Sean Hannity devoted two segments of his Tuesday show to Michelle Obama's decision to invite rapper Common to the White House on Wednesday night for a poetry reading. Hannity was not pleased with the choice.
"This administration will never learn its lesson," he said, adding that, "not surprisingly," Common had performed at Jeremiah Wright's church in 2007. He then proceeded to read some of Common's previous poems, which he said called for the killing of police and the assassination of President Bush.
One of his guests, Bucknell University Prof. James Peterson, attempted to explain that Common was merely portraying a character in his poems, but Hannity was having none of it.
"This is not the guy that you invite to the White House for a poetry reading," he said. "This is not the guy we want our kids to listen to." President Obama, he said, "goes back to his radical roots again and again and again: Ayers, Wright, Pflager."
In his next segment, Hannity invited Karl Rove on to discuss the matter. Rove called Common a "thug" and said the invitation was a slap in the face to all who wanted to unify the country in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden.