Part Two of the Barack Obama interview with Chris Wallace today on Fox News Sunday
Jim Garaghty weighs into the Flap: McCain, Up To Speed on the Latest Wright Sermons (U.S. Is Same as al-Qaeda, etc.)
Also, note that McCain… okay, more likely somebody on his campaign… reads the Campaign Spot and/or listens to Hugh Hewitt, because McCain is now quoting the recently-discovered new recordings of Wright’s sermons.Also, note that McCain… okay, more likely somebody on his campaign… reads the Campaign Spot and/or listens to Hugh Hewitt, because McCain is now quoting the recently-discovered new recordings of Wright’s sermons.
- I saw yesterday some additional comments that have been revealed by Pastor Wright, one of them comparing the United States Marine Corps with Roman Legionnaires who were responsible for the death of our Savior, I mean being involved in that. Itâ€™s beyond belief. And then of course saying that Al Qaeda and the American flag were the same flags. So I can understand, I can understand why people are upset about this. I can understand why Americans, when viewing these kinds of comments, are angry and upset. Just like they view Senator Obamaâ€™s statements about why people turn to their faith and their values. He believes that itâ€™s out of economic concerns. We all know itâ€™s out of a fundamental belief, a fundamental faith in this country and its values and its principles. Again, Senator Obama, out of touch. I canâ€™t control, and will not in future, control. I will voice my opinion. And I will continue to say that I think that ad should not be run. But I wonâ€™t continue to try to be the referee here.â€
Will Senator McCain have an epiphany of embarassment as to who is “out of touch with reality?”
The Senator needs to apologize.
Barack Obama Watch: Jeremiah Wright â€ A Legitimate Political Issueâ€
Part Two of the Barack Obama interview with Chris Wallace today on Fox News Sunday
Barack Obama said it himself and John McCain WILL take him up on it.
â€œSenator Obama himself says itâ€™s a legitimate political issue, so I would imagine that many other people will share that view and it will be in the arena.â€
â€œJohn McCain has broken his word to the American people and rendered hollow his promise of a respectful campaign.â€ Full response.
So, as Flap said yesterday the gloves are off – FINALLY.
Obamaâ€™s relationship to Wright is relevant to his judgment, character, and â€” in his explanations of what he knew and when about Wright â€” his honesty. Are we to ignore all this because Wright is black? Are only videos of white pastors damning America fit for airwaves? Itâ€™s not Wrightâ€™s race that matters, but his racist and anti-American rantings.
We understand McCainâ€™s desire to steer well clear of any racial foul-play, but thereâ€™s none in the ad and heâ€™s foolish to be pushed into the position of speech cop for every other Republican in the country. Itâ€™s unclear what McCainâ€™s principled standard for criticism of Obama is. The Illinois senator has a closer relationship to Wright than former terrorist William Ayers, but McCain has seen fit to condemn the latter association.
From now until November, any Republican criticizing Wright will be accused of playing the race card. Itâ€™s a way to shut down discussion of Wrightâ€™s poisonous worldview, and of what it says about Obama. These rules stack the deck and stifle legitimate debate. Republicans must reject them.
Is McCain afraid of taking on Obama’s religious mentor Jeremiah Wright BECAUSE Wright is black?
This ad entitled â€œExtremeâ€ released by the North Carolina Republican Party opposes Bev Perdue and Richard Moore for Governor.
Reuters says the ad was pulled.
The North Carolina GOP says no way. It will run once or maybe five times even though one television station has refused to run the ad.
Reverend Michael Pfleger defends Farrakhan and Rev. Wright
Who is Reverend Michael Pfleger, the Catholic pastor at St. Sabina on the south side of Chicago?
Another Barack Obama spiritual mentor and/or counselor. The other two are James Meeks and Jeremiah Wright.
Christopher Hitchens’ latest column in Slate states: “In April 2004, Barack Obama told a reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times that he had three spiritual mentors or counselors: Jeremiah Wright, James Meeks, and Father Michael Pfleger–for a change of pace, a white Catholic preacher who has a close personal feeling for the man he calls (as does Obama) Minister Farrakhan.”
