Obama to deliver “major speech” on race tomorrow; Update: The Jeremiah Wright I know

posted at 2:30 pm on March 17, 2008 by Allahpundit

Think it’ll have anything to do with the forces of division starting to raise their ugly heads?

Barack Obama will give a major speech on “the larger issue of race in this campaign,” he told reporters in Monaca, PA just now.

He was pressed there, as he has been at recent appearances, on statements by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

“I am going to be talking about not just Reverend Wright, but the larger issue of race in this campaign,” he said.

He added that he would “talk about how some of these issues are perceived from within the black church issue for example,” he said.

Maybe “the government lied about Pearl Harbor” is all a big cultural misunderstanding? Expect lots of redemption rhetoric about the Messiah rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the black nationalist movement he patronized for 20 years and how it’s objectively anti-progress to hold that inconvenient fact against him. Exit question: It’s good news, at least, that the congregation apparently no longer regards “Middleclassness” as some sort of vestige of slavery, isn’t it?

Update: Sounds like he’s going back to the cherry-picking defense, which, as others have pointed out, works for absolutely no one except Obama. Lott didn’t get a pass for it when he rued the day a segregationist like Strom Thurmond lost the presidential election; Michael Richards didn’t get a pass for it when he had a meltdown at that comedy club. The Messiah and his disciples are held to a different standard, thankfully.


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Wonder if he’ll talk about the oppression he receives while his wife only earns about a half million dollars a year and he’s a senator.

lorien1973 on March 17, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Damage control now officially in overdrive.

Had the media just done their job over a year ago, none of this would be necessary. Of course, Obama would have been dismissed long ago had that been the case.

JammieWearingFool on March 17, 2008 at 2:34 PM

I’m sure it’ll be chock full of more non-substantive platitudes, cliches, and rhetorical nuances. He’ll talk alot without really saying anything.

CP on March 17, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Obama “I want to talk about race today …. Hope and change hope and change hope and change hope and change hope and change hope and change…

Thank you for comming today…”

William Amos on March 17, 2008 at 2:34 PM

I bet he wont mention the average black husband and wife with children who STAY MARRIED make more money than their white counterparts.

tx2654 on March 17, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Who cares? This is nonsense, he’ll say whatever he needs to say in an attempt to cover his butt.

rplat on March 17, 2008 at 2:37 PM

It won’t mean a damn thing if he doesn’t take questions after.

I hope this flops for him.

Darksean on March 17, 2008 at 2:37 PM

I see politico is already comparing it to the Romney speech on Mormonism which, in turn, was compared to the Kennedy speech on Catholicism.

Even though we’re not really talking about religion here.

I predict Obama’s speech will be propelled as visionary by the AP (as opposed to Romney’s which never put to rest the real questions… blah blah blah)

Skywise on March 17, 2008 at 2:37 PM

He will do the “Wright is Moses and I am Joshua” defense that he is new school to Wrights old school

William Amos on March 17, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Will he let his wife out of hiding to attend this speech that will no doubt heal the racial divide caused by his spiritual mentor?

JammieWearingFool on March 17, 2008 at 2:38 PM

Like we control how we are born and what class we are born into…

The pinnacle of stupidity spewing from Obama’s spiritual guru.

Oprah! Where are you?

saved on March 17, 2008 at 2:39 PM

Obama is done. This speech is just going to keep it in the spotlight longer and give his critics more ammunition. If Hillary has a real laugh she is using it now…

Theworldisnotenough on March 17, 2008 at 2:39 PM

Any chance he will speak about the 70% birth rate out of wedlock or the problem with illegal’s under cutting American jobs which hurts the black community the most. Any chance he will be asked about his and his wife’s land deal with rezko??? I’m thinking more empty slogans from an empty suit.

Mojack420 on March 17, 2008 at 2:40 PM

Sneak Peek:

My fellow Americans, this is Chewbacca….

IreneFingIrene on March 17, 2008 at 2:41 PM

Hopefully it will go over about as well as Mitt’s “major speech on religion.”

29Victor on March 17, 2008 at 2:41 PM

It hardly matters what he says.

