Jul 22, 2013

During a discussion on Sunday's "Meet The Press," PBS host Tavis Smiley criticized President Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin's death and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman.

The criticism began when Smiley took to Twitter to comment that the President's remarks were weaker that pre-sweetened Kool-Aid (now that's weak).  He then went on NBC's "Meet the Press" where he continued his criticism by making the following remarks:

I appreciate and applaud the fact that the president did finally show up. But this town has been spinning a story that's not altogether true. He did not walk to the podium for an impromptu address to the nation; he was pushed to that podium. A week of protest outside the White House, pressure building on him inside the White House pushed him to that podium. So I'm glad he finally arrived.

But when he left the podium, he still had not answered the most important question, that Keynesian question, where do we go from here? That question this morning remains unanswered, at least from the perspective of the president. And the bottom line is this is not Libya, this is America. On this issue, you cannot lead from behind.
Smiley is no stranger to criticising President Obama.  He and Cornel West went on a bus tour that focused on poverty, but somehow managed to critique Obama and his policies.

Smiley use to be the toast of the African American community, but with the election of the first African American president his stock took a severe drop due to some of the harsh criticism he aimed at the President.  He learned quickly that Black folks weren't playing that.

What do you think?  Does Smiley have a point or is he way off base with his criticism of the President's remarks?

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  1. Considering the fact that the President's comments did take everyone by surprise, I can understand spending some time dissecting what he said. However, to focus solely on the President himself defeats the purpose of him speaking out to begin with. I wish everyone would actually take his comments and continue the conversation.

    I watched MTP yesterday and as soon as I heard them announce that Tavis was on the roundtable, I thought the conversation would be stifled with his disdain for the president. He doesn't have to like the President. He could be disappointed that the President is not meeting his expectations. However, failing to see the big picture and continually be critical just to be critical is further evidence that Tavis has some personal gripe with the President.

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