Tavis Smiley dissented from the otherwise laudatory reactions to President Barack Obama’s speech on Friday, telling David Gregory’s Meet the Press panel that he thought the president’s remarks were too little, too late, “as weak as pre-sweetened Kool-Aid,” as he tweeted on Friday.
“I appreciate and applaud the fact that the president did finally show up,” Smiley said. “But this town has been spinning a story that’s not altogether true. He did not walk to the podium for an impromptu address to the nation. He was pushed to that podium. A week of protests outside the White House, pressure building on him inside the White House, pushed him to that podium.”