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Does Obama Get It Wright?

Peter Slevin and Darryl Fears provide a thoughtful summary of the Sen. Barack Obama - Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. controversy today. As they wrote, Obama attempted to distance himself further from his former longtime pastor, calling Wright's comments about the United States "outrageous" and "destructive."

Our Readers Who Comment are all over the map in their reaction to a situation that has become an important factor (at least this week) in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination. Readers suggest that Obama should have known and strongly rejected Wright's world views long ago; that Obama took offense not to Wright's views but to Wright's suggestion that Obama was saying what a politician has to say; that this is or is not about racism; that somehow the Clintons are involved, and that the media are covering a nonissue instead of substantive stuff like Iraq, health care or the price of gasoline. I find it impossible to support suggestions that journalism should be ignoring this one.

We'll start with a recurring theme in the comments today, most succinctly voiced by mafox1, who wrote, "In March, Obama didn't call Rev. Wright's comments about America outrageous. It took Rev. Wright's comment about Obama being a politician that made him finally speak up."

Luke2 said, "I believe that Senator Obama responded admirably today. The National Press Club show that Reverend Wright put on was pure ego and very disrespectful to the audience, the American people, and to Senator Obama..."

bmac0712 asked, "...how can a man that preaches the word of God hate so much! he is racist and seems to separate us as people of all colors. how sad!... Obama may want to distance himself from this anti american sentiment but Obama's wife also preaches it. also, the rev wright was very sarcastic and demeaning to the announcers during that racial rant."

But AmericanCitizen said, "bmac0712, I don't find a thing in what Reverend Wright said as being racist... A+ to Reverend Wright for his courage in speaking the truth, and an F to Obama for his cowardice and embrace of lies."

tara257 wrote, "...Wright is correct that Obama acted the politician, and did what he had to do, regardless of whether or not what he was saying about Wright was true. By calling Wright "wrong" when he had not heard the entire sermon, Obama joined the media lynch mob, and added his own gas to the fire. If anybody has the right to be outraged, its Rev. Wright."

the_orange_cowboy asked, "What is wrong with Wright that he couldn't keep his trap shut until after elections were over? Is his ego really that big? Rev. Wright, thank you for damaging Obama's campaign, maybe irreparably. What a waste."

captainandy agreed, saying, "The real story is about what is wrong with Wright? Why would he do this? Didn't Obama go to church enough?... Maybe the best thing is for our pastors to stay out of politics and have our politicians stay out church."

mehuwss wrote, "On Monday, Obama laughed and brushed off Wright's new comments at a rally. However, yesterday he had decided that it was politically correct to upgrade his response to being "outraged". Obama is a phony. Hillary is ready."

But BasicInstinct said, "It seems to me that Obama is "damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't"! I really cannot bring myself to understand how a man can be vilified for another man's beliefs..."

woody21 said, "... why it is only Obama facing this flak when other candidates have similar associations with loony toony religious fanatics. I'll be brief. It's because he is Black... Sadly, racism is at work as the media and certain individuals on this blog clearly demonstrate... Signed the really White guy tired of all the hypocrisy"

kpitman1 wrote, "...There are WAY too many questions that haven't been answered. The most obvious being is how did Barack NOT know, after being a member of Mr. Wright's church for 20 years, that this guy is way whacked out. And second is why is the media covering for Obama?... Hopefully the superdelegates will see thru this and save us from a disaster."

J_thinks said, "...from the tone of SOME of the obvious biased detractors here, nothing, I mean nothing Obama would have said would have satisfied you... just don't vote for the guy, which you were not going to do anyway. Save your holier than thou sermons for your mirror, and make sure you snarl when looking at yourself.."

zb95 quoting Obama, said, " 'if Reverend Wright thinks that that's political posturing, as he put it, then he doesn't know me very well. And based on his remarks yesterday, well, I may not know him as well as I thought, either.' To me that was Obama's most significant statement."
To which whatup responded, "Statement? I think you mean lie."

woody21 wrote, "...Now let me get this right: Americans would much rather hold Senator Obama accountable for what his former preacher said than what politicians actually DID to cause the biggest foreign policy debacle ever? Am I to understand that it is better to be associated with George Bush and a host of politicians both Republican and Democrat that caused so much death and destruction in Iraq than a preacher sounding off? OMG!"

bob12 asked, "How did this ever get to this point? Can anyone doubts the Clinton's hand in making this a continuing story... What a sad day it is for the country when the media frames the non issue as decisive."

letswin said, "The Obamanation rolls on. So this is the guy who as president will meet with any world leader unconditionally. He can't even influence his own "spiritual mentor" and he expects us to believe he can influence world leaders... Rev Wright was correct on two things. Obama is just a politician and the chickens have definitely come home to roost."

Last word goes to farrarc, who wrote, "This needs to be over. It has been talked to death. What else can be done? The posters regarding this article for the most part want to keep it going--get over it! Move on to the real issues, if you can."

All comments on this article are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  April 30, 2008; 9:50 AM ET
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But let's assume that that he does not believe these obvious rascist views. He then led Wright and the other members of the church to believe that he believed these views in order to gain the church members backing. So at a minimum Obama is deceitful. Obama states we need change from typical American politics. And that he is that change. Well I say he is VERY TYPICAL of American politicians.

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I would like Michele Obama to answer Meredith Viera's question...does she or doesn't she denounce Rev. Wright's statements....she did not answer, only said she thought that her husband answered the question when asked. She refused to directly answer the question, even after Viera's asked two more times.

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Coldcomfort (and all the other names you use)
Michelle Obama did not say what you have in quotes. She said, "This is the first time in my lifetime that I have been really proud of America."

This is a huge difference from what you and others of your ilk are quoting.

As far as the Pastor changing -- it is likely that his views have become more and more radical over time. After all, 40 years ago he was a patriotic Marine fighting for your freedom. And personally, I don't really care what he thinks or says anymore than I care what Falwell, Hagee, Robinson, etc. have said. A black leftist religious nut case is no better or worse than a white rightist religious nut case. All of them use politicians to advance thier own causes -- the question is whether the politicians allow it (as many do).

I don't believe in guilt by association. All of the candidates suffer in this area. Let's get back to the issues that matter and choose the candidate we believe is most qualified (whoever it is).

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Look, do you want to know what effect Rev. Wright has on Obama? . . . . . . Look at Michelle Obama.

Rev. Wright: . . "God d_m American."

Michelle Obama: . . "I've never been proud of America."

Hummm, someone in the Obama family has been listening to Rev. Wright.
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. . . Someone in the Obama family must have been listening to Rev. Wright. . . . . . Remember the fire-storm, when Michelle Obama said, "I've NEVER BEEN PROUD of America before." . . . . . . . . . Boy, does that sound like some of Rev. Wright's words. Her words now sound like she meant exactly what she said.

Michelle Obama knew what Wright was preaching; why didn't Obama? Or, is he lying to us? His mentor and spiritual advisor told us that Obama would say whatever he had to, to get elected.

In light of Obama's wrongful ATTACKS on Hillary about race cards [talk about divisive], I'd said that the chickens are indeed coming home to roost.

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There are still many people in this country who are nuts. They prefer to watch their children die in an unjust war or their friends for that matter.

They are afraid of the truth AND as long as it is someone of a different color than the typical, they will find reason to hate.

