Another lefty celebrity says he’s heartbroken and dismayed by Obama

posted at 1:20 pm on January 11, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In a recent appearance on the “Smiley & West” radio program hosted by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, Harry Belafonte lamented the president’s lack of a moral compass — and cautioned other discontents to be wary of the proposition that the president just needs a second term to prove himself. Said Belafonte:

My question is, what legacy will he leave, having the opportunity to serve under such hugely dramatic circumstances and had such a huge impact on the universal state of things? … [H]ow could he have had such a splendid opportunity to do more than most presidents would have ever been able to do, and he let that opportunity slip away from him[?]

I’m very cautious of the fact that those who think he has some second agenda and only if he could be given a second term for us to see the new light, new things will be revealed, new efforts will be made to take us to a place other than where we’ve been and where we languish. I just don’t trust that. I don’t believe that’s a safe way and accurate way to look at this scenario. If there was the kind of moral compass serving Barack Obama the way we hoped, the moral force would have helped him make choices, the absence of that force in his equations, that barometer to guide him when he has to make these decisions that are hugely complicated, he should have come to the table with the things that would have helped us in this moment of crisis.

As Big Hollywood put it, “Sounds like someone took that whole Messiah shtick a tad too seriously.” Disillusionment was inevitable. Still, the poor president. First Matt Damon, now Harry Belafonte. What is Barack Obama to do? As disappointing as the loss of such high-minded supporters must be for Mr. Obama, this trend is nevertheless a welcome change for conservatives from the trend of the past summer, when celebrities were tripping over themselves to call Tea Partiers “racists.” At least celebrity criticisms of Obama have some grounding in fact; the president has performed poorly, as the economy reminds us daily. Then again, it’s still troubling that these criticisms come because Damon and Belafonte think Obama hasn’t been progressive enough. It seems, for them, nothing but “full socialist” will do.


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capitalism doesn’t really have a whole lot of victories right now.

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I’m assuming you typed that using an electronic instrument you purchased on the free market, and that you’re connected to the internet through a service provider that operates their business on the model of competition.

That’s a victory for capitalism.

For those of us who have to read your nonsense, not so much.

Flora Duh on January 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Outside of right-wing bloggers, no one cares what Harry Belafonte thinks and they never had.

tmchugh on January 11, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Why was he on a national Far-Leftist show, then?

And why was he honored at the Leftist Sundance Film Festival last year?

And why is he still an honored member of several United Nations subsidiaries?

He was also worshipped by the Left plenty by the Left over the past few years, solely because of his hatred of Bush and Condi Rice and Colon Powell. They’re not right wing bloggers by any means.

Del Dolemonte on January 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Harry WHO?

irrelevancy CUBED

Katfish on January 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Even Belafonte knows that Obama had a huge opportunity to do wonderful things for this country and black history. Instead he has toed the line on such a far left agenda it is destroying this country. He has set himself up to be the most despised person in the United States and a laughing stock in other countries.

SgtRed on January 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Harry Belafonte is a singer and actor, so he knows what he’s talking about!

Crusty on January 11, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Isserley on January 11, 2012 at 1:40 PM

You’re a silly little person with a silly little mind.
Bitterly delusional at best.
Seek help.

Mimzey on January 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Daylight come and me want go home.

Ward Cleaver on January 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Beetlejuice made it a memorable song.

roy_batty on January 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM

capitalism doesn’t really have a whole lot of victories right now.
libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM
I’m assuming you typed that using an electronic instrument you purchased on the free market, and that you’re connected to the internet through a service provider that operates their business on the model of competition.
That’s a victory for capitalism.
For those of us who have to read your nonsense, not so much.
Flora Duh on January 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Heh….now this, there is still hope.
The Derrangement Contagion is powerful but not everyone is drinking the cool aide.

residentblue on January 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I think it’s cute that Isserly wants us Conservatives — and our families — to be killed. That, indeed, is a Leftist trait: wishing death to their political opponents.

John Hitchcock on January 11, 2012 at 3:16 PM

You hate him more than you hated Clinton. I don’t remember those years but people that do tell me they’ve never seen anything like that before. Never thought it would come to this. But I hate this country and the people who call themselves conservatives. Your stupid experiment is not working because you can’t get pass the simple fact that the world was not created for white men. You all can go £#*+¥. I hate you and everything you hold dear. If there is a god may he smite you and yours.

