Sunday, July 8, 2012

Who changed, Tavis?

I was looking around youtube and ran across a video I'd never seen before. It is then-Senator Barack Obama being interviewed by Tavis Smiley in Oct. 2007. This was after Obama had started running for president, but still 3 months before the Iowa caucuses.

I'll admit that, in retrospect, some of Obama's rhetoric about his ability to bridge the divide in Washington sounds naive after what we've been through these last 4 years. But overall, I see the same man with the same commitments we hear about today.

There is, however, one man in this interview whose rhetoric has changed since back then. What happened to you Tavis?


  1. He's angry, bitter, and jealous that Barack Obama took his thunder as the young black up and comer

  2. He didn't get enough tickets to the inauguration?

  3. I think he fell into the same trap that Cornell West and a number of the "big names" of the "progressive netroots" fell into. That they would be big "behind the scenes" power brokers, with constant consultations on policy and being able to turn that into further influence, power, and money. When it turned out they weren't really major players in the first place, and were treated as what they actually were, they lashed out. After all, they haven't received "their due."

  4. I googled 'jealousy quotes' - two seemed appropriate.

    Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love. ~George Eliot

    Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness. ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

  5. " . . .in retrospect, some of Obama's rhetoric about his ability to bridge the divide in Washington sounds naive after what we've been through these last 4 years."

    What 'sane' person would have predicted the level of obstruction coming from republicans? Honestly, even after what we've witnessed, I still can't stop shaking my head in 'disbelief'. That it would happen--outrageous. That it would go virtually unchallenged--incredible. Call me naive too.

    1. I gotta say, you hit the nail on the head with this. I would be called naive too. I think PBO has been brilliant in the face of unprecedented opposition and obstruction!

  6. Mo'nin', Ms. Pants

    Well, when you think of yourself as Frederick Douglas (but, while quite bright and able, you're actually a self promoting hustler)...

    Imo, Norbrook nails it in the general sense. But, the specific was....

    Where, as my dearly departed grandmother would describe it, PBO "tore his drawers" with Tavis is when he didn't attend Tavis' annual "State Of The Black Union" gathering. I mean being the first viable black candidate for President and having to DO those things that jusssst might make that happennnnnn..was NO excuse for brotha Tavis. I mean, he didn't want no stinkin' Michele (which is what the trade-off would've been).

    And, he STILL ain't over it. But, such is life when you wound a narcissist.

    And, allll of this has been discussed by both Tom Joyner and Steve Harvey on their syndicated radio shows at length. In fact, Mr. Joyner put his sentiments into print just a while back re: Tavis (do da Google. you really should read it. the thing is that they were TIGHT. keep that in mind as you read).

    In the mean time....