It is most appropriate that President Obama is celebrating his inauguration on Martin Luther King day. It is fitting that a news outlet features a quote from Andrew Young attributing Obama’s “very existence” to MLK.
“Former UN Ambassador, legislator and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young — one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s closest aides — tells Newsmax that it’s particularly appropriate for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration to fall on the day honoring the slain civil rights icon — Obama owes his “very existence” to the man whose life and death broke down centuries-old barriers for African-Americans.”
Heading toward election 1988, I saw Andrew Young on the airplane as he sat next to me. I asked him if he had considered running for President. He replied, “I would have a difficult time becoming Governor of Georgia.”
I thought, Andrew Young would be much stronger than Michael Dukakis. Young’s personality is edgy. You can tell that he isn’t satisfied with the status quo. President Obama isn’t either, yet both seem to have a pragmatic side.
Agitate, agitate, agitate and yet know that the process will produce iterative gains. Now, an African American is president and he is pulling and pushing for the Middle Class and poor, and is a president for all Americans.