That he has to say it is enough. It’s been understood all along: If he talks about race, he loses. Whatever he says tomorrow and however he says it, he’s now officially “the black candidate.”

And again, it’s not that that’s a bad thing or in and of itself would even have to be debilitating. But what it is is exactly what he not only hasn’t been selling, but has been selling himself as the remedy for up until now.

I have been of the opinion up until now that we on the right should have just kept quiet and let this empty suit get nominated, as Hillary is the tougher opponent, but now I am starting to wonder if she can win…simply because no Dem can without the black vote and this is starting to look like it ends badly for them regardless.

So, um…er…maybe I’ll have a little of that popcorn everyone’s been passing around.

Or then again, anyone else beginning to wonder if this might not spin out of partisan ugly and get really bad for an already ailing-on-so-many-fronts America?

Typhoon on March 17, 2008 at 2:42 PM

Maybe Oprah will appear by the side of the messiah to appease viewers and listeners with their crappy view of race in the US. These two are such arrogant airheads. Neither can hide from the fact that they decided to go to the church of Wright and listen to this garbage.

jencab on March 17, 2008 at 2:42 PM

So is he going to change churches or just try to dazzle us with words?

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 2:43 PM

saved on March 17, 2008 at 2:39 PM

Yeah where is Oprah? Probably planning a way to re-endear herself to the white middle class female that worships her.

Theworldisnotenough on March 17, 2008 at 2:44 PM

I’d rather that he talk about what hatred of whites has to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ? I’d rather that he talk about why his “spiritual advisor” – assuming arguendo that this means his “Christian advisor” – remained a part of his life for so many years – and after so much rhetoric concerning Wright’s hatred of whites and America? I’d rather know why asserting that Wright was never his “political advisor” changes the fact that he was and remains his “spiritual advisor”? I’d rather know why the politics of “change” doesn’t concern itself with the preaching of hatred from the pulpit? I’d rather know why Michelle Obama’s hatred for America and contempt for whites doesn’t reflect his beliefs – especially when her beliefs coincide with his “spiritual advisor’s” beliefs? At what point in time do the opinions of both his wife and his “spiritual advisor” translate into a reflection of his own beliefs?

I have so many questions I’d like to ask Mr. Change.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 17, 2008 at 2:46 PM

I gotta ask: Is race really an issue in this campaign? Or is it simply being used as a tool amongst the candidates?

I’d suggest the latter. Nobody is questioning Obama’s fitness to lead based on his race. All the divisivness has arisen out of candidates posturing to make the other side appear to be a racist. In fact the only reason this “major speech” is going to be made is because the MSM finally picked up on the Rev. Wright and his racist demogogery.

highhopes on March 17, 2008 at 2:46 PM

She did it, she actually did it. Hillary has made him

the black candidate.

ThePrez on March 17, 2008 at 2:46 PM

I have a very strong feeling he will make this situation worse. The VERY far left in this country never has understood “middle America”. Right now they know something is amiss, but have no comprehension of just how toxic Wright’s professed beliefs are to BHO’s candidacy.

And folks will never buy the “guilt by association” disqualifier. BOH has been thoroughly documented proclaiming Wright’s profound influence on his values and philosophy.

Alamo on March 17, 2008 at 2:46 PM

Crap, that was a sloppy post. lol

ThePrez on March 17, 2008 at 2:47 PM

Will Chris Matthews get a chill up his leg or will he just faint after Obama gives his speach ?

William Amos on March 17, 2008 at 2:47 PM

That is twice in one week that a democrat promised something “MAJOR”..The first being the tax increases and now this..Gee..I can hardly wait…

Pam on March 17, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Just needs to polish up the brand label a bit,..it seems a bit tarnished. I anticipate a full plate of rationalization as to why blacks feel so downtrodden, so it is only normal they would identify with Paster Wright. Don’t know how he’ll justify specifics like the AIDs thing, G-d damn america, or chickens coming home to roost. Pretty hard to do. Maybe Michelle can help him with that part.

a capella on March 17, 2008 at 2:48 PM

This should be special. BHO speaks with fork tongue.
L

letget on March 17, 2008 at 2:49 PM

So Obama is going to defend Wright by saying the media cherry picked his sermons by cherry picking different parts of wrights message to defend it ?

