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Rapper’s Appearance At White House Stirs Controversy

May 16, 2011 by  

Rapper's appearance at White House stirs controversyFirst Lady Michelle Obama has received sharp criticism from several conservative figures regarding her decision to invite popular rapper Common to a poetry event at the White House.

Common, whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., addressed a group of students at the White House on May 11. The decision to invite him to a government-sponsored event has been questioned following The Daily Caller’s posting of his lyrics from a 2007 song, in which he calls on Americans to “burn a Bush.”

The lyrics are in reference to former President George W. Bush, of whom Common was an outspoken critic.

Furthermore, Common has defended retired pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who was at the center of some controversy during President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. Wright, Obama’s former pastor, was shown in videos spewing anti-American and racist comments, prompting the President to distance himself from the clergyman.

In 2008, Common defended Wright by claiming that the pastor “never really was against white people or another race,” according to FOX News.

In response to Common’s appearance at a children’s event, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin sarcastically tweeted, “Oh lovely, White House.”

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