Obama: I would have quit the church if Wright had stayed and not apologized

posted at 9:24 am on March 28, 2008 by Allahpundit

I’m not sure why this is news. He said essentially the same thing to Major Garrett on the night of a thousand interviews after the Wright thing first went nuclear.

GARRETT: So, quick yes or no. If had you heard [the "controversial" sermons] in person you would have quit?

OBAMA: If I had heard them repeated, I would have quit. I mean, obviously, understand that — understand that, you know, this is somebody who is like an uncle. If you have — to me. He’s somebody who helped me find Christ. And somebody who always talked to me in very powerful ways about relationship to God and our obligations to the poor.

If somebody makes a mistake, then obviously, you recognize — I make mistakes. We all make mistakes. If I thought that that was the repeated tenor of the church, then I wouldn’t feel comfortable there.

Note the emphasis on “repeated.” He’s suggesting that he would have stayed if Wright had repented and promised to lay off that rhetoric in the future, which jibes with the money quote from the “View” today that’s being buzzed about. Quote:

“Had the reverend not retired, and had he not acknowledged that what he had said had deeply offended people and were inappropriate and mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of this country, for all its flaws, then I wouldn’t have felt comfortable staying at the church,” Obama said Thursday during a taping of the ABC talk show, “The View.”

Tom Maguire thinks Obama’s deceitfully trying to suggest here that Wright has apologized when of course he hasn’t. I don’t read it that way at all. I think he’s speaking purely hypothetically, if inartfully: If Wright was still pastor of the church and if he refused to apologize for the sermons, then Obama would have to quit. Since he’s not still pastor, there’s no need to quit irrespective of whether Wright has apologized or not.

But judge for yourself. Click the image to watch; it’s the second clip from the left at the bottom. Your exit questions: If, as Karl reminds us, Obama could no sooner disown Wright than disown the black community, how come he seems pretty willing to disown him (albeit conditionally) here? If “Middleclassness” is repugnant to the “Black Value System,” what’s Wright doing moving into a 10,000 sq. ft. house? And if Obama’s not okay with racial bomb-throwing from the pulpit, why is he weeping at the beauty of a sermon about “white folks’ greed run[ning] a world in need”?

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Woops.

… it probably has a lot to do with the fact that it was the voice of Malcom X that first made James Cone question his theology

Buy Danish on March 28, 2008 at 2:34 PM

I think Tom Maguire is right. I think it’s an intentional lie, slipped in to leave the View audience with the mistaken impression that there had been an apology.

Michael Medved picked up on the same thing. He’s asking callers to correct him if he’s wrong – if there’s an apology by Wright out there, someone should produce it.

The other thing I found amazing was the false analogy he proposed (paraphrasing: “If someone took the five stupidest things you ever said and made a video of it…”) – as though these things were slips of the tongue, or mistakes, instead of very deliberate statements of what this man truly believes. Sadly, the audience of The View is probably stupid enough to accept such an analogy as legitimate.

We’ll be lucky if all this guy is is an empty suit. Personally, I’m beginning to think it’s much worse than that.

capitalist piglet on March 28, 2008 at 3:33 PM

Manipulator!!

BobUSMC on March 28, 2008 at 4:15 PM

capitalist piglet on March 28, 2008 at 3:33 PM

Not only has Wright not apologized for anything, Obama never specifically cited which statements he objected to.

Moreover, to the best of my knowledge, he has never been asked about the church’s guiding principles of B.L.T. or the influence of Malcolm X (who was most certainly not a Christian) on its “theology”.

As far as I can tell, his church is 3/4 Malcolm X and 1/4 M.L.K.

Buy Danish on March 28, 2008 at 4:56 PM

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