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Former Obama prof: President ‘must be defeated’ in November



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One of President Obama’s former Harvard professors is  calling for the president’s defeat in November, releasing a scathing video in  which he accuses the president of abandoning America’s workers while pushing a  policy of “food stamps.”

The video by Brazilian scholar and politician Roberto Unger  serves as an indictment of both parties. But in it, Unger says Obama must be  defeated in order for the Democratic Party to restore itself “as the vehicle for  the progressive alternative in the country.”

Obama, he said, has not advanced that cause.

“President Obama must be defeated in the coming election.  He has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States,” he said in  the eight-minute video, titled “Beyond Obama” and posted to  YouTube.

“He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed  interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices,” Unger  said.

Obama, when he attended Harvard, took two classes with  Unger — Jurisprudence and Reinventing Democracy, according to David Remnick’s  book “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama.” Unger continued to  correspond with Obama via BlackBerry going into the presidential campaign,  Remnick reported, though Unger said he never became Obama’s “friend” and kept  his distance from the then-candidate out of concern that Unger’s own “leftist”  leanings might do “harm” to Obama.

In the recent web video, Unger’s accusations against his  former student become increasingly caustic. Toward the end, the professor claims  Obama pursued health care reform at the expense of economic recovery.

“He has subordinated the broadening of economic and  educational opportunity to the important but secondary issue of access to health  care in the mistaken belief that he would be spared a fight,” Unger said. “He  has disguised his surrender with an empty appeal to tax justice.”

He went on to say Obama “reduced justice to charity” while  embodying a policy of “financial confidence and food stamps” and a “politics of  hand-holding.”

Unger wasn’t exactly thrilled about the thought of a Mitt  Romney presidency, either. He warned that should Obama be defeated, “there will  be a cost for his defeat in judicial and administrative appointments.”

But, he said, the risk of “military adventurism” would be  the same under either Obama or Romney.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/06/18/former-obama-prof-president-must-be-defeated-in-november/#ixzz1yBDytUF1

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