Sneed: Rev. Jesse Jackson replaces tweet on Dennis Rodman’s N. Korea trip
By MICHAEL SNEED January 7, 2014 6:52PM
Dennis Rodman coaches as North Korean and U.S. basketball players practice in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a squad of U.S. basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Updated: February 9, 2014 6:36AM
As the Worm turns . . .
Sneed noted that the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s fingers hit the delete key on Twitter on Monday after typing a thumbs up to basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman, under flack attack for his support of North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un.
◆ To wit: Jackson, who has had a hand in freeing American captives held during the reigns of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic; former Syrian strongmen Hafez Assad; former Cuban President Fidel Castro; and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, tweeted Monday:
◆ Tweet one: “Congrads @dennisrodman on your diplomacy efforts in North Korea. It might be dark but you are a light!”
◆ Upshot: Jackson quickly deleted the tweet, and replaced it with:
◆ Tweet two: “@dennisrodman ping pong diplomacy worked in China, and Basketball seems to work in North Korea. #KeepHopeAlive”
◆ Buckshot: In an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday, Rodman seemed to blame Kenneth Bae, an American convicted of “hostile acts” and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea, for his imprisonment.
◆ Quoth Rodman, who is in North Korea training his hoop troops for a basketball game Wednesday to celebrate the young Korean strongman’s 31st birthday: “Kenneth Bae did one thing . . . If you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did in this country?”
Lucky chance . . .
Rahm hires rapper’s relative! Sneed hears that Mayor Rahm Emanuel just appointed Ken Bennett, father of Chicagoan Chance the Rapper aka Chancelor Bennett, as deputy chief of staff and director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement.
◆ Back rap: Bennett was part of the Obama administration, where he served as presidential appointee and regional representative for the U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Midwest, as well as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama.
Obamarama . . .
◆ A little down time: President Obama’s Hawaiian vacation — one of the few that wasn’t interrupted by trouble — enabled him to golf nine times; attend a Diamond Head Classic basketball game to watch the team coached by first lady Michelle Obama’s brother, and snag private time by sending his daughters out for daily shaved ice runs from his favorite stand.
◆ A little Dougie: The first lady’s 50th birthday party at the White House on Jan. 18, which includes dancing and dessert but no dinner, might also include Jay Z and Beyonce.
Hairy Prince Harry . . .
Buzz is the word: Britain’s Prince Harry has been ordered — by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth — to shave off the ginger beard he grew during his recent Antarctic trek for charity .
Royal reports claim he was allowed to keep the whiskers to show his girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, over the Christmas holiday — but was ordered to buzz them off afterward because the Queen felt it looked scruffy.
Yuk yuk pluck . . .
Watch for State Senate President John Cullerton, a comedic raconteur, and State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz to make cameo appearances in the Royal George Theatre’s production of “Old Jews Telling Jokes” Wednesday night as part of a fundraiser for the Jane Addams Senior Caucus.
Sneedlings . . .
Condolences to the family of former Chicago Sun-Times electrician Wilbur “Bill” Woeslaw, who died recently at the age of 88. A gunner on a B-26 during World War II, Bill flew 50 missions over Europe before the war ended . . . Wednesday’s birthdays: Shirley Bassey, 77; David Bowie, 67, and Stephen Hawking, 72.