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Obama disavows former pastor

April 30, 2008

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— Barack Obama essentially severed his friendship with his former pastor Tuesday, calling the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's speech a day earlier at the National Press Club "a show of disrespect to me" and saying it "directly contradicts everything that I've done during my life."

Obama's remarks in a televised news conference from North Carolina came as he responded to increasing pressure to distance himself from the racially divisive Wright in order to build trust with working-class white voters in his bid to secure the Democratic presidential nomination. He drew only about one-third of the white vote last week in Pennsylvania's primary. That trend has expanded in recent contests and troubles party insiders who are gauging which Democratic presidential candidate is likely to be strongest in November's election.

On Tuesday, the Illinois senator used words such as "divisive and destructive," "ridiculous," "outrageous" and "wrong" to describe the words of Wright, a man who was Obama's pastor for two decades, performed his wedding and baptized his children.

Obama also said he was "particularly angered" by Wright saying that Obama's denunciation of some of Wright's earlier remarks was only political posturing.

He said that Wright isn't the same man he thought he knew 20 years ago and that some of Wright's ideas have given "comfort to those who prey on hate."

With two potentially pivotal primary elections next Tuesday, Obama hopes that he can seal the nomination with wins in North Carolina and Indiana. But polls show that Indiana is up for grabs and that Obama's lead over rival Hillary Clinton in North Carolina has shrunk because of doubts among white voters.

"He had to do it," Ronald Walters, director of the African-American Leadership Center at the University of Maryland, said of Obama's news conference. "The media is infatuated by the interaction between the two. As long as there is the relationship, it seems to me that is not going to go away."

James McCann, a professor of political science at Purdue University in Indiana, said Obama's instinct is sound to try to distance himself from Wright, but that his remarks Tuesday may have come too late and "may not be good enough."

"For Hoosiers who fit the profile of the folks in Pennsylvania and Ohio who have tilted toward Clinton, the white ethnic economically insecure Hoosiers who might be tied to the auto industry or the steel industry, the Reverend Wright is not going to help Obama's cause. My instinct is, I don't know what it would take to bring those folks in. Because there's already been resistance."

Comments

beatrice 5 years, 11 months ago

Marion trying to be cute again. ouchMarion, you say Obama is as racist as any Klansman. Do you speak from experience? How are we to take anything you write seriously. If you hadn't notice, Wright isn't the one who is running for President. Also, Obama isn't the one who said the inflammatory stuff. If guilt by association is enough to convince you of Obama being a racist, John McCain was reprimanded by Congress for his attempts to gain favors for businessman Charles Keating, whose failed savings and loan company cost people and pensions billions. So does this mean McCain is a bankrupt businessman? (Again, I ask thinking you might know from experience.)

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 11 months ago

To the tune of "Black Watear" by The Doobies."Young Obama"Well, I built be campaign and it's ready for goin'Oh, US voters, start lookin and me!Polls, they climbin'The spin doctors whirlin'...Young Obamba. Keep on strokin' Never let'em think the tax'll get'emYoung Obama.Keep on stokin' The long failed fires of Marx and Lenin,Keep on shinin' that lightMake'em think everything.Everything's gonna be all rightSay that they ain't got no worriesSay they ain't got no worries at all.............Keep on shinin' that smile......As you lie all the while.................If Hilary runs, I don't careDon't make no difference to me!I got that hard money rollin' in!Yeah, I like to hear that money clinkin' in!Teddy, come and take me by the had!By the hand, take me by the Liberal hand, Fat TeddyCome as speak for me 'round the land!You gotta speak for your front man all day long!Ya gotta speak, ya gotta speak, ya gotta speak..Ya gotta speak, Fat Teddy all day long!Marion writes:I need some more verses for this; I'm not realy a good songwriter!Any takers?

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beatrice 5 years, 11 months ago

Happy 5th Annivesary of "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq everyone! I would recommend that everyone get together and build a bon-fire, but I realize people probably can't afford the gasoline. (In other words, perhaps it is time to start concentrating on the real issues.)

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Ceallach 5 years, 11 months ago

Obama engages people. When he leads, people want to be part of the solution.***That's all well and good, but would be more helpful if we knew more about his solutions. Yes we can! only goes so far, sooner or later one has to ask . . . can what? Promising change is not enough, we need to know what he plans to change and how he intends to accomplish those plans. Changes are not always good.

