Racially charged comments made by the Rev. Dr. James Lowery at a “get out the vote” event in Forsyth, Ga., on behalf of the president are making the rounds on Twitter today. According to the Monroe County Reporter, Lowery, who delivered the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony in 2009, told an audience of voters that level of “hatred and bitterness” coming out of the election had him returning to his views as a young militant that all white people are going to hell.
The Reporter also quoted Lowery as saying, “I don’t know what kind of a n—– wouldn’t vote with a black man running. All that he did with the stimulus was genius. Nobody intelligent would risk this country with Romney.” Contacted by the Daily Caller for comment, Lowery said the line about white people going to hell was clearly a joke, and he didn’t remember making the second statement.
Opinion on Twitter is split between whether Lowery’s comments represent the “new tone” in Washington or the “post-racial” America of the Obama administration.
Reverend who gave O’s inaugural prayer thinks all white people are going to Hell-that doesn’t seem very “post” racial! dailycaller.com/2012/10/31/the…
— Alan D Reitz (@argasdoc) November 1, 2012
Post racial America: Pastor who prayed at Obama’s inauguration says all white people will go to hell bit.ly/Q7eaO4#.UJHTis…
— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) November 1, 2012
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) November 1, 2012
Nice, some healthy ideas here > m.washingtonexaminer.com/Nicepastor-who…
— Bell (@CoolPapa68) November 1, 2012
— William Skaggs (@wfskaggs) November 1, 2012
So according to this “Christian pastor”, the President’s Mom will go to Hell because she’s white.What a nice guy! fb.me/1JzYtLhWC
— Dale Coparanis (@DaleCop) November 1, 2012
Funny how Obama keeps finding racist preachersdailycaller.com/2012/10/31/the…
— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) October 31, 2012
— Prudence Paine (@PruPaine) November 1, 2012
@mathiasian Got news for that Pastor, 4 years of Obama has been hell…
— Conservative (@LiterallyFedUp) November 1, 2012
The comments raise questions not only about the spiritual company the president keeps, but also about the souls of mixed-race individuals.
— Seth (@dcseth) November 1, 2012
— Erik Rush (@erikrush) November 1, 2012