[Marxism] Harry Belafonte: Obama has only listened to reckless right-wing forces

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jul 31 06:17:59 MDT 2011


http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/30/harry-belafonte-disappointed-with-obama/

Harry Belafonte disappointed with Obama

Harry Belafonte, at 84 years old, is still making headlines.

On Thursday, CNN talked with the actor/humanitarian/activist at the 
Television Critics Association Tour in Beverly Hills. He was there to 
promote his upcoming HBO documentary “Sing Your Song," which chronicles 
his longstanding career and work alongside many notable civil rights 
activists.

But what caught our attention during the interview were his outspoken 
words on President Obama and the current budget impasse.

“There has never been such a void in moral truth as it now exists,” 
Belafonte said. “And what the expectation has been for many of us was 
that Barack Obama would bring to the table a great sense of moral 
fortitude. I think were he to apply that in the decisions that he would 
have to make, he would find that his presidency might touch on a level 
of greatness that he has not yet considered.”

He added, "He (Obama) has only listened to the voices that shout the 
loudest, and it’s all those reckless right-wing forces. It’s almost 
criminal.”

This is not the first time Belafonte has criticized the Obama 
administration. Last year, he spoke at a “One Nation Working Together” 
rally and criticized the administration’s response to the war in 
Afghanistan.

Belafonte's documentary debuts on HBO on October 17.




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