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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 02:01 PM
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3. Here's part of his previous response
Edited on Wed Jan-26-11 02:14 PM by ProSense
Belafonte:


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And when you ask me about Barack Obama, it is exactly what happened to Kennedy. We, the American people, made the history of that time come to another place by our passion and our commitment to change. What is saddenedwhat is sad for this moment is that there is no force, no energy, of popular voice, popular rebellion, popular upheaval, no champion for radical thought at the table of the discourse. And as a consequence, Barack Obama has nothing to listen to, except his detractors and those who help pave the way to his own personal comfort with powerpower contained, power misdirected, power not fully engaged. And it is our task to no longer have expectations of him, unless we have forced him to the table and he still resists us. And if he does that, then we know what else we have to do, is to make change completely. But I think he plays the game that he plays because he sees no threat from evidencing concerns for the poor. He sees no threat from evidencing a deeper concern for the needs of black people, as such. He feels no great threat from evidencing a greater policy towards the international community, for expressing thoughts that criticize the American position on things and turns that around. Until we do that, I think well be forever disappointed in what that administration will deliver.

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Cornel West made a similar point.

There are too many people who engage in criticism of the President, the man, not the policy. They use everything as a reason to portray him as responsible for everything that's wrong and everything that can't happen politically because there is no pressure --- no pressure on Congress, no movement, just criticism of Barack Obama as someone who wants to do the country, Americans, Democrats, the left harm.

It's utter bullshit.


Edited to clarify that the point made above by Belafonte and West (at the link) is spot on.








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  -Obama to Harry Belafonte: When are you and Cornel West going to cut me some slack? Enrique  Jan-26-11 01:44 PM   #0 
  - With alll due respect, why does Obama think he deserves to be " cut slack  whathehell   Jan-26-11 01:54 PM   #1 
  - He's perfect.  tblue   Jan-26-11 03:29 PM   #11 
  - My worry is...  whathehell   Jan-26-11 06:14 PM   #17 
  - No it's only his critics who think that everything can be done with a wave of a hand  WI_DEM   Jan-27-11 08:21 AM   #26 
  - And he plays  bigwillq   Jan-27-11 03:50 PM   #28 
  - Everybody feels that way  treestar   Jan-27-11 06:52 PM   #29 
     - Sorry...but he's not "everybody"  whathehell   Jan-27-11 07:12 PM   #31 
        - He's still human  treestar   Jan-28-11 09:07 AM   #40 
           - I don't think it's a question of "being human"...  whathehell   Jan-28-11 06:26 PM   #41 
  - Cut me some slack?  Lucky 13   Jan-26-11 02:00 PM   #2 
  - You're assigning that tone  treestar   Jan-27-11 06:54 PM   #30 
  - Here's part of his previous response  ProSense   Jan-26-11 02:01 PM   #3 
  - yeah, the "empty criticism does good" argument is just a shelter for the foolish  mkultra   Jan-26-11 02:39 PM   #6 
  - And there are lots of people who staunchly support the man and not the policies  tblue   Jan-26-11 03:32 PM   #13 
  - This place has become utterly pathetic.  These Eyes   Jan-26-11 07:21 PM   #21 
  - Yeah because it is helpful to have people who don't have a clue what it takes to do your job be on  Kdillard   Jan-26-11 02:04 PM   #4 
  - His people called people whiny.  tblue   Jan-26-11 03:28 PM   #10 
  - Damned right...  whathehell   Jan-26-11 06:16 PM   #18 
  - Bush's fan club used to say the very same thing about his critics. n/t  QC   Jan-27-11 08:05 AM   #25 
  - recommend  xchrom   Jan-26-11 02:10 PM   #5 
  - Cut him some slack, like  texshelters   Jan-26-11 02:51 PM   #7 
  - "what makes you think we haven't"  ElsewheresDaughter   Jan-26-11 03:26 PM   #8 
  - Heard this this morning and it made me so happy.  tblue   Jan-26-11 03:27 PM   #9 
  - yap yap yap  Uzybone   Jan-26-11 03:31 PM   #12 
  - Great job. Gotta love those predator drones.  tblue   Jan-26-11 03:33 PM   #14 
     - yes sir, I'm in support of them too  Uzybone   Jan-26-11 03:41 PM   #15 
        - Yeah, it's a lot easier to kill people from way far away then seeing the destruction up close.  sad sally   Jan-27-11 03:44 PM   #27 
           - it's pretty easy to kill them up close  Teaser   Jan-27-11 09:49 PM   #38 
  - The guy's been given more slack than Bob Dobbs  saras   Jan-26-11 04:38 PM   #16 
  - Belafonte's first two sentences say all that needs be said... nt  Blasphemer   Jan-26-11 06:20 PM   #19 
  - When they become centrists.  Dr Fate   Jan-26-11 06:31 PM   #20 
  - "Cut me some slack" That defines  Jakes Progress   Jan-26-11 09:40 PM   #22 
  - I've always liked Belafonte.  Starry Messenger   Jan-27-11 02:01 AM   #23 
  - Funny how we can't do just that.  namahage   Jan-27-11 07:16 PM   #32 
  - It's on Democracy Now.  Starry Messenger   Jan-27-11 08:42 PM   #36 
  - He was the one of the few true voices on October 2 in DC...nt  maryf   Jan-27-11 08:01 PM   #33 
     - He's a trooper! nt  Starry Messenger   Jan-27-11 08:42 PM   #37 
  - GOOD on Harry Belafonte  Raine   Jan-27-11 02:40 AM   #24 
  - I love Cornel West  hollowdweller   Jan-27-11 08:23 PM   #34 
  - Harry Belafonte would make a far better president than Obama.  Vidar   Jan-27-11 08:32 PM   #35 
  - incorrect  Teaser   Jan-27-11 09:50 PM   #39 
  - People acted like all Obama had to do was snap his fingers  edsmeal   Jan-29-11 08:19 AM   #42 
 

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