This is a short excerpt from a 10 January 2017 BBC World Service Newshour broadcast featuring Dr. Cornel West talking about the presidency of Barack Obama. In compliance with the Fair Use Doctrine, this short clip is shared here for public commentary and educational purposes.

Although Cornel West is talking about President Obama, the topics and viewpoints are broadly applicable as an analysis of political powers in our society. The concerns expressed by Cornel West in this interview are concerns that have existed long before Barack Obama and will continue to exist long into the future.

As a balance to the criticisms presented in this interview, we would encourage readers to learn more about “Obama’s Top 10 Accomplishments.” You can also view on our site the full farewell address by President Obama as delivered on 10 January 2017.

Click the play button below to hear the audio of Cornel West’s interview.