One poster stated black people hate whites; nothing is farther from the truth, in fact, it is the other way around.

There are beautiful, loving white people and black people in this country so using a general reference is not right.

Rev. Wright is his own man and it is not my knowledge that Obama or any other member is influenced by his preaching. I attended churches all my life and no minister influence me as I am responsible for me.

Preacher come and go, I have to life my own life and make my own choices, not there's.

I think as a poster stated, Obama is damned if he does and damned if he does not. Any person who thinks different of Obama today was not for him before and those who hate him today, hated him long ago.

Posted by: Otto | April 30, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Guilt by association huh? Well how about the fact that, for 6 years, Clinton sat on the board of Walmart, the company that single handedly built the economic superpower that is now China. Not to mention Walmart's constant and successful attempts to lower wages and employee healthcare and intimidate their employees against unionization. Hillary against NAFTA and for the people? Ha! Walmart would never allow that.

Posted by: Paul | April 30, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I remember seeing for the first time a video recording of Minister Wright giving his sermon to his congregation.I don't recall any mention made concerning who recorded it or the date it was recoreded, but I will always remember the anti-american phrases constantly repeated over and over again.Later I found out that Barack H. Oboma was a member of that church and had been for several years. From that point until now the bone of contention is why did Barach and his family atend a church that told lies to influence its parishiners political views.
I have come to the conclusion that their influence was meant to influence their voting for democratic candidates and reject Republican candidates.

Posted by: John's Son | April 30, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama's first speech a few weeks back about Rev. Wright addressed SOUND BITES that were small snippets from the Rev.'s speeches never before heard by Obama. Yesterday's speech addressed Rev. Wright's comments of the past few days, where Wright ranted on and on in great detail, expressing opinions the Sen. Obama did not, and would never, agree with. Wright seems to love the spotlight above all else, and I'd love to know why he feels compelled to perform at this time. A key Clinton supporter is "credited" with getting Wright the speaking engagement. That speaks volume about the depths the Clinton campaign will go to keep an anti-Obama controversy in the news. I am convinced the Obama is nothing like Rev. Wright, as evidenced by hundreds of speeches, dozens of debates, and two books that show Obama to be morally sound, compassionate, and a uniter not a divder, as is Rev. Wright. What an egomaniac Wright is, and why was he so compelled to speak out at this crucial time in the primaries? If he and Obama were on the same page, these Rev. Wright speeches would not have taken place. Let it go!

Posted by: misschris | April 30, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

It will be yet another sad day for our country and the world if this provides Fox News et al. with enough ammunition to keep Obama from the White House. Even as people strip plumbing from their foreclosed homes and Haitians eat mud, the private jets keep lining up on the runway of our airport. Auwe.

Posted by: Bill on Maui | April 30, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Really, I cannot believe how so many Americans are deluding themselves. How so many people have tied their emotions into Barack Obama's campaign that nothing ... NOTHING will change their minds. Reminds me a lot of the way so many tie themselves to an American Idol contestant or the Hollywood star du jour.
*Fact: Barack Obama attended that church and listened to many or most of those sermons for 20-odd years.
*Fact: Reverand Wright was the Obama Campaign Spiritual Advisor up until mid-March when this became national news.
*Fact: This week, Barack Obama publicly distanced himself from Reverand Wright and his rants against the "White Establishment".

Ummm, does anyone really believe that Barack Obama didn't know Reverand Wright's stance on so many of these topics? Some say to focus on the real issues. OK. I think one of the real issues is the underlying character of the "Man Who Would be President.

Reverand Wright got his 15 minutes of fame. The next few months will show how much impact that will have on Barack Obama.

Posted by: Egalitarian | April 30, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Here's a question, were he not a politician, would Obama qualify for a security clearance to have access to US National Security Information? Well, with his ties to people who like to bomb US buildings and a close relative in Kenya--unprotected in a politically unstable country, potential to be kidnapped to force US policy in a certain direction, probably not. What about Hilary? She'd probably be seen as a risk for blackmail, what with Bill's tendency toward indiscretions. How far would she go to cover up his next mistake if she were president? Funny how we're choosing between two fairly risky people and ready to hand them the reins of the country when they wouldn't qualify for some of the lowest national security related jobs.

Posted by: Hank | April 30, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama's church sounds more like a political organization than a religious institution. http://www.tucc.org/about.htm

Obama needs to cut all ties with this institution (church), not just the pastor.

The content of this website paints member Obama as presidential candidate of a people, rather than one of all people of the United States.

Posted by: trinitywebsite | April 30, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

This really has nothing to do with religion or race. This is a judgment and character issue. Obama is running on his character and judgment, which is fine - many great presidents only had their great character and lacked experience. So what does it say that Obama who is supposed to have such great character chose to go to this church with Rev Wright? It is silly to now discuss when and if he should distance himself from Wright. He should have realized within the first, second or even fifth year that Wright would be a problem for him politically. I think this really throws Obama's character into judgment.

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Hillary Clinton has endorsed the gas tax recess plan of her mantor John McCain whole heartedly and challenging Obama to accept it too even though the economical Pandits have said that Obama is right and the other two are wrong.
In my opinion, now John McCain has not to wory about finding his running mate, because Hillary is well suited and readily available after June 3rd.

Posted by: John Dahodi | April 30, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone honestly believe that Obama was not fully aware of Wright's racist, anti-American views? How can you attend a church led by this man for 20 years, be close enough personally to him to donate Tens Of Thousands of dollars to him, be close enough to choose him to marry you and baptize your children, and not know him? Obama is either a blatant lier that knew where Wright's head was at all along and just stepped back when it interrupted his political image, or, an idiot that was in the middle of a storm for two decades and had no clue what was up! Either way, it proves he is not the type of person we need to lead the country.

Posted by: Tom, Raleigh NC | April 30, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I think this incident has become an issue for an underlying reason: This is has nothing to do with the relationship between an ordinary man and his pastor; this is between a pastor and a man who is running for President. If a candidate is not strong enough to denounce someone for making anti-American statements (true or not) then what kind of backbone will he have in the Oval Office. Face it, we as Americans like action... His beautiful speech on racism in America may have put out the fire but he didn't act on the cause of the flame. Now, it's blown up in his face. As President you cannot afford to do this on a global scale.

Posted by: In The Middle Voter | April 30, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Have you heard what McCain's spiritual advisers Hagee and Parsley are saying? Why do they hate America? How come McCain listened to the hate and bile for years without denouncing them? How could he stand by and listen to their Nationally televised channels of division and bigotry and not denounce them?

Where was the scrutiny when Bush hired half of Robertson's so-called "Christian" law school to fill the ranks of the department of Justice in order to enforce Republican orthodoxy??

Obama handled this problem with Wright perfectly. Let the haters howl!

Posted by: thebob.bob | April 30, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

If you want to find out the real truth about Obama's relationship with Ayers, call Bernardine Dohrn in Chicago at 312-618-3630

Posted by: DELBERTCG | April 30, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

It is sad state of affairs that radical view's of a nut case are attached to Obama. Why can't people hold independent views ?. This whole politics of associations is absurd. Even within a family folks have independent opinions, husband & wives don't agree on various issues. Obama should be judged based on the views & agenda he has laid out during his campaign.

