Video: Obama on the hot seat

posted at 3:19 pm on March 15, 2008 by Allahpundit

A triple play; take your pick. Olbermann isn’t the obsequious troll he might have been but he’s content to let Obama recite his talking points. Garrett’s too interested in playing cross-examiner and reestablishing the extent of Obama’s involvement with Wright, which is already a matter of public record, but he does badger him into saying he’d have quit the church if he had known what was being said from the pulpit (which, of course, he did). That admission may prove useful later on. Cooper doesn’t get quite that far — Obama tells him he “probably” would have said something to Wright — but he does ask two other pertinent questions, which are duly ducked: How can it be that in 20 years of attendance, His Holiness never got wind of Wright’s “nuance” on race? And why does he keep referring to him as an eccentric old uncle when we don’t get to pick our family members but we do get to pick our pastors? It’s like defending your membership in a whites-only country club by saying, “You know how grandpas can be.”

If you only have time to watch one, watch Cooper, as the second half contains the germ of the defense you’ll be hearing from Obama going forward: The black community is “in transition” from the highly racialist old guard embodied by Wright to the healing, post-racial new guard of which the Messiah is the physical incarnation. The baton is being passed. From the creepy caterpillar that is Rev. Jeremiah emerges the beautiful Obaman butterfly. Your exit question, via the Autonomist and Ace: What was butterfly doing, then, nodding along to one of Wright’s sermons about the “United States of White America”? And if you don’t believe the nodding part, why didn’t he at least quit the church after hearing it, like he told Major Garrett he’d do?

Click the image to watch. Or here’s the transcript if you’d rather skim.


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Now that’s funny…

Hog Wild on March 15, 2008 at 7:47 PM

lies lies lies, yeah!!

wildweasel on March 15, 2008 at 7:56 PM

I’m glad “Reverend” Wright had his “sermons” videotaped. It has opened my eyes to so many things. I now understand that it’s not the worship of “gangsta” culture that is responsible for so many black men being in prison, it’s the Evil White Man. It’s not the high level of sexual promiscuity among young blacks that’s responsible for the high incidence of AIDS (not to mention other STD’s) in blacks, it’s the Evil White Man. It’s not the hip-hop world’s constant degradation of black women in song by referring to them as bitches, sluts and ‘ho’s who should be slapped, beaten (and worse), that is responsible for black men’s disrespectful attitudes toward black women, it’s the Evil White Man.

Thanks, “Reverend” Wright, for clearing that all up for me.

AZCoyote on March 15, 2008 at 7:59 PM

Jump through the hoop…. Yeah… That’s it…

Seixon on March 15, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Buy Danish on March 15, 2008 at 7:07 PM

Thanks Danish, but I still wonder if Hannity or ABC bought the vids themselvs or did somone else buy them and give to Hannity or ABC?

allrsn on March 15, 2008 at 8:03 PM

I said.

I wish could review a clip.

Ask, and the Pajamahadeen will provide:

“Yes. If I heard him say that repeated, I would quit.”

Parsing? Maybe?

dinasour on March 15, 2008 at 8:07 PM

A politician telling a lie? I’m shocked.

Johan Klaus on March 15, 2008 at 8:23 PM

Obama said he didn’t agree with the racists comments (now Obama is cherry picking), and then goes on to sympathize with the comments and the messenger and the group (blacks) that believe them. He eventually said he agrees with the content, but he doesn’t agree with the lack of Obamaesque “slickness with a smile” tone.

He also (essentially) blames the media for the repetition (greatest hits) of comments he doesn’t agree with the “tone” of? Why did Cooper let him off so easy with that softball crap? Ask the obvious questions!!!

nottakingsides on March 15, 2008 at 8:25 PM

The Garrett spot is BEGGING for a mash up. It’s way Law and Order.

– The Cat

P.S. Obama even picked up on the cross examination (like Allah said) and answered the last question like he was on the stand and with a giggle. I don’t think he thought that someone would edit and cut it though. *eg*

MirCat on March 15, 2008 at 9:22 PM

Obama said he didn’t want to leave his “church family” when his pastor was on the verge of retirement. This is the “family” that screamed “amen!” at every wicked statement.

jgapinoy on March 15, 2008 at 9:22 PM

P.P.S. Don’t champagnes vett people anymore?

MirCat on March 15, 2008 at 9:25 PM

allrsn on March 15, 2008 at 8:03 PM

I’m speculating, but I would imagine that one of their researchers clicked on their website wandered around a bit, found the videos, and made a purchase which got charged to ABC or FOX.


Buy Danish on March 15, 2008 at 9:56 PM

Your exit question: What was butterfly doing, then, nodding along to one of Wright’s sermons about the “United States of White America”? And if you don’t believe the nodding part, why didn’t he at least quit the church after hearing it, like he told Major Garrett he’d do?

Ooh, ooh, me! Uh…because he’s a lying pos?!

Jaibones on March 15, 2008 at 11:08 PM

“You keep using that word – confess. I think that word does not mean what you think it means…”

Jaibones on March 15, 2008 at 11:37 PM

– How does Obama think he’s going to get away with declaring that his racist, anti-American pos minister is some sort of widely respected preacher. Widely respected by whom?

