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Sarah Palin Weighs In on 'Common' Controversy

Allison Shelley/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin weighed in on the Common controversy Wednesday night during an appearance on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. She lashed out at President Barack Obama for inviting the hip-hop artist to the White House poetry event.

“The judgment is just so lacking of class and decency and all that’s good about America with an invite like this,” she said. “They’re just inviting someone like me or someone else to ask, ‘C’mon Barack Obama who are you palling around with now?’”

The former vice presidential candidate went on to assure Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that she was not trying to stifle free speech and also emphasized that she’s not “anti-rap,” pointing out that she knows the lyrics to Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.”

The White House has been under fire by some conservatives and police officers for inviting Common to the event because of some of his lyrics. 

The conservative “Daily Caller” pointed to an appearance the rapper made on Def Poetry Jam where he recited a poem entitled “A Letter to the Law.” 

Some of the lines in the poem included, “Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton/I walk like a warrior,/from them I won’t run,” as well as, “Seeing a fiend being hung/With that happening, why they messing with Saddam?/Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button/Killing over oil and grease/no weapons of destruction/How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one.”

Common performed at the White House Wednesday night without making any mention of all the recent criticism, although hours before his performance, he wrote on his Facebook page, “Politics is politics and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I respect that. The one thing that shouldn’t be questioned is my support for the police officers and troops that protect us every day.”

President Obama spoke at the poetry event and did not mention the controversy.

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