Jesse Jackson Visits Terri Schiavo Hospice

As if Terri Schiavo’s fate were not enough of a circus, Jesse Jackson has now arrived on the scene.

Jesse Jackson Visits Schiavo’s Hospice As Death Watch Continues

The Reverend Jesse Jackson issued a statement Tuesday calling for the reinsertion of the feeding tube that kept Terri Schiavo alive for 15 years. Jackson released the statement as he visited the hospice where Shiavo is dying at the invitation of Schiavo’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler. He is urging Schiavo’s supporters to bring the “same passion” to the fight against world hunger.

George Will once wrote, “Nowadays no diplomatic farce is complete without a cameo appearance by Jesse Jackson.” Once again, this hypothesis is confirmed.

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  1. Scott Dillard says:

    When will someone finally tell this tired, race-baiting shakedown artist to get lost?

  2. Never get between Jesse Jackson and a camera
    Never one to let a photo op go untapped, Jesse Jackson is set to meet with Terri Schiavo’s parents at the protest outside her hospice this morning. Of course, the unwitting accomplices in the Schiavo protest are oblivious to Jackson’s…

  3. Steven L. says:

    Geeze. I originally read this as “Michael Jackson” instead of Jesse.

    Talk about a painful brain-cramp for am oment there.

  4. Kappiy says:

    Jackson is, certainly, a publicity hound. Having an alleged pedofile, Michael Jackson, on his show last Sunday was insulting.

    But in this case, I don’t see how he is being “race baiting” or how he can be told to “get lost” since he was summoned by Schaivo’s parents.

    The Schindlers seem to be trying to get as many religious nuts as possible to support their cause, with Jesse being the latest.

  5. Myopist says:

    :rubbing forehead:

    Of course he did. After all, there were whole molecules of dignity still clinging to this, this, this whatever-it-is by now. Can’t have that, can we?

  6. says:

    Help like this we didn’t need
    Rich Lowry at National Review Online’s The Corner, on Randall Terry: I’m guessing that everytime he opens his mouth on TV support for keeping Terri Schiavo alive drops another couple…


  8. MattL says:

    Isn’t there anything Jesse Jackson won’t do to get his mug on television? Since he is such a moral man did anyone see his “love-child” with him today — since he is so filled with “family values”.

    Have you ever seen such bizarre twists and turns of events as these? Now we have good old Revrund Jesse Jackson coming to Florida and praying with the Schindlers. James Joyner calls it a “circus” (although he also goes ad…

  10. wavemaker says:

    My initial reaction was “what took him so long.” Then I pondered how a truly cynical, manipulative, diabolical person would plot and plan his appearance for maximum personal benefit, and thought, “of course!” He waited till all the other stars have gone back to their offices (including Tom Dee-lay), and now has achieved what he couldn’t have last week.

    What a despicable, shabby person.

  11. Junior says:

    Hey, if you are Jesse Jackson, you’ve got to go where the cameras are.

  12. J. Douglas Garvin says:

    Plug in a microphone and Jesse Jackson is there. As usual, he opens mike, inserts foot. The wishes of what was once a living Human Being were being observed and Jesse reduced it to accusations of “murder” and even worse. Dr. Martin Luther King, I believe, would be ashamed of the way Jesse has conducted himself over the years. This is, I promise, the last I will ever write about Jesse Jackson. To me, he is a very small footnote in history. Many of us (Americans) are starving to death on a daily basis. Many of us lack good medical care. Many of us are homeless. Where’s Jesse. Just plug in a microphone or turn-on a TV camera. He will appear with all of the same tired old stuff he’s been talking for years (but it better be a Headline case) just to stay in the public eye. My eyes are now closed to Jesse Jackson. Thanks, J. Douglas Garvin