First of all, I wasn't alone in feeling uncomfortable with the president using imagery drawn from Martin Luther King Monday. My earlier post drew an accusation of "racism" on my part, for use of the term "Uncle Tom" to reflect how Obama is dealing with some of the contemporary problems he might be doing more to stem or reverse, or has even intentionally exacerbated. I've seen the same term hurled at other critics of the president today, even when they didn't make use of that term.
Cornel West made some of the same comparisons between Obama and King that Glenn Greenwald and I had made. I hope some see his statements here as something of a vindication of my point of view:
West does compare Obama's policies here as "the new Jim Crow." He is quite eloquent.
firedoglake, where I often write, ran several viewpoints on the inauguration, the speech, and other inaugural events. Some were in support of the president, some critical.