Pfleger is the Pastor at St. Sabina’s Catholic Church, on the South Side of Chicago. So I searched Westlaw’s ALLNEWS database for “Obama and Pfleger.”
According to the April 5, 2004 Chicago Sun-Times article cited by Hitchens:
- Friends and advisers, such as the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church in the Auburn–Gresham community on the South Side, who has known Obama for the better part of 20 years, help him keep that compass set, he says.
- “I always have felt in him this consciousness that, at the end of the day, with all of us, you’ve got to face God,” Pfleger says of Obama. “Faith is key to his life, no question about it. [It is] central to who he is, and not just in his work in the political field, but as a man, as a black man, as a husband, as a father…. I don’t think he could easily divorce his faith from who he is.”
As Hitchens wrote, Rev. Pfleger is indeed an admirer of “Minister Farrakhan.” Ambushed by a Bill O’Reilly camera crew, Pfleger stated: “He has–first of all, he has not called Judaism a gutter religion of blood suckers. That is not what he has said because I have heard that talk. I stick up for Louis Farrakhan because he is another person that the media has chosen to define how they want to do it. And they demonize how they want to demonize somebody. I know the man, Louis Farrakhan. He is a great man. I have great respect for him, ho has done an awful lot for people and this country, black, white, and brown. He’s a friend of mine.” (The O’Reilly Factor, Apr. 3, 2008.) Farrakhan spoke at St. Sabina’s on May 25, 2007. (Chicago Sun Times, May 10, 2007.)
Please Democrats nominate Barack Obama. If you think the Willie Horton ads were BRUTAL just wait until the GOP media machine ramps up Jeremiah Wright and Michael Pfleger after Labor Day.
Sen. Barack Obama’s Philadelphia speech on race relations last month seemed to put the controversial remarks of his former pastor behind him. But three weeks later, there is evidence of lingering damage.
“It has not been defused,” says David Parker, a North Carolina Democratic Party official and unpledged superdelegate. He says his worries about Republicans questioning Sen. Obama’s patriotism prompted him to raise the issue of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.’s remarks in conversations with both the Obama and Clinton campaigns.
“I’m concerned about seeing Willie Horton ads during the general election,” Mr. Parker says, referring to campaign ads that Republicans widely credited for helping defeat Michael Dukakis in 1988. Mr. Parker said the Wright controversy didn’t hurt his opinion of Mr. Obama.
National polls show the Illinois senator hasn’t suffered among Democratic primary voters. Contests in Pennsylvania on April 22, Indiana on May 6 and West Virginia on May 13 could serve as an important test. His performance among largely white, less-urban voters could show how well he can secure critical swing states in November.
Sen. Hillary Clinton has argued that she can better withstand Republican attacks. One of her senior advisers last week told the Talking Points Memo blog that he had raised the Wright issue with superdelegates. The campaign didn’t dispute the report. “[C]ertainly, as you recall, it was very heavily in the news and people, you know, sometimes have it on their minds,” Sen. Clinton told reporters last week.
Recent polls suggest that, in key swing states, the New York senator fares better in head-to-head matchups with Republican nominee Sen. John McCain than does Sen. Obama. In Ohio, Sen. Clinton led Sen. McCain 48% to 39%, while Sen. Obama led Sen. McCain 43% to 42% in Quinnipiac University polls conducted in the last week of March.
Flap knows the Jeremiah Wright flap has done serious damage to Obama and the Democrats. It has drawn the attention to voters of the inexperience of Barack AND Hillary.
If voters have NOT seen the God Damn America Wright videos, they will OVER AND OVER again this fall should Obama be the Democrat nominee.
McCain may very well have an easy time handling either of these candidates on GRAVITAS, EXPERIENCE and TRUSTWORTHINESS alone. Unless McCain self destructs with a personal scandal, the senior Senator from Arizona will be elected the next President.
