GET IN LINE WITH THE REST OF US  7:03 pm May 19, 2011

Cornel West Heartbroken Over Obama’s Wall Street Warmongering

by Ken Layne

Dr. Cornel West campaigned like crazy for Barack Obama. You may recall, back in 2007, Obama had this problem with black people: They didn’t really buy his act. They liked Hillary, the tragic wife of America’s first white black president. And it took a lot of endorsements from respected black scholars and politicians and cultural figures to win black people over to Obama’s side. Cornel West was one of these people. He campaigned all over for Barry. And now he’s heartbroken.

Chris Hedges writes on TruthDig:

“And even at this moment, when the empire is in deep decline, the culture is in deep decay, the political system is broken, where nearly everyone is up for sale, you say all I have is the subversive memory of those who came before, personal integrity, trying to live a decent life, and a willingness to live and die for the love of folk who are catching hell. This means civil disobedience, going to jail, supporting progressive forums of social unrest if they in fact awaken the conscience, whatever conscience is left, of the nation. And that’s where I find myself now.

“I have to take some responsibility,” he admits of his support for Obama as we sit in his book-lined office. “I could have been reading into it more than was there.

“I was thinking maybe he has at least some progressive populist instincts that could become more manifest after the cautious policies of being a senator and working with [Sen. Joe] Lieberman as his mentor …”

Hah, yes, maybe! We all hoped that! [TruthDig]

 
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Tommmcattt May 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Cornel West is awesome.

Lascauxcaveman May 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Sounds like he's been hanging out with Ken Layne too much, though. They could be finishing each others' sentences.

Guppy06 May 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Drinking the same scotch?

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 2:44 am

Sounds like he's been hanging out with Ken Layne too much, though.

It's completely the other way around.

flamingpdog May 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Snark aside, Cornel West was spot on with his comments. Ruined it all by making it all about himself. I'm about to throw in the towel on progressive talk radio because all of a sudden most all the talk show hosts (Hartman aside) have become so full of themselves, like Limpballs (without the hate factor thrown in). I thought this was about the peoples, not the egos.

PsycWench May 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I thought Limpballs without the hate factor was basically dead air,

flamingpdog May 19, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Corrected.

petehammer May 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Andy Bernard:

There is no Cornell West, there's only Cornell. I should know, I went there. Yup, Nard Dawg went to an Ivy.

Also, I think if Obama were racist I'd be able to tell. I took a crap load of multicultural studies courses at Cornell.

Pres[ $ rm -r * ] May 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Plus we had that one black guy in the glee club my sophomore year at Cornell, which, you might recall, is an Ivy Legue school. So I'm all about that multi-culti thing, Tuna.

SexySmurf May 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Imagine my disappointment; I voted for Obama because I heard he was born in Kenya (it sounded exotic at the time).

SpurningBeer May 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I took a graduate course with Cornel a few decades ago. He was brilliantly incisive at times, flamboyantly jivey at times, and just a bit full of himself most of the time. His "brother" this and "brother" that always seemed contrived to me, and sometimes hostile. Like the southerners' use of the dissimulating phrase "bless her heart."

Lascauxcaveman May 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm

He just likes telling black people what to think. I can't imagine any white people doing that the their similarly pale brethren. Nope.

problemwithcaring May 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Seriously. Fuck that guy. I hate these fucking self-appointed arbiters of Blackness, whatever ideology. He walks around with his whole "my brother, you hang around too many Jewish people to be a real brother" schtick and people eat it up. I guess to some people a Tenured professor at Princeton is the sort of real Black man with conscious they can relate to, when a Black person that supports Obama is just a Black dupe.

gah.

__kth__ May 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

In the linked item (I believe), Prof West chides Obama for picking neolib economists like Summers and Geithner as his economics advisers instead of "Brother Stiglitz and Brother Krugman". If I have any say in the matter, Brother Krugman it shall henceforth be.

Pres[ $ rm -r * ] May 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm

In other words, he was a typical Ivy League professor.

SpurningBeer May 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

A typical Princeton professor, maybe. Strutting dandies, the lot of them.

SpurningBeer May 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Not our dear brother Paul Krugman, of course, or sister Melissa Harris-Perry.

Arken May 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

But not too many Princeton professors are named after a Princeton rival…

MiniMencken May 20, 2011 at 1:30 am

Yes, on the talk shows, he seems the very image of a 1970s vintage Radical Chic Black dude impersonator. Or a scammy preacher of the era.

