Thursday, May 19, 2011
“He feels most comfortable with upper middle-class white and Jewish men who consider themselves very smart, very savvy and very effective in getting what they want,” he says. “He’s got two homes. He has got his family and whatever challenges go on there, and this other home. Larry Summers blows his mind because he’s so smart. He’s got Establishment connections. He’s embracing me. It is this smartness, this truncated brilliance, that titillates and stimulates brother Barack and makes him feel at home. That is very sad for me."
On Michelle Obama
I can tell her I’m sorry it offended you, but I’m going to speak the truth. She is a Harvard Law graduate, a Princeton graduate, and she deals with child obesity and military families. Why doesn’t she visit a prison? Why not spend some time in the hood? That is where she is, but she can’t do it.
On Barack's economy team
He bitterly describes Obama as “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it.”........The first announcement of Summers and Geithner I went ballistic. I said, ‘Oh, my God, I have really been misled at a very deep level.’ And the same is true for Dennis Ross and the other neo-imperial elites. I said, ‘I have been thoroughly misled, all this populist language is just a facade. I was under the impression that he might bring in the voices of brother Joseph Stiglitz and brother Paul Krugman"
On Barack's defense, I think governing a 450 million democracy is not easy especially in a country whose political system was designed to frustrate radical changes. Edmund Burke and early thinkers thought this was a way to avoid radicals from creating fresh difficulties in their attempt to re-engineer the society. I think he could do more for progressives and moralists out there (himself is one of them) but he is governing an institution rigged with ideologue that requires compromises to get things done. The Kennedys (Bobby & Jack) were progressive and didn't last very long. Bobby didn't even made it to the presidency, maybe Barack want to enjoy his social security.
and you can read the whole interview here