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Inauguration continues to highlight how Obama is falling out of love with blacks

 By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

ATLANTA, Jan. 10, 2013, 5 p.m. - President Obama has opted for fewer blacks in his second term inaugural program set to take place later this month.

Outside of his selection of Medgar Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams to do the invocation, the blackest person on the inauguration program is Beyonce, who has portrayed herself in black face. Beyonce will sing the National Anthem, replacing Aretha Franklin.

Obama has opted not to have the benediction done by Rev. Joseph Lowery who in 2008 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, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. Let all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen! Say Amen! And Amen!"

Lowery, who received the medal of freedom after his benediction in 2009, did not help his case when he proclaimed in November that "All white folks are going to hell." He later said it was a joke.

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Obama, however, did go to Lowery's hometown of Atlanta to get Rev. Louie Giglio to do his benediction. Still, Giglio, who is white, did not save the first black president from criticism. The minister has instead drawn fire from the gay community and decided to decline the invite earlier today. This may be Obama's chance to fill the benediction with a black pick.

There is also no Elizabeth Alexander, the second black woman behind Maya Angelou to deliver the inaugural poem in 2008. Alexander has been replaced by Cuban American Richard Blanco, who is the first Latino and first openly gay.

With fewer blacks at his presidential inauguration, the program mirrors his recent slate of all white nominations of Jack Lew for Treasury, Chuck Hagel for Defense, John Kerry for State and John Brennan for CIA. Obama was said to be considering U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for Secretary of State but she withdrew amid her scripted Benghazi remarks.

Rep. Charlie Rangel recently said there is “no excuse” for the lack of diversity in Obama's recent choices and called the selections “embarrassing as hell.”

Meanwhile, Time magazine last month inadvertently gives the best look at how Obama approaches the issue of blacks in his campaign and on his White House staff while declaring him the "Person of the Year".

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There are and were no blacks in his key staff getting big paychecks, outside of Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.


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