Rangel Criticizes Obama For ‘Dignity’ Remark

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — Rep. Charles Rangel has shot back at President Obama’s recent comment that he “end his career with dignity.”

Speaking at a candidate’s forum in Harlem Monday night, Rangel said the president hasn’t “been around long enough to determine what my dignity is.”

The embattled 80-year-old congressman said it was more likely that he would protect Obama’s dignity over the next two years.

Obama’s remark was made three weeks ago.

The former House Ways and Means Committee chairman was accused of using official stationary to raise money for a college center bearing his name; delaying tax payments on income on a rental unit in the Dominican Republic; failing to file his financial disclosure statements on time; and operating four rent-stabilized apartments in New York, including one he used as a campaign office.

The Democrat has vowed to fight the charges and is refusing to resign. He says he is focusing on his re-election to his district in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood.

Rangel is seeking his 20th term. The state’s primary is Sept. 14.

His rivals include Adam Clayton Powell IV. In 1970, Rangel defeated his father, the legendary Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

Rangel insisted his problems wouldn’t affect the outcome of other races.  

“I refuse to believe that I’m either that important or infamous that my problems are going to interfere with any good person getting elected,” Rangel said recently, adding that he was sure his Democratic colleagues were serving their constituents well and that most were safely on their way to re-election.

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One Comment

  1. Guido says:

    If Adam Clayton Powell’s IV father is ACP Jr, What happened to ACP III?

  2. tom2058 says:

    Hey NY sheep, try voting for someone else for a change.

  3. Idahoser says:

    Can you remember a poitician with dignity? Last one I remember left office in January 1989.

  4. donfiness says:

    Black on black crime in Washington. You gotta love this.

  5. student1776 says:

    Of course dirty democrats never resign. They don’t have any skills other than politics and corruption. People who have real world skills creating wealth prefer that wealth be allocated based on performance and productivity. People who have no real world skills producing wealth but who are really good manipulating other people to turn on other people and rip off the wealth the other people produced prefer wealth to be allocated based on political pull. Guess which sort of people become Democrats.

  6. Abby says:

    Adam Clayton Powell IV is grandson of ACP Jr, not the son.

  7. Mo Better says:

    Since Rangel and MAObama have said negative things about a black man, they both qualify as racists.

  8. mauricio says:

    This is all nothing more than smoke and mirrors. A subterfuge to distract the dizzy public from the real issues at hand. There’s nothing to see here. These arn’t the Droids your looking for. Move along…

  9. America says:

    We haven’t had a good person elected in years.

  10. Dew says:

    Democrat’s don’t resign. They just fade aay without dignity and shame.

  11. RonSD says:

    No love lost among thieves and scoundrels….

  12. don Miguel says:

    “delaying tax payments on income on a rental unit in the Dominican Republic;”

    Delaying??? Come on CBS… If it weren’t for the investigationh…..Those required taxes would likely not be paid at all…

  13. Honest John says:

    It’s hard to grasp, BUT… Rangel really has a good point. He has actually done something significant / accountable / responsible in his life, i.e. his military service in the Korean War. Yes, he has become a “crook”, but hey what on earth has Obama ever done?

  14. tim says:

    just more arrogance from these elected officials who place themselves above the laws they create for others. it is time to put this criminal and all others in prison forever

  15. Honest John says:

    We OBVIOUSLY sorely need TERM LIMITS – even a great, wonderful, honestly-not-self-serving (dream on) politician should NEVER become irreplaceable!

    We need actual laws actually enforced that limit how much money our politicians can squander, e.g. the taxpayer funded vacation expenses and foreign travel junkets.

    We need to limit ALL government salaries and benefits to reflect the average taxpaying citizen. Current salaries are MORE THAN TWICE what the private sector pays, and don’t even mention the benefits! Why don’t govt employees make do with SS? with Medicare?

    Why on earth should people who are voluntarily working for the government or on welfare have the right to vote? Isn’t this an OBVIOUS conflict of interest?

    1. Chris says:

      It’s unfortunate, but could happen to anyone left in office for 40 years. Maybe it starts out small, comping meals or cofee, but eventually turns into a sense of entitlement. Then the shenanigans get more and more elaborate, and the sense of entitlement builds, until someone calls them on it and they no longer understand that what they’re doing is WRONG.

  16. Chris says:

    “Rangel is seeking his 20th term”

    Further evidence that we need to impose term limits on Congress, and establish a term of service for the Supreme Court. These people stay in office and on the bench so long, they forget who they work for.

