Obama's incredible statement about his minister

AP:

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.

In his sermons over the years, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has railed against the United States and accused it of bringing on the Sept. 11 attacks by spreading terrorism. He also has said the government invented AIDS to destroy "people of color" and has shouted "God damn America" for its treatment of minorities.

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This statement is just not credible. Start with the fact that unlike Obama, the church members and their new minister have in fact embraced Wright's black liberation theology and his statements about America. The members cheered when Wright asked God to damn America.

This congregation and their reaction to the flap over Wright destroys the central premise of Obama's campaign. If he can't get the flock he has worshiped with for 20 years to transcend racial hatred and bigotry how does he expect to bring people together that he does not even know?

While Wright has left as the minister of the congregation the black liberation theology of hatred toward the government and whites still lives large in this congregation and Obama has not shown any ability to transcend it. It is the unasked question in these interviews, that eventually he will have to answer.

David Limbaugh gets into some of the details of black liberation theology that demonstrate that merely distancing himself from Wright will not be enough to distance himself from those who embrace the message of hate.

Tom Maguire
challenges Obama's assertion that Wright has "acknowledge that what he had said was deeply offensive and inappropriate." Certainly the AP offers no evidence of that statement. The story merely accepts Obama at his word. I think this is because they want him to win.

Don Surber
quips:

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The man has a banana in his ear. And he won’t admit it, let alone remove it.

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When it came time to leave the church, Obama voted present.
This interview looks like a rerun of Hillary's false memories of her trip to Bosnia.

Confederate Yankee nails it.

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