RUSH: Lots to do on the busy broadcast today. We find out that census records and genealogical records indicate there’s a history of slavery in Obama’s family, on his mother’s side. It’s in the Chicago Tribune. Forebears, relatives of Obama’s mother had slaves, and it’s in the Chicago Tribune. ?Many people know that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas. But an intriguing sliver of his family history has received almost no attention until now: It appears that forebears of his white mother owned slaves, according to genealogical research and census records. The records, which had never been addressed publicly by the Illinois senator or his relatives, were first noted in an ancestry report compiled by William Addams Reitwiesner, who works at the Library of Congress and practices genealogy in his spare time.? That would mean it’s his hobby, for those of you in Rio Linda.
?The report, on Reitwiesner’s Web site, carries a disclaimer that it is a ‘first draft’ –one likely to be examined more closely if Obama is nominated.? Not only that, we also have found out that, ?Reitwiesner’s research identifies two other presidential candidates, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), as descendants of slave owners. Three of McCain’s great-great-grandfathers in Mississippi owned slaves, including one who owned 52 in 1860. Two ancestors of Edwards owned one slave each in Georgia in 1860,” and now we know that Al Sharpton’s relatives were owned by relatives of Strom Thurmond’s family out there. So I guess we could say that since the forebears of Obama?s mother had slaves, could we not say that if Obama wins the Democratic nomination and then wins the presidency, he will own Al Sharpton?
RUSH: The real question is, when we end up having to pay reparations for slavery, where’s the money for Obama’s family going to go — to him? There’s a big march in Selma, Alabama, coming up. As you know, as I have mentioned to you, Hillary is losing (in polling data, at least) significant portions of the black vote to Barack Obama. So it turns out now that Bill Clinton has rushed in to save Hillary with black voters. ?Bill Clinton will join Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at a commemoration of the 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Ala., on Sunday, bringing his star power and popularity among African Americans to a weekend of events that had been shaping up as a showcase for the candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama. It will be the former president’s first major public appearance with his wife since she launched her campaign. ? Late yesterday, after organizers initially said that the former president would not attend, the Clinton campaign announced that he would be making the trip after all. ? Artur Davis (D-Ala.), who has endorsed Obama and whose district includes Selma, said, ?I think the Clinton camp is sending a signal they will aggressively contest Barack Obama for the African-American vote.??
Well, whoa, whoa, whoa! What do you mean contest Obama for the African-American vote? It used to be hers. What is this contest business? ?How the joint Clinton trip came about was a subject of some debate: The senator’s advisers dismissed the suggestion that the former president was rushing in at the last minute to help his wife’s standing among black voters. But they admitted that the decision was made yesterday, more than a week after Hillary Clinton made her plans to go to Selma.? So it will be pandering on parade. Representatives of a party that has done more to destroy the black family and break up whatever economic opportunities minorities in this country have had, are going to go pander to these people as though they are their savior and their last hope — which is a crock. Now it looks like Hillary needs Bill to save the day down there because Barack, despite the slave ownership in his mother’s history, is looking strong. I guess he’s getting blacker out there because we had a bunch of stories last week that he’s not black enough. Obviously something has changed out there because he’s being perceived as being blacker by enough African-American voters.