Watch: Cornel West Answers the Question, ‘Did Obama Let Us Down?’

Did President Barack Obama let us down?

When Cornel West stopped by for an exclusive interview with The Root, we presented him with three questions that reflect the current state of the national political landscape. Watch his responses above.


In a video coming in January, The Root’s Angela Helm and Terrell Jermaine Starr will delve into West’s work and activism as an active philosopher and leading black thought leader. Topics covered include his personal beefs with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Obama, the need to call out sexual misconduct and the inherent gangsterism of the Republican Party.

Alex Clark is a video journalist and filmmaker covering social inequality, the internet and American politics. He's a Senior Producer at GMG and instructs video at Columbia Journalism School.

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A two term President who presided over the longest period of economic expansion in recent years and got healthcare passed being critiqued by a washed up nobody who thinks that all black intellectuals need to bow at his feet? Pass. Really after what has come out about his partner in cooning Tavis Smiley you gonna give this phony a platform?