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Obama Invites Anti-Cop Rapper to White House

Obama Invites Anti-Cop Rapper to White House

US First Lady Michelle Obama walks down Cross Hall as she arrives to host a Mother's Day event for military connected mothers, grandmothers, and spouses in the White House in Washington, DC, May 6, 2011.

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May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., more commonly known as the rapper “Common”, was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama among other poets to celebrate American poetry and prose on Wednesday, May 11, thedailycaller.com reports.

Lynn’s divisive lyrics about gun violence, shooting police, and even for burning the president (who at the time was George W. Bush), make him a controversial choice for the White House. “Burn a Bush cos for peace he no push no button,” he raps on a YouTube video with more than 800,000 views.

He is also a known supporter of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, according to the examiner.com. Abu-Jamal was a member of the Black Panther Party, and was sentenced in 1981 for killing a Philadelphia police officer.

Coincidentally, President Obama and the rapper/poet Lynn are members of Trinity United Church of Christ, reports the New Hampshire Journal. Additionally, Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 came under fire when the church’s Reverend Jeremiah Wright made several charged sermons in support of Obama.

“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.” – New Hampshire Journal

At the time, Obama defended and then rejected Wright, whereas Lynn came to the reverend’s defense.

Lynn also named his daughter after Assata Shakur, another Black Panther party member. In 1977, Shakur was found guilty of first-degree murder and fled to Cuba after escaping prison, reports the New Hampshire Journal.

At the White House event, Lynn and other artists will participate in an afternoon workshop educating children.

The AP reports that other artists invited to attend are Elizabeth Alexander, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, Aimee Mann, and Jill Scott.


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    APEXPROUD

    about 3 years ago

    4396 Comments

    BUMP ROBOCOP33 !!!!

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    LAWMANTUKES

    about 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    As I so passionately posted my distaste and disapproval of this invite by the POTUS in a related article, I also see a need to express my OUTRAGE..!!!!!once again. I was just reading related news articles related to the origin and history of "Police Week" and all that it stands for. And throughout all of it’s' history, there has been a monumental show of support and respect for the occasion. Never before has this Sacred and Solemn period of time, been so insulted with extreme contrast. Especially from the very Office that it was created. President Kennedy's intentions will forever be noted and held in the highest regard in my book. And unfortunately, I can't say the same for this POTUS.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    about 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    Very Well Said Robocop33,

    I couldn't agree more.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    about 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    EXTREMELY HUGE BUMP..!!!!!..mlmarino

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    mlmarino

    about 3 years ago

    48 Comments

    Supporter of Jeremiah Wright, supporter of Abu-Jamal who killed a philly police officer, names his daughter after Assata Shakur a convicted murderer who escaped prison and fled to Cuba, lyrics in his songs threatened the former president of the U S A, and shooting police................

    Invited to the White House, which is, by the way owned by the Taxpayers, to help EDUCATE, "Children".........

    Priceless.............. This Country wanted Change, they certainly have gotten it!!!

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Disgraceful decision to say the least.

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    AKangel

    about 3 years ago

    4972 Comments

    rsccont what the?

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    AKangel

    about 3 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Bump Robocop33

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    Robocop33

    about 3 years ago

    14618 Comments

    What did I just post? Within the day we have a couple of more childish posts, "well Bush did this, and Bush did that, and the Republicians did such and such". What utter nonsense! We are talking about this Garbage that goes by the name Common who was invited to OUR Whit House by the CURRENT President. This person, who because of his background, should not even be allowed on the grounds of the WH. The President is supposed to represent the people of the USA and by inviting this POS into the WH gives props to him from the people and that simply is not the case from the vast majority who do not think that you should honor a cop-killer and the killing of Police Officers in songs!

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    chiefkcr

    about 3 years ago

    3614 Comments

    Bumb Mongo1

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    Mongo1

    about 3 years ago

    346 Comments

    Cop Killer Rap at the White hOUSE AND Attorney General Holder going after Sheriff's on the Border. Yes it is that Crazy and we have to stop this through CHANGE. These folks are nuts with power.

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    woodard_1cor15_57

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    You got to be kidding me!

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    LAWMANTUKES

    about 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    HUGE BUMP..!!! Robocop33

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    batman2944

    about 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    I'm not getting into this "Common at the Whitehouse" debate. I do not agree with the President on all of his policies but I voted for him. The main reason I did not vote for John McCain was....SARAH PALIN! I'll have to agree with Robo tho....I don't know much about him, but Herman Cain seems pretty sharp. And honestly, I think he may be the only potential candidate (maybe Rick Perry) that could seriously challenge President Obama in 2012. My two....

    "Train for the Fight"

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    shield20

    about 3 years ago

    82 Comments

    Great message being sent by Obama. Unfortunate for our great Nation that individuals like this have had the opportunity to grace the White House. Our Founding Fathers would be mortified.

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