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Aryan Nations: Obama recruiting tool

U.S. President Barack Obama discusses his administration's plans for promoting high speed rail service in areas of the United States in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House in Washington on April 16, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
U.S. President Barack Obama discusses his administration's plans for promoting high speed rail service in areas of the United States in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House in Washington on April 16, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg) | License Photo

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho, April 18 (UPI) -- A white supremacist group promises aggressive recruiting in Idaho and says the election of President Barack Obama has brought new members.

Jerald O'Brien, one of the "pastors" of the Aryan Nations, Church of Jesus Christ Christian, told the (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review Obama has been the "greatest recruiting tool ever." O'Brien said a distribution of racist leaflets around one Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, neighborhood is only the beginning.

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The fliers were left on lawns late Thursday or early Friday.

"I saw Aryan Nations and put it in the trash," said Garvin Jones, one of the recipients. "What's wrong with these people? Give me a break. I bet if you went back in their family history, not one is 100 percent white."

The leaflets showed a young girl asking her father what he did during the "revolution." She had other questions, including "Where have all the White people gone daddy?" and "Why did those dark men take mommy away?"

O'Brien and Michael Lombard described themselves on the group's Web site as the "pastors" and successors to Richard Butler, who led the group before his death in 2004.

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