William Amos on March 17, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Lott didn’t get a pass for it when he rued the day a segregationist like Strom Thurmond lost the presidential election; Michael Richards didn’t get a pass for it when he had a meltdown at that comedy club. The Messiah and his disciples are held to a different standard, thankfully.

yeah see the difference there is that Richards and Lott actually said things that were objectionable. Obama’s being flamed because his priest said things which are objectionable.

Expect lots of redemption rhetoric about the Messiah rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the black nationalist movement he patronized for 20 years

Obama’s church isn’t a black nationalist church. It doesn’t endorse black seperatism or supremacy. It’s painful to read when you show your ignorance, even if it’s simply for hyperbolic effect.

crr6 on March 17, 2008 at 2:55 PM

from cnn

Axelrod described the Illinois senator as “a force for reconciliation” and said he wants the opportunity “to put this into context.”

Speaking with reporters, Obama said the media is portraying Wright inaccurately.

“I think the caricature that is being painted of him is not accurate, and so part of what I will do tomorrow is to talk about how these issues are perceived from within the black church community for example which I think skews this very differently.”

William Amos on March 17, 2008 at 2:55 PM

I foresee foot in mouth. Prescribe reality check. Shall be ignored. Followup prescription: justice! …. It shall happen.

ilitigant on March 17, 2008 at 2:56 PM

I think the speech will do a lot a good for him. Romney gave a wonderful speech about religion and have no doubt that Obama’s speech will be eloquent.

terryannonline on March 17, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Will he be explaing how all the campaigns including his own are targeting the “black vote”?

Pam on March 17, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Just the fact he is talking about race means Hillary finally got him labeled like she wants. From here on out, he’s the black candidate. Wright was the main event following the Slick and Ferarro warm up acts.

a capella on March 17, 2008 at 2:57 PM

If he feels the need to explain more than a disassociation, he admits being in deep doo-doo. Don’t do the speech BHO! Don’t do it! Oh heck he’s in crisis mode. Now we can see what kind of (lack) of character he has. Or is that doesn’t have?

ilitigant on March 17, 2008 at 2:58 PM

So Obama is going to defend Wright by saying the media cherry picked his sermons by cherry picking different parts of wrights message to defend it ?

William Amos on March 17, 2008 at 2:50 PM

I was worried for a minute that he might actually be smart and talk his way out of it. I should have known better!

TheBigOldDog on March 17, 2008 at 2:59 PM

Will he tell us if Jesus is Black?
Inquiring Minds want to know!

Chakra Hammer on March 17, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Excellent! This will keep Wright’s hate-filled rants in the news all week. And it’s more potential fodder for the inevitable 527 ads. A win-win.

The cherry-picking defense will work for the Obamaniacs who love the Kool-Aid but the rest of the country won’t buy it. How many tapes are there? I hope whoever is sitting on still more Wright “sermons” releases some fresh video on Wednesday morning. Nothing clears the pallate like a dose of angry race-baiting disguised as religion. Bring it on.

Vote Sauron 08 on March 17, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Did America create the AIDS virus?

Chakra Hammer on March 17, 2008 at 3:02 PM

I think the speech will do a lot a good for him. Romney gave a wonderful speech about religion and have no doubt that Obama’s speech will be eloquent.

I don’t think it will be anything like Romney’s speech. It looks like we’re going to get lectured about how we don’t understand black people.

ninjapirate on March 17, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Will he tell us if Jesus is Black?

Was there ever any doubt?

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on March 17, 2008 at 3:02 PM

I think the speech will do a lot a good for him us.

terryannonline on March 17, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Fixed it for you Terry.

The American people don’t want to hear how they just misunderstand an Anti-American racist.

TheBigOldDog on March 17, 2008 at 3:02 PM

He has to defend wright in the sense that it hurts the message of blacks being oppressed by whites. That is a key quiet componet of Obama’s run and if he doesnt stand up for that blacks will start to wonder “How black are you ?”