Isserley on January 11, 2012 at 1:40 PM

If there is any smiting going on it will be your mother when she finds out how you spend your days in her basement.

roy_batty on January 11, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I wouldn’t confuse Hollywood celebrities lamenting their regrets about Obama’s failure to usher in European-styled socialism with racist black activists like Belafonte, et al, who are lamenting Obama’s failure to stick it to whitey for slavery and use the federal coffers to redistribute tax dollars as reparations. They might arrive at the same outcome, but they have very different agendas.

Every time I see a representative of the ‘hate-whitey’ movement wailing about how Obama has been such a disappointment .. I remember the fuss they kicked up with the DNC back to the ’08 primary when Hillary (the designated second black president) was kicked to the curb and Obama, half Kenyan-half white Kansan, was anointed as “The One”. Their anger goes deep. And I’m sure they realize that in 2016, the DNC will be looking for a “Latino”.

Texas Gal on January 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Kindly explain how Obama is a socialist and the GOP candidates (except for Ron Paul) are not socialists using that definition.

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:29 PM

socialism [soh-shuh-liz-uhm]  

socialism, general term for the political and economic theory that advocates a system of collective or government ownership and management of the means of production and distribution of goods.

Because of the collective nature of socialism, it is to be contrasted to the doctrine of the sanctity of private property that characterizes capitalism. Where capitalism stresses competition and profit, socialism calls for cooperation and social service.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Collective ownership in terms of the government owning automobile companies, the healthcare system, the student loan system.

government management of the distribution of goods.

Such as a person’s income

Obama: “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money”

Obama: “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

Enough for ya?

Chip on January 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Maybe Harry’s next hit song will be…He’s Got Creepy Sleestak Hands.

Lily on January 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Wow, is that picture Harry Belafonte? I thought it was George “the animal” Steele.

bluesman on January 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM

So Harry has lost faith in Barry Ok Now who or where is he going? Vote for Mitt…don’t think so,Ron Paul I think not! He’ll not vote or suck it up and vote for Barry!

JustHugh on January 11, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Isserley on January 11, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Yer momma just called you from upstairs. Your chili-mac is ready. No onions, luke warm, with a side of Yoo-Hoo brand chocolate flavored milk and some applesauce. Also, your sheets are done, so please make your bed. And stay out of that OWS camp. Your dad says you’re bringing in more rats and roaches than you usually do.

/Putz.

Key West Reader on January 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I think Western Europe’s balance between capitalism and socialism worked for quite a few decades

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Got it. So a civilization that prospered for hundreds of years, pulled down in a few short decades after being infected with socialism.

And yet you’re advocating for the disease here?

Did I miss something?

dominigan on January 11, 2012 at 4:05 PM

He’ll always have Chavez…

what??

tomg51 on January 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

capitalism doesn’t really have a whole lot of victories right now.
libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I’m assuming you typed that using an electronic instrument you purchased on the free market, and that you’re connected to the internet through a service provider that operates their business on the model of competition.
That’s a victory for capitalism.
For those of us who have to read your nonsense, not so much.
Flora Duh on January 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Ouch! That’s going to leave a mark! Unfortunately, you can’t cure stupid, or liberalism… but then I repeat myself.

dominigan on January 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I think Western Europe’s balance between capitalism and socialism worked for quite a few decades

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

…if you completely ignore how they’re hovering on financial insolvency due to their entitlement mentality resulting from their socialism experiment.

dominigan on January 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Belafonte is disappointed in Obama? Well, I’m sure we can expect the One to swallow the business end of a peacemaker before suffering that indignation. Hey Belafonte, read the splatter on the wall! NOT!

Oracleforhire on January 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

But I hate this country and the people who call themselves conservatives. Your stupid experiment is not working because you can’t get pass the simple fact that the world was not created for white men. You all can go £#*+¥. I hate you and everything you hold dear. If there is a god may he smite you and yours.

Isserley on January 11, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Haters and racists gotta hate!

RJL on January 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

“He was also worshipped by the Left plenty by the Left over the past few years,”
Del Dolemonte on January 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Well put Shakespeare.
Your whole comment proves my point. UN subsidiaries, film festivals, radio shows. Assuming this is true – and it is not reflected on his wikipedia page – the only people who know/care are right-wingers like you. Rest assured the next time Sean Penn says Castro is great or whatever the right-wingers will go nuts and the rest of the country will yawn.

