Obama's professor rallies against his former student

Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowski)
The Harvard professor that taught Barack Obama isn’t all that happy with how his former pupil turned out. The instructor that lectured the future president in his Reinventing Democracy class is urging Americans not to vote for the incumbent in 2012.

Roberto Mangabeira Unger of Harvard Law School has posted a video to YouTube in which the one-time professor of US President Barack Obama expresses his dissatisfaction with how his former student has shaped America since entering the oval office. Although Prof. Unger falls short of asking viewers to cast a vote for the presumptive Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney, he reveals that he has far from encouraging his followers to ask for four more years of Barack Obama.

"President Obama must be defeated in the coming election," Unger urges in the video. "He has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States."

Unger insists that a win for the Republican Party would cost the country in both judicial and administrative appointments, but suggests that "the risk of military adventurism" that began under Barack Obama will only continue unless a true progressive pushes for change in Washington. Under another Obama term, however, Unger says that "the Democratic Party proposes no new direction."

"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," Unger says. “This is less a project than it is an abdication."

Elsewhere in the clip, Unger insists that Obama “has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices” and “has delivered the politics of democracy to the rule of money."

“His policy is financial confidence and food stamps,” he says.