Harry Belafonte disappointed with Obama
Harry Belafonte says President Obama should stop listening to "the voices that shout the loudest."
July 30th, 2011
03:30 PM ET

Harry Belafonte disappointed with Obama

Harry Belafonte, at 84 years old, is still making headlines.

On Thursday, CNN talked with the actor/humanitarian/activist at the Television Critics Association Tour in Beverly Hills. He was there to promote his upcoming HBO documentary “Sing Your Song," which chronicles his longstanding career and work alongside many notable civil rights activists.

But what caught our attention during the interview were his outspoken words on President Obama and the current budget impasse.

“There has never been such a void in moral truth as it now exists,” Belafonte said. “And what the expectation has been for many of us was that Barack Obama would bring to the table a great sense of moral fortitude. I think were he to apply that in the decisions that he would have to make, he would find that his presidency might touch on a level of greatness that he has not yet considered.”

He added, "He (Obama) has only listened to the voices that shout the loudest, and it’s all those reckless right-wing forces. It’s almost criminal.”

This is not the first time Belafonte has criticized the Obama administration. Last year, he spoke at a “One Nation Working Together” rally and criticized the administration’s response to the war in Afghanistan.

Belafonte's documentary debuts on HBO on October 17.

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  1. Poetry

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    April 6, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
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  3. Darryl Edric Pugh, Sr.

    Harry Belafonte is a very strong and wise man who's seen a lot of life and contributed to many of the changes that we benefit from today. Where are all the strong black men today?

    March 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RT

    yall all need to quit letting the news media do your research & thinking. find out for yourself about obama and what hes doing to this country, if your intellegent enough to do so. which i know none will do. just like everything else . . . let the gover. do it all for you . . . your to stupid to know how to take care of yourself. THEY ARE TAKING ALL YOUR RIGHTS AWAY! But thats cool with yall though . . . just as long as you get somthing you didnt work for. And harry belafonte is an idiot.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Denny Bienvenu

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    November 17, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. American1966

    Are u kdding me. This guy has received everything on a silver platter from the people he hates. Harry its time for you to
    shut your racist mouth and fade into the Jamician sunset with your white wife.

    October 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dennis Revell

    Belafonte is absolutely right, but too measured in his assessment of Obama –

    – Obama's the best Republican the right wing could have hoped for –

    The Repubs. have got more right wing tooth & claw fascist stuff "on the table" than they ever dreamed of trying to do under "official" Republican presidents.

    Dennis R

    September 26, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cypher

    Americans are so obsessed with race that it blurs their thinking. Its no wonder that the country has become a miserable festering cesspool of stupidity driven by witless right wing muppets.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kirk

    People keep saying inherited this mess this mess has been design to fail ever since the govt gave the power to print the money to the federal reserve do ya research all presidents before Obama and Obama share a hand in bringing down this control so that the Corporations steal the wealth of the little man those that talk that crap doesn't have a clue about what's going on and need to WAKE UP Obama is and extension of Bush and the next President will be and extension of Obama and it will continue until people wake up those that are in control the debt masters are counting on peoples ignorance so that they can complete there agenda destroy America's sovereignty and on it's ashes build a world govt where 85percent or more of the population are depopulated and the rest are slaves real talk stop fighting and educate yaselves

    August 4, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. Franklin

    Why does anyone listen to Harry ? According to him the U. S. never does anything right. He got this one right though. Don't know why Harry doesnt move to Venezuela or Cuba.

    August 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ree

    Mr. Belafonte I would love to see what you would have done these years president Obama has been in office. He is doing the best he can do. And a great job. Surely you can see the stress put on the one and only president of the US. You know as well how we got into this mess. Maybe at age 84yrs you are not thinking clearly. I mean no harm just saying. Alot of men and women your age in the black community must think you are too rich and comfortable yourself to even realize the presidents position. Give the man who is trying a break. He is catches enough hedes from the haters.

    August 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joshua

    Mr. Belafonte – Do you remember that many said MLK was weak because of his non-violent status- It appears that many of you canot deal with Obama's Humbleness- Obama has grace that Will open and shut many doors. I am disappointed to know that you don't have a clue to the fact that Obama is THE PEOPLE'S PRESIDENT.
    Know that Obama is and always will be a winner.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ree

      No Mr Belafonte has forgotten. President Obama is more like MLK. He is the peoples president.

      August 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joshua

    His Humbleness is his greatness – So he's not Loud, So he's not Arrogant, but he is so wise-
    Many thought MLK was weak for creating a Non-Violent movement ( Remember Mr. Belafonte ).
    So many of us piggy-back on what the next person is saying with no real facts,just conversation.
    Know that Obama is a man and not GOD- Know that Obama is wise –
    So decrease the negative talk, screach through the smoke screen

    August 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave Garry

    Harry, check out RON PAUL....'nuff said..

    August 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anchorite

    This is not a criticism borne of disappointment that he was wrong about Obama but that he was right about him. I heard Belafonte speak years ago, when Obama's name had just started to be mentioned nationwide. An audience member asked him if he thought Obama would be a good President. I'm not sure why, maybe because he thought a black man would like another black man. Belafonte responded that he thought Obama was too eager to be "all things to all people" and instead said he liked Kucinich more. The audience including me responded with thunderous applause.

    August 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Ridiculous

    What this all boils down to is this, Barack O'Bama is not a leader. He doesn't have the experience, vision or faintest clue on what needs to be done or how to get there. Everyone that voted for him bought into the "yes we can" hype. He's an educated man who's in over his head. Hopefully the American public will see past the party lines and vote for candidates that represent their beliefs, convictions and vision.

    August 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Wake Up America

    Obama is simply put..a Puppet. He has no real power people. He's the face-man for an elistist agenda. The Rethuglicans and Demoncrats are just pawns on a game of Federal Reserve chess. I can understand Harry's disappointment, but the truth is, if Obama decided to buck the "agenda" he would be DEAD! The last president to buck the "agenda" was JFK.

    August 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wake Up America

      Oops, I meant "elitest" agenda...

      August 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anchorite

      If Obama simply waned to buck the status quo but was afraid to, he wouldn't have run. It is HIS agenda he is putting forth. And for the record, JFK didn't buck the status quo more than anyone else. Invading Cuba because they were communist? Invading Vietnam because they were communist? Putting missiles in Turkey pointed at the USSR while threatening nuclear war if the USSR put nukes in Cuba? Doesn't sound like he was all that leftist to me.

      August 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Who?

    Ahem...Harry Belatonte...who gives a flying F what YOU think about the President? Sorry, but 'acting' hardly qualifies you to criticize the leader of the free world. The same goes for anyone and everyone. Myself included.

    August 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. MillieBea

    Belafonte is at best a socialist. He should be ashamed of himself- because Obama has done more for the "advancement" of Black people that he and Jesse and the rest of that bunch combined.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  20. auntiecarol69

    Now that a deal's been made I hope it is effective. I am quite pleased a compromise was made at all with both sides being so intransigent, obstinate. Didn't read what it was. Hoping it includes the super rich pay their fair sharein taxes. And that major social programs, the major ones don't need to be cut as originally planned because everyone who can, pay their share in revenue.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  21. Melba Toast

    Obama has been eating hot poo poo from Michelles rump for years and his brain is a hot steamy pile.

    August 1, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  22. Its a drive by

    It doesnt matter. ObaManure will be a one termer and bellafonte' is as crazy as a rat in a tin ShytHouse.

    August 1, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  23. H

    It's very easy for everyone to complain that enough isn't being done, but look at what this country has been through. Mr. Obama came into office with a major deficit, two wars, a major recession on the verge of a depression and the old hate that I once remember from my childhood of white against black. I can't get over the hate. People with signs of a monkey being hanged, being called a terriorist, that this man really hates whites, etc. I'm a white, 65 yr widowed woman who is proud to say, I voted for this president and will again. No, he isn't perfect, but he is sure trying to do the right thing.

