An ardent supporter of fellow New Yorker Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, some felt Rangel’s outspoken support of Clinton cost him a primetime speaking slot.
Rangel delivered his remarks at approximately 4:15 pm Mountain Time to a half-empty arena, as part of a tribute to the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones by the Congressional Black Caucus.
A gracious Rangel predicted that an Obama victory in November would “change the course of this great nation” and said point blank; “thank you Barack Obama.”
After Rangel, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) honored Tubbs-Jones by leading the crowd in a chant of “never again” in reference to civil rights abuses against African-Americans.
Finally, Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi led a moment of silence in Tubbs Jones’ memory, before a video tribute to prominent Democrats who passed away over the last four years.