William Amos on March 17, 2008 at 3:02 PM

I think the speech will do a lot a good for him. Romney gave a wonderful speech about religion and have no doubt that Obama’s speech will be eloquent.

terryannonline on March 17, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Yea, Romney’s speech did such a wonderful job, Huckabee took the South.

I don’t see how a speech by Obama defending his pastor is going to help matters much. But I could be wrong.

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Chakra Will he tell us if Jesus is Black

Obama will finally reveal tomorrow that he is both Jesus and the Hidden Imam.

faraway on March 17, 2008 at 3:03 PM

What Jeremiah Wright said….

“I don’t care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day. This city will be a majority African-American city. It’s the way God wants it to be.”

What the O’Messiah will say….

“How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That is the chocolate I am talking about. How is that divisive? It is white and black working together, coming together and making something special.”

OK. Maybe I’ve cherrypicked my comments…..

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 17, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Obama will humbly preen how totalitarian he is, knowing how “special” his life had been blessed, he wanted to share the wealth with the needy blacks and wait for his opportunity preach to follow up on Rev.Wright-Moses shoulders his own fascist-statist version of the gospel of prosperity to whites aka Joshua’s Generation to blacks.

Obama will hold his line with blanket non-descript but “good” sounding blurps. He forgives those who are wrong and would HOPE that others forgive him when he is caught with bad judgement proving his inability to tell the difference between right and wrong. After all, who is without sin, he will say.

He said he prays every night to Jesus. I would hope that Obama asks God for humility and a pure heart. Otherwise, chaulk that up as politics, pure and simple. What about his legislation to elevate political “ethics”? Again, he’ll claim he’s no worse than anyone else, and better because he HOPES FOR CHANGE and has determined to live the life of a chameleon, funneling all things to his people at one point or another.

Talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

maverick muse on March 17, 2008 at 3:04 PM

Did America create the AIDS virus?

Chakra Hammer on March 17, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Yes. I was done by Jooooooooos that run the scientific community in Hollywood.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 17, 2008 at 3:04 PM

Update:

That strategy will placate the media, giving them enough leeway to ignore Wright, but the damage is done for the general. Should Obama get the nod the potential for him to get the votes from the middle is gone. No matter how eloquent he is people aren’t going to to buy his “He NEVER said it in my presence” excuse especially since he said “He can get kinda rough in those sermons” and disinvited him from an event… He knew and anyone not drinking the kool-aid knows it. I hope he gets the nod. McCain could take FL, OH, and PA.

Theworldisnotenough on March 17, 2008 at 3:04 PM

He has to defend wright in the sense that it hurts the message of blacks being oppressed by whites. That is a key quiet componet of Obama’s run and if he doesnt stand up for that blacks will start to wonder “How black are you ?”

William Amos on March 17, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Is he worried about NC and that is what this is about?

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 3:05 PM

Gosh Dang Obama, You Fool what an abundance of Naïveté!

Chakra Hammer on March 17, 2008 at 3:05 PM

Saw in another post:

The 12 Step Obama Cult Withdrawal Program has just opened. From where I am, I can see thousands of people lined up. They look dazed and confused.

faraway on March 17, 2008 at 3:06 PM

I would not be willing to bet against – immediately after his speech: “He’s addressed the issue. Anyone who brings it up now is a racist…”

eeyore on March 17, 2008 at 3:06 PM

The hate, venom, and irrationality spewed from that pulpit were greeted by standing, cheering ovations from the congregation.

Obama voted with his feet every Sunday for 20 years to join that throng.

Not once did he distance himself from those messages.

Now, for expediency, he wants to explain away those many, many votes??

fred5678 on March 17, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Exit question: It’s good news, at least, that the congregation apparently no longer regards “Middleclassness” as some sort of vestige of slavery, isn’t it?

Well remember, in Wrights screed about not fitting the “mold” he declared “Obama aint rich”. Which presumably makes him middle class.

Dash on March 17, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Is he worried about NC and that is what this is about?

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 3:05 PM

I think he is worried about offending his black backers by not defending an important message to them. The “Change” they want is for Obama to change who’s on top in America.

William Amos on March 17, 2008 at 3:07 PM

I don’t see how a speech by Obama defending his pastor is going to help matters much. But I could be wrong.

I think you will be surprised tomorrow. He will probably give another inspiring speech and it will surely put the Rev. Wright issue to rest (at least with the mainstream media). As I believe it should be, like I’ve said before.

terryannonline on March 17, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Did America create the AIDS virus?

Chakra Hammer on March 17, 2008 at 3:02 PM

You just misunderstand the history and perspective of the Black church in America and besides, you’re taking the honorable Rev Wright completely out of context by not quoting the entire sermon from start to finish. And, if that’s not good enough, nothing Wright said was wrong!

/sarc

Man this speech is going to be good if he really goes down that road….

TheBigOldDog on March 17, 2008 at 3:08 PM

I can’t wait to hear how the US of KKKA has permitted a black man to actualy vie for the Presidency.

drjohn on March 17, 2008 at 3:08 PM

“I was born a poor white child”, sorry wrong Jerk!

dmann on March 17, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Was there ever any doubt?

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on March 17, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Hmmm.. If Jesus is black, then Mary is black..
Maybe the Pope should answer this.. >:D

Chakra Hammer on March 17, 2008 at 3:09 PM

What are the odds Wright won’t be there?

Maybe he’s going to apologize on behalf of the senate for making the aids virus.

I’m saving a bag of popcorn for the day someone comes forward and says Osamabama was at one of these racist rants of Wright’s.

Alden Pyle on March 17, 2008 at 3:10 PM

terryannonline on March 17, 2008 at 3:08 PM

I don’t think it deserves to be rested. This hateful, spiteful man is Obama’s inspiration! And Tom Maguire brought up a great point- why would Obama continue to go to a church that would not welcom Obama’s own mother?

No, this has lots of legs.

drjohn on March 17, 2008 at 3:10 PM

Obama’s church wouldn’t welcome his mom? How come?

Chakra Hammer on March 17, 2008 at 3:13 PM

This ought to be interesting. I wonder which of his all-white staff will write this speech?

rockmom on March 17, 2008 at 3:13 PM

I think you will be surprised tomorrow. He will probably give another inspiring speech and it will surely put the Rev. Wright issue to rest (at least with the mainstream media). As I believe it should be, like I’ve said before.

terryannonline on March 17, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Defending Wright will erase what Wright said. Defending Wright will take away the trip to Lybia by his pastor. Defending Wright will take away the lifetime achievement award his church gave to Farrakhan. Defending Wright not is going to erase the 20 years of defense, money and support Obama has given that church.

Obama is a great orator but so was Stephen A. Douglas but Douglas was just plain wrong. Don’t get bowled over by oratory.

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 3:16 PM

I wonder if I can use the “cherry-picking” defense should I decide not to pay my taxes some years?

EJDolbow on March 17, 2008 at 3:17 PM

one more try:

I think you will be surprised tomorrow. He will probably give another inspiring speech and it will surely put the Rev. Wright issue to rest (at least with the mainstream media). As I believe it should be, like I’ve said before.

terryannonline on March 17, 2008 at 3:08 PM.

Defending Wright will not erase what Wright said. Defending Wright will not take away the trip to Lybia by his pastor. Defending Wright will not take away the lifetime achievement award his church gave to Farrakhan. Defending Wright is not going to erase the 20 years of defense, money and support Obama has given that church.

Obama is a great orator but so was Stephen A. Douglas but Douglas was just plain wrong. Don’t get bowled over by oratory.

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Obama’s church wouldn’t welcome his mom? How come?

Chakra Hammer on March 17, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Who said?

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 3:18 PM

Questions that need to be answered.

1. Is Jesus Black?
2. Did the America or the White Man create the AIDS Virus?
3. Did America bring 9/11 upon itself? Chicken coming home to roost.

4. Will you get out of politics and resign your senate seat?

>:D

Chakra Hammer on March 17, 2008 at 3:19 PM

I think he is worried about offending his black backers by not defending an important message to them. The “Change” they want is for Obama to change who’s on top in America.

William Amos on March 17, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Quite a pickle he’s gotten himself into.

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Who said?