Posted by: RS | April 30, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

As a white senior, I normally had been voting republican but I am supporting Senator Obama because I sincerely believe the republicans have lost touch with reality, and I can honestly say that I am worse off now than I was eight years ago (just like about 95% of Americans would).

I also applaud Senator Obama for having the guts to make the break with Reverend Wright, who I suspect thinks all the limelight and attention he's received for his sound bites/sermons/style have made him a star and I've concluded he's more of an attention-monger than man of god.

Most senators spend 8 months or so in DC and maybe 4 months at home, so I believe Senator Obama when he says he wasn't present for each and every sermon at Trinity.

And lastly, while some will call him a Socialist or a Marxist, I believe he is simply committed to bringing folks together, doing something about the economy, definitely ending an unjust and expensive war, and hopefully he'll be a president who can cross the party lines and recruit republicans, democrats, and even independents to make this country great again.

Posted by: drgrafix | April 30, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure if Clinton and McCain really want to play the guilt-by-association game.

The first has a lot of explaining where that $109 million in income came from. And how about those Jack Abramoff ties? And who *was* that guy from China?

The second looked real cute hugging George W Bush, and he better get used to seeing that picture up all over the place from now on. Oh. And the one of him eating birthday cake with George W Bush while the city of New Orleans drowned? That's a classic, too.

You guys set the standard.

Guilt by association comes for you next.

Posted by: cskendrick | April 30, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

As a white senior, I normally had been voting republican but I am supporting Senator Obama because I sincerely believe the republicans have lost touch with reality, and I can honestly say that I am worse off now than I was eight years ago (just like about 95% of Americans would).

I also applaud Senator Obama for having the guts to make the break with Reverend Wright, who I suspect thinks all the limelight and attention he's received for his sound bites/sermons/style have made him a star and I've concluded he's more of an attention-monger than man of god.

Most senators spend 8 months or so in DC and maybe 4 months at home, so I believe Senator Obama when he says he wasn't present for each and every sermon at Trinity.

And lastly, while some will call him a Socialist or a Marxist, I believe he is simply committed to bringing folks together, doing something about the economy, definitely ending an unjust and expensive war, and hopefully he'll be a president who can cross the party lines and recruit republicans, democrats, and even independents to make this country great again.

Posted by: drgrafix | April 30, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

If you want to find out the real truth about Obama's relationship with Ayers, call Bernardine Dohrn in Chicago at 312-618-3630

Posted by: billyc | April 30, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA'S "WRIGHT" HOOK

RE: OBAMA'S PASTOR

Senator Obama just got hit by a "Wright " hook that may amount to a knockout punch. There is no question that he is at least "on the ropes" on this one and perhaps rightfully so. This latest media blitz of Reverend Jeremiah Wright makes it abundantly clear that he is an outspoken man with to say the least, a flair for drama. Obama's classic attempt to deflect the issue from his own relationship with Wright, to an open a dialogue on race is however rather transparent. The fact remains that Pastor Wright was the good senators mentor in life for over 20 years. The strength of their bond was clearly demonstrated by the fact that Obama invited Wright to give the opening invocation at his initial declaration that he was running for president. Quite the honour no doubt. However, after having been advised by clearer heads in his campaign, he revoked the offer. Why you ask? Well, we have to go no further than Wrights own words in an interview over a year ago with Jodi Kantor of the New York Times on March 6,2007. According to the Pastor , Obama told her, "You can get kind of rough in the sermons, so what we've decided is that it's best for you not to be out there in the public."

Senator Obama's suggestions to the effect that he was not aware of the fact that a number of his Pastors statements have the appearance of being unpatriotic and inflammatory, ring hollow and to be candid are incredulous. Its about as convincing as Bill Clintons suggestion that he smoked marijuana but didn't inhale. Wrights latest newscasts make one thing crystal clear. One could not sit in his church for twenty years let alone have a close relationship with him without knowing his character and his politics.

There is no question that senator Obama is a great orator but where I come there is an old saying, "Watch the feet, not the mouth."


Posted by: RANDALL FROM CANADA | April 30, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

DISPATCHES FROM THE GROUND WAR ...

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS FORMER CLINTON STATE SWINGING OBAMA'S WAY ...

Poll shows Obama ahead with N.J. Democrats

April 30, 2008

TRENTON, N.J.

Support among New Jersey Democrats in the presidential race appears to be shifting to Barack Obama.

A Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll finds 45 percent of the Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents surveyed would like to see Obama get the party's nomination compared to 38 percent for Hillary Clinton.

Clinton beat Obama in the state's Democratic primary in February by a 10-point margin.

Nearly 40 percent of the Democrats polled say the continuing battle between the presidential candidates will damage the party's chances in November. ...

Posted by: martin edwin andersen | April 30, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I feel so sorry for Obama. I don't think we the Americans have a choice anymore to pick our candidate, our Media picks them. A sad day for America. I hope you folks that work in the media can sleep well at nights. Because i'm sure you the MEDIA will be sending our son/daughters to more wars to come. Thank you Media.

Posted by: ann | April 30, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

ou are so wrong with this article...... If Obama showed anger which he probably felt, he would be endlessly attacked for not being controlled enough. If you had watched the news conference ,you would be able to see that this was a painful event for him. Hillary can scream and rant, she can attack.... she can personally denegrate him.... He is stuck because whenever he tries that, he is looked down upon as a bully. There was the exactly amount of anger and disappointment in his voice to take care of the message.

Posted by: Ron | April 30, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Wright is doing exactly what the Clintons are telling him to do. Divide and conquer. Worked for Bush and Clinton I . With a population as ignorant as we have (statistically provable unlike popularity poles) they should have no problem.

Posted by: cm grigg | April 30, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

THE SAD THING IS THAT PASTOR WRIGHT IS NOT THE ROOT OF OBAMA'S WOES. IF YOU TRACE BACK HIS POLITICAL CAREER, YOU WILL FIND SOMEONE WHOSE JUDGMENT SEEMED OBSCURED BY HIS POLITICAL AMBITION. THINK ABOUT TONY REZKO, AND THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, AND, OF COURSE, PASTOR WRIGHT.

IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, THIS MAN HAS MORE THAN A FEW TIMES SHOWED A LACK OF JUDGMENT WITH HIS AFFILIATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS TO FURTHER HIS POLITICAL CAREER.

AT THE START, HE ENJOYED THE BENEFITS FROM THESE ASSOCIATIONS AND SAID NOTHING. BUT WHEN THESE ASSOCIATIONS PROVED TO BE A LIABILITY TO HIS ASPIRATIONS, HE STEERED AWAY FROM THEM. AND MORE THAN A FEW TIMES HE HAS TRIED TO GET AWAY WITH "I-DID-NOT-KNOW-HIM" EXCUSE. I MEAN, YOU CAN ONLY SAY "I'M A BUTTHEAT" SO MUCH.

I DON'T KNOW HOW CAN HE GET AWAY WITH THIS TREND BECAUSE IT SEEMS THAT THE PROBLEM HERE IS NEITHER WRIGHT NOR REZKO, BUT HIS CHARACTER. I JUST HOPE THAT IN THE REMAINING PRIMARIES, THE DEMOCRATIC VOTERS LOOK AT THE CANDIDATES WITH A KEEN EYE. IT IS TIME TO LOOK BEHIND RHETORIC AND DECIDE WHO IS THE BETTER PRESIDENT.