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herbalife4life1 5 years, 11 months ago

Why does this guy Obama not have to balls to stand up for his own convictions?!?Damn the media and damn the torpedoes man!If you have a belief or a belief system, as he obviously does in Pastor Wright, then have the backbone and conviction to stand up against the unpopularity of it!!!Personally I agree with some of Jerimiah Wright's speeches, though I have to admit that I haven't heard only but three...You know, now that I think of it...there is one man who will stand by his convictions and positions no matter how they are received by the media b/c he believes his positions are the morally correct positions for himself and this country, Dr. Ron Paul....

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Stain 5 years, 11 months ago

Great. Now can we get back on topic?What are we as a nation going to do about the mess George W. Bush is leaving for us and our children to clean up?Obama engages people. When he leads, people want to be part of the solution.Hillary is only pandering to people who want to know, what is the government going to do for ME? The crumbs she wants to throw us in the form of an 18 cent gas tax freeze - for a couple of months - is an example of how little she thinks of us. She thinks she can buy our votes with a couple of dollars. Let Americans save America, with Obama as their leader. Otherwise, it will not happen.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 11 months ago

It appears mudslide has been sent off the pitch.

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jrudyhawk 5 years, 11 months ago

Hey, Pasadena, hasn't the home room bell rung at your middle school yet? You shouldn't have time to be posting when you haven't finished your times tables homework. For the love of Oprah!It's a shame that the Clinton machine has been able to stir up this crapfest for so long, trust me folks, that's why this is still at the forefront. Don't get me wrong, Wright is a nutball. And if that kind of garbage came out of a white candidates' white pastor the reaction would be the same if not louder. Obama would have been wise to distance himself after Wright's post 9/11 rants. Don't even attempt to sell me that he did not know 'cause he was not there. Anyone that knew him would have informed him of that bile immediately if they cared anything for his political position. And to those that are complaining in this blog that they don't vote 'cause they don't like the candidates or there's never anyone to vote for, grow up and quit being so lazy. The men and women that run for and achieve public office (99% of them) do it out of a sense of duty and desire to make the country better for all of us. Everyone has beliefs, prejudices, and agendas. There are 300 million people in this country and they're all saying something different. How is anyone supposed to appease all of them? It's impossible and always will be. Someone name the one popular president this country has had. It's never happened. And don't feed me Kennedy, he was reviled until he was martyred. The only way a prez can be beloved here is following a national tragedy, and that too shall pass with time. W's approval rating was the highest ever following 9/11. It's alot like being a cop. Everybody hates ya till they need ya, and then you're everybody's daddy. W isn't evil and neither was Clinton or anyone else that's held the singularly most stressful job in America. Yeah, there's alot of ego that goes into politics, has to be. Someone with low self-esteem or respect for what they're trying to do wouldn't last 5 minutes. Thick skin and faith that you might be able to make a difference are character traits one and two for politicos. Don't like what's going on? Then throw your hat in the ring. Spend some time on the Hill, live a few weeks in these people's shoes, I guarantee your attitude will change. Lefties, please get some perspective, conspiracies are for saps and the feeble-minded. Righties, get off your high horse and listen to differing opinions, filter them through yourself and work to compromise. Peace out, kids, loveyameanit.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 11 months ago

Plugging your own stinking pit of a 'forum' again, marioni?networksolutions dot com's whois search reveals interesting things

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 11 months ago

Obama is a bit late in trying to separate himself from his racist and radical past.Obama is as racist as any Klansman.princeobama.com

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Pasadena_Mudslide 5 years, 11 months ago

Fck you rightluckman. You sck cock.

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lucky_man 5 years, 11 months ago

"This is Jeremiah Wright using Obama and the media to leap frog Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as the leader of the black/anger movement. Mark it down." -RADidn't you forget someone----the ring leader?Louis Farrakhan. Wright idolizes him, he apparently loves Farrakhan's rhetoric like "bloodsucking Jews" and "blue-eyed devil". Nice stuff. Wright gave him an award he loves him so much. Obama doesn't know about any of this relationship? That in and of itself brings on a big....hmmmmmm?

