tavis_smileyIs 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.

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  • Natti

    The man has been in office for less than one year! We all casually critique the President as if he’s running a little mom and pop shop on the corner! This man is running the entire United States of America! Not only that, he’s simultaneously trying to clean up the mess Bush made! For all those sitting back with your bucket of popcorn watching the show and complaining, (including you Tavis), why not use that energy to make a change! No one ever said you had to be the President to make social change, no matter how small. So… Where YOU at!?!

    • grace

      Agreed! Rome was not built in one day.

  • kisha

    there’s nothing wrong with questioning our political leaders. keep them on their toes and hold them accountable.
    however, tavis seems a bit suspect to me. i’m still not convinced that he’s not a “should have been me” type brother. he can’t seem to give obama any respect. you can challenge and come from a place of wanting the best for someone. but it seems that he wants him to fail.

  • Anndee

    Obama can’t blame everything on his predecessors, but is he expected to fix everything that’s wrong to everyone’s satisfaction in LESS than a year? Come on now. Since he’s complaining, where is Tavis’ perfect plan on how to fix a screwed up country your first year in office?

  • Vamply

    Here is why Tavis Smiley’s points are INVALID:

    “The president wanted the public option, the industry said no.” –It was members in Congress and in the Senate who said no. If only Obama’s signature was required to pass substantial Health Care Reform, it would’ve been signed and passed months ago!

    “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.”– From Smiley’s own words, the President WANTED to do a variety of things but those Rep’s and Senators were the ones who said no, not the President. Lay blame where it belongs, not with the President but with those who are resistant to the change we voted for, Smiley included.

    • brandi

      I was just going to say that. It’s ultimately congress’ decision! Sadly, it seems, it’s way easier to spew out things already said, instead of actually researching.