In his first major public address since a cancer crisis, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said Sunday that presidential candidate Barack Obama is the "hope of the entire world" that the U.S. will change for the better.Gee, he used to think Mao was the hope of the entire world.
Farrakhan compared Obama to the [Nation of Islam's] founder, Fard Muhammad, who also had a white mother and black father.(via Belmont Club)
"A black man with a white mother became a savior to us," he told the crowd of mostly followers. "A black man with a white mother could turn out to be one who can lift America from her fall."
Update: Chicago Tribune:
Although Farrakhan's praise for Obama may generate increased support from the black community, the Obama campaign's response was cool.Cool.
"Senator Obama has been clear in his objections to Minister Farrakhan's past pronouncements and has not solicited the minister's support," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.