Frequent Bill Maher panel guest and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America, professor Cornel West, has been upset with Barack Obama of late. The Princeton professor called his former “brother, companion and comrade,” out in May for having “a certain fear of free black men.”
“Brother Barack Obama had no sense of gratitude, no sense of loyalty, no sense of even courtesy, [no] sense of decency, just to say thank you. Is this the kind of manipulative, Machiavellian orientation we ought to get used to? That was on a personal level.”
In the same interview West went on to call the President “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats.” West’s comments were denounced by many liberal blogs and commentators, some of which classified West’s anger towards the President as a product of the Princeton professor’s own ego and sense of left-wing elitism, rather than any real ideological qualms with Obama.
Now in a recent New York Times Magazine interview, the left-wing ideologue has admitted that he went on a media tirade against the President because the leader of the free world did not call and thank him for campaigning on Obama’s behalf.
“I think he had to keep me at a distance. There’s no doubt that he didn’t want to be identified with a black leftist. But we’re talking about one phone call, man. That’s all. One private phone call.”
West had advocated Barack Obama for President at 65 campaign events. In the same interview West reaffirmed his comment that the President “feels most comfortable with upper-middle-class white and Jewish men who consider themselves very smart,” as an objective fact. West has spent his entire career in academia, including a short stint at Harvard that ended after West resigned in response to the university president calling his rap album an “embarrassment.”
In 2003 West made his film debut in The Matrix Reloaded.
(H/T: National Journal)