Why--when Sen. Barack Obama is on a roll in the Democratic Primary,--is talk show host and commentator Tavis Smiley stirring up a debate over Obama's decision not to participate in Smiley's 2008 State of the Black Union forum on February 23?
The blogs are buzzing with opinions on this issue.
Certainly someone as politically astute as Smiley knows how critical it is for Obama to be focused on winning Texas, Wisconsin and Ohio in upcoming contests. So what is Smiley's real motive for not working out a compromise by allowing Michelle Obama to take her husband's place?
Early in the campaign, Obama participated in Tavis Smiley's CNN Presidential Debates, appeared before the National Association of Black Journalists, as well as before the Trotter Group, the NAACP and the National Urban League.
I understand Smiley is trying to be the black Larry King, but his ego is out-of-whack. Obama doesn't have to kiss Smiley's butt in order to attract black voters. In fact, in the Louisiana primary, Obama won 86 percent of the African American vote.
Frankly, Smiley had better watch himself before he wrecks himself.
The 2008 State of the Black Union forum is an important national event for Black America, but some people have been so turned off by Smiley's pompous behavior, they are calling for a boycott of the event.