5. Cornel West deems Barack Obama unworthy
President Barack Obama was sworn in using Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Bible during his second inauguration, but not all were moved by his tribute to the iconic civil rights leader.
Activist and professor Dr. Cornel West expressed his dissatisfaction with President Obama during a luncheon with members of Congress on Jan. 21 at George Washington University:
"When I got the news that my dear brother Barack Obama, President Obama was going to put his precious hand on Martin Luther King Jr’s Bible I got upset, and I got upset because you don’t play with Martin Luther King, Jr. and you don’t play with his people. By his people, I mean people of good conscience, fundamentally good people committed to peace and truth and justice, especially the Black tradition that produced it."
While Cornel is relieved Mitt Romney was not elected president, he is hardly pleased with President Obama.
"I mean, I’m glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies."