Obama’s Farrakhan Problem

Recently, Louis Farrakahn, the infamous leader of the Nation of Islam since 1978, gave a two-hour speech praising and effectively endorsing Barack Obama’s candidacy for President. For most politicians, accepting a Farrakhan endorsement would equate with political suicide. Farrakhan has a rock solid record of lunatic statements, and this is just the tip of the iceberg:
  • He referred to Judiasm as a gutter-religion and referred to Jews as “bloodsuckers”
  • He called Adolf Hitler “a very great man”
  • He referred to the white man as “the anti-Christ”
  • He said of whites, “White people are potential humans—they haven’t evolved yet”
  • He suggested that the levies in New Orleans were bombed by the “white man” in order to flood black neighborhoods


So what is Obama’s response to “Minister” Louis Farrakhan’s support of him? “Um, well, I don’t really agree with him on the racist stuff, but it’s cool if he likes me”. No,that isn’t what he actually said, but it basically was. Obama avoided Tim Russert’s question in the following exchange until Hillary idiotically bailed him out while he was twisting in the wind.

Q: Do you accept the support of Louis Farrakhan?

Senator Obama: “You know, I have been very clear in my denunciation of Minister Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic comments. I think they are unacceptable and reprehensible. I did not solicit this support. He expressed pride in an African-American who seems to be bringing the country together. I obviously can’t censor him, but it is not support that I sought. And we’re not doing anything, I assure you, formally or informally, with Minister Farrakhan.”

What ever happened to a simple “No, I don’t accept it.” Everyone sure knows that if the Grand Wizard of the KKK came out and gave a two-hour speech supporting John McCain, that McCain would out rightly denounce it, and if he didn’t, the media would eat him alive. But Obama continues to fumble around in the exchange.

Q: Do you reject his support?

Obama’s second answer. “Well, Tim, you know, I can’t say to somebody that he can’t say that he thinks I’m a good guy. You know, I — you know, I — I have been very clear in my denunciations of him and his past statements, and I think that indicates to the American people what my stance is on those comments.”

Wow, what a way to avoid the question! Nobody is asking him about what he thinks about Farrakhan’s statements, yet that is what Obama continues to talk about. Is it a problem that mister “I’m gonna unite the country and the races” can’t even denounce the support of one of the most racist and divisive leaders in America? You bet it is.

At this point, Hillary mindlessly opens her mouth and bails him out. She briefly talks about her experience with an anti-Semitic group in New York and finished with this:
“I said that it would not be anything I would be comfortable with … I have no doubt that everything that Barack just said is absolutely sincere. But I just think, we’ve got to be even stronger.”

Obama: “Tim, I have to say I don’t see a difference between denouncing and rejecting. … But if the word `reject’ Sen. Clinton feels is stronger than the word `denounce,’ then I’m happy to concede the point, and I would reject and denounce.”

Why is it so hard just to say, “No, I don’t accept his support?” Well, one reason could be that his pastor (Obama’s spiritual mentor, I might add) the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. and Farrakhan are long-time good friends. Wright traveled with Farrahan in 1984 to Lybia to meet with Moammar Khadaffi and also said that Farrakan “epitomized greatness”. Recently, Obama’s church honored Farrakhan and awarded him with the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Lifetime Achievement Trumpeteer award. The fact that a Christian minister of a prominent black church is giving a lifetime achievement award to a Muslim leader doesn’t smell right to me. Aren’t these guys supposed to believe that the other is soon going to burn in hell?

Jeremiah Wright

The way the media has treated this issue smacks of a double standard. Obama’s pseudo-denouncement of Farrakhan’s stances have gotten a pass by the media, while if the same thing happened with a white racist supporting a Republican, you’d never hear the end of it.

Obama’s avoiding the Farrakhan issue is an ominous warning that Obama might have some divided interests. It doesn’t really look good that a Presidential candidate’s “spiritual mentor” is good friends with a racist and divisive leader like Farrakhan or that the church he belongs to has a creed fittingly described as black separatist. It sounds to me like Obama has some clarifications and explaining to do as this campaign goes on. I for one, would like an explanation, but we might just get another platitudinal message about hope and change.