    August 1, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  24. Nyarlathotep

    Given that Belafonte is a great admirer of Hugo Chavez, we ought to take his criticism of Obama as a compliment. Obama isn't perfect, but I'll take him over Belafonte's idol any day.

    August 1, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  25. TampaMel

    Mr. Belafonte's comments about President Obama is like all the other criticism by people who actually do not have to deal in the real world. We would all like to have our own way and do as we think we should with the expectation that everyone will just fall in line. What Mr. Belafonte may not realize is the president cannot do anything on his own. He does not have the power to enact anything and, in the end, Congress can stop any action a majority of them do not agree with. Maybe an interviewer should ask Mr. Belafonte what he thinks Mr. Obama is able to do on his own without the 'advice and consent of Congress'. Sometimes people on the far left sound like people on the far right when they think things can get done without compromise.

    August 1, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  26. Doug

    Oh Harry,why bother the Greatest President that ever live.He supports our South of the boarders hard working neighbors In America to help lower wages of our Industrial Jobs,so Mr & Mrs black and Mr. & Mrs White can sit home,relax and enjoy Court TV and Celebrities gone bad.And let's not forget the three wars he's Ended In the Middle East,and the peace talk between North Korea and Iran was very moving with kind words.But most of all, His great Speech to the leaders of the Middle east and africa to step down so that their people can erect their true form of an Islam Nation.All in all not a bad job in the first three years..Time to take my Meds and Sleep.

    August 1, 2011 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  27. km

    Harry is right, Obama has failed, but not because of the Right wing, because he was not Presidental material. The Democratic House and Senate have failed us for years.

    August 1, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  28. Treyvon Trahan

    I don't understand why people are blaming Obama about the way the economy is. I mean, when he got this job, he walked into the white house with that problem. we've been n debt for years, stop blaming him. he's trying his hardest, you idiots. You switch places with Obama for a week and see how easy the job is. That's what's wrong with America. Impatient and inconsiderate and ungrateful. Yeah, I'm apart of America and I can say I do not act like any American. You cant expect to fix a already broken economy in 4 years or less, like i said, you switch places with him and try to fix the economy. All parties are really to blame for the mess. I don't understand America. Reps (money hungry b words) and Dems (financially dumb) argue like kids talking down about each group, work together and get something done! Geez. We need something new. I really hope my generation could do better than this generation. I really hope all reads this 🙂

    August 1, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  29. gamer

    I support obama, but Harry was just been diplomatic with the moral talk which was a direct reference to abolishing dont ask dont tell , which he could not have address head on but that was a shame on obama i hate to say it too...our president needs to do what's right and stop worrying elections...because republicans have nothing to offer but the same old smaller government and cut taxes like nobody has tried that before or like this time all our manufacturing jobs wont be outsource anymore these greedy rich are taking the tax break money to set up more business overseas...so with that said we will have to reinvent our economy some way some how and that means new ideas that neither party is supplying right now.

    August 1, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  30. TOM

    Harry sure can sing.

    August 1, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |


    July 31, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted G

      Don't worry, there will never be another black president anyway. White presidents are allowed to fail. Black ones are given one chance.....begrudgingly.

      August 1, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  32. Bret Smith

    I think it's more apparent than ever. Presidents are working for the wealthy and powerful. Our political system offers us two choices, as distinct as Coke and Pepsi. They are paid by taxpayers to get influenced by corporate lobbyists. Obama is essentially doing what W. would have continued to do. This is class warfare, not Repubs vs. Dems.

    July 31, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |


      July 31, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Bonobo

    Contact your Congressional representative and demand that they close the carried interest loophole. It benefits rich managers of hedge funds, private equity, venture capital & real estate funds.These are the richest fat cats waling on the face of this earth.

    July 31, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Fran


    Good luck on your re-election. You wanted hope and change. I am still waiting for it. Hope? Change is all we have in our pockets. I have confidence in the American people. They will vote right this time.

    July 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  35. brownlady

    Mr Belafante, Should someone choose to criticize a person, then they should also be willing to put themselves in the other's place. Bipartisan politics = political discord. We will never be one when we are divided in two.

    July 31, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |

    I am tired of these morons who voted for him, complaining. Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it. Up the ASS

    July 31, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Grizzly

    It's not important if it is Harry Belafonte or many other black people. Matter of fact is, he dissapointed most of us,whites his voters. What CHANGE? What HOPE? More solders in Afganistan? More wars? More dead Americans?That is the point. But than again, we remember Collin Powell, We remember Condoleeza Rice!!!
    Thank You Harry for speaking for so many of us...

    July 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Debi Do Right

    And I'm disappointed in Mr. Belafonte for being disappointed in President Obama. So there.

    July 31, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Ronald Dawson

    "Day O . . . Work all night on a drink of rum" . . . although we both think Obama is a failure, Belafonte's political philosophy is different than my own and I think he's had a little bit too much rum to drink but, I like his singing. Although anyone has the right to spout off, like me in this forum, why is it that entertainer's are given some kind of extra-credit for political thought? I need a drink . . . Rum anyone?

    July 31, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Bill M

    If you're looking for leadership from Obama, for get about it. Even that super loyal Democrat James Carville has observed "If Hillary would give Obama one of her 'cajones' then they'd both have two."

    July 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Mike

    Harry who ??? You know what they say- opinions are like buttholes, everyone has one and most of them stink! Thank you Mr. Belafonte for keeping yours to yourself!

    July 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Mr. Davidson

    They're all through balling ,finally , because he happens to slightly resemble persons of color. But there are a lot of , persons of color ,may as well step out in the street and hand one your wallet if it makes you feel better.The truth is they don't trust obama any more than the next person standing right nex to them honeymoons over ,baybay.

    July 31, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |

    I Think the problem, is with CONGRESS they cannot agrere on anything but theirselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  44. EJ

    Just another big-mouth celebrity who thinks any of us care about his opinions about Obama or anything else. What an ego these celebs have. Just do whatever you're famous for – your political opinions (and other celebs political opinions) are irrelevant – you just made yourself look stupid. Get over yourself!

    July 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  45. fran

    Mr Belafonte is right. He is just saying what he sees. It is called free speech. It is what it is. People need to quit giving excuses to our president. He did NOT inherit this mess. It is time to take responsibility. We have a lot of work to do and we need a strong leader to do it.

    July 31, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      Fran, I think this is both fascinating and pathetic at the same time to watch actually...tell a lie enough times and people will start to believe it. I was at the gym today, where Faux News was on one of the screens. I couldn't hear the sounds, but the brainwashing was absolutely apparent from the "Biggest Loser" captions, to the lip reading. This country will meet its demise soon enough.

      August 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  46. elijah44

    And Jesus knew their thouhgts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought to desolation: and every city or house divided against it self will not stand. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then shall his kingdom stand? America is crumbling, and you people who are fighting against each other, do not see it. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a ditch. Any nation that kicks the Word of God behind them will fall. You did not want Gods word to rule you over you. Now take your medicine like a man or a woman!

    July 31, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      So elija44, what you're saying is that if we were to somehow magically get everyone to drop to their knees and observe your faith, we could reverse the prophecy and essentially discredit that same faith by un-inviting our demise? It makes no sense that you've combined your observations this way. Pick one or the other.

      July 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  47. david n

    harry, theres a plain leaving for the people republic of south africa: why don't you get on it.

    July 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  48. NYCMovieFan

    Belafonte is completely out of touch, and shows why movie people know NOTHING about politics. In a film script, you can solve all the problems in under 2 hours, but in real life, you have REAL problems. Obama sadly ended up following a so-called president who left the country bankrupt and disgraced, and Obama has gone a long way to rebuild the reputation and the integrity of the US. Its not fair to blame him for not solving all the country's problems in 2 years, especially when he is up against lots of lies and bullies mascarading as politicians. Shame on you. Belafonte, why don't you just shut up about things you clearly know NOTHING about – or have the Republicans paid you to say these ridiculout things???

