“A great leader”?

posted at 8:55 am on April 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, Barack Obama tried to put an end to the Jeremiah Wright controversy, and probably at least minimized any impact Wright’s future statements might have on the campaign. However, as more comes out from past statements by both Obama and Wright, it will keep the wounds open and call into question Obama’s honesty. Take for instance this clip, which undercuts Obama’s statement yesterday that Wright was “just my pastor”:

Clearly, in 2007 Jeremiah Wright was more than just Obama’s pastor. He was a counselor, a friend, and in Obama’s estimation, a “great leader, not just in Chicago,” but nationally as well. Wright apparently aspired to that status, and his antics over the last few days seemed calculated to put him on the same level as Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.

Can Obama put the Wright Stuff behind him? Maybe, but he had better put away that “just my pastor” calculation. His own past statements impeach it, and the fact that he funded Wright’s radical and demagogic views to the tune of $26,000 in 2006 alone shows that he considered Wright something much more significant all along. (via Jim Geraghty)


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I think the bigger problem here is our assuming that the Liberals actually care about the truth.The larger body of evidence suggests otherwise.

bbz123 on April 30, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Talk is cheap.

Obama takes all of us to hell,
dumps his load,
and returns back alone, the “victor”.

BHO ain’t no Dante!!!

maverick muse on April 30, 2008 at 9:04 AM

They had to have had long discussions about religion, politics, and everything else. For The Obamassiah to now claim he didn’t know anything about this means either he’s a bad judge of character or a liar.

rbj on April 30, 2008 at 9:05 AM

rbj, I vote both.

bbz123 on April 30, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Does anyone with more than 2 functional neurons really believe Comrade B.H. Obama will not do anything, say anything or disown anyone to grab the Brass Ring? This is a man who threw his own grandmother under the bus a few weeks ago and used his own daughters as pawns.

The Wright controversy will continue to haunt Comrade Obama. His actions now and in the future reflect more of the Stalinist agitprop of Wright’s own mentors. More and more Comrade Obama is playing the Democrat Party for useful idiots.

SeniorD on April 30, 2008 at 9:07 AM

at least minimized any impact Wright’s future statements might have on the campaign.

Not if Rev. Wright arranges a bunch of his flock to highlight the actual days, with pics from cell phones, of when Senator Obama attending church – with his young daughters.

Heck, even our pathetic mainstream media might be able to tie those pics to the Sermon schedule.

Although maybe not, as it seems no one in media actually ever went to the “Rolling Stone” article that Obama used for an early dodge to see what he was seemingly cool with until yesterday bus tossing ceremony.

Superdelegates are the neatest things, eh?

Shivas Irons on April 30, 2008 at 9:09 AM

What really got my attention with the current Wright speech, was the absolute “love and admiration” the news people have for this man and his beliefs. It’s obvious that the MSM (who gave Wright a standing ovation repeatedly) love this man because he is saying those things these people also believe to be the truth.

Facts are; the American MSM is 100% Liberal and have zero ability to apply the factual data regarding “history” to their way of thinking. The MSM takes history and spins it to create a phony story line, forever pushing an agenda on the people. Talk about creating hatred!

Obama is toast; his campaign came years to soon. The good news is that the MSM couldn’t wrap this package in a way that prevented the truth from coming out, as in the old days.

Keemo on April 30, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Did Hillary teach Obama how to change his accent in front of black churches?

EJDolbow on April 30, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Obama is a straight faced liar or brain dead not to be aware of what Wright is. Either way, it doesn’t say much for the intelligence of anyone who votes for such a fool.

katieanne on April 30, 2008 at 9:15 AM

“dats him rat dare”

Is this the 2 Americas John Edwards was talking about?

faraway on April 30, 2008 at 9:16 AM

By the way, he refers to Dr. Jeremiah Wright in intro tape as “Jeremy”.

I’m not an expert on “Black Churches”, as Roland Martin of CNN, and so many other insulting defenders of the heinous remarks of Rev. Wright, have been quite insistent to make me aware due to my pallorous skin tone.

Yet I can’t imagine calling a Pastor of a church that I was not very close to by a diminutive version of his first name. But maybe it’s a black church thang and therefore I have no rights of even an opinion.

Shivas Irons on April 30, 2008 at 9:17 AM

The old saying:
The problem with lying (other than it being wrong), is once you tell one you need to keep telling more to cover up the ones you’ve already told.

