Cunningham on Obama Sr.: "That's what black fathers do. They simply leave"

››› ››› JOCELYN FONG

On the October 28 broadcast of his Cincinnati-based radio show, Bill Cunningham stated of Sen. Barack Obama's childhood: "[I]magine at the age of 1 or 2 seeing your father for the last time. See, his father was a typical black father who, right after the birth, left the baby. That's what black fathers do. They simply leave."

Cunningham went on to say: "And so he was raised in that environment by a communist mother who hooks up with a guy named Barry Soetoro, who is a radical Muslim, and they quickly fly to Jakarta, Indonesia, which is where Barry Obama was raised as a little boy. And then he was rejected again by his mother at the age of 10 and sent to Honolulu. And that's all fine, he had nothing to do with it, he was a victim. ... But it's who he is." In fact, Obama's stepfather was named Lolo Soetoro, and contrary to Cunningham's claim that Soetoro was "a radical Muslim," The New York Times has described him as "a nominal Muslim who hung prayer beads over his bed but enjoyed bacon, which Islam forbids," and the Chicago Tribune described him as "much more of a free spirit than a devout Muslim."

Talkers Magazine lists Cunningham among its "Heavy Hundred," which it describes as the "100 most important radio talk show hosts in America." Cunningham's weekend show, Live on Sunday Night, it's Bill Cunningham, is syndicated nationally by Premiere Radio Networks.

From the October 28 broadcast of Clear Channel's The Big Show with Bill Cunningham:

CUNNINGHAM: Imagine being 10 years old, being raised -- imagine being 10 years old in Jakarta, Indonesia, being raised as a Muslim, and your mother, Ann Dunham, hates you so much that she sends you to Honolulu to live with her mom and dad, so she can stay in Jakarta, Indonesia, and being raised -- being married to Barry Soetoro. And imagine at the age of 1 or 2 seeing your father for the last time. See, his father was a typical black father who, right after the birth, left the baby. That's what black fathers do. They simply leave. And so he was raised in that environment by a communist mother who hooks up with a guy named Barry Soetoro, who is a radical Muslim, and they quickly fly to Jakarta, Indonesia, which is where Barry Obama was raised as a little boy. And then he was rejected again by his mother at the age of 10 and sent to Honolulu.

And that's all fine, he had nothing to do with it, he was a victim. I was raised as a Roman Catholic, and I had no choice. But it's who he is. He was raised as a Muslim at the two - at the two schools he attended. One was Christian -- raised as a Muslim -- the other one was secular. Why doesn't he admit the truth? I would vote for a Muslim in a heartbeat if they were a conservative who was pro-life, secured the Southern border, hold down taxes, hold down regulation. I'd have no problem with a Muslim, a Jewish, a Catholic, even an atheist president if he believed in my political viewpoints. But by all the writings of Obama, he's to the left of Karl Marx. He's written articles praising Karl Marx. And this guy's about to seize the presidency because people don't wanna know the facts. They simply want to move on and vote.

Posted In
Diversity & Discrimination, Race & Ethnicity
Network/Outlet
Clear Channel, 700WLW
Person
Bill Cunningham
Show/Publication
The Big Show with Bill Cunningham
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Barack Obama, 2008 Elections
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