Hermene Hartman, a Chicago publisher and leading figure in the city’s media has become the subject of much debate outside the windy city for her comments about President Obama.

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!

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  • MissWonderful

    CRABS IN A GOT DAM BUCKET!!! BLACKS WILL THROW EACH OTHER UNDER THE BUS!!!!! IT’S A GOT DAM SHAME.

    BLACKS ARE NOT THE ONLY RACE OF PPL WHOM GOT PRESIDENT OBAMA TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!! BETTER THINK AGAIN… BLACKS ARE NOT EVEN HALF OF THE POPULATION!!! HELLO!

    I GUESS IF HE INVITES THIS BROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE THAT WOULD MAKE HIM LOYAL!!! SO DAM SAD!!! LOL!!!

    PRESIDENT OBAMA IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!
    NOT OF BLACK AMERICA!!! HE CAN NOT ONLY DEAL WITH THE BLACK ISSUES IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY.

    HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD! AND MUST DEAL WITH WORLD ISSUES AND OF CAUSE THAT INCLUDES BLACK PPL.

    HER COMMENTS SHALL PAST! AND THE PRESIDENT WILL CONTINUE.

    SINCE SHE FELT THAT KIND OF WAY… WHY NOT BRING IT TO THE PRESIDENTS AND NOT THE F-ING MEDIA!!! RAT WHORE!!!

    • Kerina

      I could not agree with you more. I saw this on Hufifngton Post and all I could think of was CRABS IN THE BARREL. Tell me Black People about Essence Magazine and their base and BET and their base. He was never elected the President of the Black People of the United States. Early on his Presidency there was an article about him not being able to spend time with the people he wanted too. He’s got criticism all around him, all the time and Missy jumps right on the criticize the President and get media attention bandwagon.

      Sarah Palin has been doing it for years now. I asked someone who was bitching about the President (A Black Man) what he wanted the President to do exactly. “help Black people” …….how. “I don’t know just help them”……..with what money “yeah, money”……how much money…..”I don’t know, he should just help Black people”. Okay. No rhyme no reason he should just help Black people. And will we stand up for him. NO!! We complain because he’s not hosting a get together for all his friends. I would not want his job or his so called friends.

  • LemonNLime

    Cry me a river! So you haven’t been invited to the White House for tea and cookies yet! Sounds shifty like lobbyists if you ask me. His loyalty is to the USA NOT Chicago and NOT black people. Crap even if every black person in the USA voted for him in the last elections he would not have won because we’re 13% of the population and that includes non-voting age.

  • This is sad. I’m so tired of hearing people complain that the President is neglecting them. I mean seriously, he is one person declared as the leader of the nation. When we graduate from school and go off to college, those who helped us get there know and accept that we won’t be back as often or much at all, if life takes us elsewhere. This is the nature of life. And besides, whatever relationship Ms. Hartman had with the President should’ve been respected enough that she wouldn’t take this to the media. She knows better than this, being a professional in the industry herself. Needless to say, I’m disappointed in her for even making this statement publicly.

  • marilyn

    Is this woman serious? She’s upset because she hasn’t been to the White House? Who does she think she is? There were hundreds of thousands of people who helped Barack Obama get elected. I was one of those people, and I signed on early when he first decided to run for the U.S. Senate and very few thought he could win. I just want him to run this country. I don’t expect to be invited to the White House. I’m self employed and I’m thrilled that our President tackled the health insurance issue. That’s what’s important. This woman is just plain silly and needs to get a life.

  • Fox

    High minded. Mad because she can’t say she’s been to the White House to rub elbows. Well, you surely are not invited now honey.