Via Avedon Carol, I was directed to a Salon article in which Thomas Frank interviews Cornel West, a professor at Union Theological Seminary and noted public intellectual.
NOTE: this interview came before the Obama speech on ISIL on 10 September. The highlighting in BLUE is mine. Professor West nails it for me: I was so ready, so excited, for a progressive president back in 2008. But that's not what we got.