– How does Obama think he’s going to get away with lying about when he heard crazy, racist talk from Wright? Is he really that stupid?

– Don’t you love the aggressive prosecutorial tone Major Garrett took in this interview, as contrasted to the long, slow blowjob that Anderson Cooper performed on him? (Btw, Cooper, is your jaw feeling better?)

– Don’t you love how the oratorically blessed Obama, without benefit of speechwriter and telepromptr becomes a stammering, confused, and remarkably ordinary speaker? (I do).

Jaibones on March 15, 2008 at 11:45 PM

Obama’s nonsensical justification for Wright’s sermons, that he grew up under different circumstances than Obama and harbors resentments, just doesn’t wash. That same kind of nonlogic could be applied to any bigot, from the KKK member to Hitler. Ultimately, regardless of liberal arguments to the contrary, each individual is responsible for his or her own actions. Wright carries the burden of his statements, and so now, Obama must now bear responsibility for his lengthy and ongoing (until this broke nationally)relationship with and tolerance of Wright.

second digit on March 16, 2008 at 7:36 AM

Don’t get your hopes up. Remember, Clinton should have been dead a number of times and just kept on coming. This blew up in time for it to go away before the next round of voting.

davod on March 16, 2008 at 7:40 AM

Obama said that there were things said right after 9/11 that he did not hear until he started running for president. Either he wasn’t listening when he was in the pew or he is lying.

BTW, did you notice that PinochObama nose is growing

ConservativePartyNow on March 16, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Why the tone, AP?
You don’t approve of this tactic of prying an answer out of the stonewalling and backtracking B. Hussein?

shooter on March 15, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Shooter….I recognize your sarcarsm, but it bears saying. The media is FULLY invested in the Obama Story and they will do anything and everything that they can to make sure that it comes to fruition. Our days of having an “unbiased, independent” media are long gone….


Lady Logician on March 16, 2008 at 9:45 AM

“I will not repudiate the man.”


So let American know this, and let America repudiate Obama. Obama is simply not believable in these interviews.

He continued to attend this church and that pretty much is an endorsement. Bring America together?


Interesting how Olbermann already is decrying the future use of this information.

drjohn on March 16, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Helping the poor is not the supreme message of the Bible. It is not even close. This is such a misconception, misrepresentation of scripture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It was Jesus who corrected Judas when Judas criticized Jesus for allowing Mary to clean His feet with expensive perfume! Judas said they could have sold that perfume and given the money to the poor,, yet Jesus said in Mark 14 the poor will always be here! Wow! From Jesus Himself!! In Exodus 23 God tells the Israelites to NOT be partial to a poor man in his dispute! Lev 19:15 says the same thing. In Exodus 30:15, “The rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less..” This was in regards to an offering,, a tax believe it or not,, that was to come to God!!
I could list more,, but,, suffice it to say,, I am getting sick of this so called “social gospel”. If Jesus showed up at 90% of these so called social gospel churches,, they would want to crucify Him!

JellyToast on March 16, 2008 at 2:02 PM

Watch his face during Cooper’s interview. That is some squirming hey? What is the difference between what this pastor was preaching on Sunday, and what muslims hear in mosque on Friday. HATE,HATE, and more HATE. I am really saddened by the lack of attention B. Hussein has gotten from the MSM. This pastor and his anti American, anti rich, and anti white preaching has got to be the best kept secret in Chicago, or America for that matter. Pretty soon you are going to find that not only can Barry not walk on water, he can’t even tread water.

pueblo1032 on March 16, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Is there video evidence of any Wright sermons that aren’t hateful, racist, anti-American crap?

I mean…he keeps saying these were a few isolated incidents that a regular, but not perfect attendee such as himself would have a reasonable chance to miss all of them in a span of 20 years. Surely we would have seen the others by now in an attempt to defend Wright, yes?

James on March 16, 2008 at 3:18 PM

The video of the Anderson Cooper interview is HERE

Obama is getting way with murder. Anderson Cooper is now saying it’s unfair criticism being lobbied against Obama when in the interview all Obama did was say he repudiated Jeremiah Wright’s comments and then went on to defend the man as “a preeminent preacher who gave extraordinarily gifted sermons”, justified his racism by saying he became bitter during the 60’s and says he has no intention of leaving the Church. Oh, sure, Obama knew nothing about Wright’s racism so he’s not leaving the church, but in the videos we’ve seen does anyone believe that church doesn’t embrace Wright’s comments? They cheered, they got out of their seats and danced in the aisles at Wright’s racist comments. I don’t remember seeing any disconnect between Wright or the church itself. So Obama is having his cake and eating it, too.

And at the end of the interview Anderson asked:

COOPER: Just for the record, you have no problem singing “God Bless America”?


OBAMA: I don’t want to sing it here, because…


OBAMA: … people might question my talents. But…

(awkward pregnant pause)

COOPER: All right. We will leave it at that.

