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Jackson Jr.: "No One Wants An Angry African-American Man In The White House"

DENVER - Barack Obama is in a situation similar to Jackie Robinson, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said Monday at a Politico panel on race and the presidential election. Just as Robinson had to perform well on the field while ignoring racial taunts and refusing to hit back, Obama must do the same, he said.

"No one wants an angry African-American man in the White House," he said.

Sen. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) expanded on the analogy, adding that Obama's "got to be able to hit and he's got to be able to run the bases."

Returning to the analogy, Jackson predicted that "Hillary Clinton will have a Pee Wee Reese moment." Reese, a teammate of Robinson's, reached out to the first African-American to play in the Major Leagues and by doing so helped ease his team's reconciliation with Robinson.