Open thread: Obama speech aims to save America, his own ass; Update: Transcript added; Update: Sullivan swoons

posted at 10:08 am on March 18, 2008 by Allahpundit

10:15 ET on all the cable nets and livestreaming on their websites so you have no excuse. If you thought Hewitt’s praise of Romney’s religion speech was embarrassingly effusive, wait until this love bomb detonates over Nutrootsville. I’d ask you who you think is apt to embarrass himself with the most squeamishly lyrical praise — the competition is stiff, after all — but we all know who it’ll be so let’s just wait for him to deliver. He’s already gone to the trouble of declaring preemptively that if the speech fails it proves that a Black Man Can’t Be President in America. Or at least, not one who looks the other way at hate for 20 years because it’s politically convenient for him to do so.

As noted yesterday, it appears the chosen one will be relying on the cherry-picking defense, which didn’t help Hagee with Andrew Sullivan (nor should it have) but should prove plenty persuasive for a reality-based community caught between Hillary and a wounded, discredited Obama as their nominee. Ed and I are going to try to liveblog this thing; stay tuned for video.

Update: If it gets boring, watch this instead.

Update: Drudge has the transcript.

Update: No matter how prepared for it you think you are, you aren’t. Excitable Andy never disappoints. Good lord.


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No doubt he ran this speech by Rev Wright. He is making me ill.

Dubn8tr on March 18, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Obama is just embarrassing himself now.

j0 on March 18, 2008 at 11:12 AM

he quoted a dead white man (faulkner) – see he’s okay.

hotdax on March 18, 2008 at 11:12 AM

For those who support him, Obama successfully throws it back in the face of any who reject, the rejection being un-American even if the rejection was of being un-American.

Obama amalgamates deprivation with affluence, angry black with compassionate white, Muslim with Christian. He might truly see himself as what he claims to be.

I reject Obama’s political platform, regardless of who he is or where he came from or who his pastor is or was. That his story is so squalid can not disappear with a white wash paint job, however.

maverick muse on March 18, 2008 at 11:12 AM

McCain surely has Black supporters that can come out and call this guy on his B.S.

Doesn’t he?

cntrlfrk on March 18, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Sure but why? Obama is establishing himself as the archetypal black man. He is trying to make himself untouchable. It is a smart political play.

bnelson44 on March 18, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Is it REALLY not going over well?

Or I guess the better question is, will the MSM proclaim it the greatest thing since sliced bread? Or will this not help him enough?

Darksean on March 18, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Now he is rationalizing hate speech?

geckomon on March 18, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Wow. He threw his dead white grandmother under the bus a few minutes ago when he talked about her racist comments that he “cringed” over.

What a coward.

Buy Danish on March 18, 2008 at 11:13 AM

He has had everything handed to him, yet he wants and expects more is due him and that if we give it to him, somehow black America will stop being angry

WoosterOh on March 18, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Fauxbama……….ha,…haha…….hahahhaahahahha….hahahahahahahahahahahahhaahha. Done.

adamsmith on March 18, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Dig it deeper. I see you brought your own shovel.

geckomon on March 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM

BS! I went to dental school where the two black students (out of 40) were there on full scholarships with stipends and they came from money. Here I was poor.

hotdax on March 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Obama says Wright may have anti-American, anti-semitic and anti-white views, but if we knew him better we’d realize he has redeeming values too.

That argument would justify a 20-year mentorship with Hugo Chavez or David Duke?

Or Trent Lott?

petefrt on March 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Segregated schools were, and are, inferior schools; we still haven’t fixed them, fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, and the inferior education they provided, then and now, helps explain the pervasive achievement gap between today’s black and white students.

But illegitimacy rates explains it better. Fathers not taking responsibility for their kids explains it too.

The real joke is, of course, that many schools in America, both black and white, are worse then some black schools were before Brown v. Board of Education.

29Victor on March 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM

“We don’t need to list the historical race problems of this country…”

/proceeds to list them ad nauseum…

Midas on March 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM

So if you didn’t do good it’s because of racism? Couldn’t possible be some other factors involved?

