Jermaine: 'Barack Obama Owes His Presidency to Michael Jackson'

Jermaine: 'Barack Obama Owes His Presidency to Michael Jackson'

What Jermaine Jackson says isn’t as crazy as it sounds. 

Michael Jackson’s 1993 interview with Oprah was a watershed in Winfrey’s career, and the muscle she put behind Obama in his insurgent 2008 primary campaign against Hillary Clinton did make a huge difference. 

Do those dots perfectly connect?

No, but I’m happy to blame Michael Jackson for this disastrous administration: 

Barack Obama would not have made it to The White House had it not been for Michael Jackson, according to an emotional testimony from the late singer’s brother. …

Jermaine Jackson is currently on a US tour with his three brothers, the first since the 1984 Victory Tour. Speaking from a rehearsal in Burbank in California, he argued that it was his brother that had paved the way for America’s first black president. Citing Michael Jackson’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1993, in which the singer conceded to suffering from Vitiligo, he claimed the admission had the combined effect of reiterating Jackson’s Afro-American heritage while propelling Winfrey to fame. Winfrey’s backing of Obama in the 2007 primaries is cited by some as the moment that secured his nomination as leader of the Democrats. “Michael invited her [to Neverland] and that was the moment that put her in 90 countries around the world and made her successful. What did she do with that success? She put it behind Obama.”

Jermaine is also upset over America’s treatment of his late brother’s legacy. But what does he expect when his brother is responsible for Obama?

Speaking to The Independent ahead of the third anniversary of his brother’s death today, Jermaine Jackson expressed his deep-seated disappointment at how his brother has been commemorated in America since his death in 2009. “I think America has let Michael down. If he was from any other country they would have erected permanent tributes to him for what he’s done for music.”

Yes, well, maybe “erected” isn’t the best word to use when discussing a grown man who admitted to sharing a bed with young boys.