Ms. Jarrett was similarly â€œlivid,â€ one former White House official said, with members of the Congressional Black Caucus who accused the president of paying insufficient attention to the particular economic woes of blacks. When the writer and academic Cornel West joined in, calling Mr. Obama the â€œblack mascot of Wall Street,â€ Ms. Jarrettâ€™s response was â€œruthless,â€ Dr. West said.
He recalled a phone call in which she dismissed his criticism as sour grapes for not receiving a ticket to the inauguration, and said he later heard from friends that she was putting out the word that â€œone, I was crazy, and two, I was un-American.â€
â€œIt was a matter of letting me know that I was, in her view, way out of line and that I needed to get in line,â€ he said in an interview. â€œI conveyed to her: â€˜Iâ€™m not that kind of Negro. Iâ€™m a Jesus-loving black man who tells the truth, in the White House, in the crack house or in any other house.â€™ She got real quiet. It was clear that she was not used to being spoken to that way.â€
Actually West said Barack Obama is a, â€œa 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.â€ While I donâ€™t agree with what he said, I do appreciate someone who can tell off someone in power and then stand by it.