Oh! Hello, I was just getting in the spirit. 'Spirit' - get it? No? Well, let me explain...
Last Saturday, Aug 15, an article (a blog post really) was published on Townhall.com, a conservative news site by one Kristen Atkinson entitled, "Witchcraft in the White House" and the blogoshere went apeshit over the accusation the First Granny, Marian Robinson, was practicing the Afro-Caribbean religion Santeria in the White House, unlike Nancy Reagan who had her card and tea readings off campus. The loony left blogs had a field day ridiculing the article and rightly so. The wacky right blogs also went to town but mostly in an 'I told you so' vein. There were two legit newsites, the Asheville Citizen-Times, but the story was in a forum not the news section. The Timesonline picked up the tale yesterday and published it in Comment Central admitting not having read the original story. Bad form, that. The story has reached a few Catholic forums like this one and has reached Zimbabwe in Africa where a commenter pointed out, "Vodoun (voodoo) is not Witchcraft. Santeria is not Vodoun. Santeria is not Witchcraft". Now that that is cleared up...
Free Republic had a good run for a few hours under the title, The Worst Slur Yet, but officially pulled the story, though a link remains. Wonkette had the most notable fun, Is Barack Obama’s Mother-In-Law A Black Witch?. As the son-in-law, Barry may think so, but White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says, Obama loves the 1st Granny. Maybe he even loves her as much as he loved his typical white granny who hypothetically shouldn't have had the life extending care because it cost too much taxpayer money that could be better spent on the upcoming Cash for Appliances this fall, or autumn... whatever, that 90 day global cooling period right after the 90 day global warming period.
The story and the fun might have ended there as no one anywhere was buying into the whole witchcraft thing and Obama as the First Voodude. But, Kristin Atkinson then emailed Wonkette basically saying, 'I wrote a serious piece of investigative journalism. STOP LAUGHING AT ME!' You can guess what happened then. If not, read it here.
Townhall, to its credit, has pulled the story and everything else Ms. Atkinson has written. So, many blogs are now left with links to nowhere, like that bridge in Alaska. And most the folks carrying the original story were afraid of copyright infringement - yeah, let's go with that - and only used snips. To be sure, the story remains across the WWW, but I don't trust anyone over 30, so I have my own copy/paste of the original banned post for your personal judgement.
Blog RollThere you have it, the whole magilla. Not being of a religious bent myself, I say all that could happen is there would be a chicken in every pot and, with the government take over of General Motors, a car in every garage. And maybe a few more zombies walking the halls of power.
Witchcraft in the White House
Posted by Kristen Atkinson on Saturday, August 15, 2009 4:11:43 PM
The Obama White House is abuzz with talk of witchcraft by first grandmother, 72-year-old Marian Robinson, who lives in the White House residence. A close friend of Michelle Obama says the president is furious at his mother-in-law after learning that she was practicing Santeria, an African spirit cult, in the White House.
"The president is quite upset about this on two different levels. First, he is a committed Christian, no matter what his critics say about Reverend Wright. He is adamant that Sasha and Malia be raised with Christian influences. He does not want them to be involved with African voodoo. And secondly, he is worried about the political fallout if his enemies get wind of this. Rev. Wright was bad enough, but this would be political suicide," a close friend of Michelle’s confided.
Religion took center stage during the campaign last year when videos showed the Rev. Jeremiah Wright shouting "God damn America." Obama was forced to distance himself from the since-retired pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where he worshiped for 20 years. Many people were shocked by the videos and questioned Obama’s fitness to be president. Since taking office, Obama has avoided worshiping in public and now prefers the chapel at the presidential retreat at Camp David.
This is how it happened. Marian Robinson became increasingly frustrated as her husband, Fraser Robinson, was hobbled by multiple sclerosis in the late 1980s. The family pastor prayed with her and counseled her, but "she turned to Santeria in a desperate hope," Michelle’s friend said. "Michelle put her foot down when she heard that her mother took her dad to ceremonies where they did spells and trances, and sacrificed animals, chickens and goats I think. But Marian was desperate and kept going anyway, even when her husband was to sick to go with her. I don’t think the president knew anything about this earlier because it was before they met. Michelle and Craig (her brother) wanted to close the book on this and never talked about it again after their father died in 1991."
The first grandma appears to be worried about her health now, even though doctors pronounce her in good shape. "Marian invited an old friend from Chicago to visit her at the White House, and she performed a Santeria ceremony in the residence. When Michelle saw this woman, a voodoo priestess she recognized her from when her father was sick, she had a fit. When she told the president about it, he blew up and said, ‘No voodoo in the White House. Absolutely. I don’t care what you call it.’ As far as I know, it only happened once," the friend said.
The president was "totally in favor" when his mother-in-law moved into the White House as a live-in babysitter for 11-year-old Malia and 8-year-old Sasha. Obama reportedly told Michelle that her mother will have to go back to Chicago if she does not "stop this witchcraft mumbo-jumbo immediately" and ordered the Secret Service to not allow Marian’s friend to return to the White House.
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"This is how it happened." Oooooo! Chills run up my leg like Obama humping Chris Matthews' leg. The line reminds me of "Once upon a time..." and "It was a dark and stormy night." Great first lines that just suck in the reader. Kind of Biblical really, "In the beginning..." Or like the title of Dr. Frankenstein's lab book in the movie, Young Frankenstein, "How I Did It."
And where she writes about Michelle's erstwhile but unnamed friend saying, "Michelle put her foot down when she heard that her mother took her dad to ceremonies where they did spells and trances, and sacrificed animals, chickens and goats I think." Like an Olympic gymnast, Atkinson sticks it with "I think." Great writing, just great. I can see why people believed the report. Who could resist?
Oh, well. It could have been worse... could have caught Barry practicing Islam in the Lincoln Bedroom. On the other hand, the voodoo story does explain Hillary's broken elbow better than, 'I fell down and couldn't get up.' Just sayin'...
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