Not quite, but this is as close as we’ll ever get without video footage.
Why do I say that?
The answer is about halfway through Ryan Lizza’s March 19, 2007 article in The New Republic, “The Agitator: Barack Obama’s Unlikely Political Education” (accessed from this Google search [3rd and 4th listed results], though I thought TNR was a subscriber site; alternative link is here; HT to an anonymous e-mailer).
Lizza’s article has this interesting paragraph about halfway through:
On this particular Sunday, the sea of black worshippers is dotted with a few white folks up in the balcony, clutching copies of The Audacity of Hope they’ve brought for Obama’s book-signing later. Obama, sitting in the third row with his wife and two daughters, Malia and Natasha, stands, claps, prays, and sways along with the rest of the congregation. During the sermon, he watches the preacher carefully and writes notes. When asked by Wright to say a few words, Obama grabs the microphone and stands. “I love you all,” he says. “It’s good to be back home.” The 150-person choir breaks into a chorus of “Barack, Hallelujah! Barack, Hallelujah!”
The next question would be, “Where was he recording his notes?”
Allow me to suggest where.
If “this particular Sunday” happened to be March 4, 2007, there’s a pretty good chance that the presidential candidate I often refer to as BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein â€œObambiâ€ Obama) would have been taking notes here, in the church’s bulletin for that day:
If, however, Lizza’s “particular Sunday” of observation was February 25, it would be reasonable to expect that Obama’s note-taking would have taken place here:
If the “particular Sunday” was February 18, here:
You get the point.
The Reverend Wright may be a raging racist (see Update at link) and terrorist sympathizer, but he also knows about effective communication and message reinforcement. The weekly church bulletin of the Trinity United Church of Christ is, from all appearances, provided to anyone who wishes to have one before the service begins, so that anyone wanting to take notes during the Sermon can do so — in the bulletin itself — and is thus more likely to remember, refer to, and act on the Reverend’s message(s) later.
So it would appear quite likely that Barack Obama, at least on the “particular Sunday” Ryan Lizza observed, had a church bulletin in his hands, and was writing his sermon notes in it. It doesn’t seem like much of a stretch that he would have, “on this particular Sunday,” and on other Sundays, read some of the bulletins’ other contents — including, in July 2007, that which was covered here back on Monday. Getting to the “Pastor’s Pages” — the site of the handiwork of Wright, his pastoral assistants, and his guest writers — would in most weeks ordinarily have required flipping over just one or two pages.
The idea that Barack Obama didn’t grasp the full scope of Wright’s horror show until the time he declared his presidential candidacy has lost virtually all of its plausible deniability.
UPDATE: Separately, the name of Saul Alinsky appears in connection with Obama’s activism 38 times in the New Republic article, showing yet again the negligible philosophical difference between Obama and the candidate I often refer to as HR4C (Hillary Rodham Cackling Crying Complaining Clinton), whose thesis was about Alinsky-type activism.
UPDATE 2: Additional point — the first bolded item in the excerpt above pretty much establishes that Obama was routinely exposing his young daughters, currently 9 and 6 (last paragraph at link), to Wright’s rants, instead of putting them into a Sunday school class while the adult service took place, as happens in some congregations. Nice.
UPDATE 3: There is a new blog, The Truth About Trinity, that is attempting a defense of the church and the Rev. Wright. The blog’s author appears to think that this (“Why The United Nations Agrees with Pastor Jeremiah Wright”) is helpful to their cause. Uh, not exactly.
Previous Related Posts:
- March 21 — Hamas-Obama-Wright Resonates
- March 20 â€” Church Bulletin Bonus: Omid Safi and the Progressive Muslim Union (PMU)
- March 20 â€” Another â€˜Close Religious Adviserâ€™ to Obama Old Media Has Ignored
- March 19 â€” Obama: The Pummeling by Perceptive Pundits Proceeds (with the Candidate Inadvertently Pitching in)
- March 18 â€” Analyses of the Day: Allah and Shelby Steele Nail Obamaâ€™s â€˜Checkersâ€™ Speech
- March 18 â€” Ahead of Obamaâ€™s â€˜Checkersâ€™ Speech â€¦.
- March 17 â€” TUCCâ€™s Church Bulletins from July 2007 Probably Make Whether Obama Was Present on July 22 Irrelevant
- March 17 â€” Blogger Patterico Calls Out LA Times Coverage of Obama-Wright
- March 16 â€” Obama Gives a Nod to Wright
- March 15 â€” Obama Has Not Set Things Right about Wright
- March 13 â€” The People Who Have Given Me Grief Over the Use of Barack Obamaâ€™s Middle Name â€¦..