Posted by: alej | April 30, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

THE SAD THING IS THAT PASTOR WRIGHT IS NOT THE ROOT OF OBAMA'S WOES. IF YOU TRACE BACK HIS POLITICAL CAREER, YOU WILL FIND SOMEONE WHOSE JUDGMENT SEEMED OBSCURED BY HIS POLITICAL AMBITION. THINK ABOUT TONY REZKO, AND THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, AND, OF COURSE, PASTOR WRIGHT.

IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, THIS MAN HAS MORE THAN A FEW TIMES SHOWED A LACK OF JUDGMENT WITH HIS AFFILIATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS TO FURTHER HIS POLITICAL CAREER.

AT THE START, HE ENJOYED THE BENEFITS FROM THESE ASSOCIATIONS AND SAID NOTHING. BUT WHEN THESE ASSOCIATIONS PROVED TO BE A LIABILITY TO HIS ASPIRATIONS, HE STEERED AWAY FROM THEM. AND MORE THAN A FEW TIMES HE HAS TRIED TO GET AWAY WITH "I-DID-NOT-KNOW-HIM" EXCUSE. I MEAN, YOU CAN ONLY SAY "I'M A BUTTHEAT" SO MUCH.

I DON'T KNOW HOW CAN HE GET AWAY WITH THIS TREND BECAUSE IT SEEMS THAT THE PROBLEM HERE IS NEITHER WRIGHT NOR REZKO, BUT HIS CHARACTER. I JUST HOPE THAT IN THE REMAINING PRIMARIES, THE DEMOCRATIC VOTERS LOOK AT THE CANDIDATES WITH A KEEN EYE. IT IS TIME TO LOOK BEHIND RHETORIC AND DECIDE WHO IS THE BETTER PRESIDENT.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me what the Rev.'s comments have to do with the economy, gas prices, unemloyment? How many listened to the WHOLE sermon? Why is a canidate being judged by, NOT by what he said - but what his pastor said. Sad. Is the country so easily led by the media? They get fed constant sound bites and forget we're at war for nothing, their pockets are on a diet and nobody admits to the word recession. Truly sad.

Posted by: Rick | April 30, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

If Barrack is to be accoutable for listening to Write and taking counselfrom, then so should Hillary. Wright was called to the white house for marriage counselling following the Lewinsky scandal. Of course, Obama is too much of a gentleman to bring this up...

Posted by: Enyala | April 30, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe I am even in any way defending Hillary or Bill Clinton. Yes, she knew Bill was cheating etc and chose to stay with him. I always thought that was pathetic. However similarly Obama cannot have been clueless as to what Wright's beliefs were. The difference is Bill was a philanderer. Wright is anti-American and racist. Big difference in my mind and given a few other utterances from Obama I'm not clear where Obama stands either and how much he may believe some of the things espoused by Wright. As far as I am concerned he's already lied about not knowing that Wright thought (and preached) this way. Plus Obama has already shown elitist tendencies. Hillary is far from an ideal choice but she a few steps closer to being in touch with mainstream America. Not many but a few. I never ever imagined myself supporting her but given what I have seen of Obama the last few months I definately prefer her.

Posted by: Mary | April 30, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Tim to Trakker: Sorry your bubble was burst.

My bubble was burst when your President invaded Iraq, tortured prisoners, trampled on the Constitution and got re-elected. I don't know if Barack is the answer or not, but I know for certain McCain and Clinton are not the answer.

And yeah, the America Rev. Wright lives in is different from the America most of us live in. I wish you could experience that world for a year or two.

Posted by: Trakker | April 30, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Is it not possible that Obama was completely unaware of those offensive views of Rev Wright? If there is no evidence against Obama 's claim , why then judge him on suspicion or hypothesis? That is cruel


Obama fan's getting a taste of their own medicine. its about time the media holds him to the same light as Clinton. The treatment she has received will be studing for years to come.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 30, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I do not believe that Rev Wright is Anti-American because he pointed out to American in a way that is not their comfort level. White America should not be putting a label on Rev Wright. I am in the workplace on a daily basic whereas I encounter subtle racism. Don't through Rev Wright under the Bus. Obama the relationship you felt you had in the beginning with Rev Wright has not change. Believe it! The white people who have freaked out over Rev Wright comments does not understand the true intent of the message.
The last time I heard Rev Wright is not Obama's parent and did not raise him from a child who would have taught him values. We all have been associated with people who we did not agree with. The media is making this a race issue by not focusing on the content of Rev Wright's speech. What should white Americans do to rectify whatit had done and continue to do to black Americans. My grandmother was shot dead by a sharecropper, because she requested pay for work done after my grandfather's life was threaten; this took place in the present of my mother and her sibling; their father ran off because his life was threaten; the older 12 year old sister was left to raise three (3) sibling; my mother carried that horrible moment to her grave. I grew up with no grandmother nor grandfather. This is what Rev Wright was alluding to when he made the statement "American have not apologized to Black people". I do not understand why some White people take offense to truth and fact. Rev Wright may not have presented his speech in a way acceptable to some people, nevertheless, it is Fact and Truth. His speech is not deficient just different. If true History were taught in school more white could relate to Black History the same as they relate to other cultures who have been wronged in America. Black only want a level playing field. We don't want a handout, only to be compensated for the wrong that our ancestor suffered. If American are kept ignorant to true History we will always be a broken Country.

Posted by: Mary | April 30, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

To Whom This May Concern:

The Nation of Islam Under The Leadership Of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and His Servant,Brother Minister Louis Farrakhan; despite the comments of Senator Barack Obama, still support Our Brother.

Posted by: Aminah LORD | April 30, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The questioning of a 20 year relationship with Wright is not that complicated. One can have a changing relationship with someone whom one does disagree about fundamental aspects of life, and still have a positive one. Rev. Wright at one point was significant to Obama, in a way that was fatherly, I believe. However, Obama's life and actions speak for themselves, as do Wrights. They have both accomplished a lot with very different ways of doing so. Even Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X had a deep respect for one another, although very different views of how to deal with the issues at the time. I feel that it is more telling that Obama did NOT remove himself from this alliance as most aspiring politicians would by saying that he simply does NOT denounce what is important to him simply to win votes. He is true to himself and his word. The recent denouncement is necessary politically, but also personally, because after all, what is Wrights agenda in doing this now? Responding immediately would have made more sense last month! While Obama remained loyal to a degree to Wright, what has Wright done but undermine everything Obama stands for? Why now? The last month has seen very good articles about the positive things that Wright has done for his country and citizens. My question is why now?

There is an old line that speaks the truth, if not for religion, the poor would kill the rich. For any American to question the possibility that sincerely religious people can and often do have extreme anger and sadness at the way our country has behaved throughout the world is just unrealistic. That said, the most disheartening thing here, is that Wright is undermining a very important time for people he cares about, when change that those very people need could be accomplished with a President Obama. The crabs in the pot are pulling the rising crab back down with them, preventing the very success that they need.

Posted by: jbcjbc | April 30, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

This is not about Wright. It is about the character and judgment of someone who would join a racist black liberation theology church; stay for 20 years; formulate a close relationship with the racist and anti-American pastor; try to conceal this from the public by continually saying that he is a "Christian;" and then expect us to forget about those 20 years, merely because he himself is finally "outraged." Wright preaches black liberation theology. Here are a few statements from James Cone, a founder of black liberation theology, about Obama's religion:

(1) To be Christian is to be one of those whom God has chosen. God has chosen black people. (2) While it is true that blacks do hate whites, black hatred is not racism. (3) Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community. Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.

