jackson’s gnarly political skin.

On Oct. 16, at the Martin Luther King Jr.
memorial dedication in Washington, D.C., Jackson button-holed Obama and
asked for his endorsement. Jackson’s office made sure to mention that
his father and sister, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Santita Jackson,
were nearby and heard the exchange. That’s vintage Jackson: Leave no
wiggle room.

Jackson is rolling out his comeback tour. In a
recent speech to the Kankakee County NAACP, he declared, “I will be
vindicated” in ongoing investigations connected to the federal Operation
Board Games probe.

For three years, Jackson has been ducking and
dodging allegations that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich tried to
sell the U.S. Senate seat once held by Obama and that Jackson was the
earnest buyer. The federal probe led to a pending U.S. House Ethics
Committee investigation. Then along came salacious revelations that
Jackson was involved in an extramarital affair.

Jackson has not been charged with any crime. He
has issued incessant denials but languished in the political dog house.
No dropping tidbits to beltway reporters, no dog-and-pony press
conferences.

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Source: Laura Washington, The Chicago Sun-Times

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