Steve Harvey Blasts Tavis Smiley & Cornel West For Criticizing President Obama! [Audio]

Steve Harvey goes in on Tavis Smiley and Cornel West for criticizing President Obama! Steve slammed Tavis Smiley and Cornel West’s nationwide “Poverty Bus Tour.” Harvey continued his rant by calling Smiley and West — “Uncle Toms!”

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STEVE: Hey Morning Crew! Because you are not as deep into politics as I am, I think that there’s something you should know. Some members of the Republican party are not the only ones wanting President Obama to fail. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are doing a so-called Poverty Bus Tour under the guise of highlighting that issue — because we all know that poverty didn’t exist before January 20, 2009.

If you check their records, you will see that they have done a lot of poverty-pimping through book sales, TV appearances, speaking fees, and promoting the “woe is me” mindset among the disenfranchised and discouraged. This has been their hustle for a long time, and now President Obama has threatened that with his message of hope and self-empowerment. Just think of what would happen if more people made the effort to tap into their God-given abilities. These jokers would be out of business. Their plan is to discourage a large voting bloc of the president’s base so that their lucrative hustle will once again be secure. Just thought you might want to inform your listeners. Obama/Biden 2012.


STEVE: I’m really surprised, and, to be honest with you, I was a huge fan of Cornel West. Tavis Smiley? I see him coming a mile away. Tavis Smiley’s anger started when he was having a town-hall meeting. President Obama was supposed to come; he couldn’t come because of the campaign trail, and he sent Mrs. Obama. He has held that grudge ever since.

CARLA: And then Professor West was upset because he wasn’t invited to the inauguration, as we understand it. Is that correct? To the presidential inauguration?

STEVE: Hey, I wasn’t there either!

CARLA: Are you upset?

STEVE: For what?!

CARLA: Do you have a poverty bus tour?

STEVE: Hold up, hold up, have you ever been invited to the damn inauguration?

CARLA: Oh-kay…

STEVE: Did Bush send for you? Did Clinton send for you? Did Reagan send for you? So what’re you mad for? Because President Obama, who does not fill out the guest list ain’t got time to tend to that. Do you know how many people wanted to be at the inauguration?

CARLA: It’s very petty. That’s what it’s about.

STEVE: The disguise is — the disguise of it all — is he’s not doing for black America what he should be doing. But let me hip everybody to something… and understand this — and this is in layman terms: You are so wrong when you make that statement. He is the President of the United States. He is not the President of The Hood. He is the President of the United States. But if you look at what he’s pushing, no one could benefit greater than our community. Healthcare? Who is lacking in healthcare overwhelmingly than anybody else? Who is that? Who is lacking in education overwhelmingly than anybody else? And who—who do you know could stand a tax break above anybody else? So all you gotta do is fit yourself into the equation and you’ll see that he’s doing everything that he can. But, it’s not for us – it’s for the American people. And the moment we quit saying, “gimme gimme gimme,” and just plug yourself into the already existing system – which ain’t gonna change just ‘cause you want it to – then we can move on with this thing. The man is doing a great job.

Tavis Smiley was behind Hillary Clinton when she first came out. As was quite a few African-Americans. I can name ‘em. I understand that. But now that Hillary Clinton is not your candidate, the anti-Barack Obama movement… what sickens me is that you don’t have any real basis behind your dislike for this man. You’re not basing it on anything.

You all, please look at the facts of what this man’s platform was about and see if you don’t fit into the platform. How can he raise a flag for black people and be the President of the United States? It’s utterly ridiculous. Y’all – do you know that that would be the death to his second term, if he was standing up talking about “I’m gonna do this for black people.” He’s gotta do it for the country. We all live in this country. I would be disappointed if he did that. I really would.

CARLA: Absolutely. Just because he’s black, you know, doesn’t mean that we have to vote for him if he’s not doing the right thing for this country – we all live in this country.

STEVE: Too many nonblacks voted for this man.


STEVE: Can you read what you just read the quote was.

CARLA: This is from an article called The Root on the Internet – from “If anyone thinks this is a hate campaign,” Tavis said, “They don’t understand this really. If the President wants to call a roundtable for two or three days on poverty. Why not a White House conference on poverty?”

STEVE: See? right there? Once again to Smiley: You are demanding center attention with the President of the United States which is what stemmed this whole problem, brother; when he didn’t come to your townhall meeting because of campaign obligations, and he asked his wife, Mrs. Obama – who graciously came. You’ve been pissed off ever since. Now, “if you think it’s a hate tour, then let’s have the White House sit down for two or three days.” Who in the hell got two/three days for yo’ ass?

I – I ain’t got time to sit down with your monkey behind for no two/three damn days, let alone the President of the United States. We got three damn wars out here, economy crashing, and he gonna sit with Tavis’s ass for two/three days.

Now you gonna get mad again, ’cause guess what? The man ain’t got time to do this. See, once again you keep masking it all talkin’ ‘bout “if you think this is about hate, you’re wrong.”

Well what is it ’bout? Because poverty existed before January 20, 2008. [sic]

TOMMY: Yessir.

HARVEY: It existed. Where was your damn bus then? Where was your poverty bus when Clinton was the President? Or Reagan. Or the Bush Administration when we were being driven to this new level of poverty. It’s called a recession now Tavis, and it got started over eight years ago. And it started when they started rescinding all of the good things that president Clinton had done. See that’s what’s happenin’ here. So where was your bus tour back then?

Where was your crying and moanin’?

TOMMY: Yeah, Tavis.

Steve: One more time, I want to know this: Is anybody paying you?

TOMMY: And is it the tea party?

Anybody? And where are you getting the money for these buses?

TOMMY: Who owns the buses?

STEVE: I jus wanna know who he’s getting the money from for the buses. I just really can’t see you digging into your own pocket for the love and welfare of poor people, when you and I both know that we write books and show up on TV for money.

TOMMY: Is Cornel driving the bus?

STEVE: If they’re buying the bus, it’s a van.

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  1. John Thomas says

    Dear Steve Harvey:

    I can’t tell you how much I appreciated your takedown of Tavis Smiley and Cornell West. It was pitch-perfect. I’m a 49-year old white guy who worked in Chicago radio at WLS, WBBM, WCLR, and WFYR in the 1980s and 90s. After leaving radio in the 90s, I became the Communications Director of a state transportation planning agency, and I became impressed by a state senator who kept calling me for clarification on transportation planning issues. In my 3 years at the agency, more than half the calls for information came from Barack Obama’s office. Ever since then, I’ve been one of his biggest fans. On the day he sent out an e-mail announcing his Presidential Exploratory Committee, I sent $50. Hundreds more were contributed later.

    I was in Springfield when he announced Biden as his running mate (sweltering!), and went to DC for the inauguration. I am 97% satisfied with the policies he’s implemented. I can’t imagine a better person to guide us through this difficult time.

    It makes me sick that someone like Cornell West would go so far out of his way to denegrate and smear a person who’s not only an inspiration to young Black people, but an inspiration to White people as well. $miley I can understand a bit more.

    I am a white guy, and I hear the crap people say about Obama when there are no Black folks around. In the past, I used to often keep silent when that kind of thing would happen. But I’m not going to sit around and allow people to denegrate the President of the United States on a racial basis. I’ve lost many “friends” as a result, but gained many more genuine friends by defending the actions of our President.

    Thanks again for your call-out.

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