Originally created 02/09/02

Why is Jesse Jackson always there?

While watching President George W. Bush's State of the Union address Jan. 29, I was surprised to see the Rev. Jesse Jackson in the audience. I was under the impression that only elected or appointed officials, visiting dignitaries, or people singled out for some heroic or other significant reason were invited to attend and be seated in the main gallery.

I was even more surprised when I looked on the front page of the Jan. 30 Chronicle and saw Rev. Jackson pictured. Rev. Jackson, along with two Democratic U.S. representatives from Michigan and Missouri, was attending some sort of meeting on Capitol Hill with former Enron employees.

There was no accompanying article to explain what this meeting was about. I do not know if it was a formal congressional committee meeting or just an informal gathering of people there for a fact-finding interview.

Even more puzzling, what was Rev. Jackson doing there? Does he have some sort of elected or appointed office that necessitates his attendance at such gatherings?

I do not recall Rev. Jackson getting involved in any situation unless it had racial overtones. Since I have not read or heard anything to suggest there is a race issue in connection with the Enron saga, I just wonder how and why Rev. Jackson has gotten involved with so many people in high places in recent days.

Jimmy Rogers, Grovetown, Ga.


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