A former professor of President Obama, Roberto Unger, has spoken against him and asked voters not to reelect him. Roberto Unger, in a video posted to YouTube, gave reasons why he believes that his one-time student does not deserve a second term.
According to the 65-year-old academic, a leading Brazilian politician and an adviser to Obama in 2008, "President Obama must be defeated in the coming election. He has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States." According to The Daily Caller, Unger accused Obama of betraying "liberals."
According to Daily Mail, Unger was in contact with Obama on his Blackberry during his 2008 election campaign, but since then the professor and student have parted ways because Unger disagrees with Obama's decision making in office.
His list of complaints against the president is fairly long. In his video titled "Beyond Obama," the distinguished academic severely criticizes Obama's economic policies, saying they consist mostly of "financial confidence and food stamps."
Unger said: "He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices."
In spite of his call to voters not to reelect Obama, Unger admits that if the Republican candidate Mitt Romney wins the election there will be costs in judicial and administrative appointment. He concedes that “If [The Republicans] had their way, inequality would be even greater than it is now."
Although Unger's political views are essentially leftist, he insists that Republicans in power would, in the present circumstances, be no more disruptive than Democrats in international affairs because the "risk of military adventurism" remains the same. He argues that in spite of the fact of rivalry between the two parties, the Democrats' agenda is only little different to that of the Republicans. He said that Democrats only seek to "put a human face on the program of its adversaries."
He complained: “The Democratic Party has no new direction... [Obama] has failed to advance the progressive cause."
Some of his comments will receive enthusiastic "thumbs-up" from Obama's right wing opponents. He summarizes Obama's first term: "Give the bond markets what they want, bail out the reckless so long as they are also rich, use fiscal and monetary stimulus to make up for the absence of any consequential broadening of economic and educational opportunity, sweeten the pill of disempowerment with a touch of tax fairness, even though the effect of any such tax reform is sure to be modest. This is less a project than it is an abdication."
He also attacks Obama's health reform policy. He says Obama has "subordinated the broadening of economic and educational opportunity to the important but secondary issue of access to health care in the mistaken belief that he would be spared a fight."
The Huffington Post lists the professor's complaints against Obama:
"His policy is financial confidence and food stamps."
"He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices."
"He has delivered the politics of democracy to the rule of money."
"He has disguised his surrender with an empty appeal to tax justice."
"He has reduced justice to charity."
"He has subordinated the broadening of economic and educational opportunity to the important but secondary issue of access to health care in the mistaken belief that he would be spared a fight."
"He has evoked a politics of handholding, but no one changes the world without a struggle."
Unger concludes that "Only a political reversal can allow the voice of democratic prophecy to speak once again in American life."
Daily Mail reports that Unger is a respected academic and renowned politician in Brazil who has run twice for the president of his country and served as Minister of Strategic Affairs.
He has taught at Harvard Law since 1976. He has published many books on economics, philosophy and politics. Daily Mail reports that Obama studied jurisprudence and reinventing democracy with the professor.
He was one of the founding members of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party and drafted its founding manifesto.
The YouTube video was posted three weeks ago and has been viewed several thousand times.