    July 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  49. turboz200zx

    friggin neggars always fightin!

    July 31, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Yaya

    I hope Obama acts fast. I am sure he would not give up on his supporters.

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    July 31, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Yes Indeedy


    July 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Robert

    Are posts moderated? Because I've tried posting twice and it's not showing up at all.

    July 31, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Massive Marbles

    My disappointment is with the people of the United States. When its citizens didn't turn out to vote, the house and senate became bipartisan, one for the president, one against. The Democrats should have been given the full throttle throughout his presidency. His presidency would have put this nation back on it feet if it were allowed to move forward with his ideas.

    How easy it is to be an armchair politician giving negative comments to someone who is trying their best to work with a divided government.

    July 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • 20jewels

      Completely agree with you – Republicans blocking every single thing Obama is trying to accomplish – that is the real reason why he is not able to change anything as promised in his campaign! And whoever said that Obama did not inherit this mess must be living on another planet.

      July 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  54. The Måd Råp3r

    This blog easily contains some of the more epic gibberish I've ever seen on here. Its like watching everyone channel Glenn Beck/black Glenn Beck. Keep up the good work everyone

    July 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Deb

    David, you are on the money...we are African Americans and that is our ethnicity, but we are people most of all and we want to see prosperity...but the one piece missing is determination among our race and forgetting GOD, because when we had more adversity...people prayed and then stood TALL for their rights..hmm...something to think about :0)

    July 31, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Raymond

    Harry you are 84 years old." "Keep the fishing pole and go back to the lake !" "You just killed all the great memories I had of you as an actor and singer, when you started talking politics . You have never talked politics throughout your career. And now that your medication is low, you shouting bad things against the President."

    July 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Carmen

    Harry Belafonte marched in the civil rights days in mississippi and alabama..i remember that....but has he forgotten how hard it was to get anything done back then? Nothing has changed. The republicans want Obama to fail. now that Osama is dead..the only thing they have it the budget....Wake up people..SUPPORT OUR PRESIDENT!!

    July 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Wow Carmen, Harry Belafonte marched in the civil rights days in Mississippi and Alabama..my grandparents remember that....but he has not forgotten how hard it was to be black back then. He now knows how easy it is to be black today and the oppurtunities that our young people throw away today. Everybody wants to be a rapper, basketball or football player. NO ONE WANTS TO READ A BOOK AND BECOME A LAWYER,DOCTOR, OR GET MARRIED AND RAISE A FAMILY!!!! Can u say baby mama drama. That's all we become is a nation of single mothers blaming men and men blaming women. Child support and big gold chains!!! Wake up and look back at yesteryear when we had family bonds and cared about our community!!! Support our President NO, Support our families!!!! And an elder like Harry Belafonte should be able to say what he wants to say because he is our elder!!! SUPPORT THAT!!!!

      July 31, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      David, you certainly have a lot of absolutes crammed in there. If all that you say about the Black "community" is largely true, then you should ask what your respected "elders" have done on THOSE fronts besides making caustic remarks...IF you have to shift responsibility to ANYBODY. Personally, I think there are plenty of opportunities to get out of those situations already in place. For me, it was leaving home to join the military at 17, and then following through on the "for the education" reason so many people list among their reasons for joining. I don't understand the hostility because some people recognize that President Obama has done so much DESPITE unquestionable treasonous opposition. It's like you recognize the problem, but then experience a disconnect when putting President Obama and those problems in perspective. I don't get it. What more could he have done to gain your support? I repeatedly point to the anti-progressives Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Cornell West because they offer the best illustration of the problem. Jackson said of Candidate Obama addressing the urban plight: "He's talking down to Black people on this faith based...I want to cut his nvts off." People are sick of that selfish, victim mentality from those so-called leaders. No President is going to...nor should he make policies purposely beneficial to race. Economic policies cross racial boundaries, and that's the best or worse that you're gonna get no matter who's in the White House.

      July 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carmen

      David, you obviously have no idea what you are talking about..read the news. Your grandparents remember that..soooooo u r what 30..All 50 of my immediate family members meaning my 4 sisters and brothers..their 10 kids and their kids..all have college degrees and and everyone has a masters or a phd and worked in every type of career you can name..so forget what you are saying and get behind the President I mean my goodness, they supported Bush even after he was hiding in an elementary school in florida when 911 happened...That dude was shaking and crying...how do I know? I was there.

      July 31, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  58. David

    Does anyone here know how the game of politics work??!! When you are elected you cover the butts of people who got u into office. Whether u are black or white u have 2 pay up when u get into to the White House. All the comments I have read so far is "be nice to Obama","he is doing the best he can"." Don't critize him" "the white man is trying to hold him back" Because he is black we shouldn't speak out on his mistakes. I am black and yes he is doing the best he can.But I'll be damn if my vote don't count and I can't speak up one something I feel he isn't doing right. Black people get it together. We are not always a target of the white man. I support my president and all other president before him. Many blacks voted because Obama was running for president. I vote every year whether there is a black,white, orange, blue or green person running for office.However, his term in office will be looked at like no other president simply because he is black. Picture this, a white man becoming the spokesman & president of the NAACP. I bet we as black peoplee would jump all over him just like everyone jumps all over Obama. By the way, I am not married to a white woman,I am not rich, and not an Uncle Tom. I live in NYC in the projects, and college educated. Wake up America if u want to be the first u have to take the crap that comes with it!!!

    July 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  59. princess

    Its not a black or white thing i just want what is best for the country and so for president bush did a lot of horrible things and put this country to shame.i dont hear nobody talking about that.people Need to stop judge and give president obama a chance.he his trying is best and so for all people doing is talking.president bush left this country in such a mess and you all expect a miracle.oh please give the president a break.

    July 31, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • veggiedude

      Of course it isn't a black and white thing. Anyone who does is probably a racist. For the most part Belefonte is right, but not on Afganistan – Obama the candidate promised to take the war to Afganistan, it was a campaign pledge.

      July 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Cal R.

    This thread is amazing to read! People of intelligence expressing opinions both pro and con regarding Mr. Belafonte. As a black man who is the age of Mr. Obama, and as someone who has supported him with both time and money, I can take no offense to Belafonte's views of the President. On its own, the Presidency is an enormous undertaking in a democracy the size of ours. It is messy, and there rarely exists immediate gratification. However, President Obama has lost my faith not because of policies, but because of principles. As colored people in this nation, we have never had numerical political or economica power or overwhelming influence. Among our greatest contributions has been our highly contextual sense of justice. Not perfection, but saying what something is or is not and being willing to go down in flames or even die for those beliefs if necessary. Doing the right thing is rarely convenient, and is often complicated, but surely Barack Obama should know and recognize what Mr. Belafonte certainly knows – at age 84, and that is history is unforgiving of squandering opportunities. Four more years is and was not as important as standing on what you ran on. President Obama has repeatedly not stood by the very people ( of all races) who put him in office. On one hand he claims "elections have consequences..." and on the other, he lacks the spine to stand up to those who have hated him, and not supported him from day one. As a supporter, I find that offensive. As a black man, I find it disgusting. Mr. Belafonte was likely not saying everything he actually feels. Barack Obama was elected with a great electoral margin by a tremendous cross-section of citizens of this nation, and his failure as a leader is an abdication of his responsibility to be exactly what he ran as: a transcendent leader. We expect policy problems. We expect a learning curve to be in place as well. What Mr. Belafonte and many of us did not expect and find unacceptable is the man will leave office not having made a strong stance on anything, and having most of his half-measures repealed by subsequent Pharoahs erasing his name from history. Everything he has staked his reputation on has been a weak compromise where the very truth of the issue was pushed aside. We all know he will not be re-elected. And there is a mobilization not to do so by many in this nation simply because he is black. The sad part is that it will also happen because he will lose the support of people like Mr. Belafonte, not because Harry Belafonte is an "Uncle Tom" as many of you have characterized him. But because Mr. Belafonte, like many of us, had expected the best of black men like Barack Obama to stand up as though he is the best of us..... who just happens to be President of the United States. Relevance is about what you have built that others can stand on to rise long after you are gone. Even if those standard are ideas or a philosophy. But President Obama has not had the courage to stand on those either. Saying them in a speech, but being willing to risk more than rhetoric are two different things. I agree with Mr. Belafonte in his criticism, and I respect those who disagree with him and with me who disagree respectfully.