Posted by: James | April 30, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The only candidate who has demostated presidential demeanor through this campaign is Senator Obama. He isn't reactive, tearful, or prone to fits of anger. We need a president who is even tempered, thoughtful, and yes, able to convey and deal with complex issues. The Clintons were great at feel good sound bites and small steps to placate us temporarily (see the "gas tax holiday." Obama consistenty has the courage to deal with the hard issues, sucy as race, event when the media wants to trivialize them and opponents want to exploit them.

Posted by: Alan | April 30, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Poor Barack. He just cannot shake this idiot. It's a pity that our elections are determined with "guilt by association".

http://politicalgraffiti.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/obama_hatrick.jpg

Posted by: David Donar | April 30, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Trakker said: "To all the commenters who have never spent time in a Black church's pew or years in a Black persons shoes, please: just shut up."

What a pile of crap! If you are saying that all black churches are the same, then are totally wrong. Just as all white churches are the not the same. How arrogant of you to say that only those individuals who have attended a black church or are are black have the right to comment on this. We all have the right to comment on this...because Obama (running for U.S. President not U.S. Black President) tied himself to this man (audacity of hope or should we say hype) and now that we see the man who Obama had so much admiration for we realize...we have reservations about voting for Obama. Sorry your bubble was burst.

Posted by: Tim | April 30, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

To all the commenters who have never spent time in a Black church's pew or years in a Black persons shoes, please: just shut up.

Obama tried to make his campaign about issues, but his opponents and the media insist on making this about race. When Barack finally tries to defend himself, everyone goes: "See, we told you. Barack's campaign is all about race!"

The guy is half white, but it's his Black parent that defines his race in America. Why is white the only race that requires pure blood? Talk about arrogance...

Posted by: Trakker | April 30, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

It's the Wright time for Obama to drop out.

Posted by: Tim | April 30, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Obamaniacs live in a world of fantasy. Barry shoots himself in the foot, HRC must have provided the gun. Come back to reality. These conspiracy theorists want to blame HRC for Obama's actions. I don't think it was HRC who went to Wright's house of hate for 20 years. The audacity to blame HRC just proves how desperate they are. Did she arrange Moyer's interview also? Think not. As Wright said, Barry is just a poltician whose chickens have home to roost. Blaming HRC is about as believable as Barry attending Wright's church for 20 years and not hearing his hate speeches.

Posted by: Jack Straw | April 30, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

People who support Senator Obama are not nuts, followers are maniacs. They don't follow him in a cult like trance. I am sick and tired of this reference. Those who make such references sound like Senator Clinton and former President Clinton after the Iowa caucus lost. And you wonder why people do not support her campaign. So, do the people who are supporting and voting for Senators Clinton and McCain fools for believing they are going to FINALLY address the issues facing working Americans after the many of years of "experience" they tout and never addressed working American's needs? Chalk one up for experience! Give me a break.

Supporters of Senator Obama support him, vote for him because finally, a candidate has the gall to say we need to stop letting politics in Washington, the Federal government, be dictated by the select few, special interest groups, lobbyist, and large companies and cartels (oil). Senator Obama's only bad call was selecting a pastor, a bad call that has NOTHING to do with his vision and approach for addressing the daunting issues facing every American. Yes, all candidates character should be examined but I believe his has been along with the other two candidates. If you want to keep focusing on it, then by all means. There is a number of us out here, common folk, citizens, who want to know how the next candidate is going to help overcome the mess the current administration has left behind and help stimulate the economy, to include strengthening the dollar. What do you think is the best approach, bringing people together and getting opposite sides of an issue to come to an agreement that benefits everyone, all Americans, or fighting, bickering and hammering out deals that leaves one side slighted and benefits SOME Americans?

Posted by: Citizen AJ | April 30, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Update: 56% who heard speech less likely to vote for Obama?
Obama's Chickens Come Home to Roost
that's what Obama gets for his support and defense of the Rev Wright. Obama stated in his speech"Wright is like an uncle you love and respect" As imperfect as he may be, he has been family to me for so many years, I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community" Obama is now declaring himself shocked and disappointed at Wright's unrepentantly racist and anti-American views? Obamas obviously support his feelings of anti-America and white hatred that the church endoreses to stay for 20 years also why would a parent continue to raise their young daughters in that atmosphere .Obama can no longer plausibly claim innocence in this matter, because he is the one who has encouraged Wright by trying to excuse and explain his views. All of this is why it is no use for Obama to backpedal from his association with Reverend Wright, or to denounce him now, six weeks too late. It was Obama who sought to provide the Reverend Wright with immunity from criticism--and he can't complain when the reverend tries to take full advantage of that immunity. This is the final collapse of the noble promise of the Obama campaign. The man who had once put himself forward as the candidate who would transcend racial politics once and for all has ended up legitimizing a Christian equivalent of Louis Farrakhan--and injecting him into the American political debate. Wright "Calls for Justice and Repair," followed a statement in which he declared that "The Biblical principle of true repentance is that the offended party is given compensation to make up for that which has been stolen from them, the losses that have been inflicted upon them and their families." A reparations plan for blacks could extract several trillion dollars from American taxpayers' pockets. THERES ABSOLUTLY NO CHANGE WITH OBAMAhttp://www.dontvoteobama.net

Posted by: Obama's Chickens Come Home to Roost | April 30, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

You know, people who support Senator Obama are not blind followers. We are not mesmerized and follow him in a cultish trance. I am sick and tired of people posting comments like this. It sounds like Senator Clinton and former President Clinton's description of his campaign back in January after losing the Iowa caucus. Are supporters of Senator Clinton and Senator McCain fools for believing they are FINALLY going to address the issues of working class Americans after not addressing them in the many years of government service they tout? Give me a break.

For once, a candidate speaks about letting the common citizen dictate the politics of Washington D.C., the Federal government, not lobbyist, special interest groups, and large companies and cartels. That's what is appealing about Senator Obama's campaign. He may have selected a pastor who is selfish and stuck in a time warp but that seems to be his only bad call, a bad call that does not affect his approach and vision to solving the issues of this country. Yes, his character and judgement should be questioned but I think it has been and now it is time to move on. If you want to keep re-judging, so be it but there is a number of folks ready to look at how WE, yes, we the citizens are going to solve the daunting issues facing this country. Not only solve them but what is the best approach to solving them. Getting everyone involved and in agreement or fighting, bickering and hammering out deals where some feel slighted? Which do YOU think is the best approach?

Posted by: Citizen AJ | April 30, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Wright told the truth...about Obama.

Obama is one lying sack of manure who cares only about vindicating his deadbeat dad who deserted him when he was two.

Obama is psychologically unfit to be president of the U.S.

Maybe he should run among his people in Kenya.

Posted by: dylan | April 30, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Wright told the truth...about Obama.

Obama is one lying sack of manure who cares only about vindicating his deadbeat dad who deserted him when he was two.

Obama is psychologically unfit to be president of the U.S.

Maybe he should run among his people in Kenya.

