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April 28th, 2008
04:40 PM ET

The rolling Wright controversy: shine a light or blot one out?

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Barclay Palmer
360° Senior Producer

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright spoke again today, this time at the National Press Club. He said recent criticism of him has really been an attack on the black church. He didn’t specify which.

Wright said the theology of the black church is a “theology of liberation; it is a theology of transformation and it is ultimately a theology of reconciliation.”

Despite its long history, he said the black religious tradition is in ways, “invisible to the dominant culture.”

“Being different does not mean one is deficient. It simply means one is different, like snowflakes,” Wright said, echoing comments he made last night to nearly 10,000 at an NAACP dinner in Detroit. Reconciliation means “we embrace our individual, rich histories.”

Thoughtful comments, certainly, despite the flurry over his relationship with Barack Obama.

But they do raise a question or three.

Why, after months of remaining silent, is Rev. Wright speaking like this now, just as Senator Obama has been trying to put the issue of his relationship with Rev. Wright behind him?

What are Rev. Wright’s feelings about Obama and his campaign for the presidency if he’s speaking this way at this moment, while Obama struggles to reach working class voters in upcoming primary states and, by the way, to maintain the appearance of inevitability he had wrested from Hillary Clinton? Remember that Obama recently, gently, distanced himself from Wright.

And, perhaps more important, where will this go?

Will Wright continue to distract Obama’s campaign, even as the reverend raises important issues? Will he inspire Americans to think through his ideas?

Or will his ideas, Obama’s, Clinton’s and John McCain’s all be obscured by the theater of controversy?

 

soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Let Reverend Wright explain himself. Political pundits are self serving. Who cares what they have to say? They just feed their own fires. Just give us the facts please. No panels of pundits.

    Play Reverend Wrights sermons in their entirety without commercials if his words are newsworthy and important. Let the listeners make their own decisions. Report the news don't make it. This is a false issue and has nothing to do with Obama and his answers to the needs of the people.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  2. Ann

    I get the impression that both the press and Rev Wright want Hillary to win. If the press ignored him maybe the real issues could be addressed.
    Just a thought, has anyone checked what McCaine's or Hillary's pastors have said in the past?!!

    April 28, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  3. Joe

    This is what you call the 'good cop bad cop routine" by Obama & Wright. Wright flips out again, peppers his comments that he's 'coming after Barack if he's President" and "he's not Baracks guru" blah, blah , blah. Obama denounces him barely, Obama campaign surrogates hit the network news claiming that 'they don't know why the Rev. Wright is saying what he's saying now and that he's now hurting Barcak" to try to get the "oh, poor Barack sympathy from the public". Wright satisfies the black base, and keeps the base worked up-and by association, everybody gives each other a wink & a nod. LOL. And the race-baiting continues very cleverly by Barack & Wright & Axlerod. David Axlerod plays all his camapigns this way using racial issues to win. Google him. Known fact. Wake up, you are being played, by them all. Either the media are a bunch of lemmin's or they are trying to get Obama out of this mess and play you good. It's not going to work in Indiana.

    Obama's right about this being a 'distraction'. But, he's working hand and hand with his campaign advisors to keep you ignorant on his real problem and distracting you from it with his good cop and bad cop routine with Wright. And that is the TONY REZKO trial that continues to unfold in Chicago. Thats the real problem for him this summer. They are flipping on each other everday in this trial. Gov of ILL. will probably go down next, and then...They are billing this as the biggest federal political corruption trial in our nations history. And the media is spinning everybody away from this story completely. It dosen't matter what the media does, silent or not. It's going to come out. Just you wait. LOL.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Vinny

    I don't understand why people are still criticizing Mr. Wright when he gave all the answers to the questions. Specifically on the statement "chickens coming home to roost". The man said he was using a quote from someone else, those we're not his words, but someone from our goverment. Why is that not being reported by you and other media?

