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Louis Farrakhan blasts Oscar Goodman for treatment of Obama


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Minister Louis Farrakhan gestures during a speech Friday, March 25, 2011 at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., as part of the 6th Annual Conference of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement.

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Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan used a recent speech at Howard University to berate Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman for what Farrakhan said was his poor treatment of President Barack Obama.

"Here's the president of the United States," Farrakhan said. "He makes a statement about people losing their homes and whatnot, gambling, and then his flight, his plane stops in Las Vegas. And the little Jewish mayor wouldn't even come out to greet him."

"How you gonna greet a (expletive) president?" Farrakhan continued. "Yes I used the word, because that's the way they think. You are nothing to them."

Farrakhan delivered the remarks April 2 during a Howard University Student Association lecture titled "Channeling Our Intelligence & Creative Energy to Save Ourselves.”

Farrakhan blasted Goodman for snubbing Obama after the president made disparaging remarks about Las Vegas.

In February 2010, Obama said at a New Hampshire town hall that “you don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices."

The previous year, the president contended there should be no Las Vegas junkets for banks that received government bailout money.

Goodman at the time called Obama "a real slow learner" and said he is no friend of Las Vegas. A call Monday to City Hall was not immediately returned.

Farrakhan made several anti-Semitic comments during the Howard University speech. He said Jews have taken over the United States and referred to the country's "stupid Zionist-controlled Congress."

He espoused conspiracy theories about 9/11 and called Donald Trump a "gangster."

Only the Tea Party movement received approval from Farrakhan.

"The Tea Party is not a part of the old problem," Farrakhan said. "The Tea Party is forcing these Republicans to be strict fiscal conservatives, plus they're not under the control of the Zionists."

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