Wow!!! Greta van Susteren just posted something on the Pastor J-Wright-Obama controversy. To say that it was a blistering attack on Sen. Obama’s observational skills is understatement. First, here’s what the AP is reporting on Sen. Obama’s statement:
Democrat Barack Obama says he was outraged by the comments of his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and saddened by the spectacle of his appearance on Monday. Wright said Monday that criticism surrounding his fiery sermons is an attack on the black church.
Obama told reporters Tuesday that Wright’s comments do not accurately portray the perspective of the black church. Obama said, “I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened by the spectacle that we saw yesterday.”
Wright’s incendiary comments have dogged Obama’s presidential campaign.
Let’s give Greta credit for asking the most pertinent questions in this paragraph:
Reverend Wright is not the man he thought he wasâ€¦..so naturally people will ask: what took you so long to figure it out? 20 years and only yesterday? are you that oblivious or is this statement political and calculating? and others will applaud himâ€¦saying what courage to address the issueâ€¦that he is standing up for what he believes even if it means denouncing someone you had admired..and that he is showing candorâ€¦
It wouldn’t take the world’s greatest salesman to make the case that Sen. Obama is a typical calculating politician. If it was polled, I’d bet that the overwhelming majority of voters would say that they didn’t buy into Obama’s line that he hadn’t heard any of these disgusting, incendiary remarks.
Let’s pose this hypothetical question: If Sen. Obama truly didn’t notice Pastor J-Wright’s disgusting statements over a 20 year period, why should we think that he’s qualified to be the leader of the free world?
I don’t doubt that people will defend Sen. Obama. I don’t doubt that some will praise Sen. Obama for distancing himself from Pastor J-Wright. To those Obama apologists, I’ll simply ask one question: Why didn’t Sen. Obama distance himself from Pastor J-Wright faster?
In fact, I’ve thought of another question: Considering Michelle Obama’s statements that America “is a downright mean country” and that she was finally proud to call herself an American after people started voting for her husband, why should we believe that Sen. Obama doesn’t believe in much of what Pastor J-Wright preaches?
For that matter, why did Sen. Obama stay on the board with William Ayers? Why didn’t he utterly renounce Ayers’ terroristic attacks in the harshest language possible? After all, the things Ayers did and the things that Pastor Wright said weren’t just mildly controversial. Ayers killed people but didn’t think he’d done enough. Wright said that white people had invented the AIDS virus to commit genocide on the black race. Wright also told the audience at the National Press Club yesterday that America is a terrorist nation.
Greta, thanks for saying on a large stage what many of us on smaller stages have been thinking for quite some time.
It’s time to start questioning everything that Sen. Obama says. We really don’t know who he is or what his beliefs are. Based on the information available, America should be worried about him getting elected in November.
UPDATE: According to this article, Sen. Obama is planning a “big press conference” on Jeremiah Wright’s incendiary statements.
I’m not buying into this because I question his sincerity. Last night on Hannity & Colmes, Dick Morris said that the best way for Sen. Obama to distance himself was to chastize Jeremiah Wright in the strongest terms possible, then to call a press conference that would deal once and for all with that issue. It sounds like Sen. Obama is following that advice to the letter.
Morris said that that would essentially lay the issue to rest. I don’t agree with that. He can have his press conference but unless he’s completely straightforward and credible on all the questions asked, people will still have their doubts. It’s not like we can’t do our own digging into Pastor J-Wright.
Cross-posted at California Conservative