Imhotep Gary Byrd interviews Minister Louis Farrakhan about upcoming Millions March

8/8/2011, 4:33 p.m.

LF: Well as president, as you know, he is surrounded by forces that he was not surrounded by necessarily when he was candidate Obama. We never would have thought as we looked at our beautiful brother, as he campaigned for this very high office, that he would be responsible for bombing Africa and killing a leading African president or calling for his death and calling for regime change under the guise of humanitarian help.

It's so much bigger than that, but the forces that surround him, for instance, as you know, this brother is a very brilliant man. He is a Harvard graduate, but his degree is in law and constitutional law. When you become president and you have all of the problems that you have to face as the president of the United States of America, he has to surround himself with people in the economic realm who can help him make economic decisions.

Unfortunately, he's surrounded himself with some of the same people from Goldman Sachs and others from the Federal Reserve who are not in the best interest of the little man.

These are people who encouraged him to make this tremendous bailout package of nearly $1 trillion. But the little people in Harlem, in the Southside and Westside Chicago, in Cleveland, Ohio, Los Angeles or in Atlanta, they never got the benefit of what our brother was able to secure from Congress. We bailed out the banks with the little people losing their homes at an alarming rate. Little people are suffering from poverty and want. What we want is our brother to speak to the hurt of the little man. Everybody talks about what's happening to the middle class, and the middle class is suffering, but nobody seems to be responsible for the poor.

This is what we need our brother president to address, and he need not fear that if he addresses the concerns of the mass poor that he will lose the vote of those whites who voted for him. Because they knew he was a Black man, they voted for him in spite of the color of his skin, and they would not think less of him if he spoke out from the base and on behalf of the base that helped to put him in office. And this is what we need to do to encourage our brother, and I believe he will, but it's going to take all of us uniting, just as people are calling the White House, calling Congress, twittering and doing all of that on the debt ceiling crisis.

Well, we can do the same to let him know and representatives in Congress know, and those in the congressional Black caucus know, business as usual cannot be tolerated. Not only in this election season, we have power that we can use in a constructive way, and hopefully our brother will hear the cry of his constituents who put him in that high office.

GB: We have the domestic issue on the one hand and the issue of international affairs on the other, as your remarks have indicated. I'm going to return to your essential criticism about U.S. foreign policy where Africa is concerned and concerning Libya in particular.