It’s not hard to find denunciations of Barack Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, among conservatives. But now the mainstream media seems to have noticed that this pastor, just retired, isn’t just “controversial.” He’s a mean-spirited racist who hates America; apparently has for quite some time.
None of which would matter, except for some facts that are very inconvenient, to say the least, for Obama. First, let’s look at this ABC News report of the not-so-good pastor’s rhetoric over the years. Start with the story’s headline, which, in good journalism school fashion, summarizes the story: “Obama’s Pastor: God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11.”
If Wright were a casual acquaintance of Obama’s or even a campaign aide, it wouldn’t much matter. He’d be tossed over the side, as Samantha Power was when she bad-mouthed Hillary Clinton.
The point is that both the Obama and the Clinton campaigns have zero tolerance, at least stated as such, for such shenanigans. What then to make of Obama’s long and close association with Wright? Twenty or so years, and, as related by ABC, “Rev. Wright married Obama and his wife Michelle, baptized their two daughters and is credited by Obama for the title of his book, “The Audacity of Hope.”
It’s more than fair to assume that Obama either agrees with the messages of Wright, or is amazingly tone deaf and lacks judgment. I’d guess it’s a combination of both. Again, from ABC:
[Obama said] “I don’t think my church is actually particularly controversial.” …Rev. Wright “is like an old uncle who says things I don’t always agree with,” telling a Jewish group that everyone has someone like that in their family.
No, Barack, sorry. Very, very few of us have “someone like that in their family.” Thank God; the insane asylums are packed as it is…
Wright is eminently controversial, to use a very gentle adjective. What he is appears to be a radical lefty who is just chock full of blame for whitey. He’s a hater, and there should be no place for such as he in mainstream politics.
Obama, unfortunately, by not repudiating Jeremiah Wright in the strongest possible terms, is telling us that what Wright peddles isn’t so bad. Or, in the senator’s own words, not “particularly controversial.” Does Obama not know the difference? Or, more likely, does Jeremiah Wright actually speak the truth as seen by Barack Obama?
Close association over two decades does not leave much wriggle room for Obama to claim ignorance or disavowal. He has lain down with this dog; he has come up with fleas.