18 September 2008

Some context

My friend Stu has rightly criticized me for posting a political, agenda-driven Youtube video without providing any context.

So here here is the context of Obama's words during the speech where he says he did witness Jeremiah Wright say some controversial things. He gave the speech on March 18 of this year.
On one end of the spectrum, we’ve heard the implication that my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action; that it’s based solely on the desire of wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap. On the other end, we’ve heard my former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, use incendiary language to express views that have the potential not only to widen the racial divide, but views that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation; that rightly offend white and black alike.

I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.
And the CNN transcript of the Anderson Cooper interview from March 14 of this year.

It's a fairly short read, and nowhere in there does Obama say he actually, personally heard Wright say anything offensive. Not only that, but he claims no one ever told him about what Wright was preaching until Obama started running for president.

That is pretty far-fetched.

The double standard is appalling. If McCain had been attending a church where white-supremacist views were given from the pulpit, the media would have killed him.

Yet Obama gets free pass by saying, "Oh, I never heard anything like that during the several years I attended the church."

Gotta love presidential elections.

1 comment:

Steve-O said...

My blood pressure is rising, need to stop reading.