President Barack Obama once had the full support of Roberto Unger, one of his renowned Harvard law professors, but the educator and Brazilian politician is now publicly urging Americans not to vote for the president. It’s a bizarre about-face for a man who often advised Obama during his 2008 campaign. Today, Unger believes the president is undeserving of a second term in the White House.
Much like many of the angst-ridden individuals The Blaze spoke with at Netroots, an annual progressive conference, Unger believes that Obama has failed to live up to the promises he made in 2008. In essence, this corroborates that, in the opinion of many liberals — Unger included — the president hasn’t been far-left enough in his governance.
“President Obama must be defeated in the coming election. He has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States,” the Harvard Law professor and Brazilian politician announced in a video published on YouTube.
“He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices,” Unger added, also saying that Obama’s policies amount to “financial confidence and food stamps.”
The Daily Mail has more:
…some [of Unger's comments] would doubtless strike a chord with the President’s GOP opponents, including the academic’s attacks on Mr Obama’s efforts to reform healthcare.
Mr Unger argues: ‘He has subordinated the broadening of economic and educational opportunity to the important but secondary issue of access to health care in the mistaken belief that he would be spared a fight.’
He also suggests that, despite their fierce rivalry, the Democrats’ agenda is little different to that of the Republicans, saying the party aims ‘to put a human face on the programme of its adversaries’.
Watch the scathing video, below:
While at Harvard, Obama studied jurisprudence and reinventing democracy with Unger.
(H/T: Daily Mail)