The real hard part of not caring about celebrities and what they have to say is … not caring about celebrities or what they have to say.

tmchugh on January 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM

How long before Mr. Belafonte starts blaming Obama’s “white upbringing” by his white grandmother for his lack of morals and values? What a fool!

neyney on January 11, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Why are these people, and this one in particular, endlessly quoted? This guy was actually the top headline on Drudge not long ago. These people are actors and singers, or they used to be: they’re strident no-values leftists known primarily for all kinds of things that have *nothing* to do with good citizenship…and they *don’t matter*.

I mean, we may as well quote cartoon characters; honestly, I’d be more interested in hearing the latest from Cartman and Homer than this endless parade of dysfunctional “entertainment” leftists who just need to be ignored.

Thinking about it, we don’t hear much from grungy old rockers when it comes to the direction of America; one suspects they know they would have zero credibility. That should extend to actors, comedians, film directors and the rest. They need to be ignored, and felt sorry for; they’re a deeply dysfunctional crowd–certainly not glamorous. And the Democratic Party deserves them. But serious people should understand the joke of “celebrity” and just ignore them.

Allendundit on January 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I think Western Europe’s balance between capitalism and socialism worked for quite a few decades

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Yep, right up until they ran out of other people’s money.

So we will be good too. Right up until the Chinese call in the loans.

Lily on January 11, 2012 at 5:04 PM

What will the left tax when they finally get rid of capitalism?

mixplix on January 11, 2012 at 5:25 PM

What will the left tax when they finally get rid of capitalism?

mixplix on January 11, 2012 at 5:25 PM

That’s when they fire up the camps.

tom daschle concerned on January 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I think Western Europe’s balance between capitalism and socialism worked for quite a few decades

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Wow, you really said that!

Actually that ‘Balance” in each of those Nations was Socialism – the ultimate result for the Marxist is of course Communism – but we all know how that works out.

It eventually collapses and causes much pain for the people, Aside from its Oppression and killing of innocents.

Why are you advocating that?

Chip on January 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

You all can go £#*+¥. I hate you and everything you hold dear. If there is a god may he smite you and yours.

Isserley on January 11, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Mr./Ms. Isserley, politics is important, but it isn’t nearly important enough to be hating people over. Hope you’ll remember that, as you go through life. Nothing is worth hating folks over.

TheClearRiver on January 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

You mean Obama was just another politician after all?

Hey! We was duped!

Mr_Magoo on January 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

They’re just asking for Barry to throw them some goodies to re-elect him.

profitsbeard on January 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

I think Western Europe’s balance between capitalism and socialism worked for quite a few decades

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Yep, right up until they ran out of other people’s money.

So we will be good too. Right up until the Chinese call in the loans.

Lily on January 11, 2012 at 5:04 PM

As long as the U.S. provided a security umbrella, freeing them to spend what should have been put into their defense budgets on social welfare programs, instead, while we had to put it into our military that guarded them.

And they imported millions of Muslim “guest workers” rather than sweep their own streets or do other “menial” jobs, which now has come back to bite them, demographically and ideologically.

They forgot how to defend themselves on two levels: literally and culturally.

Which will spell their end in this century without a major reversal.

profitsbeard on January 11, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Yeah, but Comrade Harry really expected someone 10X more radically Marxist.

ironked on January 11, 2012 at 8:32 PM

UPDATE: Harry’s mini-rant removed from satellite re-feed!

Isserley on January 11, 2012 at 1:40 PM

You change the rules to serve your purpose.

Projection.

You hate him more than you hated Clinton. I don’t remember those years but people that do tell me they’ve never seen anything like that before.

Our treatment of Clinton and Obama are NOTHING compared to the way the left treated Bush.

But I hate this country and the people who call themselves conservatives. Your stupid experiment is not working because you can’t get pass the simple fact that the world was not created for white men.

A phony accusation of racism is the last refuge of someone who has no actual argument.

You all can go £#*+¥. I hate you and everything you hold dear.

I can feel your anger. Let the hate flow through you. The hate is swelling in you now. Use it. Give in to your anger! Strike with all your hatred, and your journey towards the Dark Side will be complete. It is inevitable. It is your destiny.

JimC on January 12, 2012 at 12:03 AM

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