Obama and Politics in the Rough

Back during the start of the Kennedy years I had the rare privilege of working briefly with J. Raymond Jones, the “Harlem Fox,” who was a tough political leader — our dominant NYC one for a time — who reformed the sellout pols of Harlem and much that was going on elsewhere in NYC. Nevertheless he was characterized as a corrupt politician by the NY
Times and ‘reform’ pols who would show up occasionally to try to negotiate under the table deals — I was sitting in the office as Ray’s aide. Ray taught me that politics is played in the realm of the possible. One time he supported a real bum and I asked him how can you do so? He responded, “Would you rather see his opponent (a crook from day one) elected?”

The point I am making here is that Obama will have to deal with horrendous challenges. I see him as a man of conscience who will do all that he can to set things right. Ed Kent

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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