March 16, 2008

Obama Gives a Nod to Wright

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:39 am

From an August 9, 2007 article in NewsMax by Jim Davis (HT The Autonomist via Michelle Malkin), in a piece about the church frequently attended by the presidential candidate I refer to as BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama; bold is mine):

Wright laced into America’s establishment, blaming the “white arrogance” of America’s Caucasian majority for the woes of the world, especially the oppression suffered by blacks. To underscore the point he refers to the country as the “United States of White America.” Many in the congregation, including Obama, nodded in apparent agreement as these statements were made.

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Update, March 17 — The Obama campaign says that he couldn’t have been there on July 22, the date Newsmax’s Davis claims he saw what he saw. Fine — I want to hear from NewsMax, of course, but it could easily have been July 29. I’m supposed to believe that NewsMax writer Davis just made it up? Please.

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Did I say “frequently attended?” In his interview Friday with Major Garrett of Fox News, Obama attempted to downplay his involvement with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ:

You know, I won’t say that I was a perfect attendee. I was regular in spurts, because there was times when, for example, our child had just been born, our first child. And so we didn’t go as regularly then.

Hmm. This April 30, 2007 New York Times article says that:

In the 16 years since Mr. Obama returned to Chicago from Harvard, Mr. Wright has presided over his wedding ceremony, baptized his two daughters and dedicated his house, while Mr. Obama has often spoken at Trinity’s panels and debates. Though the Obamas drop in on other congregations, they treat Trinity as their spiritual home, attending services frequently. The church’s Afrocentric focus makes Mr. Obama a figure of particular authenticity there, because he has the African connections so many members have searched for.

Two thoughts:

  • About the past, the NYT piece doesn’t exactly contradict what he told Garrett, but it’s too close for comfort.
  • It’s the part about the present that throws open the curtain. In April 2007, months after supposedly putting some distance between himself and the Rev. Wright, Obama was still frequently attending services, and therefore frequently heard Wright’s rants, and therefore, more likely than not, continued hearing statements by Rev. Wright similar to the ones “that are the cause of this controversy” (quoting from Obama’s statement at HuffPo also found at Sweetness & Light.

As Mark, the Whole D**n Show Garbett said last night in a wireless phone appearance on TIB Radio, either Obama agrees with the Rev. Wright’s vision of an America thoroughly dominated by whites who are racist through and through, or he has been play-acting for all these years to prove to the African-American community that he’s down with the struggle. Neither alternative is acceptable.

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UPDATE: (HTs for both items to commenter Candy) This American Thinker post by Ed Lasky points to more heated rhetoric in Obama’s past.

This American Thinker editorial thoroughly deconstructs Obama’s HuffPo statement, leaving it in a million pieces on the floor.

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