Sharpton: 'Thank God we lived in the age of Obama'

Sharpton: 'Thank God we lived in the age of Obama'
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The Rev. Al Sharpton on Sunday praised President Obama and touted his accomplishments while in office.

"I am so proud of President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama attends UNC-Duke basketball game Obama, Steph Curry team up to tell young men of color: 'You matter' The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question MORE, not just because he was and is my color, but because he was America's kind," Sharpton said on MSNBC's "Politics Nation."

"He helped this country like no president I've seen in my lifetime. We should thank God we lived in the age of Obama."

Sharpton said Americans must be "concerned" about the future of the country when President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE is inaugurated next week.

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He went on to tout Obama's record, including his work on improving the economy and creating ObamaCare.

"Barack Obama, president for eight years, turned around the economy," Sharpton said.

"Took it when it was on the brink and turned around an economy that was bleeding 800,000 jobs a month."

He also cited Obama's work on criminal justice and police reform.

"He did what presidents before him failed to do," Sharpton continued. "He passed a healthcare law that was able to benefit over 20 million Americans. He also dealt with concrete steps around climate change."

On Saturday, Sharpton marched along the National Mall, launching the first of what is expected to be a series of protests leading up to Trump's inauguration.

During the event, Sharpton told Democratic lawmakers to "get some backbone."

"We've come not to appeal to Donald Trump, because he's made it clear what his policies are and what his nominations are," Sharpton said.

"We come to say to the Democrats in the Senate and in the House, and to the moderate Republicans, to get some backbone and get some guts."