6 Responses

  1. As a Muslim, were I in any position to garner the support of Louis Farrakhan, I would also denounce it. I believe that Obama was clear. He said that he didn’t seek Farrakhan’s support nor does he agree with his rant. Really, what more do you want? Personally I believe that most people, perhaps you as well, are uncomfortable with a black man seeking such a high political office and if you can find one nit picking thing to ride him about, you will run with it. Lets get real here. He has never espoused any beliefs similar to Farrakhan’s, but the public at large is holding its breath to hear that he is willing to support Isreal, a baby murdering, land stealing, pseudo-nation. That is the double stand if there is one.

  2. Thanks for reading the post.

    Obama did not say that rejects Farrakhan’s support. He only said that he disagrees with him on certain statements and positions and that he “rejects and denounces” those positions. He doesn’t want to completely reject Farrakhan’s support because he WANTS his support. The Wright-Farrakhan connection here is the problem. Obama cannot completely reject Farrakhan because Farrakhan is good friends with Obama’s spiritual mentor. I sense a conflict of interests here that need some clarification to the public from Obama himself.

    My support or non-support of a candidate has literally nothing to do with a candidate’s race or sex. I support people based on their ideas, and I find Obama’s ideas of many things, particularly foreign policy, to be not only naive, but dangerously naïve. Obama has promised to meet face to face with dictators such as Chavez, Castro, and Ahmadinejād in his first year as president as well as suggesting that we invade Pakistan (who is an ally). The fact that Obama can’t see the repercussions of such actions in incredible. I’m not uncomfortable with a black man as president at all, but I am frightened as to what Obama hopes to do with our country and our sovereignty.

    The connection between Farrakhan and Obama through his “spiritual mentor” in Rev. Wright is not a nit-picky issue. It is right to be concerned about potential undue influence from Farrakhan on the president of the United States. Who’s to say that Obama won’t feel obligated through his friendship to Rev. Wright to allow men like Wright and Farrakhan to help draft policy?

    It is really pretty simple overall. If Obama wants to be the candidate of unity, racial or otherwise in this country, he has to completely reject any type of organization or leader of an organization that preaches anything but unity among the races. If there is going to be racial unity, we need a leader that simply tells racist organizations on both sides of the fence that racism is juvenile and that they need to grow up. But that takes more guts than Obama has.

    As for Obama’s stance on Israel, I don’t know about that. I can assure you that if you don’t feel Israel deserves to exist as a nation, you are terribly outnumbered in this country.

  3. I think that white epeople are really scared of this guy he brings to you a fear that maybe they still want to get us back how stupid of you and how arrogant of you to think that blaack people want to get even with you for your fathers deeds and your deeds as well I mean here stands a man whos mother is white and his dad is black but he is not a white man with a black father he is a black man with a white mother why is that ?? I know why its the judgement MLK was talking about 40 years ago you judge him by the color of his skin and not the content of his character which means you are still racist biggots and it really shows when a black man is about to enter the WHITE house and it bothers you and stirs up those racial feelings you didnt know you had you are scared of this well educated harvard grad because your fathers always told you we were dumb NIGGERS and couldnt learn it scares you to think that maybe you have been wrong all along and that if given the opporitunity we would surpass you that scares you to think that we built the pyramids but you would rather believe that aliens from another planet came down thats much easier to believe than black people once ruled the Earth nah cant be !!!REALLY need to check within yourselves and look at the evils of what America has done and is doing right now I really believe white people as a whole would rather have George Bush 12 more years than to have Obama for 4 you are scared and really there are 2 classes of white people theres the caucasian and then there is white trash think im lying try to marry one of Bushes daughters try running for some public office see where you stand I dare you to think you are better than those caucasians they will laugh your white trash but all the way back to the trailer park you dont even know it your blood is not pure enough to rule this country and stop worrying this is all a front to give blacks hope and its also a smoke screen to keep your eyes off the war Hillary will be president and thats it our children will still die in the wars and the caucasians will always keep us divided because they know racism is what we have to have in order for theem to stay in power and when I say us I mean The Niggers and the white trash

  4. James,

    Please learn to use punctuation. I can’t even reply to that because it is completely unreadable.

    For your sake, I hope you don’t talk the way you write.

  5. you are just nit picking. The real issue surrounding the “endoresement” question is whether or not Obama agrees or is sympathetic with Farrakhan. There always is the question behind the question and Obama brilliantly addressed the real issue. the only people who are not satisfied with Sen. Obama’s answer are those who are against him no matter what he says or does.

    If Obama agreed with you on several issues you still would have something negative to say. Because you despise him. and that’s a fact!

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