  17. Eileen says:

    Ok New York, you know what to do! Vote him out and let him experience the people’s choice. Sometimes you did get what you vote for!

  18. Elmo says:

    The STAFFS of these bums need to be removed when their guy loses as well. The dirt is in the staff experiences as well as the bum congressmen….

  19. PEACH EN says:

    This is a quote from George Washington himself.
    “Government is not reason.
    It is not eloquence, it is a force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”
    Lately, our government has been left to irresponsible action. This was a warning from George Washington years ago, and we have failed to heed his warning.

  20. wade says:

    How can you pass term limit, when these criminals are the ones that would be voting on it.

  21. Very goodliberal says:

    Is Mr Rangel like… OK?

    He appears to be getting senile. Started that way as a liberal democrat and age didn’t make him any more stable anyway.

  22. Jim in Houston says:

    Is this a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

  23. rabiddog9 says:

    A True Panderer

  24. Oh Grover says:

    …..There once wuz a Congressman from Nantucket….

  25. me says:

    Shouldn’t A. C. Powell Jr. be the grandfather of A.C. Powell IV ?

  26. jschm says:

    They should both resign. Rangel for corruption. Obama for violating hos oath to support the law of the US, namely immigration laws.

  27. Zochin says:

    Will Obama leave with dignity?

  28. Harpotoo says:

    They are both pieces of excrement and there is no dignity in being that.

  29. Bill says:

    “Delaying tax payments on income” — Interesting way to describe a failure to report income. Yet another case of main stream media distortion in an attempt to favor those holding more liberal perspectives.

  30. Donald Duck says:

    Regardless of who wins in Rangel’s district, a crook will be representing those people in D.C.

  31. RufusVonDufus says:

    Pretty funny stuff here. Maybe Rangel could get a gig on SNL! He will win in a landslide further making a mockery of Congress. Jeez, I believe Blagojevich is also a Dem. Would only be right!

  32. Roberta says:

    Talk about being racist…..Where are Jackson and Sharpton???? They should be demanding BHO’s resignation!!!!!

  33. Calvin says:

    2 words:

    Term Limits

  34. jpc says:

    Sadly, but neither of them have any Dignity!!

  35. Godot says:

    This is just a wild guess, but I can see him being re-elected no matter the circumstances. I say this based on my years in DC through the various Marion Barry reincarnations.

  36. firstpoppa says:

    “Dignity” Charles? Age is catching up with you. You’ve forgotten that you sold it for 30 pieces of silver.

  37. Brian Cloud says:

    I’ve always been a Republican although I considered Clinton but Mr. Rangel is right. Rangel is a crook but a good crook, he stood up for his constituency that elected him. Obumma is a lightweight. Give me a balls to the wall Dem like Truman or Johnson rather than the POTUS we have now, apologizing for things he he wasn’t even born to take note of he claims his country did.

  38. bubba says:

    Has anyone checked Rangel’s freezer?

  39. Davole says:

    “Dignity” doesn’t register with Charlie Rangel – that’s why it took him 3 weeks to search for the definition of that foreign concept, and to respond to Barack Obama’s meekly disguised insinuation.

  40. Kurtiss says:

    >>>The former House Ways and Means Committee chairman was accused of … delaying tax payments<<< Euphemism for "didn't pay his taxes until he got caught." And this isn't media spin–this is actually what he was accused of. This is just corrupt Democrats and gutless Republicans refusing to hold their colleagues accountable.

  41. Karen says:

    Term limits may seem like an answer, but that has to assume that those who might replace the ‘current crop’ would be guaranteed to be any better! I don’t think so.

  42. steve says:

    So were prosecuting Roger Clemmons, (a baseball entertainer), for lying to Congress, but Rangle and Maxine Waters are okay??Hmmmmm we really have our priorities in order.

  43. T.D. Sereta says:

    Alderman Fred Davis from 1970s Good Times……what a joke this man is.

  44. craig says:

    Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,

  45. noelekal says:

    A case of the pot calling the kettle black.

  46. Billy D. Kidd says:

    Hey, Charlie. Obama dislikes old people.

  47. mcs says:

    Criticize Obama? Charlie is clearly a raaaaaaaaacist!

  48. kf says:

    I am a huge proponent of term limits in all Federal government positions, but there IS ANOTHER WAY!!! The people of Manhattan can VOTE HIM OUT!
    So yes, we can set up laws to do the thinking for us but our founding fathers wisely set this government up for us to do it ourselves.

  49. laconic conservative says:

    Old Good Time Charlie has always been good at being indignant!

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