At a news conference yesterday, Barack Obama defended his decision to bring White Supremacist David Duke to invoke his presidency at the Inauguration. David Duke opposed the election of this Black man as president because “Obama is not a person who would defend the rights and heritage of the European-American people.” Regardless, Barack Obama reasserted that David Duke is an appropriate choice to deliver God’s blessing upon his presidency, noting:
That dialogue, uh, is part of what my campaign’s been all about. That we’re not going to agree on every single issue, but what we have to do is create an atmosphere when we, where we can disagree without being disagreeable, and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans. So, uh, David Duke has been invited to speak.
[Update with Correction: It has been brought to my attention that the information reported above is not entirely correct. Barack Obama has not invited David Duke to deliver the official invocation of God’s blessing at the Inauguration. The name of the individual he has invited to deliver the official invocation the Inauguration is Rick Warren, who organizes against equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans, equates women on birth control pills with Nazis, and says a person should have to believe in God to be president. I sincerely regret this error.]