    April 28, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  5. CraigS

    This guy is self centered. He is not a man of God. He spouts hatred and divisiveness. I do not think he represents the majority of American blacks. In the end God will damn Jeremiah Wright to hell.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  6. T. Lewis

    This entire rucus about Rev. Wright and Senator Obama are going to far and are getting out of hand. Let's look at it like this, Rev. Wright is not Senator Obama's pet and everytime the pet poops, Obama is responislble to go around and scoop it up. That's the analogy my husband made and I totally agree.
    The pet owner is responsible for his own pet, and the Senator is not responisble for the Pastor, but the Pastor is responsible for the Senator.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Gina

    What is with the whole "THE BLACK" church. I didn't know that church had a color? Shouldn't faith be colorless and based on shared morals, values and beliefs? Why does it have to have a color??? Doesn't adding color imply that it is devicive and exclusive? Why would anyone want to be and be proud to be associated with a descrimanatory chruch?

    April 28, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  8. wlauren

    YES!!! The USA has practiced terrorism on other countries killing many innocent people for their own gain and hunger for power. Why is acknowledging the blood on USA's hands being anti-American.? Take responsibility. Sometimes the truth is not an easy cross to bear, but it doesn't change the TRUTH. For all you folks who contunue to call Wright a bigot, racist, etc after getting the full context of sermons, and recent interviews, you are all heavy-hearted people who (like many in the past) are ready to CRUCIFY...This time around, you all know exactly what you do!!!

    April 28, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  9. Jim

    Reverend Wright is intelligent, compassionate, outspoken and honest. Not liking the bad things our country has done to its citizens and others around the world is patriotic not unpatriotic. Thinking everything our country does is correct is ignorant not unpatriotic.

    This is a great country. Our country is not made greater through falsely justified wars, condoning torture while exploiting and ignoring the plight of this country’s middle class and poor citizens.

    Reverend Wright wants to make our country greater and unite not divide. Listen to what he says. He understands and is not hateful. Nobody can be honestly defined by sound bites taken out of context. Those who define him that way are being dishonest.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  10. terri ky

    please people listen to the sermon and naacp speak on youtube and you will hear not pieces but the truth

    April 28, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  11. xtina, chicago IL

    PLEASE cnn, I can't listen to Rev Wright for six more months. We get it, he's a radical racist .

    April 28, 2008 at 9:57 pm |
  12. claire

    I am a conservative, young, white, atheist, female american airman. I watched Rev Wright in front of the naacp. After watching on Sunday I hoped that Americans would be embarrassed at their recent treatment and prejudgment of this man. I am disgusted to see the media, and primarily the Clinton campaign, making the exact same comments and analysis about this situation as before Rev Wright was properly introduced to the country. Not only is that obvious non listening, but outright deception. They all know that Barrack Obama doesn't share the political views of Rev Wright, but they know that the voters don't, and are blatantly trying to exploit that.

    April 28, 2008 at 9:56 pm |
  13. Erica Lancaster,Texas

    The reality of this situation is that this is a black tradional church and if any Black American wants to be President, 9 times out of 10 they would be assicated with a Pastor like Rev. Wright. Is it fair to say that America will never have a black president because of this exact issue? Freedom of speech should end this issue Barack Obama can not control what a grown man says.

    April 28, 2008 at 9:47 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    This whole issue of Reverend Wright was created by the irresponsible media putting out those loops instead of playing the full context of his sermons. The people owe it to themselves to become better informed before attempting to make a judgement. Until you have walked a mile in the other person's shoes you don't know what they have been through. The main thing is Rev. Wright is not Senator Obama and Senator Obama is not Rev. Wright. I'm sure there are other issues about the other candidates that are just as controversial as Reverend Wright that are not being explored

    April 28, 2008 at 9:18 pm |
  15. Mike from Syracuse NY

    I read the transcript of Wright's talk to the National Press. Nothing objectionable. Then in the Q&A's when asked about his 'chickens coming home to roost' line, he answered with the biblical quote about 'doing unto others'. His finished by saying if you do terrorism to others you can expect it back. So he is saying the US practices terrorism. There was no question about context at all. This guy is anti-American to the core.

