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MINISTER BROTHER LOUIS FARRAKHAN SPEAKS ON OBAMA,CLINTON ,FROM THE FINAL CALL NEWSPAPER,FEB. 24,2008 SAVIOUR’S DAY PROGRAMME,IN CHICAGO AND BROTHER FARRAKHAN’S RESPONSE TO THE “WHITEMAIL” AGAINST OBAMA ON FEB. 28,2008

February 29, 2008

from finalcall.com

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Farrakhan speaks on Obama, Clinton
By FinalCall.com News
Updated Feb 24, 2008, 11:33 pm Email this article
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Saviours’ Day 2008 (Official Website)

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan addresses Chicago audience on Feb. 24, 2008.
Chicago, IL (FinalCall.com) February 24, 2008 — The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speaking today in his annual Nation of Islam Saviours’ Day address commented extensively on the U.S. presidential race, which included remarks specifically concerning the candidacy of Democratic hopeful Sen. Barack Obama. Min. Farrakhan spoke to an estimated 20,000 people at McCormick Place Convention Center.

Although the Minister did speak complimentary of Sen. Obama, he said he would not tell any one of his followers how to cast their vote, but he did say they should vote “their own self-interest.”

Min. Farrakhan went on to say that the litmus test concerning himself given to Sen. Obama should also be given to Sen. Hillary Clinton and other presidential candidates.

The Minister said he did not want the “mischief makers” to use his words to try to hurt Mr. Obama or himself.

Min. Farrakhan is expected to accept invitations that he has received to talk to certain members of the press in the near future.

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AFTER OBAMA WAS FORCED TO “DENOUNCE” FARRAKHAN ON THE DEBATES FARRAKHAN ISSUED THIS STATEMENT,GRACIOUSLY!
Farrakhan: ‘Mischief making’ should not dampen support for Obama
By FinalCall.com News
Updated Feb 28, 2008, 11:18 am

(FinalCall.com) – In response to outrage expressed by many, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan issued the following statement regarding remarks made by Sen. Barack Obama during Tuesday’s presidential debate. Mr. Tim Russert questioned Sen. Obama regarding Min. Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day address and his complimentary remarks concerning the Obama campaign.

“Those who have been supporting Sen. Barack Obama should not allow what was said during the Feb. 26 presidential debate to lessen their support for his campaign. This is simply mischief making intended to hurt Mr. Obama politically.”

(MAY WE ADD THAT WHITE PEOPLE FORCE OUR LEADERS TO “DENOUNCE” FARRAKHAN ON A REGULAR BASIS BY THREATING THEM SO GOES amerikkka! WE FORGIVE OBAMA FOR WHAT HE WAS FORCED TO DO BECAUSE WE KNOW WHO FORCED HIM TO DO IT-WHITEMAIL,WE CALL IT!)
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NOW HERE IS THE WHITE VIEW ON WHAT HAPPEN IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE:

Louis Farrakhan backs Obama for president at Nation of Islam convention in Chicago
Senator has criticized him, says support not sought
By Margaret Ramirez | Tribune reporter
February 25, 2008
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Digg Del.icio.us Facebook Fark Google Newsvine Reddit Yahoo Print Reprints Post comment Text size: Speaking to thousands of members of the Nation of Islam at their annual convention Sunday in Chicago, Minister Louis Farrakhan praised presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama as the only hope for healing the nation’s racial divisions.

Farrakhan, 74, the longtime leader of the Nation of Islam, said the war in Iraq, the nation’s faltering economy and the increased number of natural disasters were signs of “a nation in peril.” He said those problems provide the broader context for Obama’s rise.

“We are witnessing the phenomenal rise of a man of color in a country that has persecuted us because of our color,” Farrakhan told the crowd of nearly 20,000 gathered at McCormick Place.

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“If you look at Barack Obama’s [diverse] audiences and look at the effect of his words, those people are being transformed from what they were,” he said. “This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better.”

Although Farrakhan’s praise for Obama may generate increased support from the black community, the Obama campaign’s response was cool.

“Senator Obama has been clear in his objections to Minister Farrakhan’s past pronouncements and has not solicited the minister’s support,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.

Farrakhan’s two-hour speech, titled “The Gods At War — The Future is All About Y.O.U.th,” closed the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day Convention, which commemorates the birth of the movement’s founder, Wallace D. Fard Muhammad.

In his opening remarks, Farrakhan commented on his unexpected return to the public stage. Last February, the controversial leader said his Saviours’ Day speech in Detroit would likely be his last public address.

Speculation also arose about a potential successor to Farrakhan after he handed leadership of the Nation of Islam over to an executive board and underwent surgery for complications due to his treatment for prostate cancer.

On Sunday, Farrakhan said he was thankful that God had granted him another year. He said he had spent most of the last year working internally within the Nation of Islam to put the movement on “the best road possible” to the future.

“I’m still here. I’m alive. My mind is very sharp,” he said.

In the past, Farrakhan has sparked outrage for his controversial comments, which include anti-Semitic statements. But in recent years, most significantly after his battle with prostate cancer in the 1990s, he has tried to strike a more conciliatory tone. His popularity among young black Americans grew significantly after the 1995 Million Man March.

Farrakhan said he refused to be a stumbling block to Obama’s success.

“Why do you hate him so that you want to make me a stumbling block?” Farrakhan asked. “I want to see that brother successful and I don’t want them to use me or that Nation of Islam.”

After Farrakhan’s speech, some Nation of Islam members such as Jabari Muhammad, said Farrakhan’s comments had changed their opinions of Obama.

Muhammad, who traveled from New Orleans for the convention, said he had become disenchanted with politics, until he heard Farrakhan’s message.

“I was never political because I felt like nothing changes,” he said. “But, after all that Minister Farrakhan said, I’m going to look at Obama a little closer and see what he’s about.”

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