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PBS radio host Tavis Smiley said that President Obama is the first president to not invite him to the White House, during an interview with C-SPAN Wednesday.

“Once he got elected and my critique of him about holding him accountable to various things didn’t sit so well with him or the people around him, he has not at this point come on my TV or radio programs one time since he’s been in the White House,” Smiley said. “This is the first president in my professional career that hasn’t invited me to the White House.”


Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are currently making a 15-city “Poverty Tour” to bring attention to the needy and to what they say are the failings of President Barack Obama.

Earlier this year, West said that Obama never returned his calls, and he felt like “smacking” the President “upside the head” when he didn’t receive a ticket to his 2009 inauguration.



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