Serolf_Divad May 20, 2011 at 6:54 am

What years were you at Princeton?

BarryOPotter May 20, 2011 at 8:53 am

What years were you at Princeton?

All of them, Katie…

Serolf_Divad May 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

I hate "gotcha journalism."

SpurningBeer May 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I never attended Princeton, SD. I just ridicule its faculty from a safe distance.

Come here a minute May 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Once he had Oprah, it didn't matter if Cornel was East or West.

BarryOPotter May 20, 2011 at 8:55 am

Scandalous!! Does Steadman know?! Is that why she's ending the show!?! OMG! OMG!!11! Wait, was Steadman there?!!! No, no. Don't tell me. I don't want to know…

Come here a minute May 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Hah, yes, maybe! We all hoped that!

I was for Hillary after Barack had one of his big events in a fucking church. So no, I did not expect more than was advertised.

Well, okay, I guess I hoped, but I didn't expect. Sounds like Cornel expected.

vulpes82 May 19, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Yes, because Hillary never stepped foot in a church, lest she be struck dead for the sin of being a powerful woman in a pantsuit. Seriously, WTF? I mean, I'm a godless heathen who hates the pandering piety that American politics of the past three or four decades demands, but it's not like there were any atheists campaigning. I distinctly remember Hillary getting her southern on at a church, for instance.

BZ1 May 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Dr. Cornel Pompous, whose previous achievement was being carried into a room on his own shoulders…

Fukui_sanYesOta May 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Now Jack, Im really happy for you, and imma let you finish, but Newell had one of the best articles of all time. One of the best articles of all time!

Hatrabbit May 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I totally get where he's coming from. I mean Obama's ok and all, but he's no Newt Gingrich.

Ken Cuccinelli May 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm

The thing that I don't understand is that nearly everyone who espouses this point of view is cynical enough that, in 2007, if they had sat down and thought about it, could have been convinced that pretty much no one who holds the office of President is NOT going to do the very things they claim disgust at Obama doing.

He may be a good politician and stuff but I honestly don't think any one man is bigger than the "institution" anymore. Guys like West got out there and made a bet on him. When Obama proved himself no match for "the system", or Obama sold out or whatever you choose to believe happened—these guys lost their bet.

But to have the nerve to pretend like you didn't get snookered and caught up in the moment like we ALL did is kind of dishonest. And isn't this:

“I was thinking maybe he has at least some progressive populist instincts that could become more manifest after the cautious policies of being a senator and working with [Sen. Joe] Lieberman as his mentor"

pretty much approaching the "11th dimensional chess" line of thinking so ridiculed by these very same types?

ifthethunderdontgetya May 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I have to disagree.

pretty much approaching the "11th dimensional chess" line of thinking so ridiculed by these very same types?

More like, "Squandering the biggest Congressional majorities in forever by being a DINO suckup."

I voted for Obama in the primary and the general. I knew he was a DLC corporatist. But I didn't expect that he would 1) suck as badly as he has, and 2) decide that the proper response to fucking up his majorities was to double down on the suck.
~

vulpes82 May 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I didn't know "having to corral a bunch of spineless chickens to get something even vaguely good" was "squandering" now. Look, the truth is half the Democratic party in Congress would actually be Republicans in a different time when the Republicans hadn't devolved into a party of loons. They were NOT going to go for the commie stuff we all want. As it is, Pelosi got tons of shit done, but the Senate (which he actually only had a majority — which included Vinegar Joe on a really good day — for a few months) is so goddamn broken it takes a 99-member majority to get so much of a resolution applauding puppies and kittens through.

BarryOPotter May 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

I have to disagree.

The Executive branch did not squander Congressional majorities, the Legislative branch proved to be a huge fucking bunch of disappointing fucks. Sure, they looked good at the bar, but once you got 'em home – shesh. "Uh, are you OK? Why do I ask? Because you're just laying there. Do something…"

mumbly_joe May 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Not really. Not only did Candidate Bush run further to the center than he governed, but there are plenty of reasons to believe that Candidate Kerry had attempted something similar when he ran in '06, as well. By contrast, Candidate Obama did stake out a number of progressive positions: as soon as the economic crisis hit, he took up an economic populist stance, and he ran on an extremely progressive platform on issues of transparency and civil liberties. Not to mention that candidate Obama's health care reform proposal was far and away more progressive than anything he offered as president.