Oldnuke on March 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Obama is a victim. A victim of white guilt and liberalism, and blind black hatred and racism. For that reason, it’s a tragedy. And for that reason, he can’t be President.

JiangxiDad on March 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Ah, I get it. It’s our fault that Wright said what he said, because we have systematically oppressed blacks for years and years.

World B. Free on March 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM

They weren’t simply a religious leader’s effort to speak out against perceived injustice. Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country

What kind of Christianity does Obama practice? To paraphrase: do we remember Christ’s famous sermon where he cried out

G-d d-mn the Roman Empire!
G-d d-mn the Roman Empire for their crimes against the Jews?

Not. It is unthinkable because to call out to God to damn a nation is a blaspheme. To do so in a church is a sin. To do it as a preacher is to be an enemy of Christ

In the Old Testament Jonah preached against Nineveh to repent. He called upon God to strike them down. The city repented and God taught Jonah a lesson. Because God did not want wicked Nineveh damned

This preacher has no contact with the message in the Bible. That is his business. However this is Obama’s church.

G- D- America is my business when it is the church patronized by someone who wants to take charge of America

Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms, or treat whites with whom he interacted with anything but courtesy and respect

Check the size of Pinnochio’s nose

It is not enough to give health care to the sick, or jobs to the jobless, or education to our children.

But it is where we start. It is where our union grows stronger. And as so many generations have come to realize over the course of the two-hundred and twenty one years since a band of patriots signed that document in Philadelphia, that is where the perfection begins

.

Obviously ‘that document’ is not perfect to Obama or he would not be attending the G-D-America church

entagor on March 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM

This guy speaks out from both sides of his mouth. Amazing!

geckomon on March 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Dear Obambi,

It’s not 1958 anymore. You’re a black man leading the race for the Democrat president candidacy.

Quit falling back on MLK’s perspective. That’s over. We’ve come a long way.

Wake up brutha.

fogw on March 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Wow. He threw his dead white grandmother under the bus a few minutes ago when he talked about her racist comments that he “cringed” over.

What a coward.

Buy Danish on March 18, 2008 at 11:13 AM

I read she is alive and in hiding. They won’t make her available and people have been asking to interview her long before this blow up.

TheBigOldDog on March 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Is Obama’s head tilting to the right?

windansea on March 18, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Does anyone else see that he’s turning this racial speech into a class warfare speech, and trying to lash together Blacks and Whites in hatred of the wealthy?

Verbal Abuse on March 18, 2008 at 11:16 AM

I hope more news networks combat the perception that Wright is the average black preacher.

frankj on March 18, 2008 at 11:16 AM

All of which are MYTHS that are perpetuated through liberals and Democrats.

Agrippa2k on March 18, 2008 at 11:16 AM

“The most segregated hour of life happens on Sunday morning.”

Umm…that’s a sure sign that you’re going to the wrong church. I think the most segregated hour of life happened during your speech, sir.

Matticus Finch on March 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

A lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one’s family, contributed to the erosion of black families

As long as it’s not their fault.

Why didn’t families fall apart during the Depression?

29Victor on March 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

sunday morning is the most segrated hour? what about the schools he just mentioned?

hotdax on March 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

White anger?

j0 on March 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

His emphasis is still on “racism”

bnelson44 on March 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

The reason that Rev Wright is so angy and so racist is that he grew up in a time of discrimination. He drives a Porsche and lives like a king to soothe that anger.

d1carter on March 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Seriously, what the hell is he tryinng to accomplish in saying all this crap?

j0 on March 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

BS! I went to dental school where the two black students (out of 40) were there on full scholarships with stipends and they came from money. Here I was poor.

hotdax on March 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Ironic that Wright and Obama will be seen as responsible for putting the final nails in the coffin of affirmative action/racial preferences.

JiangxiDad on March 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Barry the racial uniter has done more in the last week to tear things up than anyone in the last twenty years.

