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[Update 2] White Hot Rumor: “Michelle Obama Railing Against Whitey” [Part 2]

June 4, 2008

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The latest on the “Michelle Obama Whitey rant rumor”

What’s on the Michelle Obama Rant Tape? – HillBuzz

Here’s what’s known so far:

The Michelle Obama Rant Tape was filmed between June 26th – July 1st 2004 in Chicago, IL at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference at Trinity United Church: specifically the Women’s Event.

Michelle Obama appeared as a panelist alongside Mrs. Khadijah Farrakhan and Mrs. James Meeks.

Michelle Obama spoke at the Women’s Event, but referenced Bill Clinton in her rant — his presence at the conference was the impetus for her raving, it seems.

For about 30 minutes, Michelle Obama launched into a rant about the evils of America, and how America is to blame for the problems of Africa. Michelle personally blamed President Clinton for the deaths of millions of Africans and said America is responsible for the genocide of the Tutsis and other ethnic groups. She then launched into an attack on “whitey”, and talked about solutions to black on black crime in the realm of diverting those actions onto white America. Her rant was fueled by the crowd: they reacted strongly to what she said, so she got more passionate and enraged, and that’s when she completely loses it and says things that have made the mouths drop of everyone who’s seen this.[…]

Michelle did not speak at TUCC. According to the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s archived web page she attended the “Womens Luncheon” held at the Sheraton Ballroom. This is not to say she did not go off on a rant. As rumor has it. And is yet to be determined. The location is only different as reported that’s all.

Rainbow/PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund Annual Conference
Schedule of Events*
Monday, June 28, 2004


Also as you can see by this screen shot, Mrs. Khadijah Farrakhan and Mrs. James Meeks were not mentioned as guests or as MC’s. & Rev Jesse Jackson is the only listed Keynote Speaker.

I am really beginning to doubt this “rumor” more and more.

Although at the time Michelle Obama posed for this photo for Jet Magazine.
Others standing in for the photo included “Mrs. Jamell Meeks & Mother Khadijah Farrakhan as mentioned above, who also attended the “Women’s Luncheon”. No big surprise.
CAPTION: Picture 11, Rev. Willie T. Barrow, chairman emerita, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, enjoys the Women’s Luncheon with Michelle Obama, wife of U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois and executive director of community affairs, University of Chicago Hospital, Shoshana Johnson, the nation’s first Black female POW and former Iraqi captive, and Mrs. Jamell Meeks, wife of the Rev. James Meeks, vice president, Rainbow/PUSH, and Rev. Dr. Barbara King, Mother Khadijah Farrakhan, wife of Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, and Judge Arnette Hubbard.

Jim Geraghty shares my skepticism.
A Brief History of Long-Rumored, Never-Appearing Scandals – the campaign spot
Worth considering.

In all honesty I must admit if the “tape” exists it would thrill me to no end.
But for now I along with everyone else will continue to play the waiting game.

Wow! Joseph at Cannonfire has been doing his homework!

karenjordan_wls_bio_.jpgHer name is Karen Jordan, and she is a weekend news anchor for ABC News in Chicago. She co-chaired the Woman’s Conference connected with the Rainbow/PUSH event in June of 2004.

She was there. She heard Michelle Obama speak. She can confirm whether the woman who would be First Lady used the word “Whitey,” or if she said something else intemperate.

ABC News anchors Cheryl Burton and Karen Jordan co-chaired the meeting. It thus stands to reason that ABC News taped the event.

UPDATE 2: Cheryl Burton is, or at least was until recently, a member of Trinity United. (Thanks to a reader for providing the link.) However, I am sure that she is a journalist of integrity, and that she is loyal to both the truth and her employer.

Update 2:

Has the “fat lady sung her tune”?
Here is a good rundown on the whole controversial rumored “MO whitey rant”
Everything’s Gonna Be All White – Reason Hit and Run

In his peddling of this story, Johnson has altered his description of what was in the tape. I e-mailed Johnson, asked about the holes in the HillBuzz story, and called him a liar. He e-mailed me back.

“You and Reason in the same sentence? Now that’s funny. I don’t recall soliciting an email from you so fuck off.”

Until he comes out with a video tape that shows at least one of the many rumored “Michelle speeches,” I think that’s the last we need to hear from Larry Johnson.


Meanwhile Larry Johnson continues to stick to his guns…

I apologize for any confusion generated from our effort to get on top of this. We made the mistake of putting up the claims from Hillbuzz, but have no way of verifying Hillbuzz’s claim that it is a recording that features Michelle Obama with the wife of Louis Farrakhan. That is not what the sources who have seen the “tape” have reported to me.

