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This should end the Obama-Wright controversy, but it won't.

Posted on 2008.03.19 at 22:46
Current Music: Wanda Jackson - Fujiyama Mama
Well, Obama’s brilliant and inspiring speech should have ended it, but since it didn’t, it may be up to me. OK. Here is a video from something called the ‘values voter summit’ held last fall. All the GOP Presidential candidates attended, and presumably heard this choir singing “Why should God bless America?” with the resounding answer that He shouldn’t. Nobody said anything about it then. Pat Buchanan (who, to be fair, doesn’t seem to have been on the guest list ) didn’t spend days warbling and ululating about it on TV. It’s all just cheap shots and politics. They don’t mean what they say.


shakespearemofo at 2008-03-20 04:26 (UTC) (Link)
Well, it's not just cheap shots. The Obama campaign has gone after Clinton hard for Ferraro's stance, and the perceived racist remarks of her husband. It's tit for tat. Obama tried to mitigate the damage, but he's been in Wright's audience for 20 years. Distancing himself will probably be impossible, so he's tried to stress his individualism. But he's shown a tolerance for Wright's stance.

(shrug) To the undecided voter, it's a hard sell. They want/expect unwavering positions. Obama has based his platform on change, hope, and (less of a catchphrase) equality. So... why would he associate with this inflammatory preacher when he rejected Farakan? And if he can't end that loyalty publicly, what else will he tolerate in the White House, with folks who do have a bit more power over others?
theservant at 2008-03-20 13:19 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't say anything about Clinton; I was talking about the right.
But I think that Obama's speech has managed to elevate it way beyond any mere tit for tat thing. He made it into an opportunity for America.
jane_etrix at 2008-03-20 14:58 (UTC) (Link)
I can't think of a president who didn't have controversial friends, and it's obvious Obama doesn't not share Rev. Wright's views on race in America. If we expected our presidents to "distance" themselves from everyone in their lives who says something offensive, we'd never elect anyone.
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