Amazing!!!

benrand on March 18, 2008 at 11:18 AM

OK, now we get down to it: it’s all the corporations fault!

bnelson44 on March 18, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Sunday morning strongest segregation hour in America occurs in Obama’s church. He’d have it be elsewhere, but in pretending elsewise, he’s denying that equal rights have been the American practice for his lifetime, creating the opportunity for anyone to run for POTUS.

maverick muse on March 18, 2008 at 11:18 AM

He’s being extremely candid.

terryannonline on March 18, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Well, so much for Obama as the post-racial candidate.

petefrt on March 18, 2008 at 11:18 AM

What is amazing is he spends the whole speech supposedly denouncing the good Reverend, but if you look at the overall context of the speech, he is saying the same thing the good reverend said.

This is so ‘Clintonian’ it’s going to make me hurl.

cntrlfrk on March 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Personally, I don’t believe this country needs “healing.” Obama is like throwing gasoline on flames. I feel like I am going to be forced into a p.c. camp.

Blake on March 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

I wonder if Chris Matthews’ leg is tingling.

Matticus Finch on March 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

On one end of the spectrum, we’ve heard the implication that my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action; that it’s based solely on the desire of wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap.

Isn’t that EXACTLY what this speech is?

World B. Free on March 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

There is no real racial stalemate – only one manufactured and kept alive by those who profit from it. Wright, Sharpton, Jackson, etc.

Connie on March 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Empty.

geckomon on March 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

black anger counterproductive – so that’s why he goes to a black anger church for 20 years! please explain – i didn’t go to harvard.

hotdax on March 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Seriously, what the hell is he tryinng to accomplish in saying all this crap?

j0 on March 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

He wants to be able to go home to Chicago when he gets trounced in the election.

TheBigOldDog on March 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

“It’s been a racial stalemate for years.”

Dude. You are a presidential candidate. A black man in America.

Don’t feed us that crapola!

fogw on March 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Like the anger within the black community, these resentments aren’t always expressed in polite company. But they have helped shape the political landscape for at least a generation. Anger over welfare and affirmative action helped forge the Reagan Coalition. Politicians routinely exploited fears of crime for their own electoral ends. Talk show hosts and conservative commentators built entire careers unmasking bogus claims of racism while dismissing legitimate discussions of racial injustice and inequality as mere political correctness or reverse racism.

So… he’s racist, but only behind closed doors and so are the rest of us?

“Anger over welfare and affirmative action helped forge the Reagan Coalition.”???

“Talk show hosts and conservative commentators built entire careers unmasking bogus claims of racism”

Now he’s just making stuff up.

29Victor on March 18, 2008 at 11:20 AM

I read she is alive and in hiding. They won’t make her available and people have been asking to interview her long before this blow up.

TheBigOldDog on March 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Thanks for the clarification. I wonder if he ran that by her before he put that in his speech.

Buy Danish on March 18, 2008 at 11:20 AM

He used FORMER again

WoosterOh on March 18, 2008 at 11:20 AM

SINGLE election cycle or single candidate, particularly singularly OBAMA–he and we can’t get past racism?!

He doesn’t get it all handed to him on a silver platter and it’s OUR FAULT?!

maverick muse on March 18, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Seriously, what the hell is he tryinng to accomplish in saying all this crap?

j0 on March 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

You can’t blame me or Wright. You made us. Now you gotta pay.

Will be interesting to see what happens when America says NO.

JiangxiDad on March 18, 2008 at 11:20 AM

CHANGE

j0 on March 18, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Man, I cannot wait for Rush today. Barack, pack it up. Go home.

Cankles is somewhere laughing her @– off.

Dubn8tr on March 18, 2008 at 11:21 AM

How many tv shows were owned by Koreans in the 70′s?

Samoans?

Russians?

Latvians?

benrand on March 18, 2008 at 11:21 AM

I read she is alive and in hiding. They won’t make her available and people have been asking to interview her long before this blow up.

TheBigOldDog on March 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Thanks for the clarification. I wonder if he ran that by her before he put that in his speech.

