In an interview with Carol Felsenthal of Chicago Magazine, Hartman made clear that she is no longer a fan of the Commander in Chief. Speaking on her relationship with President Obama, Hartman noted:
“It used to be good. It used to be superb before they got to the White House. I haven’t been invited, and I’m insulted. Barack was launched by black business people. I call them the “Day One people.” We’ve not been to the White House; we’ve not had appointments. I have barked a little bit about it…”
While she held no punches on her feeling for the President, Hartman said she does not feel slighted by everyone in the Obama inner cycle.
“Barack is not necessarily loyal. In Chicago politics, that’s rule number one: be loyal; dance with the one who brought you. I see that as a key trait. I see Rahm having it. Rahm is very appreciative and very thankful. I was very loyal to Barack, but he has not been loyal to some of the people who were there for him.”
While there seems to be no love lost between Hartman and Rambo, her feelings on the President seem to be more than politically based but personally motivated as well. While it’s hard to make a call on her criticism of President Obama, we should take a minute to note that the man is President of the United States and especially at the present moment has many pressing things on his plate.
Though Hartman’s critique did not seem based on a sense of racial loyalty, some media outlets have cited her comments as troubling for President Obama, who is “getting criticism from unexpected quarters — Chicago’s black elite.”
What are your thoughts on Hartman’s “dance with the one who brought you” criticism? Is this a personal or does Obama really need to be wary of being abandoned by his city’s black elite? Share your thoughts!