Aug 12, 2011

Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West took their 'Poverty Tour' and criticisms of President Obama to C-Span. The duo took calls and even brought up a point about this President being the only one in Tavis Smiley's professional career to never invite him to the White House.

Here is what Tavis said about that:

“Prior to his being elected, he came on my radio programs and TV programs with regularity,” Smiley said. “Once he got elected and my critique of him — about holding him accountable to various things didn’t sit so well with him or the people around him — he has not, at this point, come on my TV or radio programs one time since he’s been in this White House.”

The PBS TV and radio talk show host went on to say that Obama, whom he’s known for years: “is the first president in my professional career that hasn’t invited me to the White House.” [This is at the 40:51 minute mark]source

I can just imagine the steam coming out of some of your ears when you heard that. I'm sure Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner will definitely have something to say.

Watch the full video below and tell me what you think:

1 comment:

  1. I just finished watching this video. I won't act like I know the thoughts and intents of the hearts of these men. I understand the argument of hating on the president and at times truly sense the disdain. They have a just cause. However, I think their purpose is flawed. Why is their message directed solely for the White House? Why not direct their message to all branches of government at the federal, state, and local levels? To me it sounds like they have this idea that the president has this magic wand that will just make the impoverished wealthy or in a better circumstance. They even admit how difficult it is at this point for the president to get anything done. So why this expectation? Hold him accountable they say...I say hold all of your elected officials accountable. Isolating the president as your target, makes the argument of "them just hatin' on the president" more believable.

    Dr. West doesn't appear to genuine to me. He appears opportunistic. I know he's been around for a while, but something is not sitting right with me in how he is presenting himself. Tavis...I don't know what to say about him. What I will say is that we don't need another documentary. If they want the voices of the poor heard, organize them and empower them to go after their elected officials.