Rangel Hits Back At Obama: He’s Too Young To Know What My Dignity Is

Three weeks ago, President Obama suggested not too subtly that perhaps it was time for Congressman Charlie Rangel to end his career “with dignity.”

Well, last night at a candidate forum in his Congressional District, Rangel shot back:

It was a gentle but unmistakable nudge President Obama gave Representative Charles B. Rangel recently, suggesting in an interview three weeks ago that Mr. Rangel, 80, should retire to “end his career with dignity.”

At a tense and sometimes fiery candidates’ forum Monday night, Mr. Rangel shot back that it was not his dignity the president should be worried about.

“Frankly, he has not been around long enough to determine what my dignity is,” Mr. Rangel said of the 49-year-old Mr. Obama. “For the next two years, I will be more likely to protect his dignity.”

The unexpected eruption seemed to reflect the increasingly bitter relations between the embattled 20-term Democrat from Harlem and a president who is trying to protect his party’s prospects in a difficult midterm election season.

You think so ?

At the very least, this should be a signal that Rangel’s not going down without a fight, or a very sweet deal.

H/T: Damon Root

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. This, of course, avoids the real question here: does Rangel wish the President to get off of his lawn?

  2. Maggie Mama says:

    Rangel knows where a lot of the “bodies are buried” and while he could save the dirt to release in a book, for a small fortune, I believe HE WANTS TO KEEP HIS POWER!

    This could get ugly for the Dems cause Old Charley will “not go gentle into that good night.”

  3. Ruben Wallace says:

    President Obama is correct in saying that Rep. Charles Rangel should resign now with dignity. Charles Rangel reminds me of former President Nixon when he says ” I am not a crook.” Of course, Mr.Rangel, you are a crook. You should have been gone a long time ago. It’s people such as yourself that many Americans are fed up with the corruption in government. Ordinary Americans retirement age is 65. Mr. Rangel, I never liked you because to me, you are a phony.