Of course you will, you CNN suck up! We wouldn’t want to press Obama on why he doesn’t put his hand on his heart at the national anthem, why his wife hasn’t been proud of America her whole life, why he cannot say out loud that he doesn’t “have a problem” singing “God Bless America” instead of “God Damn America”… and best of all, we wouldn’t want to make Obama connect all these aspects to the racist church he belongs to.

“I have no problem singing ‘God Bless America’.”

Amy Proctor on March 16, 2008 at 3:35 PM

By the way, the quote in which Obama can’t say he doesn’t damn America must be watched… his “but” was an obvious confiscation of the heart of the question but Obama flashed his smile and that was enough to pursade Anderson to drop it.


Amy Proctor on March 16, 2008 at 3:38 PM

With any luck Obama will win the ticket. Middle America knows what it means to pick a pastor or choose a church. You only attend where you admire and respect the leaders. If Obama gets the knod, in the national election this will destroy him. Period.

warriorlawyer on March 16, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Barack may have been absent from the pews–or busy with a crossword puzzle–while this vitriol was being spewed but, judging from her speeches, Mrs Obama was hanging on every word.

jackmac on March 16, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Big Question: Can Hillary stay out of this? You know she sees this as a major opening to overturn the process so far…but if she dares to step forward……….delicious!

Dpet on March 16, 2008 at 8:36 PM

If Obama DIDN’T know what the reverend was saying he’s the most oblivious person on the planet and hardly presidential material.

Mojave Mark on March 16, 2008 at 9:25 PM

But my journey is part of a larger journey – one shared by all who’ve ever sought to apply the values of their faith to our society. It’s a journey that takes us back to our nation’s founding, when none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party and helped bring an Empire to its knees.

A Politics of Conscience
Hartford, CT | June 23, 2007

Red Pill on March 17, 2008 at 4:08 AM

If Obama DIDN’T know what the reverend was saying he’s the most oblivious person on the planet and hardly presidential material.

Mojave Mark on March 16, 2008 at 9:25 PM

Obama knows and believes what “Reverend” Wright has been preaching, and it is exactly what Obama’s agenda would be as President.

The fact that this is finally being revealed is why Obama made the rare appearance on Fox News. He was trying to do damage control, but he failed miserably. He can deliver a great prepared speech, but he can’t handle Q&A or cross-examination. He has been exposed for what he truly believes, and he has to lie about it because he knows that he could never be elected if people know what he truly believes.

Red Pill on March 17, 2008 at 4:13 AM

But don’t gloat over Obama’s downfall. It will be a “comeback victory” for Hillary that will make her that much more powerful.

Hillary thinks she is “the smartest woman on earth”. She leaves nothing to chance. She calculates and plans for everything that she can think of. Do you think she didn’t plan for who would be her VP? She’s been planning since early 2004 for Obama to be her VP. She helped him become a senator. She got him his speaking slot at the 2004 convention. She wanted to be the first woman President with the first “black” Vice-President. (Talk about “progressive”!)

He rebelled and decided to challenge her for the top spot. That is why she despises him so. It’s like Hillary is saying to him, “I made you who you are! How dare you try to steal my Presidency from me!”

Hillary will gloat over Obama’s downfall. We shouldn’t.

Have you read Hillary’s 2008 Presidential Game Plan? It includes who her Republican challenger should be, and it appears that she may have already succeeded at that part of her plan. Obama’s fall from grace will likely give her the nomination. Either Obama or Edwards can fill the VP slot and most “blacks” will still vote for that ticket.

Unless we get a brokered convention on the Republican side, and pick a conservative as our nominee, then the prospect of President Hillary and Vice-President Edwards (or Obama) is a very real possibility. What if the Democrats control the Senate, and the five Supreme Court justices who are 68 or older all retire? Lord help us!

Red Pill on March 17, 2008 at 4:29 AM

Separated at birth:

Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Sheriff Buford T. Justice

silverfox on March 17, 2008 at 5:06 AM

It is obvious to me that Barry Hussein Obama will do (pat Wright on the back) or say (that he isn’t patting Wright on the back) ANYTHING IT TAKES to get a vote.

jimbo2008 on March 17, 2008 at 7:51 AM

He don’t sound so smooth now. He sounds like a half black Rich Daley.

LtE126 on March 17, 2008 at 11:12 AM

So his Ivy League education didn’t trigger something within Obama, that this Rev. Wright is Mr. Wrong?

That and he was pretty much completely raised by his white mother and her family?

I wouldn’t even want this guy to run the business I work for, much less be in the Oval Office. He’s a complete fraud.

NoDonkey on March 17, 2008 at 11:37 AM

“Unless we get a brokered convention on the Republican side, and pick a conservative as our nominee”

There will be no brokered convention and John McCain is conservative.

Give it a rest.

NoDonkey on March 17, 2008 at 11:38 AM

I hate it when white people feel they have to say words like “folks” and “hey man” ONLY when addressing black people. It does show a latent racism on their part. Talk to Obama no different than you would talk to Clinton or McCain.

RobCon on March 17, 2008 at 12:59 PM

“He always preached the Social[ist] Gospel.”

Red Pill on April 23, 2008 at 8:21 PM