Maybe it was hearing his middle name repeated over and over again on national TV that was the straw that broke this candidate’s back. Maybe it was the latest poll showing Hillary having a much better chance of winning against John McCain in November. Whatever it was, today Obama finally threw his pastor of 20 years under the bus. What’s even more incredible is he would have us all believe that he had no idea that Rev. Wright was so hateful, bigoted and racist until this past weekend. Pretty hard pill for all those bitter poor white backwoods, gun toting bible thumpers in rural America to swallow don’t you think?
(WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina – Reuters) – Democratic Sen. Barack Obama strongly denounced his former pastor on Tuesday, saying he was outraged by assertions made by Rev. Jeremiah Wright about the U.S. government and race that have disrupted Obama’s presidential campaign.
The controversy over Wright has been a major stumbling block for the Illinois senator, who is leading New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in the state-by-state contest for the party’s nomination for the November election.
Obama was forced to address the issue after an appearance by Wright on Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, where he repeated earlier suggestions that the United States deserved some blame for the September 11 attacks and that the government had had a hand in spreading AIDS to blacks.
“I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened over the spectacle that we saw,” Obama told reporters as he campaigned for the North Carolina vote against Clinton next Tuesday.
“The person that I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate,” Obama said.
Wright’s comments have undercut the campaign of Obama, the son of a white mother and a black father who has based his campaign on a promise to unite the country after years of sharp political and racial divisions.
Howard Dean’s head must be about to explode! Just as it looked like he might have had a shot of shutting down the campaign forcing the hand of Super-Delegates and disenfranchising the remaining primary states, the good Reverend gives Hillary Clinton more life! The time for Obama to have distanced himself from the Rev. Wright radical black ideology was 20 years ago not 48 hours ago. It goes to right to the issue of his judgment as well as his political immaturity.
Regardless of what Obama says now, it will be very hard for him to disassociate himself from someone with such a radical and anti-American point of view as Rev. Wright who reinforced that ideology on National TV for all to see. In fact, Rev. Wright ironically is showing more integrity and consistency in his beliefs by at least NOT changing his perspectives on America, or backpedaling on ANY of the comments made in his sermons of the past 20 years. It’s Obama that is looking like the typical beltway flip flop politician by attempting to spin his way out of this association!! What was that about CHANGE Barack???