Cornel West: President Obama Doesn’t Deserve To Be Sworn In With MLK’s Bible [VIDEO]

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“Then what would he say about the drones on the precious brothers and sisters in Pakistan, and Somalia, and Yemen. Those are war crimes, just like war crimes in Vietnam, Martin Luther King, Jr., what would you say?”

See Dr. West’s complete remarks below:

This is not the first time that West has publicly offered some scathing commentary on the president.

As previously reported by NewsOne, West said that, while he’s happy that Mitt Romney didn’t win the presidential election, our foreign policy is still imperialistic, politicians should be ashamed of spending billions on campaigns while people are living in poverty, and that President Obama is nothing but a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface.”

I think that it’s morally obscene and spiritually profane to spend $6 billion on an election, $2 billion on a presidential election, and not have any serious discussion—poverty, trade unions being pushed against the wall dealing with stagnating and declining wages when profits are still up and the 1 percent are doing very well, no talk about drones dropping bombs on innocent people. So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse, as the major problems—ecological catastrophe, climate change, global warming. So it’s very sad. I mean, I’m glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies.

When the president is sworn into office — for the second time — tomorrow, it will be a momentous day for the King family.

“There’s a small, leather-bound Bible that holds special significance for my family. My father, Martin Luther King Jr., used it to prepare his first sermon as a pastor, at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, wrote Martin Luther King, III in an exclusive essay for TheGrio. ” He took it with him on the road, as he fought for freedom, equality, and opportunity. Today, the cover of that book has faded. Some of the pages are torn. No one has used that Bible since my father, and I never thought anyone would.

Obama was officially sworn into office today by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House, with only his family and a few reporters present.

See  President Obama take the Oath of Office below:

January 20 is mandated by the U.S. Constitution as the start date of the executive term. He will be sworn in publicly on Monday outside the West Front of the Capitol overlooking the National Mall. More than 800,000 people are expected to be in attendance and the occasion will include a major address and a parade.

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