CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Rev. Joe Lowery, the 90-year-old dean of the Civil Rights movement, is also chairman of the Georgia delegation to the Democratic National Convention.
Lowery is somewhat frail, and his tuxedo-clad figure was surrounded by a phalanx of caretakers at Monday night’s black-tie bash for the delegation. But he’s still sharp.
WSB Radio’s Jamie Dupree talked to him at the vent, and sent along the raw audio in which Lowery gave his take on last week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa and GOP attacks on President Barack Obama. Said Lowery:
”I thought it was a very, very, very irresponsible convention. I think Clint Eastwood’s shameful. I think they live in the past. I think they were uncouth and unkind to the president.
“I understand they are in opposition, but I think it was a little too much for me. When you consider the fact that the country needs the kind of leadership that the president’s been giving. And I think he needs to be commended for it, though I understand they have a right to shoot holes whenever they see him.
“But I think they did it with not a good sense of balance.”
Lowery, you’ll recall, was one of Obama’s first Georgia supporters in 2008. He continued:
”I think people recognize that it’s not good to change horses in the middle of the recovery stream. I think the closer we get to the election, the more people are going to recognize that what [Republicans] are talking about is rather dangerous. And we don’t want to risk it.”
Lowery flew back to Atlanta for a speech he’s scheduled to give. He’ll be back in North Carolina tomorrow.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider