The Rev. Jesse Jackson stopped by the Sacramento Bee's editorial board today, where he touted the potential for volunteerism, the message of the day for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. I was more interested in Jackson's take on President Barack Obama and how Jackson felt while hearing Obama's speech to Congress last week.
In his lyrical, rambling, entertaining way, Jackson expounded on the subject, recounting the history of the civil rights movement and adding that Obama's election "was like the last lap of a 60 year race."
"Strong runner, smart runner, but we have gone from walls to bridges....The demolition crew paid a big price knocking down walls."
Here where Jackson talks about the substance of Obama's speech:jesse1.mp3
Here's where he talks about his emotions of recent weeks.jesse2.mp3
Here's he sums up what it was like to be in Grant Park in Chicago, watching Obama's victory speech on election night.jesse3.mp3