The sources who have seen the tape report that Michelle says disparaging things about “whites” and that Louis Farrakhan is visible. There is no identifying information on the segment they have seen to identify the location or time when this was recorded.

Let me conclude with this–I think there is at least one tape/recording that will be released sometime after the August convention and is likely to be very damaging to the Barack Obama presidential campaign. While I hope that Super Delegates wake up and realize that Hillary is their best shot for victory in the fall, I realize I am swimming upstream. So word to Barrack and team–the tape is coming at some point and you folks better be ready to deal with it because, unlike the situations with Jeremiah Wright and Michael Pfleger, you cannot divorce your wife in the middle of a campaign.

Emphasis mine. – VH

This entire debacle has become quite tiresome. Larry should hang tight and update his blog when and if the tape surfaces. Until then he is only fanning flames of what is just a rumor. Where there is smoke, there is fire. So far the only appearance of smoke on the horizon, is Larry Johnson blowing smoke.

Plus…if this rumor proves false, it will be harder to go after Michelle in later days. She’ll slip up she can not help herself. 😉 Honestly from what is already out there regarding Barack and Michelle should be enough to ascertain neither deserve a place in the White House.

But that is just me…

Oh and Michelle. lol

Simple: Larry Johnson, the main source of the rumors, is not, not, not to be trusted.

All sorts of buffoons are hyping the story, the effect of which will be to undermine all legitimate criticism of Michelle Obama.

Then there is this nugget.

Who is Pastor Mannings, and what does he have on Obama?
– Stop The ACLU

Pastor Manning specifically states he has evidence of serious lack of moral fiber on Obama. He has mulled over the pleas of Hillary supporters to release this evidence prior to Denver, but Pastor Mannings has his own alternative in mind… and that is to have Hillary run Independent. To release it to Hillary as a DNC candidate equates to rewarding the DNC, whom he calls “Constitutional criminals”.

Hmm… One thing is obvious. There is an abundance of those opposed to Obama. He has not pulled the rug over everyone’s eyes. Thank God.

Stay Tuned [Updated w/ Beckel “shoe drop” video]
White Hot Rumor: Michelle Obama Railing Against “Whitey” at TUCC

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Jesse Jackson’s British Muslim Initiative

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  1. June 4, 2008 2:44 pm

    If Hillbuzz is correct (as I believe it is) in identifying the “Whitey” event as the June 28, 2004 Rainbow/PUSH conference Women’s luncheon, then we have eyewitnesses. An eyewitness can be as good as a tape.

    You’ve never actually seen a video of Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg address, but you know how it opens, right?

    The 2004 event was hosted by ABC News Anchors Cheryl Burton and Karen Jordan.

    It thus stands to reason that ABC cameras covered the event.

    I have called Burton and Jordan repeatedly all day. So have others. They refuse to respond to inquiries on this issue, and now the switchboard won’t put me through to their answering machines.

    When Roger Stone spoke on Fox News, he said that a “TV network” had the video. Immediately after, a rumor swept the right-wing blogs that the network was ABC.

    The coincidences are piling up.

    If Michelle said nothing incendiary, then why won’t the eyewitnesses testify to that effect?


  2. DeeDee permalink
    June 5, 2008 12:26 am

    Bring tape out into the media. Dont wait until is too late

  3. June 5, 2008 7:35 am

    Michelle Obama – she has a rare quality. So rare I can’t name it. But I know it when I see it. It’s a mixture of privileged upbringing, contempt for others, and an exaggerated sense of self. And she’s got some sort of passive-aggressive thing going on for her, too. Probably she could benefit – or maybe we could benefit – from having herself committed to an institution for treatment of paranoid sociopathic tendencies.

    Michelle Obama’s racism is documented. Her Princeton “thesis” is just one example of it.

    One more point. The 6/28/04 luncheon had one other guest besides Obama – it was Shoshana Johnson. What was that about? Shoshana Johnson was one of the US Army troops who were in the convoy that accidentally went into an unsecured Iraqi city. She was one of the captured US troops that was interviewed on videotape after the capture. Her Iraqi guards gave her special treatment because she was black. What could Ms. Johnson possibly have to say about White racism? What authority does she have?

    Lyn’s last blog post..Tony Rezko Found Guilty; Barack Obama and Michelle Obama Need Their Day in Court, Too.

  4. June 8, 2008 9:14 am


    – VH

  5. Mary Ann Nelson permalink
    June 12, 2008 2:53 am

    Michelle Obama is just as dishonest as her husband Obama. I never heard her say she broke out of memb ership in the Trinity Church. or condemn the preacher . Allhis friends are non Americans. Whats wrong with the people all voting him? You think the economy is bad now watch what he will do to it.

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