Posted by: dylan | April 30, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I want truth in Politics , and I want Fairness and fair coverage on all Controversy if you all are going to Perceive a Maybe about How Obama Might be Thinking like his pastor I would like to see Bill Oreilly ask Hillary about this Picture of Bill Clinton shaking Hands with Rev Wright , and what was their relationship ??
Tuesday, April 29:
• Hillary Clinton to appear on 'The Factor' for first time ever on Wed.! Karl Rove joins Bill tonight and suggests some questions
• And, Obama responds to Rev. Wright controversy -- you won't believe what he's saying
www.truthabouttrinity.blogspot.com/2008/03/my-pastor-has-represented-us-well.html
And an anonymous blog set up to defend his church offers some compelling photographic evidence of this: A photograph of Wright and President Clinton, which it says was taken on Sept. 11, 1998 -- the date of a White House gathering for religious leaders.
Hillary Clinton, according to her recently released schedule for the day, was present at the gathering. Al Gore also appears in the picture.
www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=56868
ELECTION 2008
Clintons to face fraud trial
What a Story! Candidate Personally Receives Hundreds of Thousands From Foreign Sources, Private Interests
www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/what-a-story-candidate-pe_b_96052.html
Huge Kazakh deal follows financier's trip with Clinton, precedes donation .
www.nytimes.com/2008/01/31/us/politics/31donor.html?ex=1359435600&en=33a4d96a239655bf&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
CLICK The Video Link below ; The pandering Clintons first were pushing the Iraq Regime Change in the 1990s , and now they pander for the Voters that are against the war .
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Posted by: AJ Mesa , AZ | April 30, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Obama knew this man for twenty years. Obama knew what this man's preaching and message has been. He now wants to distance himself simply for political reasons. Obama does not sound like a change candidate to me. He sounds exactly like more of the same and one that can not win in a general election.

Posted by: carlin | April 30, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Gosh! Some people are doubting Clintons' hands in making this Wright debacle a continuing story. Didn't they see Hillary Clinton pointing a pistol at reluctant Rev. Wright's head at the National Press Club? It was clearly visible that Bill clinton was waiting with an M16 near the back door. And even Chelsea Clinton was just behind the poor pastor holding a machete. Sen. Obama's dear spiritual mentor found no escape.

Posted by: ing | April 30, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

what obama did takes courage if you people who listen to rev wrights tape and talk about the 20 years in that church you would hear that he said it was the first time he would go down this path then he went on to quote some one else they weree not even his words do you reall think obama and the white people in the church would have stayed if this went on regularly the answer is no i wish you would stop spinning and tell it like it is obama or rev wright does not hate any one you use those words so you can anger people who might have thought he was a good candidate which he is the sad part is obama has to weather this storm like he has many others rev wright should have just sat down this was not the time or the season obama will be okay but will america with all the hate even from you taling about wright it is not his words you say them all the time and call it critical his you call hate because you want to damage obama he got to close you could not take it tell the truth he was a joke at first just like jesse and al but he went to far he raised money that nothing but rep were supposed to raise he became someone that people were believing in and then the kennedy's endorsed him this black man god forbid why can't you admit you have a biracial man that is just as qualified as any of you to lead this country people will wake up and see that all your negative talk is to just enrage them so they will not vote for him i hope he keeps his cool and continue to pray while you slander and hopefully no weapon formed against him shall prosper. look past his skin and listen to his words we are in a mess and he will be the one to start the process of recovery

Posted by: jeanise | April 30, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

How did Senator Obama sit in church for 20 years and not know his pastor was crazy? Well, how could I be married to a man for 25 years and never once suspect him of being capable of the outrageous acts he committed during the final four years before our divorce?

I identify with Senator Obama on the pain and anger that results from that kind of betrayal. I don't expect to be judged by my husband's actions and Obama should not be judged by Wright's.

I just don't believe that Wright could have built such a large, racially diverse congregation, or accomplished all the good he accomplished over 30 years, had he been the same man we saw speaking at the Press Club all those years. If he had been, I doubt it would have taken the press this long to discover him.

If you do not like/agree with a candidate then don't vote for him or her. The hateful, derisive comments seen in blogs about each of these candidates embarrasses and distresses me. When we listen to people like that and vote on our prejudices then we end up with someone like George W Bush.

Posted by: listenup | April 30, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The remarks below was posted by someone else. But I believe the Logic is so compelling that even an Obama cult follower would be unable to refute the Logic. But as most sane, middle of the road people as witness numerous times when it comes to Left Wing Loonies or Right Wing Nuts Logic is replaced by Illogical passion!

Americans don't need pundits to "tell us" what we can easily see for ourselves; Reverend Wright is completely incapable of censoring himself for 5 minutes much less 2 decades - yet Barack Obama still expects us to believe he never heard and wasn't aware of the true sentiments of Reverend Wright.

It is simply not plausible for anyone to believe Barack Obama watched tapes of Reverend Wright in college (as he has admitted to doing), was a member of that church for 20 years, chose Reverend Wright to be his personal spiritual mentor for over 17 years where they held personal one on one conversations and yet, somehow, Wright never shared with Barack Obama what he has so willingly shared and literally sold on tapes to the entire world.

Americans may be naïve at times, but we do know this much: When you take money out of your wallet and lay that money down for the same cause, week after week, month after month, year after year, for 20 years...you HAVE endorsed that message and you have most assuredly endorsed the MESSENGER. Period.

The most significantly telling aspect of Senator Obama's press conference on Tuesday is that, once again, like the ABC debate, we witness a petulant and irritated Senator Obama; angry that he is being asked to take responsibility for the choices he has made regarding his personal and professional associations. Apparently Senator Obama believes his words are so magical that they alone should instantly be able to wipe clean 20 years of actions that directly contradict and disprove his excuses. Give me the names of any other politicians where we take them at their word alone. Good luck. Senator Obama decries that further questioning is "getting off message" while, conveniently, never connecting that a candidate's beliefs and character are every bit as much a part of "the message" as policy promises.

A few short weeks ago, in Philadelphia, Senator Obama hypnotized the world into believing his grandmother was racist, Geraldine Ferraro was a racist and the American public were racists, while completely ignoring the fact that the very reason everyone had gathered in that room was due to his decision to support an extremist black agenda...for 20 years. He is now attempting once again to shift the blame for this crisis onto Reverend Wright by clinging to the excuse that the Wright of today differs drastically from the Wright who led him to Jesus. Does Senator Obama not realize that we can easily recall that it was not even one year ago that Senator Obama is seen on film lauding the "current" Reverend Wright at Hampton University as "a great leader, not just for Chicago, but for all over our country"? Does he not realize that we recall that it was only 4 short months ago that Senator Obama was so pleased with the "current" Reverend Wright, that he personally placed him on his Presidential Election Campaign through his "National African American Religious Leadership Committee"? He wasn't "disapproving" of the "current" Reverend Wright 4 months ago.

Reverend Wright is Reverend Wright; he espouses what he believes, like it or not and tapes reveal his message has remained constant. The change is not coming from Reverend Wright, the only change in this entire scenario is that Wright's message is no longer politically advantageous to Senator Obama and that is the only reason we have now seen a denouncement - after 20 years of full fledged acceptance and endorsement.

How long will Americans allow a top contender for President of the United States to repeatedly hide behind, "I didn't know" with regard to Wright, Rezko and so many other important issues and even more importantly what else do WE not know?

Posted by: gary | April 30, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

The remarks below was posted by someone else. But I believe the Logic is so compelling that even an Obama cult follower would be unable to refute the Logic. But as most sane, middle of the road people as witness numerous times when it comes to Left Wing Loonies or Right Wing Nuts Logic is replaced by Illogical passion!

Americans don't need pundits to "tell us" what we can easily see for ourselves; Reverend Wright is completely incapable of censoring himself for 5 minutes much less 2 decades - yet Barack Obama still expects us to believe he never heard and wasn't aware of the true sentiments of Reverend Wright.

It is simply not plausible for anyone to believe Barack Obama watched tapes of Reverend Wright in college (as he has admitted to doing), was a member of that church for 20 years, chose Reverend Wright to be his personal spiritual mentor for over 17 years where they held personal one on one conversations and yet, somehow, Wright never shared with Barack Obama what he has so willingly shared and literally sold on tapes to the entire world.

Americans may be naïve at times, but we do know this much: When you take money out of your wallet and lay that money down for the same cause, week after week, month after month, year after year, for 20 years...you HAVE endorsed that message and you have most assuredly endorsed the MESSENGER. Period.

The most significantly telling aspect of Senator Obama's press conference on Tuesday is that, once again, like the ABC debate, we witness a petulant and irritated Senator Obama; angry that he is being asked to take responsibility for the choices he has made regarding his personal and professional associations. Apparently Senator Obama believes his words are so magical that they alone should instantly be able to wipe clean 20 years of actions that directly contradict and disprove his excuses. Give me the names of any other politicians where we take them at their word alone. Good luck. Senator Obama decries that further questioning is "getting off message" while, conveniently, never connecting that a candidate's beliefs and character are every bit as much a part of "the message" as policy promises.

A few short weeks ago, in Philadelphia, Senator Obama hypnotized the world into believing his grandmother was racist, Geraldine Ferraro was a racist and the American public were racists, while completely ignoring the fact that the very reason everyone had gathered in that room was due to his decision to support an extremist black agenda...for 20 years. He is now attempting once again to shift the blame for this crisis onto Reverend Wright by clinging to the excuse that the Wright of today differs drastically from the Wright who led him to Jesus. Does Senator Obama not realize that we can easily recall that it was not even one year ago that Senator Obama is seen on film lauding the "current" Reverend Wright at Hampton University as "a great leader, not just for Chicago, but for all over our country"? Does he not realize that we recall that it was only 4 short months ago that Senator Obama was so pleased with the "current" Reverend Wright, that he personally placed him on his Presidential Election Campaign through his "National African American Religious Leadership Committee"? He wasn't "disapproving" of the "current" Reverend Wright 4 months ago.

Reverend Wright is Reverend Wright; he espouses what he believes, like it or not and tapes reveal his message has remained constant. The change is not coming from Reverend Wright, the only change in this entire scenario is that Wright's message is no longer politically advantageous to Senator Obama and that is the only reason we have now seen a denouncement - after 20 years of full fledged acceptance and endorsement.

How long will Americans allow a top contender for President of the United States to repeatedly hide behind, "I didn't know" with regard to Wright, Rezko and so many other important issues and even more importantly what else do WE not know?

Posted by: gary | April 30, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The remarks below was posted by someone else. But I believe the Logic is so compelling that even an Obama cult follower would be unable to refute the Logic. But as most sane, middle of the road people as witness numerous times when it comes to Left Wing Loonies or Right Wing Nuts Logic is replaced by Illogical passion!

Americans don't need pundits to "tell us" what we can easily see for ourselves; Reverend Wright is completely incapable of censoring himself for 5 minutes much less 2 decades - yet Barack Obama still expects us to believe he never heard and wasn't aware of the true sentiments of Reverend Wright.

It is simply not plausible for anyone to believe Barack Obama watched tapes of Reverend Wright in college (as he has admitted to doing), was a member of that church for 20 years, chose Reverend Wright to be his personal spiritual mentor for over 17 years where they held personal one on one conversations and yet, somehow, Wright never shared with Barack Obama what he has so willingly shared and literally sold on tapes to the entire world.

Americans may be naïve at times, but we do know this much: When you take money out of your wallet and lay that money down for the same cause, week after week, month after month, year after year, for 20 years...you HAVE endorsed that message and you have most assuredly endorsed the MESSENGER. Period.

The most significantly telling aspect of Senator Obama's press conference on Tuesday is that, once again, like the ABC debate, we witness a petulant and irritated Senator Obama; angry that he is being asked to take responsibility for the choices he has made regarding his personal and professional associations. Apparently Senator Obama believes his words are so magical that they alone should instantly be able to wipe clean 20 years of actions that directly contradict and disprove his excuses. Give me the names of any other politicians where we take them at their word alone. Good luck. Senator Obama decries that further questioning is "getting off message" while, conveniently, never connecting that a candidate's beliefs and character are every bit as much a part of "the message" as policy promises.

A few short weeks ago, in Philadelphia, Senator Obama hypnotized the world into believing his grandmother was racist, Geraldine Ferraro was a racist and the American public were racists, while completely ignoring the fact that the very reason everyone had gathered in that room was due to his decision to support an extremist black agenda...for 20 years. He is now attempting once again to shift the blame for this crisis onto Reverend Wright by clinging to the excuse that the Wright of today differs drastically from the Wright who led him to Jesus. Does Senator Obama not realize that we can easily recall that it was not even one year ago that Senator Obama is seen on film lauding the "current" Reverend Wright at Hampton University as "a great leader, not just for Chicago, but for all over our country"? Does he not realize that we recall that it was only 4 short months ago that Senator Obama was so pleased with the "current" Reverend Wright, that he personally placed him on his Presidential Election Campaign through his "National African American Religious Leadership Committee"? He wasn't "disapproving" of the "current" Reverend Wright 4 months ago.

Reverend Wright is Reverend Wright; he espouses what he believes, like it or not and tapes reveal his message has remained constant. The change is not coming from Reverend Wright, the only change in this entire scenario is that Wright's message is no longer politically advantageous to Senator Obama and that is the only reason we have now seen a denouncement - after 20 years of full fledged acceptance and endorsement.

How long will Americans allow a top contender for President of the United States to repeatedly hide behind, "I didn't know" with regard to Wright, Rezko and so many other important issues and even more importantly what else do WE not know?

Posted by: jeff | April 30, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?

With all the controversy continuing to swirl around the Obama/Wright relationship, an important question remains. What did Obama know and when did he know it? There have been many different versions of an answer to this question from Senator Obama, ranging from never hearing these sermons, to them being taken out of context, and yesterday when Obama said this was not the man he met 20 years ago.
A focal point is Wright being "uninvited" to the announcement of Obama's presidential candidacy. In an interview with the New York Times, Wright had this recollection of the disinvitation, from RealClearPolitics:

"Mr. Wright said that in the phone conversation in which Mr. Obama disinvited him from a role in the announcement, Mr. Obama cited an article in Rolling Stone, "The Radical Roots of Barack Obama."

According to the pastor, Mr. Obama then told him, "You can get kind of rough in the sermons, so what we've decided is that it's best for you not to be out there in public."

