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Michelle Obama: her father was a precinct captain; people "keeping the spirits clean around us."

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WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama, in an interview on the Tom Joyner show on Wednesday booked to spur African American early voting, made a rare mention that her father, Fraser Robinson, was a Chicago ward precinct captain. Mr. Robinson had a job with the City of Chicago back in the days when patronage was rampant in Chicago's City Hall and having the backing of a ward organization was very helpful.

Mrs. Obama also said in colorful language she was pleased that people were praying for her and President Obama: "And let me just tell your listeners that it means all the world to us to know that there are prayer circles out there and people who are keeping the spirits clean around us."

Mrs. Obama: "Well, you know, my parents were always conscientious folks. I mean, my father was a precinct captain for a while, and that was just something we always knew you had to do. It was never a question. And we have to be at that place again.

"It is not just about voting once and then waiting for the change to happen. We have to vote every time. As you know, we've got a mayoral race coming up. We've got city council members coming up. We've got a governors race. All of that makes a difference in the direction this country will take and the voices who will lead that change.

So, once again, we have the power. We've got this man in office. I think we're all proud of Barack and his accomplishments. Everybody I know in our communities are praying for us. Every day we feel that. And let me just tell your listeners that it means all the world to us to know that there are prayer circles out there and people who are keeping the spirits clean around us."

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So -- it's really bad for what's her face in Delaware to talk about dabbling in Wicca, which I know several kids of my personal acquaintance have done, years ago, and then abandoned. Michelle Obama is first of all talking about how her dad was essentially part of the Chicago Machine -- I bet that's where a chunk of the family's money and clout came from -- and second of all -- she wants 'PRAYER CIRCLES??????"

And O'donnell is crazy? not Michelle Obama????

"Keep spirits clean" is not something a Christian would say. A Christian would ask for Divine protection or for guardian angels. Clean spirits is more Wiccan.

They wont have the power for long

So she is part of the Chicago corrupt machine and always has been. I am praying that your husband...

You know without all those prayers going on out there those Obamas would just be surrounded by just the dirtiest, filthiest spirits you've ever had the displeasure of meeting.

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