Bush tacked to the center to get elected, and then governed from the right. Obama, by contrast, and also in contrast to previous Democratic candidates, tacked to the left to get elected, and then governed in the manner we've seen, and in the process, reversed himself on significant parts of his platform. Not everyone who thinks they were sold a bill of goods when it came to Obama as a somewhat progressive candidate is deluding themselves. Would Clinton have been any better? Probably not. But you could tell as much, from her platform, which means she was at least a little more honest about it.

easynewz May 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Aw, you and your fancy facts and nuanced historically accurate political references.

Also, don't forget the totally unexpected pick of Hillary for his cabinet. A smooth move that made the wingnut heads 'asplode, too. Otherwise the pundints would all be like' "Hillary will primary Obama in 2012" etc. ad nauseum.

pinkocommi May 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I shall now blame Cornell West for the continued downfall of America.

Guppy06 May 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm

How do we know the books weren't blue-screened in, like Andrew's Show for White Kids?

user-of-owls May 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I'm puzzled.

Is Cornel a Jet or a Shark?

Chet Kincaid May 20, 2011 at 2:36 am

Don't you mean, a Jet or a Giant?

Extemporanus May 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm

"Brother Barack's inability to quit shuckin' proves he's morally weak."

- Dr. Cornel West

Chet Kincaid May 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm

"Dr. Cornel West campaigned like crazy for Barack Obama. You may recall, back in 2007, Obama had this problem with black people: They didn’t really buy his act. They liked Hillary, the tragic wife of America’s first white black president. And it took a lot of endorsements from respected black scholars and politicians and cultural figures to win black people over to Obama’s side. Cornel West was one of these people. He campaigned all over for Barry. And now he’s heartbroken."

Sorry, Ken, speaking as a black person, in Chicago, who was paying attention at the time, that narrative is bullshit. I can assure you it did not take the all-important endorsement of Cornell West to earn Obama credibility in the black community. It's also horseshit that black people were in Hillary's pocket and had to be pried out with interventions by the likes of Jesse Jackson. In fact, part of the reason Obama was refreshing was that he swept past the pompous old "Movement" heads without having to kiss their asses. And the Old Heads didn't exactly like it either, but had to get in line behind the people.

Tommmcattt May 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

There are black guys named "Chet"?

Who knew?!?!

horsedreamer_1 May 19, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Reminds of the line from Dave Chappelle's Block Party, when he met the university marching-band director from some small school in Ohio: "Ladies & gentlemen, the first black man named 'Millsap'".

Chet Kincaid May 20, 2011 at 1:02 am

Yeah I know. That's why I changed my name to "Heathcliff Huxtable" in the 80s.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyyXeyww854

GuyClinch May 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Bravo. Brother West with his fakey ingratiation can kiss my butt. Melissa Harris Lacewell pwns him here http://www.thenation.com/blog/160725/cornel-west-

TsunamiAli May 20, 2011 at 12:06 am

Dang, she sure did.

BarryOPotter May 20, 2011 at 9:17 am

Melissa Harris Lacewell pwns him

Seriously. That piece should be subtitled: "Princeton Professor Pwns Privileged Preening Popinjay Promoting Patronage Presidential Politics"

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 9:49 am

Win!

catchtheflava May 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Melissa Harris Lacewell is supa fine. I love her little lisp too.

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Yeah, whenever she's on the teevee my heart goes pitter-pat and my penis writes a love letter. Yeah, I know, I have a very talented penis.

pinkocommi May 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

It was my perception that Obama's campaign tried to convince white voters to vote for him first. He specifically avoided being perceived as a "black candidate" rather than a candidate for everyone. But what do I know? That's just how it looked to me from my armchair in the suburbs.

DarwinianDemon May 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm

But wouldn't it be cool if it was true? It would be a very convenient story!

Ken Layne May 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Well yeah, in Chicago! He was from Chicago. Don't you remember the whole south thing? The "cold Popeye's for breakfast" speech, the MLK Day speech, the South Carolina speeches where he (like all Democratic candidates, including white New England politicians) suddenly have southern black preacher voices?

But I will agree that my blog sentence was not accurate when talking about Chicago.

axmxz May 20, 2011 at 12:43 am

Oh yes, I remember the black preacher voice. Us UChicago kids just fell about laughing, I tell you whut.

fuflans May 20, 2011 at 1:05 am

to be fair – and as a chicago native, U of C grad who lives in sin with a southerner i have authority to say this – something really weird happens south of the mason dixon line.

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 2:51 am

The whole Robin Williams preacher voice ALWAYS gets me. I remember when both he and Hillary tried it down South, and it didn't come across as more natural on either of them despite Hillary being white-bread as hell. It something that always bugs me. I just want to plead with candidates to be themselves every time I see someone attempt it and fail. Bill Clinton was actually always pretty good at moving through different crowds, but he's a rare one.

BTW, you want to see a really disingenuous black preacher voice? Youtube Jennifer Granholm's speech at Rose Parks' funeral at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Blew my fuckin' mind, it did.

Chet Kincaid May 20, 2011 at 3:04 am

Face it, My Brother, you got punk'd by Cornel West, and rushed to wave his little anti-Barry essay around without understanding the back story. Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, even Jesse Jackson, were all jealous and resentful toward Obama during the 07-08 campaign, so to say that West is somehow disappointed and disillusioned today, all of a sudden, is ridiculous. Jesse Jackson's own fucking kid had to publicly scold the old man for undermining Obama during the campaign, for Christ's sake! And again, if you think Obama went around pandering to establishment black movement figures in order to have their permission to represent black people, you REALLY were not paying attention. You might want to catch up:
http://articles.cnn.com/2009-06-05/politics/lacew
http://www.salon.com/news/politics/barack_obama/i
http://www.thenation.com/blog/160725/cornel-west-
http://prospect.org/csnc/blogs/adam_serwer_archiv

Biel_ze_Bubba May 20, 2011 at 9:21 am

So Jackson, Smiley, West et al. were completely post-racial — they backed Hillary for all the usual political reasons. We've come a long way, baby!

DarwinianDemon May 20, 2011 at 10:51 am

Oh facts shmacks. You can contine to look forward to blog post after blog post saying essentially " BLACK FOLK! YOUR LEADER HAS SPOKEN! DO AS HE COMMANDS!"

nappyduggs May 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Chet,, this is so delicious. The heart of this matter is that a brother will always be between a rock-and-a-hard place in this country, especially as it regards the standards of his own people. There has always been dissension in the ranks of the black intelligentsia/monied-class because–let's face it–it is more likely that one dog is going to have to eat another. The common, under-served, under-privileged blacks are the ones who looked to Obama with starry eyes. The "others' were immediately on alert because, IMHO, their brains were clouded by the gross and fascinating irony that they needed to take this man to task for maybe not being "black enough" whilst keeping one foot firmly planted in the camp of a white candidate. Doc West is so on point about some things, but this here, yeah, it's just some hatin'.

MMathS May 20, 2011 at 9:41 am

Ken done got served!

problemwithcaring May 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Thank you.

DarwinianDemon May 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

You left out the part where he blamed Obama's mother for his policy choices because of her very whiteness and the part where he talks about Obama not being black enough beause he hangs out with JOOS(!).

If West had left it at the clip you posted, wed all be better off. Instead we got the flipside of Newt's. "He is a socialist because of his Kenyan upbringing"

Cicada May 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Shit, just scream "Oreo!" at him and be done with it. That stuff about Jews was cringe-inducing. Really, Dr. West, really??

Ken Layne May 19, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Was there a Jew-bashing part, too? God, politics is just one endless unpleasant circle jerk. Anything today could be anything from the '80s or the '90s or whenever.

vulpes82 May 19, 2011 at 11:34 pm

He said Obama was most comfortable with "upper-class white and Jewish men" because he's "afraid of free black people" or something. It wasn't full on "he's in thrall to the Elders of Zion!", but it just felt kinda Farrahkhany.

Cicada May 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

He didn't Jew-bash, per se. He just pointedly referenced the fact that the white men that had influenced Brother Obama away from his blackness were Jewish. It was a pretty slick piece of dog whistle bullshit.

vulpes82 May 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Oh, and don't forget that he's afraid of "real" black people! You know, despite being married to one, father to two, etc.

axmxz May 20, 2011 at 12:45 am

Yeah, as if dear old Brother Cornell is the only authority on what does and does not constitute bona fide blackness in America.

Biel_ze_Bubba May 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

Sounds to me like the mirror image of Palin's "real Americans" horseshit.

horsedreamer_1 May 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

Michelle's not real. She's a self-loather who married a white man.