Ask the Clintons.

abinitioadinfinitum on April 30, 2008 at 9:18 AM

You should post Soledad OBrian and Roland Martin after the Detroit speech. Soledad said Wright “hit a home run”, “hilarious”, etc. after Wright gave the most racist speech (blacks have gentically different brains) that I have ever heard.

Did you know Roland Martin is a long time friend of Rev Wright? (I have never seen this subtitled at CNN before)

faraway on April 30, 2008 at 9:19 AM

geneticly or genetically?

faraway on April 30, 2008 at 9:20 AM

I don’t think he needs to answer for the money he spent. 26,000 isn’t even ten percent of his income, which is what most Christians are taught to give to their church.

If Obama had gone over and above that ten percent, then I’d see it as an issue, but as it is, tithing it just a normal part of belonging to a church.

Esthier on April 30, 2008 at 9:21 AM

It is interesting to see how the MSM are playing Obambi’s ‘denunciation’ speech. Here’s the Washington Post:

Did Mr. Obama climb out of that hole yesterday? It seems to us that the whole sorry episode raises legitimate questions about his judgment. Given the long and close relationship between Mr. Obama and the Rev. Wright, voters will ask: How could Mr. Obama have been surprised by the Rev. Wright’s views? How could he not have seen this coming? Mr. Obama didn’t help matters much by initially seeming to dismiss the furor building over the Rev. Wright’s Washington performance, just as he did with the initial uproar last month. At a media availability at an airport Monday afternoon, he displayed none of the anger and sorrow that etched his face in North Carolina one day later.

But Mr. Obama is right when he says that his entire career is antithetical to the divisiveness of the Rev. Wright’s comments. We’ve found things to cheer and things to criticize about Mr. Obama during this long campaign, but we don’t see how anyone could question his commitment to transcending old racial battles and finding common ground. The Rev. Wright doesn’t speak for the candidate, and we hope the pastor doesn’t become a continuing excuse for political ads built on racial fears. (my emphasis)

Post Editorial

The New York Times is spectacularly disingenuous:

It was the most forthright repudiation of an out-of-control supporter that we can remember. We would like to say that it will finally take the racial charge out of this campaign. We’re not that naïve.

It is an injustice, a legacy of the racist threads of this nation’s history, but prominent African-Americans are regularly called upon to explain or repudiate what other black Americans have to say, while white public figures are rarely, if ever, handed that burden.

Senator John McCain has continued to embrace a prominent white supporter, Pastor John Hagee, whose bigotry matches that of Mr. Wright. Mr. McCain has not tried hard enough to stop a race-baiting commercial — complete with video of Mr. Wright — that is being run against Mr. Obama in North Carolina.
If Mr. Obama is the Democratic presidential nominee, we fear that there will be many more such commercials. And Mr. Obama will have to repudiate Mr. Wright’s outbursts many more times.

This country needs a healthy and open discussion of race. Mr. Obama’s repudiation of Mr. Wright is part of that. His opponents also have a responsibility — to repudiate the race-baiting and make sure it stops.

NY Times Editorial

As if the McCain ‘embraced’ Hagee, or as if he didn’t “try hard enough” to stop the NC ad, as if these were in any way comparable to Obambi’s 20-year love affair with Rev. Wrong—and as if the whole business was about ‘race’ anyway.

Needless to say, Michelle Malkin’s NRO piece says exactly what needs to be said (linked in the article list at top).

MrLynn on April 30, 2008 at 9:22 AM

You should post Soledad OBrian and Roland Martin after the Detroit speech. Soledad said Wright “hit a home run”, “hilarious”, etc. after Wright gave the most racist speech (blacks have gentically different brains) that I have ever heard.

Go back to Homepage, it was posted Monday morning on HA. I think Ed posted it with his “left brain”, while his “right brain” tied behind his back…

Shivas Irons on April 30, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Did Hillary teach Obama how to change his accent in front of black churches?

EJDolbow on April 30, 2008 at 9:12 AM

I have made similar questions about his fake accent.

abinitioadinfinitum on April 30, 2008 at 9:23 AM

he spent. 26,000 isn’t even ten percent of his income

The Obama’s had to earn about $50K to give the $26K… you know, taxes and all.

Then Michele complains about the high cost of college loans and dance lessons and piano classes and tuning the darn thing and tutus and then gives what it took them $50K to earn to a church that would have those same children treated as completely different in American society due to their “right brained” based victimology, etc.

Are their mirrors in the Obama home?

Shivas Irons on April 30, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Christ’s Church is not a racist church of black people, or of white people.

