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Reverend Wright’s Time in The Sun and it’s Obama getting BURNED!

Bob Herbert is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times and has written an exceptional article that you will find printed in total below. Mr. Herbert tells it like it is about the Wright/Obama controversy!

  • April 29, 2008
    Op-Ed Columnist

    The Pastor Casts a Shadow

    “The Rev. Jeremiah Wright went to Washington on Monday not to praise Barack Obama, but to bury him.

    Smiling, cracking corny jokes, mugging it up for the big-time news media — this reverend is never going away. He’s found himself a national platform, and he’s loving it.

    It’s a twofer. Feeling dissed by Senator Obama, Mr. Wright gets revenge on his former follower while bathed in a spotlight brighter than any he could ever have imagined. He’s living a narcissist’s dream. At long last, his 15 minutes have arrived.

    So there he was lecturing an audience at the National Press Club about everything from the black slave experience to the differences in sentencing for possession of crack and powdered cocaine.

    All but swooning over the wonderfulness of himself, the reverend acts like he is the first person to come up with the idea that blacks too often get the short end of the stick in America, that the malignant influences of slavery and the long dark night of racial discrimination are still being felt today, that in many ways this is a profoundly inequitable society.

    This is hardly new ground. The question that cries out for an answer from Mr. Wright is why — if he is so passionately committed to liberating and empowering blacks — does he seem so insistent on wrecking the campaign of the only African-American ever to have had a legitimate shot at the presidency.

    On Sunday night, in an appearance before the Detroit N.A.A.C.P., Mr. Wright mocked the regional dialects of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. I’m not sure how he felt that was helpful in his supposed quest to bring about a constructive discussion about race and reconciliation in the U.S.

    What he is succeeding in doing is diminishing the stature of Senator Obama. A candidate who stands haplessly by as his former spiritual guide roams the country dropping one divisive bomb after another is in very little danger of being seen by most voters as the next J.F.K. or L.B.J.

    The thing to keep in mind about Rev. Wright is that he is a smart fellow. He’s been a very savvy operator, politically and otherwise, for decades. He has built a thriving, politically connected congregation on the South Side of Chicago that has done some very good work over the years. Powerful people have turned to him for guidance and advice.

    So it’s not like he’s naïve politically. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Forget the gibberish about responding to attacks on the black church. That is not what the reverend’s appearance before the press club was about. He was responding to what he perceives as an attack on him.

    This whole story is about Senator Obama’s run for the White House and absolutely nothing else. Barack Obama went to Rev. Wright’s church as a young man and was blessed with the Christian bona fides that would be absolutely essential for a high-profile political career.

    Faster than anyone could have imagined, the young Mr. Obama became Senator Obama and then the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Then came the videotaped sermons and the roof caved in on Rev. Wright’s reputation. Senator Obama had no choice but to distance himself, and he did it as gently as he felt he could.

    My guess is that Mr. Wright felt he’d been thrown under a bus by an ungrateful congregant who had benefited mightily from his association with the church and who should have rallied to his former pastor’s defense. What we’re witnessing now is Rev. Wright’s “I’ll show you!” tour.

    For Senator Obama, the re-emergence of Rev. Wright has been devastating. The senator has been trying desperately to bolster his standing with skeptical and even hostile white working-class voters. When the story line of the campaign shifts almost entirely to the race-in-your-face antics of someone like Mr. Wright, Mr. Obama’s chances can only suffer.

    Beyond that, the apparent helplessness of the Obama campaign in the face of the Wright onslaught contributes to the growing perception of the candidate as weak, as someone who is unwilling or unable to fight aggressively on his own behalf.

    Hillary Clinton is taunting Mr. Obama about his unwillingness to participate in another debate. Rev. Wright is roaming the country with the press corps in tow, happily promoting the one issue Mr. Obama had tried to avoid: race.

    Mr. Obama seems more and more like someone buffeted by events, rather than in charge of them. Very little has changed in the superdelegate count, but a number of those delegates have expressed concern in private over Mr. Obama’s inability to do better among white working-class voters and Catholics.

    Rev. Wright is absolutely the wrong medicine for those concerns. ”


April 30, 2008 - Posted by | 2008 Election, America, Blogroll, Democrat, Jeremiah Wright, Liberal Democrat, New Yrok Times, NOBAMA, Obama, Political, POLITICS, President, Presidential Candidate, Rev, Senator


  1. So much for the post racial candidate. Obama is trouble. He has very poor judgment.

    Comment by Fr. J. | April 30, 2008 | Reply

  2. Rev. Wright has something in common with other far-left blacks. His movement or cause or whatever it was has now become more about him than about anything else. Same goes for Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton.

    Wright and the others have gone so far to the left that they’re just far out, man. I mean they’re like space cadets, and even people who want to believe in White conspiracies and The Man, etc. are having trouble grasping it all.

    Wright has taken it personal. That Obama is not beside him shouting Amen! loudly as Wright preaches the evils of White AmeriKKKa upsets Wright greatly. The above article pointed out that Wright understands politics and understands that Obama can’t be an open racist.

    So why is Wright doing this? Either he forgot to renew his prescription for Lithium, or his ego has gotten the best of him.

    Comment by Lyn | April 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. “I could no more denounce this man than I could my white grandmother.”

    –Obama on Rev. Wright.

    Comment by Fr. J. | April 30, 2008 | Reply

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  5. I think causitive part of this controversy (Obama/Wright) is the both men have HUMONGO-NOURMOUS egos and on top of that the racist fueled remarks of Wright coupled with the arrogance of Obama have caused irreparable damage to Obama’s future campaigning for the Presidency.

    The more this unfolds, the worse it will get.

    Obama will most likely never be welcome at Trinity United Church of Gog any longer and Wright will not be welcome at the Obama mansion for Sunday dinner either.


    Comment by rightwingdog | May 1, 2008 | Reply

  6. According to Obama’s own book, for the past seventeen years, Rev. Wright served as his father figure.

    They are of one mind and no amount of left wing propaganda is going to change that.

    BO has listened to this trash talk for seventeen years without so much as a whimper because he believes it, as does his wife.

    Comment by Watch Dog | May 3, 2008 | Reply

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