• With: Dr. James Peterson, Bucknell University Professor & David Webb, SiriusXM radio host

    This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," May 10, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    SEAN HANNITY, HOST: It seems this administration will never learn its lesson. Tomorrow, Michelle Obama is set to host an evening of poetry and will welcome a slew of poets, musicians, students from all across the country to the White House.

    Among them is a controversial rapper and poet, Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., better known as Common. Now, he's a staunch supporter of the president and has a running list of controversial comments.

    Two thousand and seven, during an HBO's "Def Poetry" appearance, Common called for the burning of President George W. Bush. Now the poem reads -- I'm not the best at this -- "Burn a Bush cos' for peace he no push no button, killing over oil and grease, no weapons of mass destruction, how can we follow a leader when this is a corrupt one?"

    Common, not surprisingly, is also associated with Obama's pastor more than 20 years, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Look at this video of Common performing at Trinity United Church of Christ on New Year's Eve 2007.

    (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

    COMMON, RAPPER: We gon make it right for the people out there / and I can let you know don't nobody want drama / we gon vote for my man, what's his name? Obama / 2008, we gon take it straight to president / I'ma let you know he's a Trinity resident / yeah, it's like that, we won't be hesitant / revolution is here, we coming clear...

    (END VIDEO CLIP)

    HANNITY: I guess we shouldn't be surprised he landed himself a White House invite.

    Now, earlier today, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin also weighed in on the controversy. She wrote on Twitter, "Oh, lovely, White House."

    But the rapper himself, he doesn't seem to be phased. In response, he tweeted, "So apparently Sarah Palin and Fox News doesn't like me."

    It baffles me that this is the person the White House chooses to set as an example for our kids.

    Now, Fox News has reached out to the first lady's office for comment. We are still waiting to hear back.

    Joining me now with reaction are back are Bucknell University Professor Dr. James Peterson. And SiriusXM radio host David Webb.

    Guys, welcome back to both of you. Thanks for being here.

    JAMES PETERSON, PROFESSOR, BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY: Thank you for having me.

    HANNITY: Is this appropriate? Talks about killing cops. And I can bring up a whole slew of other things, "n" word. I don't like the way he talks about women. Is this the guy, poet, we ought to be inviting to the White House, the people's house 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

    PETERSON: Certainly we shouldn't be censoring our poets. I mean, this is America.

    HANNITY: I don't want to sensor them. Should he be in the White House, big difference?

    DAVID WEBB, SIRIUSXM RADIO HOST: No. He shouldn't be in the White House. Look, the president said Sean, words have power. And I agree with them.

    We are talking about an image for our children. This latest one that he did the "Def Poetry Jam" is 2007. This is a guy who says in his IMDB profile that he's going to reform himself from his days of smoking marijuana, alcohol and fornication. And I understand that he grew up with that in the Chicago-style rap, you know, that ghetto rap. I got all that. But the White House has to be concerned about image, any president, no matter what. And you shouldn't be sending this down to the kids.

    Plus, let's look at hypocrisy. Where would the media be if we replace the words, burn a Bush cos' for peace he no push no button.

    HANNITY: You are not better than me, by the way. You're not better than me here, come on.

    (CROSSTALK)

    WEBB: But if he replaced that with Obama.

    HANNITY: Yes.

    WEBB: And he said that, this should be front page news. Sharpton with be leading the barge.

    HANNITY: Absolutely.

    WEBB: It is the hypocrisy that gets me.

    PETERSON: I've seen this all over the Internet all day long. But listen, let's just give a little bit of context, the "Def Poetry Jam" appearance is not one of Common's songs, it's a poem that he actually wrote. And actually.

    WEBB: Still his words, though.

    PETERSON: Please, let me finish here. The burning Bush is actually an allusion to the Burning Bush in the Bible. It's a lot more waiting, a lot more sophisticated and subtle than what you guys give it credit for.

    (CROSSTALK)

    HANNITY: No, no stop! Because it says just before that, no weapons of mass destruction. How do you go to the Burning Bush?

    PETERSON: I'm not saying it is not a critique of President Bush, it is. But it's much more complex than him to say burn Bush. Listen, he's a poet. Let me finish, he is a poet, he has a right to figure and be creative and he's doing so in this particular...

    WEBB: Well, let me simplify it for you. The lines before Burning Bush.

    (CROSSTALK)

    -- What with that happening why messing with Saddam.

    This is not about the Burning Bush in the Bible. This is a guy who grew up in Jeremiah Wright's church.