Barack Obama,  Jeremiah Wright,  John McCain

Barack Obama Watch: Disagrees With “God Damn America” Statement of Jeremiah Wright


The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for the last 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s south side.

WOW, this is a relief. Barack Obama disgrees with his Pastor of over twenty years in a statement made in a sermon in 2003 that instead of singing “God Bless America,” black people should sing a song essentially saying “God Damn America.”

I haven’t seen the line. This is a pastor who is on the brink of retirement who in the past has made some controversial statements. I profoundly disagree with some of these statements.

Q: What about this particular statement?

A: Obviously, I disagree with that. Here is what happens when you just cherry-pick statements from a guy who had a 40-year career as a pastor. There are times when people say things that are just wrong. But I think it’s important to judge me on what I’ve said in the past and what I believe.

Again, a repudiation of the line but not a repudiation of the numerous outrageous statements of a man whose church he attended for many years. A man who was Obama’s spiritual counselor and a man Obama called his “SOUNDING BOARD.”

This avoidance of the Jeremiah Wright problem will NOT help Obama with the Jewish community or in the general election.

However, McCain will NOT push the issue.

Yeah, we’ll see about this. It’s not totally implausible: Maverick has enough trouble with evangelicals and, potentially, with Catholics via Hagee that he might be shy about going after a pastor, even one as scummy as Wright. Better to let the media handle it than give Obama an opening for the tu quoque.

Makes sense to me. Why should McCain go after Wright when Hillary’s people will do it first? McCain can rise above the fray and talk about his own themes while Hillary and Obama fight it out in the streets.

Exactly. The Clinton cabal are licking their chops, particularly in painting Obama as anti-Semitic.


Barack Obama’s new pastor at the same church of Jeremiah Wright. At 2:00 he talks about Obama choosing Trinity and Wright because they were in line with his “values” as an organizer.


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