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Pasadena_Mudslide 5 years, 11 months ago

kansas is a redstate that sux. All you redstate nascar truck drivin gun hording fcktards need to eat sht

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kansas778 5 years, 11 months ago

A man is known by the company he keeps.

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jonas 5 years, 11 months ago

Summers_Eve (Anonymous) says:"Many of the comments confirm this blog has a thick heady stecnh of hard-core America haters way over to the left; they agree with and/or take up for Wright."Do you ever say anything that is either true or supportable? Have I just not been on the right threads?

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Godot 5 years, 11 months ago

Obama threw Wright under the bus because Wright made it very apparent that Obama is not "black enough." Wright did this by modeling the acceptable "black" philosophy and behavior. Check out Wright's demonstration of the difference in style and culture between marching bands in Minnesota and Florida for the embodiment of racial sterotypying.Obama has made a valiant effort to overcome his middle class white upbringing. He chose the right city, the right wife, the right church, and he wrote the right books, all to prove that he is really black. Now that Reverend Wright has shown, quite publicly, that Obama is not really "black," Obama has no more use for Wright.

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Rationalanimal 5 years, 11 months ago

This is Jeremiah Wright using Obama and the media to leap frog Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as the leader of the black/anger movement. Mark it down. Obama, bless his innocent heart, could never have seen this coming in the 20 years he sat in Rev. Wright's church, asked the man to marry him, baptize his children, and stand as his spiritual mentor. This is about 19 years too late. BO used JW to get to where he is at just as much as JW is now using BO to get to where he wants to be. It illustrates poor judgment and fails to pass the smell test of sincerity after his previous speech that they all are family and you just can't dump your crazy drunk uncle that shows up uninvited to Thanksgiving dinner. The chicks have indeed come home to roost as the good reverend says.

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1wetwilly 5 years, 11 months ago

Please win Obama, please win. Then select as your cabinet members the "Reverend" Jackson and the "Reverend" Sharpton and the "Reverend" Wright and the "Reverend" Farakhan and all the other "Reverends" in your community. The USA needs this kind of leadership. Please win Obama.

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notajayhawk 5 years, 11 months ago

First, I doubt Obama's going to be getting my vote. However:1) I think the good reverend is a despicable nutjob. Okay, he probably feels called to do this - he's been needling away with his 'message' for decades, probably more than a little frustrated that nobody was listening, and now, by the grace of having a presidential contender sitting in one of his pews, he's news. And the more outrageous he gets, the more he's news. It went to his head, and he figured he could cash in, and is trying to do so.2) Although I've heard that his sermons were a little out there even before, I can't say as I always pay that much attention in church, either. I have kids. Sometimes dragging the little one(s) from under the pew distracts one from the ministrations of the pastor. And I haven't seen anything as definite as 'On march 3rd of 1993 the reverend said blah blah blah in his sermon and Obama was sitting in the third row applauding.'3) So he didn't dump the guy right away. Big whoop. How many of you have been friends with someone for many years, and one day they come out and say something disparaging about a certain group - do you stop associating with them immediately, after decades of friendship? If they keep it up, then maybe it's time to say hey, maybe you didn't know the person as well as you thought, and then you dump them - which is what Obama did.Like I said, I doubt I'm voting for the guy, but this isn't the reason. This is a lot of nothing, I don't think you can hold what his minister says against him personally. I just hope the Democrats who are defending him can keep half as much an open mind the next time a fanatical evengelist endorses a Republican.

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Summers_Eve 5 years, 11 months ago

Many of the comments confirm this blog has a thick heady stecnh of hard-core America haters way over to the left; they agree with and/or take up for Wright. Pathetic. Why do so many of you hate America?

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cato_the_elder 5 years, 11 months ago

Those who are too young to have lived through the SDS, the Weathermen/Weather Underground, Bernadine Dohrn (who lives in Chicago), Mark Rudd et al. should understand that what Parkay is talking about is very serious stuff. While a notable few of these radical cretins have realized the error of their ways, most of them, who are now much older, chubbier, grayer and balder, desire nothing more than to recreate the ridiculous "revolution" they foolishly desired 40 years ago - and in that regard are the mirror image of the fascist Neo-Nazis in Germany who still function clandestinely today. If you are a young Democrat, you have absolutely no idea how badly these people hurt the image of your party in the late 60's, an image which to some extent remains. In attempting to tear down virtually everything America stood for, they alienated many Americans and were almost single-handedly responsible for the election of President Nixon in 1968. Perhaps if Senator Clinton gets the nomination they will all vote for Ralph Nader - but then again, he is probably too moderate for them.