    July 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      Cal R., just as Belonte has done, I think you mistake President Obama's sense of reason and pragmatism for a lack of courage, even though there are plenty of other actions on his part to allow you to correctly make the distinction. You've simply accepted the scorched Earth mindset and behavior of the GOP/Tea Party as the way of the world, only to castigate the fireman for choosing to save life over structure. That IS amazing. President Obama's first and most damaging obstacles were the greedy liberals in Congress. Where are they now?

      July 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  61. princess

    Focus the blame where it should be.president bush that you the people vote for two terms he distroy the countyr not president obama.go clean out your back yard before you talk about how the country is run.take that to the bank

    July 31, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Cleo Torres

    Day-O Day-OO. Night time come and me want you to go home.

    July 31, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  63. burton Belle

    do i detect a litle bitterness from a singer that had his day in the sun. mr. obama has got his plate ful more thanl you hav ever had, your plate could never be compaired to his, so the only way that you can now get a interview is to complain about a president that the white media loves to hear another black downgrade, say negative things about, i'm sure that ther a a lot of negavite thing one could say about you. mr. obama is the president for all america not only for the miniroties but for the ajority of the people that support him maybe with little support mr. belafonte he'll get around to one of yours desires.

    July 31, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Lean6

    The problem with people of his mindsight and connection to the civil rights era is that their relevance is hopelessly tied to the past...they're incapable of shifting from a glass-half-empty to a glass-half-full mentality. They're desperate to matter in this world to people who have forgotten or never knew they existed. Re-live Jesse Jackson's classic open mic TV moment for my example.

    Belafonte says Obama lack moral courage, vision....

    Whether you're talking about President Obama's efforts towards reaching universal healthcare, or his putting a bullet in Osama Bin Laden's forehead and dumping him in the ocean, it's fairly easy to see that Belafonte is an idiot fooled by his platform and ability to articulate poor rationale.

    If you're still looking for an "African-American inspiration," guess who's really the problem?

    July 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Misty

    Harry Belefonte is so wrong to speak out against our President, he's not in his shoe.!!!! I guess the Oreo Uncle Tom Harry Belefonte has also been, I'm not surprised by his comments!!!!!!

    July 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • linnet

      Misty, no one is in the President's shoes but the President. By your logic, no one should exercise their right to free speech about anything.

      That was a truly dumb comment.

      And Cal R, there's this new thing called paragraphs. Look into it and have a little consideration, if you want people to read your rant.

      July 31, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Boo

    Where was this slave when Bush and the Republicans were raping this country dry? Uncle Tom

    July 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melvin B.

      WOW!! @Boo you going hard, you hit him with a left and a right. Not the "Slave & Uncle Tom"
      I don't think its that serious, however Mr Belafonte is wrong in this case.

      July 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  67. preston

    He's a communist....

    July 31, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  68. H

    Maybe he should try sitting in the white house and see how much he can accomplish!

    July 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Peggy

    One thing I have never understood about the black community is the perception that blacks are supposed to be a monolithic group who all agree to a specific ideology. How ironic! In the process of fighting for civil rights, the same people who fought have forgetten freedom of speech is one of those rights. Harry Belafonte is a talented man with opinions of which I heartily disagree, but I have no problem with him expressing his opinions. I am more discouraged by those in the black community who would seek to suppress Belafonte's speech. Where is the support for civil rights in that?

    July 31, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      By characterizing vocal opposition to Belefonte's comments as suppression of free speech, what are you doing? What you don't realize is that what you are seeing is people eager to show that we are NOT that monolithic group. Personally, I get tired of people leveraging off of the convention in America that one prominent minority represents a monolithic group. I submit to you that is the source of the right wing vitriol against President Obama. There's no way that the example of "leader of the free world" was going to be the new lens about which to see African Americans; the only alternative was to bring him down, not to shift that lazy cognitive convention.

      July 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Jim

    I'M disappointed with Obama! During the past couple of years he's proven to be totally inept in office. He reminds me of Jimmy Carter, only worse.

    July 31, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Melvin B.

      "Totally inept in office" Jim you must need eye glasses and a hearing aid, You can not be speaking about our current President Mr.Obama. Oh- maybe you mean the eight years of Bush.

      July 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Mema

    STOP IT!!!!!!! Stop all the jaw-jacking & get quiet. Be still & pray 4 our country & everyone in it, especiallly these politicians that R making decisions about our lives. They R NOT listening 2 anyone. They R out of control. U can C that...so we must meditate & become apart of the solution, not the problem of mayhem. Just take a moment & read in the Holy Scriptures the passage in Second Chronicles 7:14 (2 Chronicles 7:14) & take a break, rest from this chaos. U will feel better & add 2 the peace we all need. Bless U all.

    July 31, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  72. Glenda Nichols

    I have a great deal of admiration for Mr. Belefonte's talents having listened to his music since childhood. This, however, is an example of why celebrities and artists are better off not speaking out on politics. I have my issues with Mr. Obama, but accusing him of the listening to the far right is not one of them and I consider it absurd. Additionally, when he became president he too the job of representing us all. I am a moderate Republican moderate and dislike the far right as much as Mr. Belefonte. But politics in this country have become so vitrolic that the only voices that are heard are the extremists on both sides. Both parties have lost site of real issues whilst burying themsleves in petty arguments fanned by the media for profit. Americans are the losers.

    July 31, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Marquis

      I am SO SICK of these STUPID, LOW-LEVEL comments. Glenda, YOU are the reason others frown upon the intelligence of so-called "Americans". I am an African-American, but I do not fit into any assumed mold. I am Agnostic (when most have been converted by the 3 Iberian-Caucasian religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam), I'm well-versed on history, and I only voted for Obama DURING THE PRIMARIES. I DID NOT vote during November 2008, once I engaged in full research on the ELITE who SELECTED Obama, and what Obama REALLY supported. Once people talk about Harry Belafonte as a singer and they are DUMB as a box of hammers about his SELF-SACRIFICING ACTIVISM, I want to SCREAM!!!! The same way idiots had so much S** to say about Michael Jackson, because their LAZY, NON-INTELLECTUAL A** don't take the time to study a person's humanitarian efforts or ACTIVISM. Mr. Belafonte was an activist LONG before Obama arrived in Chicago. And any fool knows Obama only wanted to BUILD HIS RESUME. He walked the straight and narrow. Belafonte was DEEP in the front lines. So if you DON'T KNOW what you're talking about, don't post comments. I am so SICK of living in an era where the people who scored low on history, didn't pay attention with anything that was "too deep", suddenly want to type on comment boards and voice their limited knowledge and opinions. Most African-Americans are SO EMBARRASSING for being such ROBOTS on ANY subject matter.....rather than sincerely analyzing a man the SUPER-DELEGATES selected (NOT "voters"-because Hillary had the popular vote-and I'll NEVER be brainwashed enough to forget that). They SELECTED Obama because they knew robots like you would praise him even if he S***s on you.....you'll just call it sunshine. You Robot!!!

