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Old 05-19-2011, 12:52 PM   #31
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By Matt Viser, Boston Globe Staff May 17



Cornel West, a Princeton University professor and leading black intellectual, is harshly criticizing President Obama, a candidate he once supported but now calls “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats.”

West, a former Harvard University professor, said during an interview with the website Truthdig posted yesterday that the president has not been true to his race.

“I think my dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men,” West said. “It’s understandable. As a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant African father, he’s always had to fear being a white man with black skin. All he has known culturally is white…When he meets an independent black brother, it is frightening.”

The White House did not have an immediate comment. West did not respond to messages left at his office.

Republicans have questioned Obama’s origins — to the point where he felt compelled to release his long-form birth certificate to prove he was born in Hawaii — but West also uses Obama’s past to draw into question the president’s racial bearings.

“Obama, coming out of Kansas influence, white, loving grandparents, coming out of Hawaii and Indonesia, when he meets these independent black folk who have a history of slavery, Jim Crow, Jane Crow and so on, he is very apprehensive,” West said. “He has a certain rootlessness, a deracination. It is understandable.”

West is a professor at Princeton's Center for African American Studies and is the author of "Race Matters." He was a professor at Harvard, but left in 2002 amid quarrels with then-president Lawrence Summers.

West also recounts personal slights — that his phone calls didn’t get returned, and that he couldn’t get a ticket with his mother and brother to the inauguration.

It is not the first time West has raised questions about Obama. Last year, during an interview with NPR, he said he wished the president were more “Martin Luther King-like.”


Seriously, Cornel. . .STFU.
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He's going to Ireland tomorrow

(AP)A highlight of Obama's opening stop in Ireland will be a feel-good pilgrimage to the hamlet of Moneygall, where America's first black president will explore his Irish - yes, Irish - roots, and most likely raise a pint.

It turns out that Falmouth Kearney, who immigrated to the United States in 1850 at the age of 19, is the great great great grandfather of Obama on his white, Kansas-born mother's side. Obama, whose father was born in Kenya, will connect in Moneygall with distant relatives from the Irish branch of his family tree.

Michael Collins, the Irish ambassador to the United States, says the president's visit will be "a golden moment" for a country that's been on the economic ropes after its boom time. The visit is sure to play well at home for Obama - make that O'bama - as he heads into re-election season after being pushed to great lengths simply to prove he was born on U.S. soil.
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Obama just quoted Delmore Schwartz in his Irish Speech. Which was the inspiration for Acrobat. I am sure Bono has to have had some connections to this speech.

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Quite the Inpsirational speech I might ad. As good as the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
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YouTube - ‪Obama's car gets stuck at US Embassy‬‏


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Biden would have changed the tire himself.
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He has to leave Ireland early because of the ash plume from the Icelandic volcano.

Bummer. Is there a video of the speech he made? I'd love read it.
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Between the Queen's visit and Obama's visit, and the volcano, I'm sure glad I moved my Ireland trip to September! (was originally planning on May)
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Btw... the countdown to some dopey fox news anchor complaining about Obama tipping back a Guinness while there are tornado victims back home has begun.

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But ... but ... he's wearing an American flag pin! He can't be criticized if he's pinned!
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YouTube - ‪Barack Obama's Speech in College Green, Dublin, Ireland‬‏
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