The hip-hop performer and mainstream movie actor with a longtime reputation for his star power and socially conscious lyrics will be among a number of artists appearing with first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday at a White House event honoring poetry. Conservatives including Karl Rove, Sean Hannity and Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are lambasting the invitation based on Common's 2007 performance on HBO's "Def Poetry," which is now posted on YouTube.
In "Letter to the Law," Common rapped about government corruption and police abuse in the inner city. He also criticized President George W. Bush's involvement in Iraq. "Burn a Bush 'cos for peace he no push no button," the artist said. "Killing over oil and grease/ no weapons of destruction."
Palin was the first to bring the clip national attention when she sent a Twitter message linking to a story about the poetry in the right-leaning website The Daily Caller. "Oh lovely, White House," Palin said.
By Tuesday night, Rove, Bush's top adviser turned Fox News commentator, was on the record calling Common "a thug." Hannity used his Fox program to accuse Common of previous drug use and promiscuity. Common has appeared in films such as "Terminator Salvation," "Date Night" and, most recently, "Just Wright" with Queen Latifah. He also starred in a Gap ad, "Peace, Love, the Gap."
She'll be by husband New Gingrich's side Wednesday when he's expected to launch his campaign for the White House. And, like Newt Gingrich's previous two wives, Callista Gingrich will have an integral role in his political persona.
According to a New York Times profile earlier this week, the 45-year-old met her husband when she was a Hill staffer and he was married to wife No. 2, Marianne Gingrich. Newt and Callista Gingrich carried on a secret affair for six years and married 11 years ago. "Depending on one's point of view," the Times article said, "she is a reminder of his complicated past, or his secret political weapon."
European Union officials have identified the youngest brother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as the "principal overseer" of attacks that have left an estimated 600 Syrians dead and thousands more imprisoned. Maher al-Assad, 43, is military commander the Syrian army's elite Republican Guard, reports Al Arabiya.
His assets in the West have now been frozen because of EU sanctions. President al-Assad has not been implicated, and he has previously said thugs were behind the violence.
REPUBLICANS PICK ONE SONG OUT OF A 15+ YEAR CATALOG OF UPLIFTING MUSIC TO VILIFY A RAPPER WHO IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WHITE FOLKS HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR SINCE THE EASY E DAYS.... I BELIEVE YOU'RE ALL RACISTS NOW AND THAT OUR GOVERMENT IS FULL OF IDIOTS. COMMON, A THUG? WHY DID NO ONE SAY ALL OF THIS WHEN JAY-Z AND BEYONCE WENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE????????
So obviously none of the Republican party memebers remember when George Bush Sr. invited N.W.A. to the White House for dinner back in the early 90's?? Were talking about Eazy E, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and Dj Yella lol You gotta be kidding me if you think Common is a worse person or have more explicit lyrics than NWA get the F outta here lol lol Republicans were the first to invite rappers to the White House not Dems.
Come On !!!! Common, a thug? It's pure and simple if you have a problem with Common, you have a problems with Black People period...Enough Said !!!
No I just have problems with Common.
Leave it to CNN to not mention this POS common's song praising the convicted cop killer in Cuba. Bad judgement mrs uppity 'flotus'
If I hate rap I hate black people? If I hate classical music I must hate white people in white wigs! So the comment linking dislike of music to race is just a retarded comment coming from a retarded person who has a stunted intellect. AKA scar head from the removal of your frontal lobe BEEATCH!
Just look in the mirror and say I hate myself and take your gun in stick in your mouth and pull the trigger. I think you'll do all of us a favor.
Calista had better stand close to her man. He made it clear that the harder he works, the more he likes to have affairs. I am not sure why she allowed hiim to run since that will force them to shut down the Americans for Progress political web site and programs. Reports were that it takes in about $16 million in donations each year of which $12 million goes to management and maintenance of the web site which are done by....Calista!! What is she going to do for money now?