      July 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Måd Råp3r

      Pretty sure Hillary Clinton is a robot as well, who would gladly bend over and take it up the USB drive for the elite, just like every American politician since Nixon.

      July 31, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      Marquis, you sound like an unrealistic malcontent to me. It cracks me up when History majors don this cape and attempt to look down upon the rest of the world. Lol. If you were so enlightened about the "elite", then you would be able to see what President Obama is up against and measure his actions appropriately. To suggest that he's in the pocket of the elite is absurd. Who's behind the GOP/Tea Party if President Obama has the elite in his corner? Hillary Clinton most definitely would have had an easier time from the right wing simply because they wouldn't have been able to convince so many people that allowing them to destroy the country was for the best.

      July 31, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patricia Ford

      You sound reasonable. Thankyou. I am an INDEPENDENT, although born a West Virginia democrat. Have you see the invitation to pray and fast for the USA from Gov. Perry ? See http://www.TheResponseUSA.com
      Saturday, August 6.

      July 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  73. dave f

    I thought the blacks in this country always stuck up for their people. Where's al sharpton and jesse jackson when you need them.

    July 31, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  74. Melvin B.

    I think Mr. Belafonte is incorrect when he says Obama is only listening to one side. The fact of the matter, we all know that social security should not be touched and the rich should pay their fair share of taxes. Nevertheless in this country compromise is the word we all need to understand. One must give up something in order to get something, plain and simple. Consequently, the intelligent voters absolutely must realize this and re-elect this very smart man to continue his work and concentrate on JOBS.

    July 31, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • CallingBS

      The top 5% pay 58% of all taxes. The top 10% pay nearly 70%. Exactly what is their fair share? Many folks who pay nothing have nice cars, cell phones, flat screens...etc. Dillinger robbed banks because "that's where the money is." This class warfare crap about the rich not paying their fair share plays well with non-producers, but it is BS. Let those who pay 70% of the taxes form their own country and let the remainder start their own country and economy ... and let's see how that works out for you.

      July 31, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  75. SKY


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  76. ER

    Give it a rest. You always seem to have something negative to say,,, If youre so damn adept at
    what we need, get you butt out of your mansion, and run for public office!
    Its seems to always be a group of MOUTHS on the sidelines that know how
    to run this country better, but never endeavor to REALLY DO anything. Its easy to say what you
    would do IF you were in office, Harry, you are not, have never been and i can reach to say will probably never be.
    Good luck with your new film big mouth, i sure some of us who "would have" gone, now will definitely NOT!!!
    Be part of the solution, not the problem.

    July 31, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  77. michael

    go back and visit your buddy Chevaz.............you waste of a human sperm

    July 31, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  78. michael

    F... Y... you racist commie

    July 31, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  79. Richard

    Considering Obama has had to work things through a very hostile Republican party, it is a miracle anything ever gets done. I do think that the press has an ulterior motive for prominently featuring Belfonte's comments; which were actually rather benign in context.

    July 31, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      You're going to have one whale of a hangover when you finally quit huffing the hopium. Have you forgotten that Obama had a historic Dem majority when he took office? He squandered it, ruined the Dem brand, and now he and his fanboys are whining about the big bad Rightwingers that poor little O just can't handle it. Guess he wasn't ready from Day One, hm?

      July 31, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  80. W Gennaro

    Can we please stop with all the racist comments? I refusr to be labled a rascist just because I disagree with the current president's policies. I am an independent and 63 yrs old. There has never been a president I have totally agreed with and never will be. I have never been shy about expressing my opinions pro or con directly to D.C. I objected strongly Bush's plan to let Dubai take over Port security and blanket amnesty for Illegal aliens. In short, I did not Bush Bash nor am I Obama bashing. When did we get to the point that we cannot disagree on political views without name calling and vitriol? I don't care what your political ideology is. Let us debate intelligently on issues and leave the personal attacks behind. Restore civilty to the political arena please. Vote as you please, but, please vote

    July 31, 2011 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  81. Glo

    Please overlook the lack of editing my pior comment. Peace to all.

    July 31, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  82. Glo

    It is an insecure, very contolling who doesn't respect orthes freedom of thought and speech and their personal descression on when to use. In this United States we have the freedom of expression. I personally believe that Colin Powell would have made a better president than many that has held that poition including the current president. I was born an individual wthith a mixed ethnic background all the way back to my greatgrand parents. I defy anyone to dictate to me on how I should think or voice my opinion. A person who restricts others in that manner in this country are emotionally and socially immature.

    July 31, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  83. Hami

    The truth is always painful to those who don't want to hear it. I voted for Obama in 2008, but I would slit my wrists before I vote for him or contribute to his campaign again. I knew he was a sellout when he made no genuine effort to ensure that the "Bush Tax Cuts" expired, and the fact that he would consider making changes to the "big 3" without raising taxes should cause all right thinking middle-class and poor people to question where his moral compass is pointing.
    Brother Harry called out Colin Powell when he did wrong, and he is doing likewise to Pres. Obama. Take a bow Harry, and lose no sleep over the criticisms coming from the Obama apologists.

    July 31, 2011 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Speaking of apologists, you're one yourself if you don't apologize for contributing to the problem in 2008. Some of us knew he was a sell-out well before the election because we watched his actions instead of chanted his slogans. He immediately caved on telecom immunity for spying on Americans even tho he promised his fanboys he'd filibuster for accountability if he had to. Those who didn't get it then have no call to be pointing fingers at their fellow Obots for still huffing the Hopium.

      July 31, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  84. ED WIN

    Do your research before you criticize Mr. Belafonte for his views. He has been a political voice for many years. People want judge him for a comment look at his actions. He feels that President Obama has not lived up to the speeches that he so eloquently delivered to the nation that garnered him the necessary votes to become President of the United States. Look first at what you have contributed before you decide to critique someone else.

    July 31, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  85. Sandra

    How happy with the Bush Administration
    , or the others that came before our President? Was He suppose to change all the problems that existed in four years? Pray for your leader instead of criticizing. God Bless!

    July 31, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  86. GORDON

    Mr. OBAMA is a sellout. There are many in our financial system that should be in jail. Obama called the president of South
    Africa and asked that Aristide not be allowed to return to Haiti. The only president in Haiti who actually gives a damn about
    his people. He gave the green light for the coup in Honduras because the president wanted to give sweat-shop workers
    a 25 cent raise. Mubarak was our friend in April, a dictator in May. Obama is an empty suit. Grow-up !

    July 31, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  87. Jim

    Tell it like it is, Harry!

    July 31, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  88. Mike

    I have listened to a lot of Mr. Belafonte's political remark's and it is obviuos that he gas no love for the United States . He is not a loyal American but rather a traitor . He is a threat to our freedom because of his belief's . I believe in Freedom of speech and in fact I swore to defend it . But when someone like Mr Belafonte has expressed his hatred for America he has crossed the line and threaten's Liberty. That is where his right to express his belief's end's. When someone threaten's the freedom of his or her fellow citizen,s with thier belief's and or action's that is when that individual has become a traitor to freedom !!!..... The only GOOD Socialist, Communist , Marxist , Nazi , Islamo-Fascist Terrorist and Traitor's Are DEAD ONE"S !!!

    July 31, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Go back to 4th grade and learn how to properly use apostrophes. Or were you home-schooled?

      July 31, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  89. BRO.GARY


    July 31, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  90. LM

    I'm pretty sure Mr. Farrakhan cares less what's going on. After all he has The Nation of Islam and that's what he care's about.

