*Speaking to a crowd of 20,000 at the annual Saviours’ Day event in Chicago, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, boasting his divine stature, on Sunday predicted trouble ahead for President Barack Obama and urged him to do more to improve the lives of blacks and the downtrodden.
“The word ‘prophet’ is too cheap a word. I am a light in the midst of darkness,” Farrakhan said at the annual convention of the movement that embraces black nationalism. “It ain’t ego, it’s my love for you.”
The 76-year-old leader said the “white right” was conspiring to make Obama a one-term president, and pointed to his stalled efforts to introduce health care legislation as proof. He said those opponents and lobbyists were trapping him into a future war with Iran that could lead to mass destruction
Also referring to a Southern Baptist preacher’s recent prayer that the president die, Farrakhan said:
“There are Christians praying for God to kill Obama. The white right is trying to set Barack up to be assassinated.”
Obama distanced himself from Farrakhan before the presidential election because of Farrakhan’s long history of anti-Semitic remarks.
Farrakhan said Obama’s current political difficulties began when he stood up to the Jewish lobby during an Oval Office meeting.
“When they left the White House, his problems began,” Farrakhan said. “The Zionists are in control of the Congress.”
Referring to Obama’s chief economic advisers Timothy Geithner, Henry Paulson and Larry Summers, Farrakhan said, “Who does he have around him? The people from Goldman Sachs.”
The “bloodsuckers of the poor” were rewarded with a bailout, he said. He also addressed the president directly:
“Your people are suffering. You can’t ease their plight, but you can use your bully pulpit. Speak for the poor. Speak for the weak.”
And to probably no one’s surprise, the minister incorporated this weekend’s earthquake in Chile in his speech. He told the audience that America will face its own imminent disaster and must prepare.
“It’s not an accident that a great earthquake took place in Chile,” Farrakhan, 76, said an hour into his three-hour address. “It (precipitated) what I have to tell you today of what’s coming to America. You will not escape.”