I honestly don't know. I have resisted the urge to run with a story on this blog unless I could substantiate it. After about eight years of blogging, only once I have I reported something as factual and then had to retract it. In this post I am simply reporting a rumor. This is a "word on the street" report and I do not know if it is true or not. I have heard this rumor from three different sources and the sources told me where they heard it. It sounds believable. The rumor is that Bill Freeman has flown several local Black ministers to Washington for a meet and greet with President Obama.
As one of the nation's leading raiser of funds for President Obama, I do not doubt that Freeman could call in such a favor. As a person who has shown he will spend whatever it takes and do whatever it takes to get elected, I do not think it beyond something Bill Freeman would do. On the other hand, I think if it was true some of the Black ministers could not have resisted posting a selfie or bragging about their meeting with Obama on Facebook, so I don't know if it is true or not.
If I had the time and a staff, I would try to track down this rumor and determine if it is true. I don't so I am simply reporting what is being rumored. If anyone can refute or confirm this rumor please post a reply or contact me at Rodwilliams47@yahoo.com. I urge The Tennessean or some other news organization with resource to investigate this.