Farrakhan: Obama Faces “Horrible Burden”

Nation of Islam leader says 'God and people of good will will help President-elect

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan says President-elect Barack Obama has a God-given capacity to handle what Farrakhan calls the "horrible burden" Obama will face as the nation's leader. Farrakhan says Obama will be helped by "God and people of good will."

The 75-year-old spoke Sunday at Mosque Maryam (Mar-ee-YAUM'), the Chicago-based movement's headquarters. The address is  called "America's New Beginning: President-elect Barack Obama." Farrakhan says he stayed quiet about his support the past few
months out of fear it'd hurt Obama's campaign.

In February, Farrakhan praised Obama at a Chicago Saviors' Day event. But during a campaign debate, Obama denounced the support because of past statements Farrakhan has made that were considered anti-Semitic. 

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