The infamous Rev. Jeremiah Wright gave his first sit down interview late last week but last night he took center stage. In Detroit, at an NAACP awards dinner, he told an audience of thousands that he was "descriptive" but "not divisive" when he talks about race relations in America. "I am sorry your local political analysts and your neighboring county executives think my being here is polarizing and my sermons are divisive, but I'm not here to address an analyst's opinion," he said. "I am here to address your 2008 theme ... (of) change is going to come."
The WASHINGTON TIMES wrote: Defending the black religious tradition in America as misunderstood, Sen. Barack Obama's controversial former pastor told supporters of the NAACP here last night that he is not a political figure or interested in preaching for political gain, despite media criticism he says is to the contrary."I'm not here for political reasons. I am not a politician. I know that fact will surprise many of you because many in the corporate media have made it seem that as if I have announced that I am running for the Oval Office," the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. told a crowd of about 10,000 gathered at Detroit's Cobo Hall. "I'm not running for the Oval Office. I've been running for Jesus for a long time, and I'm not tired yet."
The NY TIMES focused on John McCain's critical remarks of Obama’s Former Pastor. McCain delved on Sunday into remarks made by Senator Barack Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., saying it was “beyond belief” that Mr. Wright had likened the Romans at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion to the Marines and had suggested that the United States was acting like Al Qaeda under a different color flag.
AND on Fox news yesterday - in an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Obama acknowledged that speeches Sunday and today by Wright come at an awkward moment for his presidential bid. Obama did not dispute Fox anchor Chris Wallace's assertion that Wright's re-emergence "obviously isn't helpful to your campaign."
CNN's Soledad O'Brien was at the dinner last night and will keep close tabs on Wright's appearance the Washington Press Club today in DC and will file a piece for AC360...
Meanwhile on the campaign trail... Hillary Clinton said "debate me one one one - no moderators...a Lincoln-Douglas style debate..." Barack Obama gracefully declined...The CHICAGO TRIBUNE's take: "I'm not ducking," Obama said of the debate question. "We've had 21." Candy Crowley will bring us up to speed on today's campaign stops, as well...
ALSO, on AC360 tonight -Joe Johns is Keeping them honest. Remember CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG OF ALASKA- the CHAIRMAN OF THE POWERFUL HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE...HE'S FAMOUS FOR TRYING TO USE TAXPAYER MONEY FOR WILDLY EXPENSIVE "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE" IN THE ICY WILDERNESS. ...AND NOW HE'S IN HOT WATER AGAIN- OVER A BOTCHED PLAN TO build AN INTERCHANGE but in FLORIDA - COCONUT ROAD IN ESTERO, FLORIDA. KINDA MAKES YOU WONDER, WHAT'S A CONGRESSMAN FROM ALASKA DOING TRYING TO GET MONEY FOR THE SUNSHINE STATE? IT'S ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE INFAMOUS EARMARKS- TEN MILLION DOLLARS-
AND FINALLY - The LA TIMES says beaches in San Diego County that were closed after a deadly shark attack will reopen Monday. At least eight miles of sea front were closed to swimmers over the weekend after Friday's attack. A retired veterinarian David Martin died after he was bitten in the legs by a shark thought to have been a great white...
ALL for now....
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