President Barack Obama listens during remarks at the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) By Charles Dharapak
CHICAGO (AP) -- Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan says President Barack Obama faces more criticism than any other president before him and it's creating a negative atmosphere around him.
Farrakhan spoke for more than three hours today before thousands at Chicago's United Center.
Using slides and photographs, Farrakhan spent nearly an hour detailing disparaging comments others have made about Obama and his family. The 78-year-old says many of the comments are based on Obama's race and create a climate that could lead to assassination attempts on the nation's first black president.
The Sunday speech caps the Chicago-based movement's annual Saviours' Day convention. The Nation of Islam has preached black nationalism and self-reliance since it was founded in the 1930s.