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 3:18 PM

I don’t think it deserves to be rested. This hateful, spiteful man is Obama’s inspiration! And Tom Maguire brought up a great point- why would Obama continue to go to a church that would not welcom Obama’s own mother?

No, this has lots of legs.

drjohn on March 17, 2008 at 3:10 PM

Chakra Hammer on March 17, 2008 at 3:20 PM

bnelson44, drjohn posted that.. I asked him a question..

Chakra Hammer on March 17, 2008 at 3:21 PM

BO digging deeper…

d1carter on March 17, 2008 at 3:22 PM

I thought Obama went on Fox and Cnn And MSNBC to put this to rest already ???

William Amos on March 17, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Is it just me or has the Obama phenomenon lost quite a bit of mojo recently? I spend a lot of time frequenting online conservative punditry, so sometimes it’s tough for me to distinguish between trends on the series of tubes and shifts in opinion in the real world. But it does actually seem like he’s lost some of his shine, compared to a month ago when he was well-nigh invincible, awaiting his coronation.

The_Freeze on March 17, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Rev. Dr. Butts on CBS this AM

This is an amazing video…CBS is a spin machine for Barry O.

Just remember when listening to this guy that the Rev. Dr. Wright screams about Pearl Harbor and 911 conspiracies.

Is every black preacher a Rev. Dr.? WTF is up with that…

benrand on March 17, 2008 at 3:24 PM

The_Freeze on March 17, 2008 at 3:22 PM

The mojo I have see evaporating is amongst the talking heads. That could always come back.

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Whew, I’m glad B. Hussein Obama is the first black candidate to transcend race in politics.

Er, the first candidate to transcend race in politics.

Er, the first candidate to transcend politics.

Nevermind.

spidgy on March 17, 2008 at 3:25 PM

It will be interesting to hear about the future from someone who doesn’t have one.

CK MacLeod on March 17, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Wright in “Dreams of My Father” [Rich Lowry]
Before he ever thought he would have to deploy Clintonesque spin to try to get himself out of a campaign controversy, Barack Obama wrote (an achingly good) memoir. In the book, Obama makes it clear that Wright when he first got to know him was pretty much the same Wright we’re getting to know now (the one that Obama is at pains to say is on the verge of retirement). Wright was striking some of the same notes, saying racially venomous things and attacking the bombing of Hiroshima. Note this passage about the first sermon Obama heard from Wright, the source ultimately of the title of Obama’s second book and one of the central themes of his presidential campaign:

The title of Reverend Wright’s sermon that morning was “The Audacity of Hope.” He began with a passage from the Book of Samuel—the story of Hannah, who, barren and taunted by her rivals, had wept and shaken in prayer before her God. The story reminded him, he said, of a sermon a fellow pastor had preached at a conference some years before, in which the pastor described going to a museum and being confronted by a painting title Hope.

“The painting depicts a harpist,” Reverend Wright explained, “a woman who at first glance appears to be sitting atop a great mountain. Until you take a closer look and see that the woman is bruised and bloodied, dressed in tattered rags, the harp reduced to a single frayed string. Your eye is then drawn down to the scene below, down to the valley below, where everywhere are the ravages of famine, the drumbeat of war, a world groaning under strife and deprivation.

“It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks’ greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere…That’s the world! On which hope sits!”

And so it went, a meditation on a fallen world. While the boys next to me doodled on their church bulletin, Reverend Wright spoke of Sharpsville and Hiroshima, the callousness of policy makers in the White House and in the State House. As the sermon unfolded, though, the stories of strife became more prosaic, the pain more immediate. The reverend spoke of the hardship that the congregation would face tomorrow, the pain of those far from the mountaintop, worrying about paying the light bill…

03/14 05:33 PM

funky chicken on March 17, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Obama’s church wouldn’t welcome his mom? How come?

Chakra Hammer on March 17, 2008 at 3:13 PM
Who said?

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 3:18 PM

See any white folk there? Everything is the fault of “white America” says the good Reverend Wright.

Would you expect any white person to be comfortable at such a place being constantly visited with guilt? Who wants to represent the “US of KKKa”?

drjohn on March 17, 2008 at 3:27 PM

“I am going to be talking about not just Reverend Wright, but the larger issue of race in this campaign,” he said.