Buy Danish on March 18, 2008 at 11:20 AM

I thought Baldi once said that she had died, but I’m not sure. Perhaps she shares a little place with Hillary’s mom.

JiangxiDad on March 18, 2008 at 11:21 AM

full responsibility???? is that what Rev. Wright teaches?

hotdax on March 18, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Write our own destiny.
Wright said so.
Society can change.
Wright had NO VISION to allow change to move forward–dump on the old man, Obby, that’s true genius of this nation.

maverick muse on March 18, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Obama should trying being Catholic in the Bible belt. Or Catholic female.

eaglesdontflock on March 18, 2008 at 11:22 AM

the Dems are going to have to pay off Diebold to rig the rest of the primaries in vote margin so that Hillary has a narrow lead in delegates going into convention.

although, what if Edwards turns his over to Hillary and she gives him VP nod?

jp on March 18, 2008 at 11:22 AM

CHANGE

j0 on March 18, 2008 at 11:21 AM

You’re buying the first round.

steveegg on March 18, 2008 at 11:22 AM

This speech will go over very well with Dem primary voters. He is hitting all their buttons.

thatcher on March 18, 2008 at 11:23 AM

did he just reference the OJ trial?

geckomon on March 18, 2008 at 11:23 AM

I don’t know who this guy plans to “heal” but he can save his medicine on me . . . I don’t need it from him or anybody else. His obvious attempt to create a passive, compliant nanny society makes me sick.

rplat on March 18, 2008 at 11:23 AM

The profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. It’s that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made;

Please don’t try to tell me why Wright’s sermons piss me off. Please don’t try to re-frame the subject.

Wright said that whites killed black Jesus. Wright said “God D*** America.” Wright makes a living by inspiring and affirming racial hatred.

29Victor on March 18, 2008 at 11:23 AM

full responsibility???? is that what Rev. Wright teaches?

hotdax on March 18, 2008 at 11:22 AM

him and Rev. Phelps….responsibility of hatred

jp on March 18, 2008 at 11:23 AM

WOW, Calling McCain supports racist

WoosterOh on March 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM

OMG! I cannot believe what I’m hearing.

Connie on March 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM

did he just reference the OJ trial?

yea, I thought I was just hearing things..

j0 on March 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Obama had written his own destiny proclaming himself Joshua leading the Joshua Generation.

Obama is Wright’s “keeper”–cage him up and muzzle him.

maverick muse on March 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM

If Barack Obama was of Kazakh descent and Borat was his pastor for 20 years, then OK. He could reasonably argue that Borat was like a crazy uncle who was naively about about Kazakh pride and trying to find his way in the foreign land of Amerikkka. You know, it’s just a Kazakh Theology thing and we wouldn’t understand. He can’t disown the dream.

econavenger on March 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM

We’re up to the HOPE part (i’m behind on TIVO).

Can’t wait for the CHANGE part.

hotdax on March 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM

loooong speech.

marc@hubsandspokes on March 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM

This speech will go over very well with Dem primary voters. He is hitting all their buttons.

thatcher on March 18, 2008 at 11:23 AM

I suppose that is good in a way. Keeps both of their compromised candidates limping along and hitting each other with their crutches.

JiangxiDad on March 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM

I thought Baldi once said that she had died, but I’m not sure. Perhaps she shares a little place with Hillary’s mom.

JiangxiDad on March 18, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Poor Barry, he has a crazy Uncle in Rev. Wright, and a crazy grandmother locked up in an attic somewhere.

Buy Danish on March 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

This will be known as the day the ‘hope/change’ train jumped the tracks and/or the shark.

carbon_footprint on March 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

If you vote for John McCain, you will never change but are stuck on distraction.

maverick muse on March 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

OJ. Katrina. Wow.

Suprised he didn’t bring up Duke and Jena.

