During a rally in Chicago Sunday, Tavis Smiley, Dr. Cornel West, and Minister Louis Farrakhan criticized President Obama on his political base, and his alleged negligence of the poor.
“President Obama should acknowledge the poor and come back home to his base — even if it means being a one-term president,” Farrakhan said to an excited crowd.
Farrakhan joined Smiley and West as a guest speaker at the town hall meeting that was attended by hundreds.
Still, there was no shortage of anti-Obama rhetoric, which was well received by the large, multicultural audience. Smiley and West condemned the legislation that was negotiated to raise the country’s debt ceiling because of the budget cuts that were part of the deal. Over the next 10 years, the law will allow at least $2.1 trillion in spending cuts that could hurt entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicaid.