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Rev. Joseph Lowery gives the benediction during the inauguration of Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Rev. Joseph Lowery gives the benediction during the inauguration of Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)  

Obama’s 2009 inauguration reverend says anti-Caucasian slam was a joke

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

Lowery’s n-word comment was not a discriminatory comment or an appeal to racial solidarity, Butler told TheDC. “He’s not saying you should support the black guy because of his race, he’s saying you should support a competent black person,” she said. “If all else is equal, why not vote for your race?”

When asked why polls show up to 95 percent support for Obama among African-Americans despite their tough economic circumstances over the last 10 years, Lowery said, “I’d like to see it 99” percent.

“When you look at the travails, the rocky road that blacks have had to negotiate in their life’s experience in this country, it is a great blessing to see that we’ve come so far as to have a black president, and I think that people are excited about it and appreciate it and want to see him re-elected,” he told TheDC.

Lowery is a major figure in Democratic politics. He was born in 1921 and is called a “civil rights icon” because he co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Rev. Martin Luther King and ran it for 20 years, from 1977 to 1997.

During Obama’s inauguration, Lowery declared, “Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get [in] back… [and] when white will embrace what is right.”

Lowery also headed the George delegation to the Democratic Party’s 2012 convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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