Chet Kincaid May 20, 2011 at 10:34 am

Truth be told, the fact that he married an American black woman a shade darker than himself did more for his credibility with ordinary black folks than a thousand Cornel West backslaps would have.

vulpes82 May 20, 2011 at 11:06 am

Yeah, if Michelle were white or High Yeller instead of the Nubian Goddess she is, I don't think he'd have gotten half as far.

Arken May 19, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I really have nothing to say about Cornell west except that the man needs to see a dentist. Badly.

SpurningBeer May 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm

He needs the services of a haberdasher as well.

__kth__ May 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Also, thread needs moar Billy Paul.

Texan_Bulldog May 19, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Cornel, jealous much? Oh, and it's summer–ditch the scarf already!

Naked_Bunny May 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Colonel West? Wasn't he played by Rene Auberjonois?

Arken May 20, 2011 at 9:34 am

Being a shapeshifter, Rene can play any role.

sati_demise May 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Obama made a very good speech today talking about human rights in the Middle East…….which would be nice if he actually supported human rights in the USA.

(ahem, Barry, stop prosecuting whistleblowers like Thomas Drake and medical marijuana dispensaries….just say "No".

Stop deporting the Dream kids. Just stop these human rights abuses here at home, M'kay? thnxs

chascates May 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Look, we all projected our best hopes or worst fears on Barack Obama when he came into office. And if the President would legalize pot the way FDR brought back alcohol I'll have no more complaints. That can't be fuzzed out.

Biel_ze_Bubba May 20, 2011 at 9:30 am

Yeah, that would be so easy to do. The Repukes haven't even bought into the 20th century yet.

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Look, we all projected our best hopes or worst fears on Barack Obama when he came into office.

Not me. I didn't even vote for the guy in the primaries. I was never under any illusions about what and who he was and what and who he wasn't. I get a little irked by this revisionist history that everyone was crazy for the guy. People seem to forget that he barely won the nomination. It took superdelegates to drag him across the threshold, and Hillary to end her relentless assault and call a truce.

Lucidamente1 May 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Oh, Ken, you're such a kidder. Cornel West. Ha ha ha.

doloras May 19, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Wait, didn't Barry say today that he wants Israel to withdraw to its 1967 borders? Doesn't that actually make him a satanic Communist by USA political standards?

AJW@[redacted] May 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Didn't the shrub say pretty much the same thing? I sure don't recall him being villified over it, though.

Naked_Bunny May 19, 2011 at 11:12 pm

It's like there's some sort of double-standard!

AJW@[redacted] May 19, 2011 at 11:25 pm

And this is why we want our country back.

Ken Layne May 19, 2011 at 11:13 pm

He made sure to say "swaps" a hundred times, so it means nothing.

vulpes82 May 19, 2011 at 11:37 pm

But is there really any chance of a full-on withdrawal? I mean, he could scream up or down all day about 1967 borders, but those settlements right near Jerusalem are just too well-established; they're not going anywhere. I mean, that's just reality. Face it, everyone knows what "peace" will look like: 1967 borders with some swaps, compensation to the refugees, etc. It's really the only plan that will work. The trouble is neither side is willing yet to give in and just DO IT already.

fuflans May 20, 2011 at 1:12 am

this is exactly right. settlement swaps, negotiated compromise on right of return and some kind of international status for jerusalem.

so easy to type, so impossible to make happen.

le sigh.

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 2:57 am

Better yet, how about a country with a pluralistic democracy not based on ethnicity? Seperate but equal doesn't ever work anywhere and it's not going to work there no matter how much they may think they are splitting the difference effectively. We don't need a "Jewish state" and then a state for leftovers.

I know, a fuckin' dream, but still.

Biel_ze_Bubba May 20, 2011 at 9:39 am

Israel stole that land fair and square, so no way are they going to swap territory for it. End of discussion.
So long as they know that they can do whatever the hell they want and suffer no lasting consequences, the gradual annexation of Jerusalem will proceed.

vulpes82 May 19, 2011 at 10:49 pm

It still boggles my mind that apparently none of these people were paying attention during the campaign. Obama has, amazingly enough, done a great deal of exactly what he said he'd do, which most prominently did NOT include an end to all wars, the conversion of the military into hippie flower children, and the proletarian takeover of the means of production. He explicitly campaigned on escalating Afghanistan and ramping up in Pakistan to get al-Qaeda, which he has actually done! He's also withdrawn troops from Iraq (though he needs to withdraw them all), ended DADT, gotten a (too-small) stimulus, got health care reform, and saved the American auto industry. There's plenty of stuff to criticize him for, but Jesus Christ!

