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Al Sharpton: Obama is 'the new Kennedy because of Dr. King'

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Rev. Al Sharpton's love for President Obama was on full display Wednesday, when he said on MSNBC that he told Obama that he "is the new [President] Kennedy because of Dr. [Martin Luther] King."

Sharpton made the comments to MSNBC host Richard Liu on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington led by King. It was on this day in 1963 that King delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.

"A lot of the media is trying to make [Obama] the new King," Sharpton said. "He's the result of King. He's the President Kennedy of today, the President Johnson of today."

When Liu asked what the anniversary meant to Obama, Sharpton said he thinks "it puts a sense of obligation on him that he is manifesting the dreams and wishes of many and that history is calling him to take a real stand that would show that the sacrifices and pain was not for nothing and that he must continue this struggle."

Sharpton said that Obama was not a civil rights leader, but as president he could lay out policies that would further the work of civil rights leaders.

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