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sdinges 5 years, 11 months ago

duplenty: "Someone please, please explain to me why Obama get's the 24/7 colonoscopy over Wright, but nary a word about... (Right wing religious hate-mongers and their political associations)."Let me take a crack at it - Conservatives have gotten used to Fundamentalist hate mongers. They aren't viewed as being threatening to McCain's base. So they hate homosexuality, abortion, and are anti-semitic - while I would by no means say all Christians or all conservatives agree, they are at least used to hearing those views. Just like the black community isn't as up in arms about Wright. They're used to hearing Wright's views. Wright threatens the working class white voting block that Obama is relying on - that's why it's news.Second, while McCain has accepted the endorsement of questionable characters, he has never emphasized his decades long relationship with them. That's a big difference. Maybe he would have, if people had thought he was a secret Muslim. Maybe Obama exaggerated his connection to Wright to dismiss those Muslim rumors, but now it's too late to go back. Wright is probably angry about being used, dismissed and insulted - which s why he seems to have come out purposely to harm Obama.Thirdly, Wright's feelings about race make people defensive. It's not the same old anti-gay stuff - this is race. It is targeting a huge group - non-blacks - and alarming them. Thus, it's news.

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lucky_man 5 years, 11 months ago

s/b: "Hillary is a DINO from where they sit."

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lucky_man 5 years, 11 months ago

Far-left, secular-progressives are dancing in the streets and cheering for Obama. Obama has been their man. They have kicked Hillary to the curb long ago. Hillary is a RINO from where they sit. This is an excellent barometer of where the far-left SP's are and why their agenda is not included on America's master plan---yet. Their ideas, like things such as Air America don't work---period.Obama may sqeak by for the DNC nomination, but at this juncture, I seriously doubt he'll win the general election.

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lucky_man 5 years, 11 months ago

"...Obamanation...."Very Funny!!! That's up there with MXO's "Obamunist" party.It's great when you can make light of such a dismal, sad, sad situation. And that's exactly what this is.

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Ray Parker 5 years, 11 months ago

Now that we have dealt with Obamanation getting too chummy with a senile racist preacher:Carl Davidson, a former vice president of the radical Students for a Democratic Society, who traveled to Cuba to meet with his Communist buddy Fidel Castro, is webmaster for the Progressives for Obama Internet page. His old SDS collaborator, Tom Hayden, who traveled with Jane Fonda to meet with Vietnamese communist leaders during the height of the Vietnam war, is also part of Progressives for Obama, as is Hanoi Jane Fonda. Also supporting Obama are Weather Underground chums William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, whose avowed creed is "Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at." Mr. Dohrn is also a supporter of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson. Mr. Ayers regrets only participating in 30 bombings because it wasn't enough, and Fort Dix, the Pentagon, and the Capitol building still stand, and the family members of a New York State Supreme Court Justice still live.

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staff04 5 years, 11 months ago

"Can you imagine the pressure on Obama to fill government positions with people like Wright if he becomes president. Our government would become just like sub-Sahara Africa."Can anyone say "Regent University?"*snicker

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

"Can you imagine the pressure on Obama to fill government positions with people like Wright if he becomes president. Our government would become just like sub-Sahara Africa."Even if that were true, it'd be an improvement over the current regime.

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toe 5 years, 11 months ago

Can you imagine the pressure on Obama to fill government positions with people like Wright if he becomes president. Our government would become just like sub-Sahara Africa.

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akt2 5 years, 11 months ago

Obama is not very street wise when it comes to this kind of political game. He's getting tired and it is starting to show. Hillary on the other hand is getting stronger every day. She is getting ready to hand him his ass on a platter. I won't be voting for her, but it is interesting to watch.

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malcolm_x_obama 5 years, 11 months ago

Relax, folks. This is simply politics. Senator Obama knows that, to make change, one must first get elected president, and to do so, one must sometimes hold one's nose and pander down to Middle America. It doesn't mean a thing.I fully expect one day during her presidential campaign that Cindy Sheehan will gush a little bit about her old nemesis, George W. Bush. Don't hate the player, hate the game.(...and the Zionists.)

