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Grandson of slaves: Obama is our Moses
CNN ^ | January 12, 2009 | Wayne Drash

Posted on 01/12/2009 12:17:41 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

Editor's note: The n-word appears in this piece because CNN feels the context in which it is used is pertinent to the story of James "Little Man" Presley.

SLEDGE, Mississippi (CNN) -- James Presley stands amid chopped cotton, the thick Mississippi mud caked on his well-worn boots. A smile spreads across his face when he talks about voting for Barack Obama and what that might mean for generations to come. His voice picks up a notch. He holds his head up a bit higher.

"There's a heap of pride in voting for a black man," he says.

At 78, Presley is a legend of the past living in the present and now hopeful for the future. A grandson of slaves, he's one of the few men left in America so closely tied to his slave past, still farming cotton on the same land as his ancestors. He's picked cotton since he was just 6 years old.

He and his wife of 57 years, Eva May, raised 13 children and six grandchildren in a cypress-sided house in the middle of cotton fields in northwestern Mississippi. He was a sharecropper most his life, but rarely qualified for food stamps.

--snip--

He's lived a raw-knuckled life where hope moved at a molasses-slow pace. The last time he had hope for a better future was four decades ago -- first with President John F. Kennedy and then with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Obama has changed everything to the poor in these parts.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho2008; blackpresident; blackvote; moses; obama
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1 posted on 01/12/2009 12:17:42 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

From Messiah to Moses...hmm.. he got a demotion..........


2 posted on 01/12/2009 12:20:16 PM PST by Red Badger (I was sad because I had no shoes to throw, until I met a reporter who had no feet.....)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“There’s a heap of pride in voting for a black man,”

Racist old fart.


3 posted on 01/12/2009 12:20:56 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

What a demotion! I thought Obama was the Messiah!


4 posted on 01/12/2009 12:21:32 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

this is so touching makes me want to cry......jk


5 posted on 01/12/2009 12:21:44 PM PST by PEACE ENFORCER (One Needs to Have the Capability of Using Deadly Force at Any Moment.....:))
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Let’s hope we only have to wander the desert for 4 years instead of 40.


6 posted on 01/12/2009 12:22:35 PM PST by Lou Budvis ("I did not have sex with that woman..." = "I did not have contact with the governor..")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"There's a heap of pride in voting for a black man," half white guy he says. there, fixed it..
7 posted on 01/12/2009 12:23:20 PM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A democrat will break your leg, then hand you a crutch and take credit for your being able to walk.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Bambi is nothing for American blacks. He’s a member of an East African Muslim slave-trading tribe that in fact probably captured and sold the West African ancestors of our former slave population.

Also, he’s not an African American himself, as that is really meant to be understood. He’s the (probably foreign-born) product of a white hippie and a foreign-born African graduate student. Hardly the stuff of which sharecroppers were made. He’s lighter than a paper bag, though, so I guess that means he’s born to rule. True Blue Vein Club material.


8 posted on 01/12/2009 12:24:15 PM PST by livius
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
At 78, Presley is a legend of the past living in the present and now hopeful for the future. A grandson of slaves, he's one of the few men left in America so closely tied to his slave past, still farming cotton on the same land as his ancestors. He's picked cotton since he was just 6 years old.

Wow, I think Obama should abolish slavery and set this old man free.

9 posted on 01/12/2009 12:25:10 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: livius

“He’s a member of an East African Muslim slave-trading tribe that in fact probably captured and sold the West African ancestors of our former slave population.”

Cannot be said enough.


10 posted on 01/12/2009 12:25:40 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag fire.)
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To: livius

“He’s a member of an East African Muslim slave-trading tribe that in fact probably captured and sold the West African ancestors of our former slave population.”

Cannot be said enough.


11 posted on 01/12/2009 12:25:43 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag fire.)
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To: Red Badger

12 posted on 01/12/2009 12:26:05 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (Ronald Reagan had a vision of America. Barack Obama has a vision of Barack Obama.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Another lamb to the slaughter


13 posted on 01/12/2009 12:26:33 PM PST by IrishPennant (Patriotism is strongest when accompanied by bad politics, loyal FRiends and great whiskey)
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To: BenLurkin
Hate to bust this guys bubble, but the fact is that Obama is a descendant of Kenyan Muslims who started the slave trade.

Most of the slaves came from central. western and southern Africa. Most of the slave traders came from northeasten Africa. You can look it up.

14 posted on 01/12/2009 12:26:41 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The sickness is getting worse.


15 posted on 01/12/2009 12:27:26 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The similarities are amazing. Queen Pelosi pulled him out of the Reids, where he was floating in his mother media’s basket of lies covered with tar to make them float. He suckled at the breast of the left, learning at their feet.

He won’t be throwing down a staff to have it turn into a snake though. In time, he will probably be revealed to be the snake.

