There’s a lot of damned nonsense even in the portion of the interview that I watched before the eye-rolling got too bad – Cornell West was in it and not being constantly mocked, to give you an idea of how non-serious the whole thing was – but Tavis Smiley did in fact raise one interesting point:
“This White House,” Smiley observes, “more than any in recent memory to me at least, this White House does not like being critiqued. They don’t like being criticized. They’re very temperamental about this. Especially from black folks.”
No! Really? Sorry about the sarcasm, there – but the truth of the matter is that the current President of the United States has never had to learn how to handle either critiquing or criticism; and he’s surrounded himself with people who don’t know how to do it for him, either. So of course he and they are bad at either.
I would have spent more time expanding on the theme of the above paragraph: but, oddly enough, Disney has already done it for me.
That’s Barack Obama. Right there. And he’s not currently scheduled for any kind of character-building talking-llama transformative exercise, so the Democrats are kind of stuck right now.