The Envy of BET Founder Robert Johnson

BET Founder Johnson Defends His Recent Criticisms of Obama - The Washington Post

Alex: The below illustrates why they say that the most important color in politics is green (envy, cash, take your pick, whichever you think may most apply here).

I don't care how badly you want to be with a winner (or "king of the hill" yourself), don't people have even a little more self-respect than that?

Let's just say that Barack Obama - as the newcomer on the block compared to Johnson - gets more press coverage in a week than I'm guessing that Johnson, despite his long record of accomplishment, might get in a year.

BET Founder Johnson Defends His Recent Criticisms of Obama - The Washington Post
"A day after his remarks about Sen. Barack Obama helped fuel a rancorous debate about race in the Democratic presidential contest, an unapologetic Robert L. Johnson described how frustrating it is to be on the other side of a candidate he compared to Teflon.

"We've always said we need a perfect, well-spoken, Harvard-educated black candidate who would prove we've transcended race," the billionaire African American businessman and supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) said in an interview yesterday. "Well, now we've got him and nobody knows how to campaign against him."...

Since 1990, Johnson has donated $2 million to congressional and presidential candidates, and 99 percent of that has gone to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He has given $14,800 to Hillary Clinton since she first ran for the Senate in 2000. He gave $4,500 total to Obama during the 2004 and 2006 cycles, but none so far during this campaign, the CRP reports.

After Bill Clinton left office, he and Johnson traded professional favors, Johnson said. When Johnson was bidding to buy the Charlotte Bobcats NBA team, he asked Clinton to call league Commissioner David Stern and put in a good word for him, which Clinton did."


Alex: I'm not privy to inside information, but I feel differently about this:
Rangel: Obama remarks 'absolutely stupid'

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