Then we've got Obama. For the last month or so he's been saying, in essence, that Jeremiah Wright's sermons were no big deal. Just a couple of days ago he said that Wright had given at least 3 sermons a week for 30 years, and what's been going around is just a few snippets turned into a 5-second soundbyte (I paraphrase), and that people shouldn't let that flap distract them from the more important things like the economy and the war in Iraq.
But, today, Obama says this:
WASHINGTON - White House hopeful Barack Obama suggests he would have left his Chicago church had his longtime pastor, whose fiery anti-American comments about U.S. foreign policy and race relations threatened Obama's campaign, not stepped down.
"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." The interview will be broadcast Friday.
I don't remember seeing anywhere that the Reverend Wright has acknowledged that he's offended people and said inappropriate things.
More importantly, first Obama says that he was never "in the pews" when Wright was saying that kind of stuff, THEN he says that "yes, of course he heard it," NOW he's saying that, after listening to Wright for 20 years, if Wright hadn't stepped down NOW, he would have left the church.
Does this not suggest anything to people? That the guy is a total hypocrite?
I mean, to me this is a big mistake. You've ALREADY said that you regard Wright as an Uncle whom you can't disown despite the fact that he says things with which you disagree, but that YOU WON'T DISOWN HIM, now you're saying that if he hadn't retired (and joined your campaign by the way) you would have left the Church? (IE, disowned him?)
(And how can a black man use the word "disowned" anyway? IF a white person used the word "disowned," you can bet he'd be pilloried for making a racist comment (as in "owning" a slave), but a black can say it and it's just taken as a normal word. [I say this because there was that "lynching" flap where some white reporter, a friend of Tiger's, joked that if anyone of his golfing opponents wanted to beat him they'd have to lynch him first, and everyone was up in arms because that word had a special meaning for blacks and she was being insensitive...)
And I really, really wonder what the rest of Wright's congreation - who seemed to eat Wright's sermons up - think of Obama now? And what other congregations of other black pastors, who also apparently agree with what Wright said (why else would he have had at least half a dozen speaking engagements recently, and been scheduled to get an award at one of them - albeit ones he canceled out on because of "security" issues.)
Frankly, I do find the state of the country very worrisome. We cannot have white separatists, we cannot have black separatists, or even Latino separatists. We have to work together to show our young people that the "American way" is the way to prosperity, and sticking to your own ghetto and your "own people" only brings you misery. We are all Americans, no hyphens wanted.