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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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Barack Obama: In a press conference in North Carolina, the Illinois senator used his strongest language to date to condemn Wright’s controversial sermons, which have remained a burden on his campaign since they became national news more than a month ago. Wright spoke Monday at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Obama said Wright’s assertion that the U.S. government was somehow responsible for afflicting the black community with HIV was “ridiculous.” He said he was offended by Wright’s argument that the United States brought terrorism upon itself by committing similar acts overseas. Wright repeated that argument Monday.

Congress and other elected officials really have no idea of the disdain that normal, hard working, everyday Americans hold for them at any given time. We all know of the black power/black racist diatribes of Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the story that has lingered for so long. Finally, Obama decided to actually speak out against Wright and his stupid uttering.

The problem that I have with it is that it isn't natural nor is it heartfelt. Were it so, I would think that as soon as the story became news that Obama would articulate his position on these statements, yet he did not. He tried to pacify criticism while holding onto Wright's friendship and the support of his multi-thousand member church. He tried to play both ends of the race spectrum by hiding in the shadow.

I don't know how many of you heard Fox and Friends this morning, but Dick Morris said this very day that Obama needs to come out and speak completely against and repudiate Wright for his rantings. Hours later, Obama does just that. A leader would have stepped forward immediately, the way John McCain did over the North Carolina ad. he didn't wait for public opinion and didn't wait for political advice. He woke up, heard the news, and spoke out.

A leader doesn't wait to see where the wind blows, he sets sail and allows the wind to catch up. Unfortunately, Obama is disingenuous with his repudiation and not sincere in his criticisms. one more reason that the more things change, the more they stay the same, at least on the American political left.

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Anonymous said...

Totally agree. It would have gone so much easier for him if he had taken a stand when this first happened. Instead of making him look like he stands for something it makes him look calculating. Not like we didn't know that already. He blew this one bigtime!

That's as bad as waiting for a poll to see if the "people" like it before he decides if he does. John McCain looks better and better everyday!

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

This was nothing more than a planned move by Obama and Wright made more than a year ago if Obama survived the primaries.

A politcal move to combat sagging poll numbers and nothing more. Obama and Wright are still buddies and Obama still beleives what his mentor spews.....that is except to the voting public so he can look like he is disgusted.

Shaw said...

tlltct can read Obama's mind!

He's channeling BOTH Wright AND Obama's very thoughts!

I would love to have tlltct at my side in Las Vegas! He and I could make millions by reading the dealers' thoughts!

I'm not going to try to dissuade you guys from your absolute convictions that you not only know exactly what Obama is thinking but you actually know his motives [although you've never spent a minute in his company or had a conversation with him, you know him so thoroughly that you can read his mind.] Whew.

I wonder what you all would think if I said that McCain, who sought the backing of Pastor Hagee, who sought his endorsement and said that he was "honored" to have this man who blamed Hurrican Katrina on gay people and who called the Catholic Church a "Great Whore," backing him. McCain repudiated Hagee only when all of Hagee's wacko statements were reported in the news. Is it possible that McCain and his people didn't know that Hagee blamed gay people for Hurrican Katrina? that he maligned the Catholic Church?

Is it possible that McCain, after seeking Hagee's blessing opportunistically dumped him?

Or does that work only for Democrats?

When Democrats do it, it's calculating and insincere, when Republicans do it, it's what?

It doesn't matter that Hagee is not McCain's pastor. McCain SOUGHT HIM OUT, WENT AFTER HIS ENDORSEMENT. McCain wanted this pastor who is the leader of thousands and thousands of fundamentalist Christians to endorse him. Opportunistic?

Look. You guys don't like Obama because he's a Liberal, and no matter what he did, you would have assigned ulterior, suspicious motives to it. Now you criticize him because he didn't dump Wright fast enough, and when he finally did, it was "calculating." It never entered your minds that it may have been much, much more complicated? That maybe Rev. Wright had a good side to him [he was a US Marine, afterall, and you guys love those who serve their country, no?] And he actually did some good in his community. But, yes, he's a wacko. And maybe Obama had a tough time trying to sort this mess out.

