program "Democracy Now!" on May 16; if you haven't heard it or read the transcript,
you can access it via www.democracynow.org
Belafonte said he hasn't been able to really sit down with President Obama and discuss critical issues, such as the dominance of big business in our sometimes nightmarish culture. I love the part of the interview where Belafonte briefly spoke with Obama during the 2008 campaign, mentioning the (lack of) quality of life for so many Americans and offering to Obama, "I hope you bring the challenge more forcefully to the table."
Obama reportedly asked Belafonte, "When are you and (professor/social critic)
Cornel West going to cut me some slack?"
Belafonte's answer was: "What makes you think we haven't?"