To bad the God I serve doesn’t fit in here anywhere.


16 posted on 01/12/2009 12:27:41 PM PST by DoughtyOne (I see that Kenya's favorite son has a new weekly Saturday morning radio show.)
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To: wardaddy

The old man’s been duped. Sad really.


17 posted on 01/12/2009 12:28:51 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Grandson of slaves:
Obama is our Moses


18 posted on 01/12/2009 12:29:36 PM PST by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Pretty close, but I think he has more of a chance of being Poses than Moses.

Nice graphic.


19 posted on 01/12/2009 12:29:40 PM PST by DoughtyOne (I see that Kenya's favorite son has a new weekly Saturday morning radio show.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

McCain has more in common with American blacks that Obama does.


20 posted on 01/12/2009 12:30:35 PM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Louis Farrakhan, at the annual Saviours' Day celebration in Chicago, Feb. 25, 2008: "This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better"..."If you look at Barack Obama's audiences and look at the effect of his words, those people are being transformed."
Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23333598/

Video of Farrakhan's Obama endorsement at the above 'annual Saviours' Day celebration in Chicago, Feb. 25, 2008'. Hear him call Obama "The Messiah" And speak of "universal change":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OowxMcVTjTE

21 posted on 01/12/2009 12:32:08 PM PST by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia


22 posted on 01/12/2009 12:38:17 PM PST by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
A grandson of slaves time line dont work.

This guy is 78 born in 1930, so if his father was say 20 when he was born his father was born in 1910 and his grandfather if the father was 20 at birth of grand father was 1890, slavery was well over for 40 years.

Add 10 years all around still doesn't work.

23 posted on 01/12/2009 12:41:17 PM PST by DAVEY CROCKETT (mama, baby , obama drama to be continued...)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The last time he had hope for a better future was four decades ago -- first with President John F. Kennedy and then with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mr. Presley, I hope you know that by taking pride in 'voting for a black man' you violated every goal that MLK, Jr. had. He wanted people judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.

Shame on you, Mr. Presley.

24 posted on 01/12/2009 12:47:03 PM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’m afraid that they are going to be deeply dissappointed in his Presidency and that be electing the first being a compltely unqualifed person to assume the position that it will be a very long time until the 2nd is elected.


25 posted on 01/12/2009 12:49:36 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The n-word appears in this piece because CNN completely endorses the idea that when a black person says it, it's "cool".
26 posted on 01/12/2009 12:51:00 PM PST by 50sDad (WARNING: This thread may result in several billion posts.)
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To: chris_bdba

be=by


27 posted on 01/12/2009 12:51:47 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Come on, everyone. Let’s enjoy this moment in history without being bitter or racist.

The honeymoon will be over soon enough.


28 posted on 01/12/2009 12:56:05 PM PST by Palladin (When will Bill Ayers start bombing buildings again?)
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To: Palladin

So a black man is president. Well there goes the rationale for affirmative action. Time to repeal that nonsense.


29 posted on 01/12/2009 12:58:12 PM PST by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT
A grandson of slaves time line don't work.

Unless his grandfather was a slave in Africa where black on black slavery was practiced well into the last century (and probably still exists today).

30 posted on 01/12/2009 1:00:10 PM PST by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself)
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To: chris_bdba

That’s a joke right? It doesn’t matter how poorly he performs he will still get their votes. eg- all the failing cities and their mayors.


31 posted on 01/12/2009 1:01:33 PM PST by Augustinian monk ("Can't we try bombing them with kindness?")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The National Black Republican Association has issued a petition to Barack Hussein Obama, the leader of the Democratic Party, requesting that Obama issue a formal proclamation of apology for the Democratic Party's 150-year history of racism.

OBAMA, CAN YOU SPARE BLACKS A PROCLAMATION?

32 posted on 01/12/2009 1:03:07 PM PST by Maceman (If you're not getting a tax cut, you're getting a pay cut.)
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33 posted on 01/12/2009 1:06:50 PM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: ETL

Phoney baloney.


34 posted on 01/12/2009 1:06:58 PM PST by lonestar
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"There's a heap of pride in voting for a black man," he says.

That's racist. If these racist jackasses would just admit being racist, and quit hectoring other about supposed racism where none exists, I wouldn't really mind.

The hypocrisy, though, is nauseating.

35 posted on 01/12/2009 1:07:52 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

He worked the fields when he was 6, the age of a typical kindergartner these days. “I was making 50 cents a day, from sunup to sundown.”

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This sounds suspicious. “Little Man” would have been 6 in 1936 and I can’t imagine someone paying him fifty cents a day at age 6. My father used to speak of working all day for fifty cents back then and he was a strong, healthy 6 foot 2 inch white man of 23 years who could read and write, measure land accurately, run a farm and do carpentry. I expect a 6 year old would have been lucky to get fifteen cents.


36 posted on 01/12/2009 1:10:21 PM PST by RipSawyer (Great Grandpa was a Confederate soldier from the cradle of secession.)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT
A grandson of slaves time line dont work.

The father died in 1935. If, in the article, they gave his age at time of death, I missed it. The former slave grandfather died before the now 78-year-old grandson's birth in 1930. Again, no details are given as to grandfather's date of death and age at the time of death.

In any case, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1862. If the grandfather was a child at the time, and if he was in his late 30's or early 40's when his son (who became the father of the subject man in this article) was born, then the timeline would work.

Say the slave grandfather was 5 in 1862. He would have turned 40 in 1897. If his son was born that year, he would have been 33 when the grandson (now 78) was born in 1930.

So it is possible that this man was the grandson of man who was born into slavery. The grandfather could even have been 10 or 12 years old in 1862, and the timeline would still work. However, the grandfather would have lived the majority of his life as a free man.

37 posted on 01/12/2009 1:12:50 PM PST by Wolfstar ("My 80% friend is not my enemy." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Cementjungle

Wow, I think Obama should abolish slavery and set this old man free.
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Yeah, they make it sound as though he is STILL picking cotton and some damnfool yankee will be ignorant enough to believe it.


38 posted on 01/12/2009 1:12:51 PM PST by RipSawyer (Great Grandpa was a Confederate soldier from the cradle of secession.)
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To: ETL

Sledge Miss.?

I’m surprised that the CNN article failed to mention another son of a poor Sledge sharecropper—the great C&W and Grand Ole Opry star performer Charley Pride. He even wrote and sang about A Cottonpicking Mississippi Delta Town.

They would have been featuring an inspirational and talented person who achieved great success no matter where he was born, what color he was, or that he was bipolar.
Lew, in Kansas (a Charley Pride fan)


39 posted on 01/12/2009 1:13:59 PM PST by laterldf
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Obama has no family of slave lineage. He is also only about 10% black. I do believe Obama is more white than he is black.


40 posted on 01/12/2009 1:19:44 PM PST by CodeToad
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To: CodeToad

I do believe Obama is more white than he is black.
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I believe he represents the WORST of both!


41 posted on 01/12/2009 1:22:58 PM PST by RipSawyer (Great Grandpa was a Confederate soldier from the cradle of secession.)
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To: CodeToad

I believe some of his white ancestors owned slaves.


42 posted on 01/12/2009 1:25:18 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (I would compare Harry Reid to a horse's rear, only I don't want to insult horses.)
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To: CodeToad

Everyone is so big talking about how groundbreaking it was for America to election a black man. It is even MORE groundbreaking that the majority have elected a Red Pinko.


43 posted on 01/12/2009 1:26:12 PM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

His father’s tribe sold slaves, his mother’s ancestors bought and worked them. Great bone fides to please black people don’tchaknow.


44 posted on 01/12/2009 1:34:20 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I still wonder where the white half is being counted...it perplexes me to think that 50% = African American.

To be factually correct, he is Kenyan-American and not eligible to be President.


45 posted on 01/12/2009 1:39:31 PM PST by wac3rd (In the end, we all are Conservative, some just need their lives jolted to realize that fact.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

What an insult to Charleton Heston!


46 posted on 01/12/2009 1:43:48 PM PST by BuddhaBrown (Path to enlightenment: Four right turns, then go straight until you see the Light!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"There's a heap of pride in voting for a black man," he says.

Walking a mile in this man's shoes would open a lot of eyes; can't say I'd feel any different if I were in his position. He grew up in a time and place where racism was more than an excuse for failure to perform; it was real and somtimes deadly.

But acting on feelings rather than facts will be the downfall of many.

47 posted on 01/12/2009 1:51:22 PM PST by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: livius

That is what I read when his geneology was being dug into to early on....so why don’t these people get it??? Intelligence seems to be missing in these worshipping the false Messiah people.


48 posted on 01/12/2009 1:52:53 PM PST by Kackikat (.It's NOT over until it's over and it's NOT over yet....The Trumpet will sound....)
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To: RipSawyer

Another thing that sounds suspicious is that they say he was called “Little Man” because his father died when he was five and he had to step up and be the man of the house, yet it becomes clear later on that he was in fact the YOUNGEST of a large family. He had older sisters and brothers and evidently was called “Little Man” as a term of endearment for the baby of the family.


49 posted on 01/12/2009 2:02:19 PM PST by RipSawyer (Great Grandpa was a Confederate soldier from the cradle of secession.)
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To: stainlessbanner

guess CNN had to go hunt for an authentic black person in my homestate

must not be any left in Atlanta


50 posted on 01/12/2009 2:36:01 PM PST by wardaddy (Monarchists for Palin 2012)
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