Obama “will celebrate American poetry and prose with a gathering of poets, musicians and artists at the White House next Wednesday night.”
Via NHJournald.com: Just as President Barack Obama celebrates the killing of Osama bin Laden and the closing of the book on the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, he may also be opening up old wounds from a sidebar story from that era that haunted him during his 2008 presidential campaign.
According to the Associated Press, Obama “will celebrate American poetry and prose with a gathering of poets, musicians and artists at the White House next Wednesday night.” One of the poets who will attend is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. who goes by the name “Common.”
It is likely Obama met Common at the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ were both men were members. Several of Wright’s sermons caused a firestorm of controversy during the 2008 presidential campaign due to their caustic, racially charged, anti-American tones. One sermon in particular caused Obama a severe headache – the one in which he blamed America for Osama bin Laden’s terrorist attacks. “America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” he said.
Obama at first tried to defend Wright. But when that strategy became untenable, he disavowed him. Not so Common. In fact, Common defended his minister.
“What I picked up from the pews…was messages of love,” Common said at the time. “Anything that was going on against that love he would acknowledge and expose. He’s been a preacher that’s helped raise one of the greatest political figures in the world, and hopefully, the next President. He’s also raised one of the greatest rappers in the world [meaning Common himself].”
And here’s the “poet”:
“If you got one gun…tell the law my Uzi weighs a ton, I walk like a warrior, I won’t run.” “I got a black strap to make the cops run.”
Such eloquent words. Remember, you can judge a man by the company he keeps, even if he tries to “disavow” them.