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March 2, 2014

Professor Who Called Obama an “Opportunist” Explains Why Just Voting for Democrats Isn’t Enough

Professor Who Called Obama an “Opportunist” Explains Why Just Voting for Democrats Isn’t Enough

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Dr. Adolph Reed observed Barack Obama methodically plotting a path for himself in American politics in the late 1990’s. He warned everyone against being sold a the bill of goods by young Obama even back then, but it didn’t end there. In a 2008 editorial entitled “Obama No” , Reed excoriated Obama, calling him “vacuous” and an “opportunist”:

He’s a vacuous opportunist.I’ve never been an Obama supporter. I’ve known him since the very beginning of his political career, which was his campaign for the seat in my state senate district in Chicago. He struck me then as a vacuous opportunist, a good performer with an ear for how to make white liberals like him. I argued at the time that his fundamental political center of gravity, beneath an empty rhetoric of hope and change and new directions, is neoliberal.


His political repertoire has always included the repugnant stratagem of using connection with black audiences in exactly the same way Bill Clinton did—i.e., getting props both for emoting with the black crowd and talking through them to affirm a victim-blaming “tough love” message that focuses on alleged behavioral pathologies in poor black communities.

During a recent interview with Bill Moyers, Reed points out that Democrats seem committed to electing whatever Democrat is running for office, noting that liberal voters aren’t benefiting even when Democrats win big.

What follows is Bill Moyer’s full interview with Dr. Reed:


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7 thoughts on “Professor Who Called Obama an “Opportunist” Explains Why Just Voting for Democrats Isn’t Enough

  1. Watchful says:

    Dr.Reed strikes me as a very erudite scholar and someone who, in this interview at least, has offered an honest and insightful analysis of both the POTUS  AND the democratic party and their so-called ‘liberal’ agenda.

    Thanks for posting this, Yvette. I find him refreshing and I’m gonna seek out more commentary from him.

  2. MichaelLofton says:

    Indeed Watchful.  
    Thanks for posting this, Yvette.  It is good to know that there are university educated Blacks who have not been duped by Obama and other charlatans.  The Black underclass and/or other individuals facing hard times are less likely to be duped.

  3. MichaelLofton says:

    Unfortunately Barack Obama is not the only sellout/hypocrite!
    Well said Terry Anderson (deceased).  May you rest in peace.
    YouTube: “Diane Watson – Race Baiting Political Whore” uploaded by TheWatchdog, June 6, 2006
    YouTube: “Jamiel Shaw and La County Vote to Boycott.wmv” George Lauer, June 2, 2010
    YouTube: “Supervisor Thomas Has Contempt for His Constituents, the Law, and Truth!” by mll1127

  4. DrueFerguson says:

    If President Barack Obama is what “Reed” said he is..then what is Justice Clarence Thomas?

  5. templeva says:

    DrueFerguson  you folks (libs) love to change the subject, when you have no good opposing opinion.

  6. templeva says:

    So great to know that not all blacks think Obama is god.

  7. templeva says:

    DrueFerguson  you people (Democrats) love to change the subject when you do not have a decent opposing opinion.

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