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

"Bozo belongs to the Socialist party."Nope. Keep guessing.

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malcolm_x_obama 5 years, 11 months ago

Bozo belongs to the Socialist party.www.sp-usa.org/

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

"Or maybe you consider the people of your party too stupid to make the choice."If you wanted to call Democrats stupid, you didn't have to do it in such a roundabout way.

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georgeofwesternkansas 5 years, 11 months ago

"just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says: "Hey bozo, what the hell is a super deligate, and why do the dems have them??"You'd have to ask the Democratic Party, dontcha think?But if you want my guess, it's so that, and this is just a hypothetical situation, if you have a black candidate who is leading in the race, and a bunch of racists who wouldn't vote for the candidiate anyway find a meaningless issue they can hype ad nauseam causing a small but still significant number of fence-sitting voters to vote for someone else, they can go with a "safe" candidate, perhaps the white wife of a white former president."Or maybe you consider the people of your party too stupid to make the choice.

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malcolm_x_obama 5 years, 11 months ago

Its OK, he still has Rev. Sharpton on his side...no,he has the Rev. Jackson?I guess he has to distance himself from the race baiters, Rush's song about him is pretty funny. Barak The Magic Negro I can't believe that Rush can continue to play it and Imus got tossed for a nappy remark.

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bondmen 5 years, 11 months ago

Rezko, ex-Weathermen and race baiting, anti-American conspiracy crazed reverends surround him. Are they there with his knowledge or is it all just a big surprise or a simple mistake? Whatever the answer, it clearly disqualifies him to be POTUS based on his lack of personal judgment. We all know by now one defines himself with those by which he surrounds himself.

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beatrice 5 years, 11 months ago

The funny thing about this is that the people who are the most upset are the people who wouldn't have voted for Obama no matter who he was running against. Honestly, does anybody believe that self-proclaimed Republicans who demonize those of the other party with constant name-calling would have voted for a Democrat no matter who it is? Seriously, does anyone here think bearded-gnome, lucky-man/right-thinker, Marion, b3, pisa, etc... would have given Obama a resonable consideration? But no, bearded acts like he has some special knowledge about Obama's family and makes claims of poor parenting on behalf of Obama because his children have been taught to hate their grandparents -- and bearded knows this based on a couple of sound bites. What garbage. It is like having an opinion on a book you haven't read. It means nothing. I'm not trying to say the same doesn't happen on the other side. It certainly does, but as far as this story goes, it is making way too much about someone who isn't the guy actually running. It is the Britney Spears/Paris Hilton overexposure syndrome applied to the political arena.Has Wright said some stupid stuff over the years? Yes. Did Obama say he doesn't agree with said stupid stuff? Yes. Does any of this stupid stuff have anything to do with the war in Iraq, the economy, education of our children, oil prices and oil resources, the environment, an out of control budget and government spending, crime and punishment, or any of the other things that should be important to us as Americans? Hell no. And that is a real shame.

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staff04 5 years, 11 months ago

Barbara Reynolds, Clinton supporter and National PRess Club Speaker's Committee Chair, arranged for Rev. Wright to speak on Monday.Suspicious, anyone?http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/04/wrightsetup.htmlMaking news for the sake of making news? I think Sen. Obama spoke eloquently in distancing himself from the Reverend. Yes, they had a long relationship with each other--fortunately, when Senator Obama saw that there was no way the relationship could move forward, he had the courage to end it. I think there is no doubt in Reverend Wright's mind, nor should there be any doubt in anyone's mind that the Senator disagrees wholeheartedly with every controversial statement that Reverend Wright has made.In the words of King Scalia, "Get over it."

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

I just heard an interview with a member of Wright's church, and she said that the sermons were rarely overtly political. She also thought Wright's actions over the last couple of days were mostly self-serving.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

"Hey bozo, what the hell is a super deligate, and why do the dems have them??"You'd have to ask the Democratic Party, dontcha think?But if you want my guess, it's so that, and this is just a hypothetical situation, if you have a black candidate who is leading in the race, and a bunch of racists who wouldn't vote for the candidiate anyway find a meaningless issue they can hype ad nauseam causing a small but still significant number of fence-sitting voters to vote for someone else, they can go with a "safe" candidate, perhaps the white wife of a white former president.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 years, 11 months ago

craigers (Anonymous) says:I seriously doubt Wright suddenly changed his views and sermons just recently.Does your preacher give the same sermon over and over again? If so, it's time to fire him/her.