So I respectfully request, Rev. Wright, Rev. Sharpton, Rev. Jackson, etc., please stop race baiting and mocking the very God you claim to worship.

Lawrence on April 30, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Obama needed Wright to jump-start his career as a politician in Chicago, in the same way he needed to vote “present” in the Illinois State Senate on key divisive issues to make himself a viable candidate for president.

His problem is while he’s calculating about what it took to get Barak Obama ahead in the world of politics, he wasn’t ruthless enough in his decisions didn’t dump Wright in March, after his first comments came out and he had outlived his usefulness to the campaign (he could have dumped him earlier, especially after last year’s initial Rolling Stone interview or reports on Wright about Sean Hannity, but the reverend still was an asset to Obama at the time in showing his “blackness” to the more radical in the African-American community and prying them away from the clutches of the Clintons, who at this time in 2007 were still presumed to have most black voters and key legislators locked up for her 2008 campaign).

Given a similar situation, Hillary would have tossed a radioactive supporter under the bus months ago, if he or she got in the way of her hopes for power. Obama didn’t learn that lesson and still hasn’t learned it, since he’s yet to make any similar denunciation of William Ayers, even though that association threatens to hurt Barak down the road almost as much as his connection with Wright has in the past month.

jon1979 on April 30, 2008 at 9:29 AM

At this stage of the game, I am greatful that Barrack has such an open and honest posse; his wife and his spiritual advisor, as well as his financial advisor, Rezko. If it weren’t for their food-fight to get to the microphone first, we wouldn’t know anything about this clown. You are who you hang with.

kflynn on April 30, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Did Hillary teach Obama how to change his accent in front of black churches?

EJDolbow on April 30, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Oh, man! I have never heard that video before. Hilarious blackspeak, keepin’ it real for the brotherhood! “You wearin’ a suit today, Rev!” Yeah, Rev, where’s the dashiki?

What a fuc*ing joke.

Jaibones on April 30, 2008 at 9:37 AM

By the way, I think the speech was at Hampton University.

Jaibones on April 30, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Old Civil War: BO vs. Hillary
New Civil War: Black “leaders” vs. this uppity new kid who wants to be the most powerful Black man in history.

jgapinoy on April 30, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Obambi, “He was never my spiritual mentor, he was my pastor.”

Correct me if I’m wrong here, but what is every pastor on this planet, if not a spiritual mentor? It is the very definition of a pastor.

fogw on April 30, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Obama is really an insincere guy. Like other Dems, he will say anything or toss out anyone to get elected.

So when does he start claiming that he never heard his wife say any of the clunkers she’s spouted? Maybe he’ll dump her by November?

This just keeps getting better.

Hening on April 30, 2008 at 9:49 AM

THIS is a more telling video of Obama and Wright tslking about their relationship. Wright was one of the first ones he talked to about his run.

William Amos on April 30, 2008 at 9:52 AM

I honestly believe that all Maverick should do is keep his head down, not fall asleep during the debates, or take a swing at any of the hundreds of moronic reporters who will try to trip him up.
This will be an Angry White Man election.
The makings of a 40 state McCain route are in place if (when) the Dims make this snake oil salesman their candidate.

Sugar Land on April 30, 2008 at 9:54 AM

I honestly don’t know what is worse here; The Anything-But Righteous Rev. Wrong-way Wright for his loony loopy views on everything under the sun or B.O. for trying to put the whole thing behind him by trying to B.S. the rest of us into believing that this certified nutcase was just his pastor and nothing more. I mean, what else is in B.O’s Closet Of Wonders that has yet to come springing out at us yelling SURPRISE!?

pilamaye on April 30, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Tactical move, pure and simple. Obaaammmaaaa can’t cut himself from a mentor like Wright who is woven into the fabric of the man, and hasn’t, no more than Hillary can her own birds of a feather.

These people BELIEVE exactly to their cores what their mentors tell them. Everything else is tactics. So Ed, while I didn’t think before Obaaaammmaa was making rookie errors, I have talked myself into agreement with you.

It is fortunate he is a rookie and less able to hide his agenda and bigotry (not just race-based, either) than the more skillfull but fairly transparent Hillary.

It could also be he is so enraptured with the majesty of his own ideas, so attuned to the echo chamber he lives in and has on his staff, he simply doesn’t understand how far off the cliff he and his fellow travelers are. Ignorance, to dumb/proud to know understand how out of tune they are.