How much easier for people to assign crass, venal motives to a horrible dilemma rather than to try to understand what an awful situation he faced.

Are you guys aware of the fact that the current Pope was part of the institutional cover-up of felonies committed by bishops and priests within the Catholic Church?

Those were crimes. Against children.

Should every Catholic who did not leave the Church when they discovered it covered up felonies against children--Catholics like, say Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice John Robers--should they be tainted with guilt by association as you believe Obama should?

There's a double standard going on here.

Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson blamed Americans for 9/11. Neither they nor their political friends suffered one jot from associations with them. Not one jot.

And I've heard about pastors who have damned America for allowing abortions.

I guess it all depends on who is damning whom.

As I reported on some other blog, the great and honorable Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, called the United States demons and murderers during the Mexican-American War (which he was against).

And he became one of our most beloved and respected presidents.

Lincoln said those words, not his pastor.

Would you call him calculating and unAmerican? He did, afterall, condemn America during a time of war.

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Shaw I don't have to be an Obama minde reader. Obama and Wright talked about him possibly having to distance himself from Wright if he made it through the primaries.

Robert (Conservative Commentary) said...

And the conversation isn't about his views. I have no problem with those who question government motives and actions from an intellectual, yet patriotic viewpoint. I do not despise those who oppose the Iraq War...I do despise those who use their opposition to gain personally and create a situation where the world doubts our commitments.

Further, Obama was in this church for almost 20 years. If he needs that much time to sort through the racists and moronic opinions of this nutjob, then that indicates he isn't prepared to be President. Remember the bashing of President Bush because he took nine minutes to leave the school room on 9/11? Nine minutes is too much, but 20 years is "working through the issues?"

Shaw said...

Further, Obama was in this church for almost 20 years. If he needs that much time to sort through the racists and moronic opinions of this nutjob, then that indicates he isn't prepared to be President.--Robert

Is a church only its pastor?

Have congregations had controversial pastors? Yes. Does that mean that while that bad apple remained as pastor that all the people who continued to attend that church were guilty by association of his/her behavior? Or even approved of it?

If you believe that, then you must believe that all Catholics are guilty by association for staying in a church that covered up crimes and looked the other way while felonies were committed against children. You didn't answer that question, Robert.

Remember the bashing of President Bush because he took nine minutes to leave the school room on 9/11? Nine minutes is too much, but 20 years is "working through the issues?"--Robert

I don't think that's a fair comparison. A Commander-in-Chief, who remained seated and did not get up and leave the classroom while the country was under attack, is not comparable to someone who belonged to a congregation who has a minister that ranted and said whacky things.

Not the same. Wright's ravingly mad declamations did not affect the entire nation, nor did it turn his congregants into terrorists.

As I said, you guys don't like Obama; this is a great excuse to claim he's somehow unAmerican or unqualified to be president.

And, Robert, you didn't address what I wrote about Abraham Lincoln, who actually damned America, and apparently, was forgiven by this country for his (not his pastor's) damning words.

Can you explain that? Does it matter that we as a nation are not consistent here?

"[Lincoln] spoke out against the Mexican-American War, which he attributed to President Polk's desire for "military glory" and challenged the President's claims regarding the Texas boundary and offered Spot Resolutions, demanding to know on what "spot" on US soil that blood was first spilt.

Lincoln later damaged his political reputation with a speech in which he declared, "God of Heaven has forgotten to defend the weak and innocent, and permitted the strong band of murderers and demons from hell to kill men, women, and children, and lay waste and pillage the land of the just." Two weeks later, President Polk sent a peace treaty to Congress. While no one in Washington paid any attention to Lincoln, the Democrats orchestrated angry outbursts from across his district, where the war was popular and many had volunteered."

While you guys chew on this noncontroversy, the war is heating up again in Iraq, the economy is tanking, food prices are rising, gas prices are horrible, the Pentagon admits it has treated our returning soldiers shabbily by placing them in substandard barracks and not giving them the best medical care.

And all you guys can talk about is a crazy pastor.

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