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cato_the_elder 5 years, 11 months ago

Lucky_man, slight correction: Senator Clinton is not wearing "wolf's clothing" - unless, of course, wolves wear pantsuits.

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Confrontation 5 years, 11 months ago

"You are who you hang out with."Wow! Won't that surprise BTK's friends! I bet they don't know that they're all perverted killers.

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georgeofwesternkansas 5 years, 11 months ago

You are who you hang out with. This is not a new or republican notion.Hey bozo, what the hell is a super deligate, and why do the dems have them??

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cato_the_elder 5 years, 11 months ago

With all of the media-driven hoopla over Wright's "motivations," both real and imagined, it seems to me that the reasons for his recent conduct are really pretty basic: He has been an acknowledged leader in his local community for many years but has endured watching Jackson and Sharpton get all the national press. Wright obviously has a big ego (often a necessary trait for a leader), believes that he's much more charismatic than either of them, and has finally gotten his chance for his 15 minutes of fame. Other than a few liberal politicians and keyed-in political and religious activists, virtually no one outside of Chicago had ever heard of him until the Obama flap hit. I don't think that he's intentionally thrown Senator Obama under the bus either out of spite or as the result of any conspiratorial cabal - he's simply relishing the attention, and will continue to spew his Phelps-type hatred on the national stage for as long as the media will let him. If I were an Obama supporter, I'd really detest this guy.

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lucky_man 5 years, 11 months ago

Obama had NO idea this would come out? This and with the "love America for the first time" comment from his wife, and of course Obama's politics in general, it takes a real dullard to not see Obama is a wolf in sheeps clothing, as is his opponent.....well, Hillary is a laughing hyena in wolfs clothing.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

corey I heard most of wright's three media bubbles this past weekend. and, as I pointed out above, his comments actually supported the very racist, bigoted, hateful nature of the original quotes. further quotes surfaced recently from wright:he likened the cruel roman soldiers killing jesus on a cross to the u.s. marines.and, he explicitly compared al-qaeda and the u.s. as moral equivalents. its getting deeper and wider and barry h. o'bama's latest denunciation is too little, far too late.
and before some left fringie says wright was in the marines as some kinda lame defense of him making hatefilled rants, I will point out that another guy who served in the marines was: Lee Harvey Oswald.

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storm 5 years, 11 months ago

If Catholics don't follow the complete dogma of their Pope (c'mon y'all in the pews using birth control pills), and Buddahists their Lama, and Jewish people their Rabbi, then why do we assume Mr. Obama would follow Reverend Wright to the letter? Everyone go read Preebo....that pretty much sums up this non-news story.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

from world net daily about six weeks ago, an article about wright's theology. in an interview he cited james cone as a leader in black liberation thology:The theologian explains:Block quote startChrist is black therefore not because of some cultural or psychological need of black people, but because and only because Christ really enters into ourworld where the poor were despised and the black are, disclosing that he is with them enduring humiliation and pain and transforming oppressed slaves intoliberating servants.Block quote endRather than viewing God as a sovereign being who does as he wills according to his purposes, Cone insists God must do what we want him to do, or we mustreject him.What the black community wants, Cone says, is for God to assist in its goal of destroying "the white enemy."Block quote startBlack theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people,then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill gods who do not belong to the black community... Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressedin Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participatingin this holy activity, we must reject his love.Block quote end

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Confrontation 5 years, 11 months ago

Wright is like many other religious leaders. He wants his 5 minutes, and he'll go against everything and everyone to get it. He wants his Jerry Falwell/Al Sharpton/Jim Bakker moment. He'll turn his back on everyone if it means more TV time or money.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

another reason this seriously impunes obama's judgement is:he has had his little daughters under this racist's teaching. they are being taught to hate their grandmother and great grandmother.

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Corey Williams 5 years, 11 months ago

How many people complaining about something Wright said have actually heard the entire speech/sermon rather than just the soundbites on the news or on youtube?

