Is Tavis Smiley part of the “Cut His Balls Off” coalition? Since the moment Barack Obama entered the national arena, it appears as if Radio/TV host Tavis Smiley has shown blatant public resistance to the maverick politician in the form of constant, and seemingly biased criticism. Case in point, a recent statement made in regards to President Obama’s apparent victory on health care reform. According to the Redding News Review, Smiley shared the following on yesterday’s episode of NBC’s Meet The Press:
“Throughout the campaign, the president promised change. We have change on the horizon here but, unfortunately, it’s small change. I find myself kind of like John McCain agreeing with Howard Dean, here I am agreeing with my friend Joe Scarborough.”
He continued: “I think the real winners here are the insurance industry. They’re, they’re the–yeah, they’re the ones who win here. I mean, you, you, you walk through that list, David, of those points you put up earlier. The president wanted the public option, the industry said no. The president wanted to tax their windfall profits, the industry said no. The president wanted to do a variety of things, the industry pushed back. And here’s the problem for me. It’s not just, David, that we’re not getting the kind of health care that we were promised we were going to get, it’s that in the president’s first big fight with a powerful lobby in Washington, the White House lost and they lost big. And that, I think, portends something very dangerous down the road for all the other issues we have to deal with where lobbies are going to be pushing back on the White House.”
Tavis Smilley has made countless positive contributions to society over the years, and no one is questioning the validity of his concerns. However, it does seem as though (like many Republicans) Tavis Smiley made up his mind about Barack Obama a long time ago. It’s great to see that he refuses to blindly worship the 44th President of the United States of America. On the other hand, let’s hope it’s not blind envy that fuels his avid criticism. Most can only imagine the never-ending obstacles the Obama Administration overcomes in trying to conduct business in Washington. Rather than sitting in continual judgment, it would benefit us all to try to look at the bigger picture at hand, Tavis included.