And this isn't specific to this instance, but it REALLY sticks in my craw when people say he needs to use the bully pulpit to magically get Congress to get their heads out of their asses and do stuff. So he gives a speech. And then people sneer and say speeches are just pretty words, but he's not doing anything. HE'S FUCKING GIVING A SPEECH AND TRYING TO GET CONGRESS TO DO SOMETHING, WHICH IS WHAT YOU WANT, BUT HE ISN'T A MAGICIAN WHO CAN JUST RATTLE OFF AN INCANTATION AND MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER!!!11!!!

horsedreamer_1 May 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm

You forgot: TELEPROMPTERZ.

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 12:17 am

What v said…

axmxz May 20, 2011 at 12:49 am

Didn't he also kill some guy a couple of days ago? I forget the name. Some guy who blew up something ten years ago. I could've sworn the local news mentioned something about it right before weather.

BarryOPotter May 20, 2011 at 9:34 am

BUT HE ISN'T A MAGICIAN WHO CAN JUST RATTLE OFF AN INCANTATION AND MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER!!!11!!!

But I am. What do you need?

Sue4466 May 20, 2011 at 11:08 am

Nailed it!

Obama ran as at most a centrist, but really not at all a liberal, not even close. But liberals projected their own aspirations on him. When the right deemed him a socialist, that just further convinced those on the left that Obama was a fellow traveler.

easynewz May 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Yeppers.

Also, too: Bernie Sanders may actually get some more street cred since the proletariat is getting used to a 'soshalist' living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Sanders/Kucinich 2016 !

problemwithcaring May 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

HEY! Your comment assumes that it is the job of ANY white person in government at any level to speak out against racial injustice and inequality — which is just patently silly.

horsedreamer_1 May 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Remember when Limbaugh had his half-hour daily syndicated television show, & the shelving behind his desk was row upon row of whatever was his latest book (at the time, The Way Things Ought to Be, then See, I Told You So)?

How did nobody see thru his megalomania, then?

Biel_ze_Bubba May 20, 2011 at 9:12 am

I figured they just needed a bunch of books, and grabbed a boxfull of remaindered shit.

BarackMyWorld May 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm

But I have it on good authority from everyone on Fox News that Obama's the biggest left-wing president in all of American history!

So confused now…

OldWiseWizard May 20, 2011 at 12:40 am

I wish Cornell West would dump his new BFF Tavis Smiley. It's more embarrassing than Willie Nelson hanging out with Toby Keith.

Arken May 20, 2011 at 9:35 am

Except even Toby Keith knows to shut up once in a while.

MiniMencken May 20, 2011 at 1:31 am

East or West, shit floats.

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 2:35 am

I hate to break it to Mr. West, but his first name is missing an "L".

Yo, Imma let you finish, Mr. Cornel West, but Kanye was the best west and Nelly was the best Cornell of all times!

On the real for just a second, I find Cornel West the worst kind of bloviator. I hate obviously smart dudes that overcompensate by using $10 words; it totally ruins whatever point he was trying to make. His stuff is good when written, but he sounds so out of place when you see him on cable news. We get it Cornel; you know words and shit, want a gold star?

easynewz May 20, 2011 at 4:58 am

Meh. I for one am content with the wingnuts' constant jabbering about birf certificates and such. In the meantime Hillary is kicking ass and taking names; discretely applying soft-power to the powder kegs of the world.

Even Bill Maher (admittedly also not lacking in pomposity) who basically made Dr. West a teevee celeb, has relented in the face of Barry's fullfilment of so many campaign promises and refers now to the preznit as a "Nubian Warrior President."

And I'm getting sick up and fed with news-peeps and various pundints arguing from the point of view that Barry is singlehandedly responsible for all the world's ills.

You go to the presidency with the checks and balances that you have, not the ones that you might want.

Arken May 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

Maher and West are also very buddy-buddy to the point that Maher also starts calling everyone 'brother' and 'sister' when West is on his show.

easynewz May 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Indeed. It's hard not to agree with the concept of applied social justice (reparations dog-whistle to the Reichwing nuts). What's a brother to do?