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

not an empty story, not petty.how a man uses his money speaks volumes about his character. Obama and his wife have given many tens of thousands of dollars to wright's church. he sat under wright's teaching for twenty years. big big difference from mccain and hagee. as I have repeatedly pointed out: hagee is well known as a tbn nutbag false prophet. most christians know that about him. and he doesn't have the relationship with mccain that wright has had with obama, no comparison. what you lefty fringe ponsters are doing is just rying to deflect this very serious character issue away from obama, but it won't work. this may be what sinks obama's campaign, along with his elitist comment to san francisco rich liberal elitists that people in small towns *like here) cling to their guns and their faith because they are bitter. it is funny to read you far left fringies now trying to defend him. boozo actually digs the hole deeper. but it is telling about boozo's own character too. wright's comments made it clear that he does believe that the government manufactured aids and introduced it into the black male population on purpose to kill them. he does view u.s. and al-qaeda as moral equals. now, that fits right in with the merrill/bozo/duplenty hate america first bunch. they spend much more enemy fighting conservatives than they do about fighting the terrorists. that's telling about their characters too. barry h. o'bama: his pastor; his wife who hasn't been proud of america most of her adult life; his church preaching the marxist liberation theology and specifically the viscious black liberation theology, and his unrepentant domestic terrorist bomber buddy. the latter, o'bama had a fundraiser in his home. and, he met with him when he was beginning his political career. o'bama's spokesman says they are "friends." in the 9-11-01 new york times, o'bama's bomber buddy said they didn't do enough with bombing the pentagon and nypd hq. lack of judgment or lack of moral fiber. those certainly are not petty shallow issues.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 11 months ago

Get an arugula sandwich & a beer & watch the fireworks.It's all vastly amusing.

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Harderfaster 5 years, 11 months ago

If this is how the Messiah treats the people he loves, how does he treat people he doesn't care about?His poor behavior is really giving whites a bad name.

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Roadkill_Rob 5 years, 11 months ago

This is why there should be a separation of church an state...but apparently, it's getting too hard to keep them separated in modern-day America.

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vpete69 5 years, 11 months ago

I don't vote because I'm not presented with any real choices. I'm not going to go to the polls just so I can vote for someone that I don't want to be president. Why is that difficult to understand? I don't have the right to complain? I have every right to complain about our congress (and media) not being able to provide the american people with decent candidates because their too f'n wrapped up in trying to make butt buddies and accomplishing their own agendas. Candidates in the last 20 years:George BushMichael DukakisBill ClintonBob DoleAl GoreGWBJohn KerryHillary ClintonBarack OsamaJohn McCainEnough said. Duplenty, if you want me to vote...fine. Ill write in myself. Then once one of these douche bags gets elected, I'll have every right to say that you should have voted for me.

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Harderfaster 5 years, 11 months ago

I HOPE the Messiah can get out of this pickle.I like how the Messiah has been able to bring the country together.

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toe 5 years, 11 months ago

Well, at least we know Obama will answer the phone in the middle of the night, but only after about 100 rings.

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duplenty 5 years, 11 months ago

"Maybe because none of the other candidates have been members of their church for 20 years."So what? Obama has now disavowed Wright, but McCain says he's happy to have the endorsement of the guy who thinks God caused Katrina to punish the city for a gay parade? You can't make this s*** up.If you don't vote, you really don't have any room to complain.

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Andrew Stahmer 5 years, 11 months ago

A little late for that Barack 'insane' Obama...but it doesn't make Hillary 'rotten' Clinton look any better!

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vpete69 5 years, 11 months ago

duplenty: "How are any of these assinine quotes less offense than anything Wright said?"===============Maybe because none of the other candidates have been members of their church for 20 years.McCain, Clinton, Obama. <---------Reason I'm not voting.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

Yes, we know you always believe the hype, lucky_man.

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lucky_man 5 years, 11 months ago

"The dems could have run Lassie "The Republicans already did that, and Bush is constitutionally prohibited from running again, no matter what party nominates him.-----------------------------------------Very astute bozo. Lassie was always keenly aware of imminent danger and in every episode, ultimately saved the day. Very good.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

"The dems could have run Lassie "The Republicans already did that, and Bush is constitutionally prohibited from running again, no matter what party nominates him.

