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Tavis Smiley: Obama is the First President Not to Invite Me to White House


In the last few days, Professor Cornel West and television/radio host Tavis Smiley have embarked on a “poverty” bus tour to highlight the issue to the American people and to policymakers.

The duo recently appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, where, in part, Tavis Smiley said that, before the 2008 election, then-Senator Obama appeared on Smiley’s shows regularly. However, he says that since the election, he has not been invited to the White House, nor has the President agreed to appear on this programs.

Smiley connects Obama’s failure to appear to Tavis’s feeling that the President is not paying enough attention to the plight of the nation’s poor.

Watch the interview with Smily and West here: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SPove


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