Democrat presidential front-runner Barack Obama not only marched with Nation of Islam Founder Louis Farrakhan in the first Million Man March on Washington, D.C., but he helped organize the 1995 event!
The “he marched” claim was reported in a 1995 Chicago Reader article and brought back to the attention of the blogosphere March 29 by Hugh Hewitt. The new revelation, however, was unearthed today by Gateway Pundit.
Buried 13 years deep inside the archives at Biography.com, the biography of Farrakhan includes this statement:
In 1995, along with other prominent black leaders such as Al Sharpton and Barack Obama, Farrakhan helped lead the Million Man March on Washington. A second march, called the Millions More Movement, took place in 2005.
In case you don’t remember — or weren’t around yet — for the 1995 effort, the most-memorable thing about it was the controversy over crowd-size estimates.
March organizers at the time estimated the crowd size at between 1.5 and 2 million people while the United States Park Police officially estimated the crowd size at 400,000, according to the Wikipedia entry about the event. [Translation: The rabble-rousing, hate-America organizers of the event got caught telling, for lack of a more-racially appropriate term, "a little white lie".]
Now, it’s going to be interesting to see how Obama’s campaign spin doctors spin this one.