Wednesday, May 11, 2011

(C)Rapper Common Missing From Afternoon Poetry Session At White House UPDATE: Appears At Evening Ceremony

Among those artists at the afternoon poetry session at the White House, Common, the cop-killing supporter, opponent of interracial marriage (c)rapper, was not there (Daily Caller).

White House officials have sidelined a rapper who glibly validated threats and violence against police, and quietly dropped him from the afternoon session of today’s poetry event at the White House.
First lady Michelle Obama welcomed the invited poets to the event, but notably did not mention the controversial rapper, whose stage-name is Common. “Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Kenny Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, and Aimee Mann, let’s give them a round of applause,” Ms. Obama said. “We’ll get to hear from these folks,” she added.
The first lady’s office declined to comment on whether Common will play a role in the event’s evening session.
Earlier in the day, Regime Propaganda Minister Jay Carney defended the (c)rapper, claiming press coverage had been "distorted" and that he was a "socially conscious" hip-hop "artist."

Jake Tapper at ABC writes about the press briefing:
“The president does not support and opposes the kind of lyrics that has been written about,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said when American Urban Radio’s April Ryan asked him about the controversy.

Carney said the president has “in the past spoken very forcefully out against violent and misogynistic lyrics.”

Referring to “concerns by some law enforcement,” Carney said that “the president’s record of support for law enforcement is extremely strong.”
Oh yeah, the President really showed his support for law enforcement here:

But he'll attack conservatives who want border security as wanting to "build a moat" with alligators around the border, and have his transcribers call them racists.

Dana Loesch said it best on this Twitter post:

For the White House to defend the (c)rapper, then silent dis invite him to the afternoon session he was supposed to appear at...well...that's acting cowardly.

The New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Union isn't happy about the White House invite to Common.  The (c)rapper wrote an ode to Assata Shakur, who is currently living in exile in Cuba for killing a New Jersey police officer in 1973.

UPDATE: Common appeared at the White House tonight, according to the Daily Caller:

Common was introduced at the evening session without any reference to the conservatives’ derision of his poetry or to some police advocates’ dismay at his poetic validation of cop-killers. “Thanks very much, I appreciate being here,” Common said, according to a CBS news report.

He repaid the first couple for sticking with him by declaiming three times the line “One King’s Dream, He was able to Barack us,” according to the CBS report.

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