I’m not going to listen to that man lecture me on race.

Blake on March 17, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Keep digging, buddy. Please.

Grafted on March 17, 2008 at 3:27 PM

QUESTION FOR THE GROUP:

How much is Rev. Wright a father figure for Sen Obama?

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Obama cannot explain away in one day 20 years of sitting under the teachings of a racist, it is just not that simple, look at me, I am a white woman who was born in 1957, and I to this day get blamed for slavery that happened over 100 years ago

I had to share this

faraway on March 17, 2008 at 3:28 PM

See any white folk there? Everything is the fault of “white America” says the good Reverend Wright.

Would you expect any white person to be comfortable at such a place being constantly visited with guilt? Who wants to represent the “US of KKKa”?

drjohn on March 17, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Yes, I do see white people in the congregation. The church is in a heavily black area of Chicago.

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Sounds like he’s going back to the cherry-picking defense,

We can only hope… If he deploys the Chewbacca Defense, it’s game over, man.

rw on March 17, 2008 at 3:31 PM

yeah see the difference there is that Richards and Lott actually said things that were objectionable. Obama’s being flamed because his priest said things which are objectionable.

No; among many other reasons, Obama’s being flamed because he’s been donating tens of thousands of dollars on an annual basis to support his priest who says things that more than just objectionable.

Badger91 on March 17, 2008 at 3:32 PM

OK, I have really had enough of this phony sleaze bag. This “major speech” on race is a despicable attempt to join himself among the ranks of JFK and Mitt Romney, people who faced UNFAIR and BIGOTED criticism because of their respective religions, and therefore had to give speeches asking for tolerance and acceptance. The criticisms of Obama, on the other hand, and his ties to the racist, hateful rhetoric of “Rev.” Wright, are FAIR and REASONABLE. I no longer simply disagree with Barack Obama’s Marxist beliefs; I genuinely do not like this man. In his interview on Fox News, he was sweating, and swaying, and blinking, and mumbling; in other words, he was LYING. And he doesn’t lie any prettier than any other political hack does. Obama doesn’t need to give me any speeches on race. I’m afraid I know exactly how he feels about race, and it ain’t pretty, and it ain’t gonna get him elected president. What a narcissistic disgrace this guy is.

Rational Thought on March 17, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Pander alert.

faraway on March 17, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Yes, I do see white people in the congregation. The church is in a heavily black area of Chicago.

bnelson44 on March 17, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Some WHITES agre with Wrights comments

http://cbs2chicago.com/video/?id=43066@wbbm.dayport.com

William Amos on March 17, 2008 at 3:37 PM

This speech will go over like a fart in church. Hopefully that will warrant more of them.

Chuck Schick on March 17, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Obama says either:
Wright is a racist – he’s toast
Wright is not a racist – he’s toast.

faraway on March 17, 2008 at 3:39 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/03/16/character-self-assassination/

Here ya go.

A little refresher course. These are not isolated comments. They represent a pattern of hatred and division. So honestly, when I hear Obama blathering about coming together, and knowing that this hatemonger is his inspiration, you’ll forgive me if I think Obama is full of crap.

drjohn on March 17, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Barry said that he had idea this story was developing on Thursday, he was busy in the Senate.

Does anyone believe this? If it’s true, what’s the judgment of someone like that?

What’s the judgment of someone who sits in this guy’s church for 20 years?

SOme people seem to be more equal than others…

benrand on March 17, 2008 at 3:40 PM

He is toast, period!

Any sort of attempt to explain this away does not make it through the BS screen.

Assuming Wright lost his marbles whenever Obama was not in church (and only then), does it not follow that other church members would have mentioned something to Obama the next time they saw him in church….like “wow, did you hear….Pastor Wright went off the deep end and lost his marbles last Sunday. It was a bizzar tirade that I found very offensive….it was sooo out of the ordinary from his usual social gospel of healing racial and social divisions”

Nope. Business as usual I suspect.

moxie_neanderthal on March 17, 2008 at 3:41 PM

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