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Fox News: Greta skipped Abe 'liked to tell darkie jokes' for Obama has 'a drone'

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From Fox News, on Jan. 15, 2014, "On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren explored a new controversy regarding President Obama's mentor and former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

Against a background clip featuring the kind of firebrand rhetoric that eventually caused Obama to distance himself from the preacher, "Not God bless America, God damn America! That's in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating us citizens as less than human. God damn America!" Greta wondered, "Why in the world would the Chicago's Teachers Union invite such a controversial speaker to their event today?"

Though Greta's question was never answered, Fox viewers learned the fiery Wright had savaged Obama in his speech. According to Fox reporter Griff Jenkins, Wright jabbed Obama saying, ''King said, 'I have a dream.' Barack said, 'I have a drone.'" That was the story Fox spotlighted; however there was another with racist undertones that they skipped.

The more significant story may be the way Wright brutalized Obama's carefully constructed image, the parallel of he and Abraham Lincoln. The peripheral slap at Obama that has garnered little attention was reported by the Sun-Times. Wright remarked, “Abraham Lincoln liked to tell darkie jokes. He liked to hear darkie jokes and he used the N-word incessantly.”

That remark begged the question: Obama is no Lincoln, and why would he want to be? The most spectacular Lincoln and Obama parallel in memory was the inaugural train ride which delivered Obama to Washington from a whistle-stop train trip along a mid-Atlantic seaboard that tracked Abraham Lincoln's historic route. No one was surprised when Obama also quoted Honest Abe in his inauguration speech. It was an event that brought throngs of supporters to tears.

Since then, Obama has become known for pushing the parallels between himself and Lincoln. In his 2012 State of the Union address, Obama shared, “I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: That government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more.” Also in 2012, in his Democrat convention speech, Obama said, “I’m far more mindful of my own failings, knowing exactly what Lincoln meant when he said, ‘I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.”

In his most recent Obama diatribe, Wright also described a president who set aside every Tuesday to look at a presidential "kill list" in order to choose his target of destruction, who he was going to kill. From a gathering of 200 and 300 folks made up of local teachers and pastors in Chicago, Wright's damning words have attracted national attention. Responses weren't long coming.

A few responses include:

  • The Sun-Times spoke with CTU President Karen Lewis who defended Wright, saying, "The issue is, how do we put those things in context so we can get to the point where we can have a world that’s healed and perfected, where we don’t have war?”
  • Fox correspondent, former Congressman Allen West mused, "President Obama last week had to deal with the excerpts from his former Secretary of Defense Gates' book and now he has to deal with these comments being made by Reverend Wright,"
  • Over on Huffington Post, the Wright diatribe was described as "perhaps his harshest criticism of the president yet."
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