The Rolling Stone article was from the February 22. 2007 issue and was entitled "The Radical Roots of Barack Obama", a title later changed to "Destiny's Child." It contained excerpts from a sermon by Reverend Wright called 10 Essential Facts About America. Here are some of the "facts" mentioned by Wright:

Racism is alive and well. Racism is the American way.

Racism is how this country was founded, and how this country is still run.

No black man can ever be President.

No black woman will ever be considered for anything outside of what she can give with her body.

America is still the number one killer in the world.

We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training professional killers.

We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority. And believe it more than we believe in God.

We supported Zionism shamelessly while ignoring the Palestinians, and branding anybody who spoke out against it as being anti-Semitic.

We do not care if poor black and brown children cannot read and kill each other senselessly

We started the AIDS virus, and now that it is out of control we still put more money in the military than in medicine. More money in hate than humanitarian concerns.

We are selfish, self-centered ego egotists, who are arrogant and ignorant.

Here was the Reverend's closing line to the sermon:

And, and, and... in light of these in fact God has got to be sick of this s**t!

In the debate in Philadelphia, when questioned about the disinvitation, Obama said:

"I've discussed this extensively. Reverend Wright is somebody who made controversial statements but they were not of the sort that we saw that offended so many Americans."

So if Senator Obama knew enough about Wright's statements to uninvite him to his presidential announcement, why did he later say he never heard such statements? Here is a fact of my own, these words are nothing new. They reflect who Rev. Wright is and who he has always been. It all comes down to honesty and believability. Obama's speech yesterday put some distance between him and Wright, but it would have been better to hear those words immediately after the controversial clips first surfaced. All the different variations on explaining them have only made this worse.

Posted by: Kev25 | April 30, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Now I am convinced that Obama is ready to lead America in the right path. Obama has just won me over. I just love his honesty and moral clarity. I can't be more proud of him. Some may say his response was late, but I believe that a broken engagement is better than a broken marriage. Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to confront your challenges no matter how late. I am glad that Obama will be a President that will listen to American people. Great strength is not about never making a mistake or blunder but picking yourself up when you realize you're wrong. When Bush/Cheney came to know that the war intelligence was totally wrong, what did they do? American people spoke out, shouted , protested and made their voicse clear in the congressional election but is Bush/Cheney listening? I will like to follow a leader who will change course whenever he/she discovers a better root.
You don't need to eat all the food before you know how it taste. This singular action of Senator Obama is enough of an indication for me of kind of President he would be if elected.
Is it not possible that Obama was completely unaware of those offensive views of Rev Wright? If there is no evidence against Obama 's claim , why then judge him on suspicion or hypothesis? That is cruel
If Rev Wright is such a high caliber Southside Chicago preacher and some of his so extreme and offensive comments were really that in the open for 20 years of relationship with Obama, then the big question is why is it taking 20 years for the press to find out

Posted by: Terry | April 30, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

GRIM TIDINGS HAILED FROM AMERICA'S NEWS PAGES YESTERDAY. You needed a hanky just to glance at the headlines.

Of course, the bloodiest violence reported was the figurative knifing of Senator Barack Obama by his father figure, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who betrayed his protege's political aspirations by deliberately reiterating his disdain for whitey. The betrayal was excruciating to watch as the result will be the temporary shelving of a presidential campaign. The sad end to a two-decade affiliation reminds us all of the consequences of affiliation. Or as the blog Real Clear Politics put it, "Obama's Chickens Come Home to Roost." Here's the lesson for us all: Is there someone in your life you need to jettison? Don't wait until your judgment is questioned.

Some of the media, witnessing the death of their anointed candidate, moved into overdrive trying to pin the Rev. Wright's death wish on, guess who, Billary Clinton. Which they should be careful of doing: Painting Hillary and Bill as omnipotent has the direct effect of promoting a Clinton presidency redux. After all, doesn't the most powerful deserve the title?

CrabbyGolightly.com. Taking a dim view of celebrity, media and power.

Posted by: CrabbyGolightly.com | April 30, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Obama is so slick, but here the evidence he can not deny. On the TV program THE VIEW, Obama declared that Reverend Wright accepted that his view were inappropriate and mischaracterized. Then weeks later Wright goes on a national Hate America Press Tour? Just goes to prove how immature and green Obama is. And this is being generous. Watching this video one can only conclude Obama simply lied. Go ahead check it out yourselves: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6J7yJ9R5p0

Posted by: Leanza Cornett | April 30, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Obama is so slick, but here the evidence he can not deny. On the TV program THE VIEW, Obama declared that Reverend Wright accepted that his view were inappropriate and mischaracterized. Then weeks later Wright goes on a national Hate America Press Tour? Just goes to prove how immature and green Obama is. And this is being generous. Watching this video one can only conclude Obama simply lied. Go ahead check it out yourselves: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6J7yJ9R5p0

Posted by: Leanza Cornett | April 30, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

NOPE Barack Hussein Obama never did get it!
And all Obama is doing now on us,just more
of Obama's phony,lying,shucking and jiving
us, that he condemns his good old "Uncle"
Rev Jerimiah Wright and you can bet that
the next thing that comes out of the black
racist Obama camp will be,for that white
people hating angy crazy Michele Obama to
come out and tell us,that she is so ashamed
of Rev Wright for throwing her and Barack
under the bus no less. Wake Up the two
Obama's,both Barack Hussein Obama and his
nutty wife Michelle Obama are danger total
out of touch with reality extremist black
power militants,phony liberal losers. Just
say NO OBama! We Do Not Need The Obamas!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | April 30, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Dear Fellow Americans,

Our Great-grand Nation, the United States of America
is and will face very critical "Challenges" in coming
years and decades.

The Problems will be tough and solutions would not
easy.

The key will the cool, calm, and collectedness of our
next President[ What I call Presidential Temperament'
The one remaining candidate who has consistently that
Presidential Temperament is Senator Obama.

His message of change makes sense. We have to stop
doing business in Washington old ways. The new ways of
lifting each other up and stopping tearing each other
down will not held our Great grand Nation. The
Terrorists around the world[real] and inadvertently
assisted by some shortsighted media [Who are party to
this perpetuation of psychological terrorism of
mis-information, dis-information, and duplicity], that
is what we do not need.

In order to send the message around the world that
America is get Senator Obama our next president. At
least on thing he has shown consistently is the
presidential Temperament. The Temperament of our next
president is very critical address internal and
internal challenges. Let us defeat real external
terrorists snd internal psychological terrorists once
for all.

God Bless out Great grand Nation, its diverse people,
and Senator Obama. He is the ans her to our future
stability, security, safety, and regain our status in
the world.

Yours truly,

COL.[retd] A.M.Khajawall
Disables American Veteran.
Las Vegas Nevada.


Posted by: COL.[retd]A.M.Khajawall | April 30, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I think Obama did just what he needed to do yesterday. Now it is time for the media to do their part.

The New York Times was right in today's editorial, stating that the media needs to hold McCain responsible for his associations in the same way they have held Obama accountable. The editorial mentions Hagee. We also need to look at Rod Parsley-- McCain's "spiritual guide"?

The link below is the first video I have been able to find of Pastor Parsley's controversial call to arms against Islam-- in the clip he basically calls for a return to the Crusades.

The media should play this clip like they have played the Wright clips--Fair and Balanced!

WATCH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ycyGjailqQ

Posted by: Sugarbox | April 30, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

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