    July 31, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  91. bemcee

    @Rick. It is share lunacy to sucmb to your view of the world. Your racist rant agaisnst Obama only shows that you voted for Sara Palin or Joe the plumber. I always feel amused when some idoit white racist always add a caveat " I am NOT A RACIST AND GOES ON TO PUT HIS HOOD" Mr Rick is a classic example. He lives in ignorance and wallows in self pity because he thinks the wealth stolen by white people from the blacks that was frittered away by Goerge Bush is Obama's fault. George Bush LOWERED THE BAR FOR THE PRESIDENCY SO MUCH THAT AIR HEADS LIKE SARA PALIN AND RICK PERRY NOW THINK THEY CAN BE PRESIDENT TOO. Harry may be right in his critism of Obama Where i FAULT HIM IS THAT THERE IS NO EQUIVALENT OF THE RACIST TEA PARTY TYPE ON THE LEFT WHO WILL CHALLENGE THE TOXIC POLITICS OF THE RIGHT. THE RIGHT HAS NO MORALITY THEY JUST WANT RAW POWER AND THEY ARE READY TO SLEEP WITH THESE BIGOTS TO GET IT.

    July 31, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • dasarwin

      If want to know more about the so called TEA PARTY go to the Official Website of The Knights Party , USA

      July 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  92. charlie crack

    I didn't vote for him. Too much ignoring issues at hand. He passes off serious subjects and makes them look like he is doing something for the country. Too much into celebrities and making serious problems seem irrelevant. If anything comes up that makes him uncomfortable he tries to place focus on other non important topics. I"m sorry, I like the millky motha phucka but he keeps taking away from education and wants to be in the spotlight so that he doesn't give priority to serious subjects............THE DEBT..........I have friends and family that are wanting an answer and he seems to beat around the bush to make people happy.............CHANGE..........whatever........

    July 31, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  93. Lillyann

    I thought Harry Belafonte died along time ago. I thought he was only famous for the The Banana Boat Day-O song.

    Why does he think his words are worth hearing? Or important. I don't know of anything he's done as humanitarian or what he's an activist for or against.

    Is he desperate for attention? Maybe he's feeling kind of left out of the limelight.

    July 30, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • angie

      Or maybe he is using this opportunity to critique President Obama to stay relevant. He won't be the first. And I am sure that he won't be the last.

      July 31, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      If you don't know, why run off your mouth, Lillyann? Just because you don't know of anything he's done, doesn't mean many of us do know, and have seen him at the forefront for many years. Maybe you'd be better off learning what Belafonte has done...and learning everything your Boyfriend in the White House has not.

      July 31, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  94. SimplySweet

    "@ Rick yeah you are soooooo correct. After all is was Obama who got us in Iraq and Afghanastan and also after getting allies involved in those fruitless wars HAVING to return the favor of getting involved in Libya. Yep it was Obama who is at the core of the 4 trillion dollar cost of these campaigns and counting not to mention taking over after a DEPRESSION of 08. Yep Obama did it all. And hey lets have him undo everything in 2-3 years. You are such an idiot dude....lmao"

    I@CK1...I guess ignorance is bliss. BUSH got us into IRAQ, not Obama. So before you speak, make sure you got the facts straight.

    July 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Deb

    If Mr. Belafonte felt that strongly on what the President is not doing...and what he should do to correct the problem...as a senior full of wisdom, he should've taken it to the President himself.

    July 30, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Right. Shirley Sherrod offered to school the president after he chucked her under the bus...and then had to drag her back out, both times caving to perceived public outcry. Did he take her up on that? Nope. Public ridicule is the only method of shaming this thin-skinned president, and that only works momentarily.

      July 31, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  96. jason

    Are black folk so scared that Obama will be the only black president that any criticizing of him by anyone black makes them an uncle tom.Belafonte supported MLK's family after he was assasinated financially and in many other ways. You folks need to learn some history before you jump to knee jerk comments. Obama won't be the last "black" president and needs to be judged on what he has done and not just the color of his skin.

    July 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  97. scott clifford

    belafonte has been and avowed communist for most of his life and for him to say obama is listening to the ring wing is laughable

    July 30, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  98. uhuruabueldiallo

    I am also disappointed in Pres Obama although I personally did not vote for him. The President is a politician and he must ( as Pres Carter found out) bow to the Zionist Lobby. He was humiliated by the leader of the Zionist state in public and on television. Now we observe the utter destruction of the sovereign state Lybia, an Afrikan Country. Most americans dont know baby s–t from apple butter about their own country, let alone the rest of the world. A.L.E.C, AFRICOM, memo 46, will get you started, IF YOU HAVE THE WILL!!!

    July 30, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      Oh lawd...you need to swallow your meds...and take your butt to sleep.

      July 30, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • validus

      Of course its the Zionists fault.uhuruxzyx!!...you and the bananaman need that enema now...big time!!

      July 31, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  99. hope

    get smart thank you for taking the words out of my mouth. we didnt get here becauae of 1 man. black or white we do things we think are right, but also we all make mistakes. its only human.

    July 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Ned

    Oh People, listen! From the very beginning white people(oh by the way I am no way prejudice) have been conning, manipulilating,scheming, changing things to make it look like someone else is the enemy. IT GOES WAY BACK TO0 THE BEGINNING. Wake up everybody... it's time for the RICH to be for the POOR, HEALTHY FOR THE SICK YOUNG FOR THE OLD. iT'S TIME TO REALLY COME TOGETHER TO SURVIVE-–REMEMBER ROME.

    July 30, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  101. geno johnson

    Obviously it is not prudent for a black man to criticize another black man in public because if it was then Mr. Belafonte's comment would not have made it to the 7th trending topic in the nation. The article, I felt, implyed some sort of inner-racial divide among black people. Mr Belafonte, the civil-rights veteran. President Obama, the lost in the wilderness leader who is running with his head cut off. Support what you claimed you fought for Mr. Belafonte. Civil Rights on all levels.

    July 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      I agree with you geno. It appears to me that Mr. Belafonte made a move toward the "machevellian" here. Obama-bashing is pretty popular these days & he's making sure he gets his criticisms in. What a shame... he really does need to show some support for the principles he supposedly fought for, Harry! There's a greater perspective here and this "Freedom Fighter" would be wise to give that to consideration instead of giving face time to the media and adding more negativity to the existing rhetoric. He should easily see that there are political out there whose only goal is to destroy President Obama...AT ALL COSTS... when they can better serve the nation by focusing on meeting the needs of the citizens of this great country.

      July 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Andrew

    Black Americans are the poorest they have been for 20 years... their entire wealth has been wiped out and they are being hunted like dogs by the police... whilst your commander in chief says NOTHING. Instead he gives the rich Jews that engineered this destructions trillions of your tax money and you back him because his hue is slightly darker than your average latino...

    What, other than his complexion, is black about Barack? He speaks the words and lives the life of an ignorant white imperialist... worse than bush in my Black African opinion...

    July 30, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      Get outta here with that bull crap. He is only one man...and where black folks may have financial issues like everyone else...that's not the biggest problem in the black community. Why don't you try hitting on the real problem..and that's black on black crime...and that President hasn't told one person to go out and kill your neighbor, friend or relative for GP. So don't place the hardship of blacks at the mans feet...when so far, we're running neck in neck...with becoming our own worse enemy.

      July 30, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Macon

      Heil Hitler!

      July 31, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      I hate to say this in this forum, but there was no way in the world that some people were going to let President Obama take away their crutch...or their source of income; Sharpton, Cornell West, and the castration-obsessed Jesse Jackson signaled that well before President Obama was elected. Some INDIVIDUALS are just victims by nature. To those kinds of people, George W. Bush is heaven sent because they need someone to demonize. It will be interesting to watch what the voting behavior is out of the Black "community" this time around. I predict the same levels of inaction seen before President Obama. If I'm wrong, I'd sure like to hear your rationale for voting for who you intend to vote for if it isn't the Democrat on the ballot.

      July 31, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Andrew

    Do any of you BLACK Americans care that Obama started a NEW war in Libya, and is putting his full force behind RACIST Libyan rebels who Lynch black people... or am I a self hating black African for mentioning that... stop making excuses for the Obama, his only black half comes from Africa, and his words and actions show that he despises Africans. He is every bit the Zionist pig his predecesor was...

