In his keynote address at the Nation of Islam's (NOI) annual Saviours' Day event in Chicago on February 28, 2010, Louis Farrakhan accused "Zionists" of controlling Congress and the "white right" of trying to set President Obama "up to be assassinated."
Approximately 20,000 people attended Farrakhan's speech at the United Center, which concluded a weekend of events organized by the NOI at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
During his speech, titled "The Time and What Must Be Done," Farrakhan accused "Zionists" of undue control over Congress and the Obama administration. He charged that elected officials from both parties align "whenever something comes up that Israel does not like…because the Congress is controlled."
President Obama is subject to similar control, according to Farrakhan. He claimed that Zionists are pressuring Obama to launch a war against Iran. Obama, he said, "wants to end the strife between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He wants to write a new page for the Muslim world but the Zionists won't let him."
Farrakhan further asserted that potential conflicts with the Jewish community are resolved by Obama administration during closed-door meetings in the Oval Office. "Jewish leaders from every Jewish organization met him in the oval office and they said Barack if you have differences with us you should keep it behind the doors," Farrakhan said.
Farrakhan went so far as to blame Zionists for interfering with his visit to Panama City in the 1980s, during which he claims multiple hotels refused him entry. "That's the reach of the Zionists," he said.
As he has done in the past, Farrakhan denied accusations against him of anti-Semitism.
In addition to anti-Zionist themes, Farrakhan discussed his experience inside a UFO in the 1980s, noted that there "are Christians praying for God to kill Barack Obama" and advanced conspiratorial theories about international bankers, whom he said "have sucked the blood out of America."
The Lehman fortune, Farrakhan alleged, resulted in part from the exploitation of slave labor in Alabama. Noting that Obama's economic advising team is comprised in part of former investment bankers, Farrakhan criticized them as being too sympathetic to those he described as the "robbers, the bloodsuckers of the poor" responsible for the collapse of the U.S. economy.
During his speech, Farrakhan also mentioned his relationship with Malik Zulu Shabazz, the anti-Semitic and racist leader of the New Black Panther Party, whose relationship with Farrakhan dates back many years.
Farrakhan's speech, which lasted more than three hours, ended with a plea for America—and the Christian right, in particular—to redirect their support away from Israel and towards African Americans, whom he described as "the real children of Israel."