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Emanuel Cleaver is an African American pastor, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Democratic Congressman that represents a large chunk of Kansas City. He's never been particularly fond of Barack Obama (I don't think he ever bought the hype: he endorsed Hilary Clinton in the 2007 Democratic presidential primaries), and in my dealings with him, he's never been timid about expressing his disappointment in the President.
The idea that he's ever been particularly beholden to Barack Obama is pretty far-fetched to anyone that's ever covered him.
Yesterday (12/9/11), Cleaver was on Joe Scarborough's morning show and mentioned that the President may compromise with Republicans and commit to fast-tracking a decision with regards to whether or not an environmentally devastating pipeline could be built. Hours later, Cleaver's spokesperson issued a statement that said the Congressman had misspoken.
That gave Limbaugh all the excuse he needed to delve into his bag of racially inflammatory rhetoric. Obama, according to Limbaugh, had revoked Cleaver's "day pass" that authorized him to "leave the plantation".