Hot off the presses from AP (saved to host hard drive if/when AP updates or moves) — In an attempt to stop the bleeding, the candidate I refer to as BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein â€œObambiâ€ Obama) is throwing the allegedly retired Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright under the bus:
White House hopeful Barack Obama suggests he would have left his Chicago church had his longtime pastor, whose fiery anti-American comments about U.S. foreign policy and race relations threatened Obama’s campaign, not stepped down.
“Had the reverend not retired, and had he not acknowledged that what he had said had deeply offended people and were inappropriate and mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of this country, for all its flaws, then I wouldn’t have felt comfortable staying at the church,” Obama said Thursday during a taping of the ABC talk show, “The View.” The interview will be broadcast Friday.
Unless I’ve missed it, the Rev. Wright has never “acknowledged that what he had said had deeply offended people and were inappropriate and mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of this country.”
Assuming that’s the case, three words for Mr. Obama: Completely. Utterly. Unconvincing.
The logic is so easy to follow, even fans of “The View” might understand it.
Point 1: Rev. Wright’s successor at Trinity United Church of Christ is one Otis Moss III.
By the way, notice at the link that the Rev. Wright is STILL listed as “Senior Pastor” (still true as of Friday, March 28 at 3 PM). Has he really “stepped down”? Let’s suspend disbelief for a moment, and move on.
Setting up the next point — McClatchy Newspapers’ Margaret Talev reported the following on March 20:
Wright has said that a basis for Trinity’s philosophies is the work of James Cone, who founded the modern black liberation theology movement out of the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. Particularly influential was Cone’s seminal 1969 book, “Black Theology & Black Power.”
Cone wrote that the United States was a white racist nation and the white church was the Antichrist for having supported slavery and segregation.
Today, Cone, a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York, stands by that view, but also makes clear that he doesn’t believe that whites individually are the Antichrist.
In an interview, Cone said that when he was asked which church most embodied his message, “I would point to that church (Trinity) first.”
There’s Point 2 (despite the slight water-down by Cone): Trinity most embodies James Cone’s hateful, racist “philosophies.”
Setting up Point 3 — Tavel continued:
Cone also said he thought that Wright’s successor, the Rev. Otis Moss III, would continue the tradition.
Obama, 46, who’s biracial, joined Trinity in his late twenties when he worked as a community organizer. He says he’ll continue to worship there.
So there’s Point 3: Obama will continue to worship at a church whose successor is not expected to be different from Wright, and who will therefore remain a propagator of hateful, racist “philosophies.”
Note that I am not trying to claim that the hostesses on “The View” will be able to follow this. We’ll have to go to the tape tomorrow to find out.
UPDATE: The Rev. “Evils of MiddleClassness” Wright is apparently going to be spending his retirement in a brand-new ….. 10,340 square foot home in a ….. wait for this ….. gated community (HT Gate[d]way Pundit).
UPDATE 2, March 28: Tom Maguire has an Obama BS take and roundup, though I think he’s missing Obama’s attempted point — He is still a TUCC member because Wright retired. From Obama’s perspective, once the retirement occurred, Wright’s need to “acknowledge that what he had said had deeply offended people and were inappropriate and mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of this country, for all its flaws” disappeared. Wright can go on to become the next H. Rap Brown and it wouldn’t matter to Obama, who is staying at TUCC because Wright is no longer pastor.
Of course, getting Wright off the TUCC web as “Senior Pastor” (as of 3 PM Friday) would be helpful in convincing the skeptical.