    July 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  104. political smurf

    Bush did the best he could with Clinton's BS. Obama quadrupled the national debt in 18 months. all of my black neighbors are sorry they voted for him. God help us, please!

    July 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Carla

    Saw an article on the 84 year-old Harry Belafonte, I was hoping the commie jerk died.

    July 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duncan Stuart

      Gee. That was a pleasant contribution.

      July 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Smith

      Wishing someone's death could quickly bring yours. God's is always watching and in control.

      July 31, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  106. tiny tim

    It's so easy to critize, but very, very difficult to get very much done when you're working with an obstinate congress. I think President Obama has done about as well as anyone could with what he inherited and the congress that the people gave him – especially the "know it all newbies" who are selfishly unwilling to work at getting anything done that might benefit the people of America. They are like a bunch of arrogant brats who want everything their way. Funy how our contry survived for over 200 years without them. We'll be better off when they are all kicked out of their office next year and I can't wait for that to happen!

    July 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • CallingBS

      "Benefiting the American people" ... Inherited? THIS is not what Obama inherited. He's taken debt and social programs to a new high. "Benefiting the American people" is code for more taxes. The producers of this country pay MORE than their fair share. Class warfare is easy to produce. They do THAT well! Obama will kill the golden goose if there is a continued assault on the job-producers.

      July 31, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  107. Anthony

    Does somebody care? Head back to the banana boat, homie.

    July 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  108. jen b

    Mr. Belafonte,

    What do you suggest Pres. Obama do in this quandry, with the Republicans? For all of you who are so critical of Pres. Obama, where were your voices when Pres. Bush put this country in this awful debt mess.??????????
    Those of you who voted the Republians into Congress are responsible for this MESS.. Most Americans rely on Social Security and Medicare, so stop blowing smoke, call your congrssmen and tel them to stop the postering, and raise the debt ceiling, and none of their pork in the passage of it to benefit the wealthy in ANY way.

    July 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I did not hesitate to criticize Bush, and I will not hesitate to criticize Obama. I have never see a President I agree with 100% and Never will. I go back far enough to remember Eisenhower.

      July 31, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Pope John Paul The Turd

      Bellafonte is batShyt crazy and Obama should start packing his bags for a return to Chicago as he will not be re-elected.


      August 1, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  109. lala

    hey guys im confused can some one plz tell me what does he mean by shouting the loudest? what people is he referring to? im sry im confused.

    July 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Charles Nickolopoulos

    I like it better when Mr. Belafonte sang. I think he has gotten over his head in matters he knows very little about.
    He was, and I am sure still is a very talented singer, but he seems to keep putting information out that is just not his forte.
    Mr. Belafonte, I really enjoyed your singing, but you seem to be out of place being a political spokesman.

    July 30, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  111. fernace

    God help us, there's politics even on the Marquee Blog! Well, might as well join the fray! First we can blame Bush, Zelda Mack who, with his rich cronies ran roughshod over this nation, took us into 2 un- necessary wars, took a balanced budget & ran us into a trillion dollar debt & then said, bye now, time for a vacay! Also, this is a free country so we are free, like Mr. Bellafonte to state our opinions, & people are free to disagree with us! Obama is doing what he can with a Republican "faction" who disagrees with every thing he does & says, even when they agreed with those things during the last administration! For 8 months he was hounded about his birth certificate, something No modern president has had to produce! It is clear to many Americans that there are bigoted politicians who wont work with him & who are actively trying to oust him! If white people can see this, why can't a black man who lived that same predjudice!?

    July 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Fernace, You are only partly right, Bush did take a vacation or two..........to texas where he worked harder than when he was in the white house. Noe...OBONGASS, he has taken 84 if you count his wifes spending sprees. Usually with hundreds riding along. He does not work, he f..k's up, bows to dictaters, runs down America, goes to hawaii to further obsciate his birth records, and on and on. What a POS with his arrigance. He and carter are vying for worlds worst leader ever and Obongass is just slightly ahead. We have to wait a few months untill he is bounced out to know who the winner is.

      July 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  112. The Måd Råp3r

    The government as a whole sucks, left or right. The scüm move the people around like pawns and get their opinions from the highest bidder. Pukeatronic.

    Palin 2012—Destroy the system!

    July 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • charlie crack

      @mad-(it's me).....if only you could do some computer wiz sh!t and find that b@stard.... I swear I'd send goons his way and he would be no more.......sorry for the drama, thanks for trying to get him off me...I'm not fazed, like I said you warned me to not get riled up....be good

      July 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Colorado Girl

    I am white, voted for Obama but am disappointed in our government - Democrats and Republicans. I am a registered Republican but have voted Democrat since Bill Clinton. I will not vote for Obama again and WILL NOT vote Republican again either.....probably won't vote at all! I am fed up!

    July 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melvin

      I understand your frustration but do let the adversary win. You see what is going on they are deliberatly giving Obama a hard time because they want to ruin his legacy. Don't forget the automobile industry, housing market, Wall Street and the Banking Industry were all at the brink of collaspe before he step in and rescued them. He has live up to his promise but he has gotten little support from Republicans.

      July 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      CO girl, U are a complete idiot. You can write in mickey mouse, or the pink panther if you think that will help. or even FDR, but not voting is never the answer.

      July 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Kat

    I have never heard him express disappointment about any other President .

    July 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvin

      He is an Uncle Tom, what else can you expect.

      July 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • CA

      I believe Mr.Belafonte called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the word" five years ago when lending his support to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Like any American, Mr. Belafonte has the right to engage in responsible free speech. To a certain extent, he has a point. And, if President Obama is the living and breathing personification of the qualities that were an inspiration to many, he will take the criticism and use it for the betterment of the American people.The situation that our country is giong through has caused many to become disillusioned with our president, myself included.But I also have faith that things will work themselves out.

      July 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      If he did...he didn't do it in public for all to hear...and the reporters sure didn't ask him about....because they could've cared less what he thought about W.

      July 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • CA

      I think it has to do more to do with the media than anything else. Had this been Mr. Bellafonte bashing Bush or any other president, it wouldn't have gotten the same level of press. And in my previous example, there was some limited press about it and that was the extent of it. For the media to be so overly critical of one president, yet, not exercise the same level of analysis to another illustrates the need for people to go beyond what the media presents(or does not present).

      July 31, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Really? Ever heard him talk about Bush? He once referred to him as a terrorist.
      Love how the liberals out there, when they hear a black man offer constructive critism on Obama, immediantly start calling that person names, especially "Uncle Tom".

      July 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Zelda Mack

    Oh my gosh, You people can't see that Obama hasn't done the important things he said he would "change" and even most of the 'blacks' are disappointed that their lives have not improved like he promised it would when he got into office. He talked up enough to blow up a hot air balloon and he keeps talking, but nothing is "changing". They talk that he "ended the war" but why are there still troops over there and many still heading over there. When are they all coming home for GOOD. The end of the war means all of our men are home for good. Yes, even Bush had a mess that he walked into because of Al Queda and that will take more than 4 years to fix, so both presidents had a lot to deal with. You can't blame one or the other. These are hard times period. But lies don't cut it, it's truthful actions that will take care of the matters.

    July 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melvin

      He bought this country out of the brink in case you forgot. Congress is the obstacle, rich Republicans who want something for nothing, to be exact.

      July 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get smart

      How can President Obama do anything that he said he would do when congress is fighting against everything he is trying to do.

      He has had 4 years to try to undo what BUSH F'CKED UP in 8 years. come on face the music people this country didn't start falling apart when President Obama got into office.

      July 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      Please...you, me and everyone else would be floating at the bottom of the abyss if it hadn't been for President Obama. You people kill me with this copy and paste from what you read from the talking heads and pundits. Get a clue...and research for your before you continue to make an azz of yourself.