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georgeofwesternkansas 5 years, 11 months ago

The dems could have run Lassie and won in a landslide, at what point do they figure this out?? In the land of "we the people" what the hell is a superdeligate? Is it the people are too stupid to decide and we need to maintain controll over the process??

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Ceallach 5 years, 11 months ago

petty, salacious, and irrelevent drivel**preebo, you are such a tease!

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yourworstnightmare 5 years, 11 months ago

Gee, what did Obama expect? A christian minister using this as an opportunity to promote himself? Shocking.Denouncing Wright is a good start, but let's denounce all religiously-insane, megalomaniacal christian ministers.

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duplenty 5 years, 11 months ago

Uh huh. This entire story is nothing but fluff. Someone please, please explain to me why Obama get's the 24/7 colonoscopy over Wright, but nary a word about McCain's endorsement by Hagee, whose worldview is every bit as batst as Wrights is.Dobson? Falwell? Robertson? All politically connected, all pimps, all full of it. Yet name a politician thats been as pilloried over a comment of theirs as Obama has been over Wright....What's the difference? Hmmm...one of these "pastors" is black, while the others....not so much.""All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that.The newspaper carried the story in our local area, that was not carried nationally, that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it would was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other gay pride parades.So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing."""AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.""And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say, "You helped this happen.""""Maybe we need a very small nuke thrown off on Foggy Bottom to shake things up""How are any of these assinine quotes less offense than anything Wright said?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

Wright has a few ideas that are a bit out there, such as that AIDS was created by the US Govt (although the Reagan Admin's response to it was close to criminal) but by and large, he is correct in saying that his sermons are primarily descriptive. And they are often quite accurate, albeit from an African-American perspective, which tends to be quite understandably an angry one. It's easy to see why it took awhile for Obama to disavow him, and why it took a presidential campaign where Obama needs to attract the votes of a white culture that is very defensive about its historically reprehensible treatment of African-Americans.

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preebo 5 years, 11 months ago

Can we let this non-story die?guilt by association can go only so far.This is petty, salacious, and irrelevent drivel. It has no place in deciding our next executive. This is nothing more then a result of the restless endless cable news cycle.

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Ceallach 5 years, 11 months ago

And now it's back . . . gonna be that kind of day!

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Ceallach 5 years, 11 months ago

Oh, NO! My post was disappeareded :{

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Ceallach 5 years, 11 months ago

You may be right, hawk. It may be too little too late for this election. But Obama is certainly not down and out as far as his political career is concerned. He is getting a taste of the "street fighting" of the big-wigs in DC and others who would use him for their own gain. I believe we will see a different candidate in his next campaign (should this one fail). He will be tougher, wiser and far less gullible to the wiles of old war horses like Jeremiah Wright. Which of course is more than a little scary since it will make him even harder to defeat. (Oh and learning how to successfully muzzle Michelle would also be to his advantage.)

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lucky_man 5 years, 11 months ago

Wright appears to almost be a bit mental, and for sure angry and has may have done in Obama. Should anyone be surprised? Funny, one of the most bizarre election years has become more bizarre, and will continue to be bizarre. Clinton? Obama? McCain? How did we end up here, with these three?America the beautiful.

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craigers 5 years, 11 months ago

I seriously doubt Wright suddenly changed his views and sermons just recently. With that being the case, Obama was under the study of this man for a long time. People would have no problem hanging a candidate out to dry if they had ties with Phelps' church. Why is this "minister" (and I say that loosely with Wright) and different? This is purely a political move on Obama's part and will hurt him either in the rest of the primaries or in the general election.

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smitty 5 years, 11 months ago

5:Rev Wright's influence on Obama's polls standing is now characterized as a set up by another black minister that is a Clinton supporter.http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/colu::The race is on:.

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Eybea Opiner 5 years, 11 months ago

I guess it took 20 years (and a presidential campaign) to figure it out.

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oldvet 5 years, 11 months ago

As the good Rev. said himself, everything Obama does is for political gain... all style, no substance...

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le 5 years, 11 months ago

Obama Momma...Momma Fomma

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le 5 years, 11 months ago

This jerkoff would sell his momma if it meant getting elected!

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

This should be good for 250 posts at least.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 11 months ago

Hie's kinda late disowning the minister, the man of cloth.Barack should have come out at the very beginning. Barack is now sounding more and more like a Democrat, can't make up his mind.

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