President Obama has offended Dr. Cornel West. West details the incident in an NPR interview. It seems that during their last meeting, the president made a "beeline" for Dr. West, and then "demeaned" and "humiliated" him over West's criticism of Obama and the White House. West says the president talked to him as if he were a "Cub Scout" and Obama a "pack master." West raised the question about whether President Obama has a double standard for white and black critics. Maybe it's not that deep? Maybe President Obama was just mad and actually knows West, so he felt free to express it? Whatever the case, if you can dish it, you should be able to take it, even when coming from a man characterized as gentle.
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