      July 30, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dasarwin

      things will come to light when the cover is pulled off the so called tea party are foot soldiers for the KNIGHTS party.

      July 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  116. melvin

    He should be disappointed with himself, he was on of the first high yellow black celebrities and has not made any political contributions or created any foundations that support Black Americans. If he had they should be a household name but he has given nothing back. He needs to sit his old A down and try an grow old gracefully, which from the looks of him he has not faired well in that department.

    July 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • GQ_336

      Where's your contribution? This man is selfless and extremely smart. I like Obama too but Mr. Belafonte has a point. If he led with a little more heart he could be a great president.

      July 30, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobglanton

      Melvin....STOP IT!. You don't know what you are talking about. You have the right to express your opinion, but it is more lasting if what you say is based in FACTS. Otherwise you are exposing your lack o preparation for the World Stage. Harry Belefante is a world – acclaimed FREEDOM FIGHTER. You are wrong and ill-informed. You have the right to your oppinion and I have the right to remind you of the FACTS. Harry Belefante has been and still is .....A FREEDOM FIGHTER. He' earned the right to be treated with RESPECT!

      July 31, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • bobglanton

      Melvin...., you mentioned RACE as you made a fool of yourself. High yellow was his hue, but there has never been a more standup MAN. than Mr Harry Belafante. He has West Indian ancestry – which means his DNA is saturated with man-strength and stubborness. He's from a champion tribe of people. He walked and talked the same way. He's a man's man for more years than you've been ALIVE. Do the mah and discover that in 84 years on this plantt Mr. Belefante has DONE EVERYTHING that you alleged that he "should have done. THE TRUTH IS THE WAY OUT OF THIS MESS. It don't cost nothing to show deserving people RESPECT.

      July 31, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • BobGlanton

      Melvin....You Got the right string....., but the wrong Yo-Yo. Most people that are now famous became so without ever facing DEATH as a conequence of their participation in a cause. Mr. Belafonte was shoulder-to-shoulder in the immediate proximity of people and police officers that had public permission to "shoot to dill" in the midst of a unauthorized act of "civildisobedience". That was the violation of the law when Mr. Belafonte faced that situaion and didn't blink or take a backward step. Where were you when that went down?

      July 31, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Melvin

      Like I said Uncle TOM. These reporters know exactly what they are doing when they interview someone like Belafonte who has no real political clout in the Black ocmmunity and try to pin us against each other. Why not interview or question someone like Mr, John Lewis, U.S. Representative and Freedom Rider, or Reverend Al Sharpton, or Reverend Jesse Jackson, or Kwesi Infume, heck I would take the opinion of ousted Mayor Sheila Dixon before I gave any significance to something this jackel had to say. There are many Black Americans who have given their lives to the political struggle of Black Americans who should have been given the opportunity to share their opinions who really resignate with our community.

      July 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Nicolas Jerome

    My congratulations for Belafonte.

    July 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melvin

      Since you are so impressed then maybe you should be his caretaker, it is obvious that he has lost his hair and it also seems that he has lost his mind as well. The old fart.

      July 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  118. whiteflowers

    I am fed up with black activist, actors etc. etc. keep talking about how disappointed they are in the way Obama is running the presidency. He is doing the best with what he has to work with. The state of our country didn't get the way it is in 4 years and it will take more than 4 years to undo it.

    July 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
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      July 31, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      We can't take another four years of Obama's failures. The state of the economy did not come from Bush. It was a conglomerate of both parties, but mainly the one the bows down to those that refuse to better themselves for a vote...Democrats. The collapse of the tech boom of the 90's that Clinton road out, and then Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac raping our country and giving loans to those that should never get them.

      The only way to get out of this mess is to be harsh on those deserving and until the Democrat party can see to do this, look for more of the same.

      July 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |

      YOU are the only intellect on this board! No one- on both sides- is even taking into consideration the mess he inherited and it is embarrassing to see that no one is willing to give him the chance to try to figure it all out or be supportive of his descision. Instead, he is being criticized and down right hated by everyone except those of us who are willing to let him be president and do the best he can with what he's been given. Harry Belafonte knows better because he did just that with Martin Luther King, he supported his efforts. Why didn't he give the President the same courtesy? Well, he has a film to publicize and no one would see it if he didn't say something controversial about the President because the name Obama sells.

      July 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuzziQ

      Absolutely agree with you, whiteflowers. Not his fault that the Bush boyo had 8 years to free-for-all spending and war-mongering.

      July 31, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dood

      How easily you people forget the Democrat controlled Congress. Bush was too "big government" but that's no different from what the Democrats want. Either way, it's a mess. Government doesn't make money, it takes it from people and businesses. When it takes more than it should from businesses it cripples growth, then it spends more than it has and puts us all in a pickle.

      As Ronnie Reagan said, "Government is not the solution to the problem, Government IS the problem." This is nothing new and all you have to do is look at the government heavy, European countries who are stagnant. Why do you think the USA was such a global force for 200 years? It's because it had minimal government intervention. Wake up.

      July 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duncan Stuart

      If you were in a press conference and somebody asked you about the current budget mess, you'd have been reported too. It's called free speech, free media and free and open democracy. Harry Belafonte has used his voice on numerous occasions over more than 50 years to campaign for civil rights and other issues. To his credit, his voice is consistent and so has his outspokenness – and that makes him different from what you object to: the sense that many celebs are there just making noise without a well-thought-out view of the world.

      July 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      You are absolutly right, it did not take 4 years, it took only 18 months for obongass spending to equal ALL previous administrations. I commend you for being honest.

      July 31, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Davis

      You are right, Whiteflowers. It took more than four years to make this mess and now they expect miracles.

      July 31, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • KIMM

      OBAMA is trying to correct all that has gone on BeFore HIM its going to take a couple of YEARS to Strieghten out . REmemeber Who was president before Him . We were Trillion Dollars in the Hole remember that .

      July 31, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean

      I really and truly agree with you. If Belafonte can do better, let him be President.

      July 31, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Well said. I agree completely with your views. President Obama has an impossible job. We don't live in Cuba or Venezuela and so he can't dictate and too many people in our country are overly critical and impractical. Thanks for your pragmatic comment !

      July 31, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • amellia alexander

      I agrre with you whole heartedly. President O bama is doing the very best that he can do as President, and he has the many grey hairs to prove it !!!

      July 31, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      I think there are two ways to look at the disappointment Mr Belfonte has for the President. I think his disappointment is more in the fact that he had to give into the Republicans "wants" to get anything done, and that was just not the plan. And we the little people, as usual are not getting to tax the rich AGAIN....and there may never be a chance to do that until we can get control of the congress out of the hands of the Republicans again plus have a Democratic president. This is such a mess and such a short time to clean it up....who would want this job!

      August 1, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted G

      You're right, but most people are naive and think that we wouldn't be in the same situation or worse with McCain Palin in the white house. They think that a new president will be able to turn things around faster.....boy are they in for another big let down.

      August 1, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • bob koontz

      thats the problem oboma is doing his best and thats not enough he is so far over his head he does not have a clue

      August 1, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Treyvon

      THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! SOMEONE WHO SEES MY POINT OF VIEW! 🙂 America is making me sick, sometimes I wish I lived in China where they are in shape, education is number 1, they aren't consumed with technology and fast food (except for their government, heck they may be in better shape than us with the government they have haha)

      August 1, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Hollyworld

      Are you fed up with Gay Activist?


      August 1, 2011 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
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      August 1, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • sweetgabrown

      well said well said.. everybody looking for someone to blame for this mess that has been building up sing 1999... smh Mr. Belafonte with all do respect you need to STFUP on this one ... don't even get involved...

      August 1, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Rolly Williams

      DAY-O! daaAAaaaa-o! Daylight come and Obama go home...

      August 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |

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