Either way, Wright will continue, directly or indirectly, fo feed and inform Hussein’s inner man. He has so little else, IMO, and can’t now admit it…has to hide his emptiness.

Harry Schell on April 30, 2008 at 10:06 AM

This article puts Obama’s line of “This is not the Wright I know”into context:

REV. JEREMIAH A. WRIGHT, JR.: Pastor inspires Obama’s ‘audacity’
By Manya A. Brachear | Tribune religion reporter
January 21, 2007

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/custom/religion/chi-070121-relig_wright,1,271630.story?page=1&ctrack=1&cset=true&coll=chi-religion-topheadlines

Obama says that rather than advising him on strategy, Wright helps keep his priorities straight and his moral compass calibrated.

“What I value most about Pastor Wright is not his day-to-day political advice,” Obama said. “He’s much more of a sounding board for me to make sure that I am speaking as truthfully about what I believe as possible and that I’m not losing myself in some of the hype and hoopla and stress that’s involved in national politics.”


“He’s not a hypocrite,” Hopkins said. “You know what he says behind closed doors, he’ll say in the pulpit.”

A young child would not by this bullsh#t line of “I didn’t
know”coming from the Obama camp and his sheep.

This tactic is going to come back knock him down like a thousand pound boomerang.

Baxter Greene on April 30, 2008 at 10:09 AM

I’m beginning to believe this entire thing, Rev. Wright comments at NPC and Barry’s presser yesterday, has been cooked up between the two of them.

There’s nothing new here. Barry’s a politician. I have not “hope” that he will ever “change.”

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 30, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Wright calls Farrakhan a great man. Farrakhan calls Hitler a great leader. Barry calls Wright a great leader.

All that evidence points to the fact that Barry is not a great leader.

Buy Danish on April 30, 2008 at 10:16 AM

I find it very hard to believe that Obama sat in the pews of that church listening to Wright every week for 20 years, and never heard anything that offended him until yesterday. Obama gave more than $20,000 to Wright’s church in 2006, and again in 2007 (while he was running for President), and the “chickens coming home to roost” speech dates back to 2001. Since Obama was already a U.S. Senator in 2006, somebody in that church must have mentioned to Obama about the inflammatory speeches and that giving Wright thousands of dollars might not look good for his political future! Unless, of course, Obama approved of what Wright said, and wanted him to continue…

Then there’s the speech in San Francisco, where Obama claims that “bitter” small-town people “cling to their religion”. Obama clings to his religion (Wright) to the tune of $40K plus, which he gives to his idea of God, and wants to become our “Caesar”.

Obama probably hopes that he can convince voters that he never heard “appalling” comments from Wright before yesterday, and change the subject. Most likely, Obama heard these things before, maybe agreed with them, and hoped that he could hide Wright until the election, and is denouncing Wright to save his political career. The crucial question is, how many voters will be fooled by Obama’s denunciation of Wright, and how many will question Obama’s sincerity and wonder what Obama really believes?

Steve Z on April 30, 2008 at 10:17 AM

The crucial question is, how many voters will be fooled by Obama’s denunciation of Wright, and how many will question Obama’s sincerity and wonder what Obama really believes?

Steve Z on April 30, 2008 at 10:17 AM

To answer your questions: In the African American and white liberal community, the majority will be fooled. The notion of “hope” and “change” transcends.

Here’s what I think Obama really believes in: Being elected to the Presidency of the United States of America by any means necessary.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 30, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Jimmy the Greek was fired from CBS for racist rants about slaves being bred for physical ability, his wacko postulate explaining the success of 20th century African American athletes. The liberals (and really most of us) dismissed Jimmy Snyder as a racist and a clown.

Here we are twenty years later. Liberals are marching side-by side with racists: Rev. Wright and Mr. and Mrs. Hussein Obama.

What would the liberals think of Jimmy the Greek now?

saved on April 30, 2008 at 10:35 AM

I thought he was just a crazy uncle.. >:D

Chakra Hammer on April 30, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Why would you sit and listen to a crazy person talk for 20 years unless its just for the comedic and entertainment value.. the more important question is why let your kids listen to it?

Chakra Hammer on April 30, 2008 at 3:27 PM

I think the bigger problem here is our assuming that the Liberals actually care about the truth.The larger body of evidence suggests otherwise.

bbz123 on April 30, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Spot on. It’s hard to view the world through a liberals eye and compete with their perspective.

Must we also disregard facts, reality and truth in order to know thy enemy? Heh

javamartini on April 30, 2008 at 4:39 PM