12/11/08

I remember when Jesse Jackson Jr. was...

Well Jesse Jackson Jr. finally made it to the big time. Read any News site and it should have at least some of the details.

I have a funny but true story about running into this putz when I was a young conservative lad.

Back in the late 80's, this schmuck came prancing over to my high school and the Principal had to show him around. I had been passing by and needed to say something to the Principal. The Principal did not appear to be enjoying his demotion to tour guide but that is not important. He stopped me in the middle of my opening comments and said. "Hey, This Jesse Jackson Jr." Like this guy was some kind of celebrity or something. I stopped what I was saying turned my head looked the guy up and down then looked him square in the eye and said: "Yeah. So what. ...Anyway..." and returned back to my conversation and totally ignored the doof. The look on the idiot's face was just priceless. [WAIT! I am somebody important! You cant ignore me.] The Principal hid the smile but not the amusement in his eyes. I can't remember what the topic of the conversation was but I definitely remember hanging up on a stuffed shirt wanna be celeb. riding on his father's coattails who was himself trying to ride on the coattails of another legend. It was not the reception that Jackson Jr. had counted on.

True story.

Martin Luther King Jr. There was a patriot. Jackson? Just a wanna be. Jackson Jr.? ditto. Even as a kid I could see that Martin Luther King Jr. was not just someone seeking the spot light and the camera time. King was a man I could respect. I am fortunate to have grown up in an era after his revolution.

3 comments:

brenda cox giguere said...

Great post, and I think it's an important point you made-- the difference between someone doing what needs to be done for ethical reasons, VS seeking fame and fortune and ego-strokes via the public arena. Not to mention, having sound ideology in the first place.

My late aunt was really involved in the world of Unions, and I remember she was terribly excited when she got to meet the wacky Jesse Jackson-- clearly starstruck. ACK! Personally, I save my admiration for people who actually accomplish good things.

Bob said...

You must have a gift of a keen sense of being able to size people up. If so, that will always stand you in good stead. Trust your instincts always. You are blessed.

It was good to hear from you.

Hapkido said...

Bob,
Ronny was the poster on this one...

I wish the ability to so readily size-up others was mine. Mr. Engrish truly has a gift when it comes to reading people & I agree he should be admired for that.

-Hap

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