In an interview on ABC’s “The View” taped yesterday but broadcast today, Barack Obama NOW says he may have left controversial Paster Jeremiah Wright’s church.
In appearance taped for airing this morning on “The View,” Senator Obama makes news by saying he might have left Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ if the Rev. Jeremiah Wright had not retired.
In a clip posted by ABC, Obama says: ‘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 there at the church.”
In Obama’s speech in Philadelphia last week, he said: “I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community.”
Would of, could of, should of…….
The shit hits the fan and Obama is awakened. Rip Van Obama
Barack Obama defends his Pastor of over twenty years Jeremiah Wright in an appearance to be broadcast tomorrow on “The View.”
- “I never heard him say some of the things that have people upset,” Obama said on the show.
- “I’m not vetting my pastor,” Obama told “The View”, “I didn’t have a research team during the course of 20 years to go pull every sermon he’s given and see if there’s something offensive that he’s said.”
- Obama described Wright as a “brilliant man who was still stuck in a time warp.”
- The candidate explained, “Part of what my role in my politics is to get people who don’t normally listen to each other to talk to each other, who [say] crazy things, who are offended by each other, for me to understand them and to maybe help them understand each other.”
- “I think he’s saddened by what’s happened, and I told him I feel badly that he has been characterized just in this one way, and people haven’t seen this broader aspect of him,” Obama said.
More fodder for the conservative 527’s who will run the Swift-Boat type ads featuring Reverend Wright after Labor Day and the GOP Convention.
Much of the damage has already been done, hence the ten point lead McCain has over the Democrats in the national polls (Rasmussen) and who knows lightening may strike and Hillary Clinton may be the Democrat nominee.
The Obama – Jeremiah Wright Flap is on hiatus but will come to life again to a television screen near you soon.
Hillary Clinton News Conference March 25, 2008 where she criticizes Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright
Earlier today (see the video above) Hillary Clinton played the Barack Obama – Jeremiah Wright card by directly criticizing their long association:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a wide-ranging interview today with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporters and editors, said she would have left her church if her pastor made the sort of inflammatory remarks Sen. Barack Obamaâ€™s former pastor made.
â€œHe would not have been my pastor,â€ Clinton said. â€œYou donâ€™t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.â€ (Emphasis Flap)
â€œYou know, I spoke out against Don Imus (who was fired from his radio and television shows after making racially insensitive remarks), saying that hate speech was unacceptable in any setting, and I believe that,â€ Clinton said. â€œI just think you have to speak out against that. You certainly have to do that, if not explicitly, then implicitly by getting up and moving.â€
A little while ago, Barack Obama pushed back.
â€œAfter originally refusing to play politics with this issue, itâ€™s disappointing to see Hillary Clintonâ€™s campaign sink to this low in a transparent effort to distract attention away from the story she made up about dodging sniper fire in Bosnia. The truth is, Barack Obama has already spoken out against his pastorâ€™s offensive comments and addressed the issue of race in America with a deeply personal and uncommonly honest speech. The American people deserve better than tired political games that do nothing to solve the larger challenges facing this country,â€ said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.
Al Gore looking good to anyone yet?
Hillary Clinton did NOT wait long to play the Barack Obama – Jeremiah Wright Card.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a wide-ranging interview today with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporters and editors, said she would have left her church if her pastor made the sort of inflammatory remarks Sen. Barack Obama’s former pastor made.
“He would not have been my pastor,” Clinton said. “You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.” (Emphasis Flap)
“You know, I spoke out against Don Imus (who was fired from his radio and television shows after making racially insensitive remarks), saying that hate speech was unacceptable in any setting, and I believe that,” Clinton said. “I just think you have to speak out against that. You certainly have to do that, if not explicitly, then implicitly by getting up and moving.”
Flap bets Hillary has NOT seen sufficient movement in the polls for her liking. So, she revives the race based Jeremiah Wright issue to help things along.
The Hillary – Obama War is the gift that keeps on giving to John McCain and the GOP.
But, what about this?