The backers of Obama were geniuses because thanks to his racial background, he is inoculated from a lot of criticism, especially from the African American community, while furthering a mostly right-wing agenda. Regardless, he hasn't done one thing for that constituency and in fact has done a lot to reverse course.
The disgusting hypocrisy of Wednesday’s gathering, epitomized in Obama’s speech—indeed, in his very presence at the event—nearly defies description. King’s power as an orator arose from his ability to articulate the social grievances of the oppressed. He and the organizers of the 1963 march, for all of their political limitations, spoke for a genuine mass movement that mobilized hundreds of thousands of workers and poor in the South and in the cities of the North. This movement was animated by ideals of democracy and equality.
Obama represents the opposite. He is a creature of the state. He speaks for the military-intelligence apparatus and Wall Street. This was reflected in the emptiness, insincerity and affectation of his speech, which consisted of a litany of clichés: “from every corner of our country,” “the doors of opportunity,” “reignite the embers of empathy,” “the road will be long,” etc. As usual, Obama evinced no regard for the intelligence of his audience.
You don't have to buy much of what WSWS says to know Obama is a bust as a president. The facts are there for all to see.
I can't wait for the coronation of Cory Booker for the presidential nomination.
Gag me with a spoon.