BarryOPotter May 20, 2011 at 8:50 am

I think Cornell, Jessie and those who share that generation's mindset wanted Obama to magically morph into the president that Jessie wanted to be, despite the fact that during the campaign, it was clear Obama would not follow their old-school paradigm. Chet Kincaid's comment further down hit the motherfucking nail on its motherfucking head about Cornell's disappointment.

During the campaign, I fully resented the "not black enough" tripe some were pushing. Then to have Jessie busted on an open mic talking about cutting off O's junk because he wasn't subservient enough to the 'Old Guard' was the last straw. Just fuck that mentality.

I will not downplay or thank them enough for what they've done to move this country forward, because in my mind, the Civil Rights movement saved America by codifying as unacceptable some of our society's basest behaviour. But it seems the power went to their heads and they got stuck in the era in which they were truly leaders. It seems that hubris prevented them from truly leading as times changed, and here we are today.

Sorry for the lack of snark, so… Bhutsecks!

MMathS May 20, 2011 at 9:16 am

After reading the article, I'm convinced he is as much, if not more, butthurt by the fact that he couldn't get sweet azzzz tixxx to the inauguration for his mother and brother.

DashboardBuddha May 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

Barry did go into office with the best of intentions. Then the representatives of the Power Elite showed him the film from the Grassy Knoll.

ttommyunger May 21, 2011 at 3:19 am

I have the same chilling thought. It would explain a lot.

P_Drizzle May 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

See, I've always loved the Roots, and the dude is a great drummer even though he never does any fancy fills or anything, but come on…Jimmy F**king Fallon?

ttommyunger May 21, 2011 at 3:32 am

It seems whenever our Media finds a black person who doesn't SOUND like a black, who is intelligent, articulate and halfway teleginic, voila! We have a brand new teevee celebrity go-to guy who is special, because he is black and all, and some such, also, too. Yes, I'm talking about you, Cornel, Thomas Sowell, Tavis Smiley, Herman Cain and that other black guy who no one can remember his name who the Republicans put up for President from time to time to prove that they really aren't racists. Kind of the Yin to the Super-White Yang of George "The Chin" Will, Bill "Wrong Way" Kristol and Charles "Legs" Krauthammer.

carlgt1 May 21, 2011 at 11:31 am

well Dr. West we were all fooled. Except the teabaggers who warned us he wasn't really as socialist as we all hoped for! ;-)

horsedreamer_1 May 20, 2011 at 9:25 am

Anyone ever think to get Mandela to try his hand at negotiating a one-state, Arab Muslim, Arab Christian, Jewish, state? Anyone?

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Hell, Ghandi, Mandela and MLK combined couldn't fix this mess, and I truly believe that.

The fact of the matter is that Israel has never come to terms with the fact that it was an conquerer, who conquered that land fair and square, and that there is no place in the Israeli power structure for anyone but Jews. It's kind of impossible to argue that they haven't set themselves us as a first-and-favorite class when they allow anyone with Jewish ancestors or connections to come to the land, but deny immigration of people who had lived there for centuries but were kicked out and told not to come back.

They haven't come to terms that Zionism at its very heart is an exclusive (not inclusive) state ideology. So long as they insist on being a "Jewish state" (honestly, how racist/xenophobic is that?), they're going to have a problem from within and without. What I don't get is that they must see that this idea of the state is living on borrowed time. Even if they are willing and able to lop off old Palestine, the demographics within the nation will render it Israeli Arab within my lifetime, for sure, and how they'll be able to keep them out of top political jobs seems impossible if they are truly a plural democracy.

That alone makes the "Two State Solution" completely unsustainable in the long run. The two will learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm

On the other side of things, it'd be totally disingenuous to pretend that there isn't a major contigent of Palestinians who would love to see nothing more than Jews chased out of Palestine. But, that's a delusional aspiration; I think even Hamas realizes that. And, that's why I come down differently one the sides: one is aspirational and one is operational. There is no such thing as a Palestinian threat. Israel has the power to kill every single Palestinian on the land and the citizen of every single neighboring Arab state, so when they speak about security as if they are actually in danger, I laugh. No nation should have to deal with indiscriminate rockets flying across their borders, but at the end of the day, it is not an existential crisis for Israel, and they look absolutely silly and offensive when they try to pretend that it is.

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