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Smiley on Obama: 'Weak Kool-aid remarks'

(AURN) -- While President Obama has received overwhelming praise for his recent comments on race; specifically the George Zimmerman case, at least one political pundit and media host labeled the president's comments, via Twitter as, "Weak kool-aid remarks."   
President Obama, Tavis Smiley
Twitter uses were quick to lash out against Tavis Smiley, some calling him "pathetic."

Others told Smiley it’s "time to move on."

Meantime, appearing on Meet the Press on Sunday,  Smiley -- a long time critic of the president -- said Obama didn't go far enough.

 


Smiley accused President Obama of only speaking out on Trayvon Martin because he was "pushed,” saying: "I appreciate and applaud the fact that the president did finally show up. But this town has been spinning a story that’s not altogether true. He did not walk to the podium for an impromptu address to the nation. He was pushed to that podium. A week of protests outside the White House, pressure building on him inside the White House, pushed him to that podium."

Smiley, also said that when Obama “left the podium, he still had not answered the most important question, "that Kingian question, where do we go from here?"

See comments from NBC's "Meet the Press'' here:

 

In reaction to Smiley's criticism, Harvard professor Charles Ogletree said in a Slate.com article, that  the President has “been talking about race and doing things for race for a long time, and the reality is that he wasn't pushed to the podium, he walked to the podium.”

Rev. Al Sharpton called the president comments "significant and much needed."

 

(Photo: President Obama/(Jim Watson, AFP, Tavis Smiley/tavistalks.com)





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