African-American Publisher Blasts Obama

Hermene Hartman: Did you outgrow us, or did you forget?

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011  |  Updated 11:28 AM CDT
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N'Digo publisher Hermene Hartman blasts old friend President Barack Obama for lack of loyalty.

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President Barack Obama has received his fair share of criticism since reaching the Oval Office, but now he's getting it from unexpected quarters --  Chicago's black elite.

Publisher and editor-in-chief N’DIGO magazine Hermene Hartman blasted Obama as disloyal to his roots in a Chicago magazine article .

"He has not been loyal to some of the people who were there for him from day one," Hartman, who fund raised for Obama's presidential campaign said during the scathing Q&A.

Hartman, who supported Obama as far back as 1995, when he ran for state senate, told the magazine that she feels "insulted" that she hasn't been invited to the White House.

    "There's a whole backroom, black community story on Barack that the white media hasn't paid attention to. Barack was not launched by Penny Pritzker for the presidency. Barack was launched by black businesspeople. I call them the "Day One people." We've not been to the White House; we've not had appointments. I have barked a little bit about it.

Hartman told the magazine she was instrumental in convincing Al Sharpton to switch allegiances from Hillary Clinton to Obama during the presidential campaign.

In contrast, Hartman praises Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel as someone who's "appreciative" and "thankful" toward those who've helped him.

Read the full interview in Chicago Magazine.

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