If there’s one public figure willing to put President Barack Obama’s cryptic & controversial message to the Congressional Black Caucus on blast, it has to be Tavis Smiley. During his self titled PBS show on Monday, he could hardly contain his anger towards Obama’s ‘quit cryin’ and get it together’ address during last weekend’s CBC awards event as he asked Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D/TX) to share her perception on the matter:
“Would the president ever say to an audience of our Jewish brothers and sisters concerned about the plight in the Middle East, ‘stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying?’ Would this president ever say to Wall Street, publicly, ‘stop grumbling stop complaining stop crying?’ Would he ever say to our Hispanic brothers and sisters on immigration and their concerns ‘stop grumbling stop crying stop complaining?’ Did he say to gays and lesbians, ‘stop grumbling, stop crying stop complaining?’ How does he get away with saying this to black folk when he would never form his lips to ever say that to any other constituency?”
The Texas Congresswoman agreed with Smiley’s final statement, adding:
“There were those who cheered when Jesus was crucified, and we have found that despicable from the beginning of history to this time.” I think familiarity is the answer to your question. The president came and put on the armor of brother and sister.”
Jackson Lee was uncertain as to whether Obama’s remarks were said with love as a motivational technique but hopes that his sentiments extend beyond his African American constituency. “Are we going to tell the Republicans to stop being obstructionists? Are we going to tell the Tea Party people to stop being tea party people instead of patriots and Americans?”
No word on whether Jackson Lee was experiencing a senior moment when making the biblical reference in regards to President Obama. Check the video for the segment in question.