Dubn8tr on March 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

HUFFINGTON POST has “comments closed” for the main Fauxbama headline. MAJOR DAMAGE CONTROL. That thing becomes “Pravda” more and more everyday since O’Reilly mentioned ZsaZsa is using Nazi propaganda tehniques..Watching the Socialist/Progressive MoveOn.org/Democrat party being crushed by the weight of Identity politics is amazingly funny…Maybe this country has a shot at reality yet…Fauxbama, ha…hahaha….hahahhahahahahaahahahaha.

adamsmith on March 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Once again it is my fault. I am sorry all. I am sorry I went to a Tech school to graduate high school. I am sorry I joined the Army to go to college. Sorry I got married and raised a family (in that order). Sorry I work every day and encourage my children to contribute to society. It is my fault and I apologize!

Suburbandad on March 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

We can come together and vote for BO or we can remain racists and vote for someone else. Bob the Builder says “Yes We Can”

d1carter on March 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

OJ + Katrina = Race Card Gold Standard

wrath187 on March 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

I see. He isn’t being racist when he invites ALL the races to be victims. Better yet, the children of all races are invited to become victims.

geckomon on March 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

AP: Hey, when does McCain give the “if you criticize me over Hagee, you’re against religious reconciliation” speech?

The moment he drops the “R” behind his name; the rules are different for those with the “R” there.

1135? That’s something north of 1130 more than I had for mine.

steveegg on March 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

To 29Victor–prior to Constantine, Roman emperors would throw Christians in the arena with lions for blood sport. But since his other references were all to the Old Testament, the “lion’s den” reference could be confused with Daniel.

Still, how is it that Rev. Wright’s “sermons” about America supposedly inventing the AIDS virus is supposed to fill people with hope of joining the struggles of Moses and David? Or does Wright make white Americans out to be like Pharaoh against Moses, inflicting plagues? The stories of the Bible can inspire many, but Rev. Wright wasn’t preaching from the Bible…

Steve Z on March 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Crumbling schools?

Funded by Democrats with billions of dollars for decades on end and still, the kids can’t read, write, or get a job.

They do get the liberal indoctrination however.

fogw on March 18, 2008 at 11:26 AM

let’s see…”blacks can’t get an education” As far as I recall, all you have to do to get an education in America is get your ass to school, set your ass down, shut the fuck up, listen, study, and GET YOUR ASS AN EDUCATION!!!

Fuck me runnin’!!

james hooker on March 18, 2008 at 11:26 AM

This speech will go over very well with Dem primary voters. He is hitting all their buttons.

thatcher on March 18, 2008 at 11:23 AM

That’s why I called it Obama’s Kitchen Sink Speech.

Connie on March 18, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Mr. Obama, we are talking about fitness to lead. A sense of sensibility. Reading the moment. Judgment. Intuition. Perhaps he should read Blink. I don’ t think he has it, that sense of correct decision-making.

eaglesdontflock on March 18, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Ok, anyone know how many times he mentions the word race?

j0 on March 18, 2008 at 11:26 AM

you bad, bad white man.

Jeez, am I glad he didn’t mention the jooo’s. I had when they drag us into their BS

hotdax on March 18, 2008 at 11:26 AM

“America’s CHICKENS…………. coming home ……. to Roost!”

Seven Percent Solution on March 18, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Ed,

Are you arguing there is not a double standard? So Americans would be okay with a Miss White America contest, United White College Fund, White Entertainment Television, etc.?

txsurveyor on March 18, 2008 at 11:27 AM

This speech was an absolute insult to every American. What is he thinking???

I guess he agrees more with Jerimiah than he admitted.

NO WAY is he a UNITER !!!

Wake up white America. They want another war.

This is awful.

stenwin77 on March 18, 2008 at 11:27 AM

I forgot to look, does he have a flag lapel pin?

WoosterOh on March 18, 2008 at 11:27 AM

It’s takes a village to raise a child. I can’t believe he just said it.

hotdax on March 18, 2008 at 11:27 AM

EM: The audience for this is the Democratic superdelegates.

Slight disagreement; I see it as the non-black portion of the Change Coalition.

steveegg on March 18, 2008 at 11:28 AM

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