    April 28, 2008 at 9:17 pm |
  16. Barb, Des Plaines, IL

    Is it just me or is Rev. Wright actually quite likable? To me, he might actually be helping Obama. It's good to get this pastor's perspective. He's blunt, yeah, but it's kind of refreshing to hear from him. I think the press and the Clinton campaign have been playing boogey man with Rev. Wright all along. Shame on them. According to the Rev. he was just quoting someone else, so I wouldn't have a problem going to his church. What's Hillary's problem?

    April 28, 2008 at 9:13 pm |
  17. Annie Kate

    I've listened to or read several of Wright's sermons and I watched Bill Moyer's interview of Wright. Obama claims he is not like the old politician using the same old political tactics we've grown weary of for years – but Wright in the Moyers interview clearly characterized him as a "politician" saying what a politician needs to say. Nothing new about that.

    With friends like this who needs enemies?

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    April 28, 2008 at 9:09 pm |
  18. Marcus Pullum

    This is something that I, as an African- American, must address to the controversy over this issue. First and foremost, we must never forget where we come from. Some people will not understand Rev. Wright's stance on issues and that's acceptable. But remember that we are all individuals in this great nation. We are no different no matter the skin color, religious beliefs that we have or political views that we express. In order to understand the context that Rev. Wright has proposed, you must put yourself in those shoes. Our country has done its fair share of dirt that some people do not believe is right and justified. But in order to progress in the nation as a successful nation and world power, we must take the trials and tribulations the have plagued this country and change for the better good. We all have differences, which make the nation what it is today, but it is also how we move foward as American that we as a people we reach true reconcilation for the mistakes that were committed in the past. I truely hope that people take a step back and see that the more we ostacise one another over the simple principals of freedom of speech and expression, the more we divide this country. We all must look deep in our hearts and souls to be the judge of our character and demeanor. So take everything with a grain of salt and remember where we as a people have come from. Thank you.

    April 28, 2008 at 8:47 pm |
  19. Phyllis

    Why is the press not listening to the substance of this man's words? There is so much of value that should be taken seriously by all Americans. To suggest that the Reverend Wright cares about personal vindication is just ridiculous; he is giving a voice to millions of American citizens past and present and this impacts all candidates not just Obama.

    April 28, 2008 at 8:36 pm |
  20. Pamela Scott

    The pastor of the small Congregational Church I attend is a gay woman. She and her life partner have two young children together.

    I am a straight woman. I know several gay individuals both male and female and find them to be good, kind, and generous people. I strive to always be accepting of others despite differences that might exist between us.

    There are those in my church who are not as accepting of the gay life our Pastor chooses as I am. It makes them uncomfortable and they do not understand it. Yet, these people continue to attend church and to listen to the words and the messages of faith our gay Pastor delivers. They continue to be active in the Church's life, in carrying out its missions throughout our Community, our Country, and our World.

    I share this because it seems so similar to Senator Obama's relationship to his Church, its Community and its Pastor. Its about faith and fellowship.

    April 28, 2008 at 8:29 pm |
  21. SL Oak Park

    In regards to Rev Wright, Hillary said that if it had been her, she would have left the church. I find it very ironic, that when she and Bill was going through his impeachment crisis, with Monica, they sought counseling from Rev Jackson, and Rev Wright also was invited to the whitehouse. So now why is everything said by Rev Wright taken out of content. I find that strange and insulting now that she she is running for president. So now in the Chicago Sunstimes paper dated 4/28/08 there are refrences that the former president continues to stray. When Clinton travels in privates planes, there are women aboard, and quotes another Clinton's friend saying, I know he has a new relationship and it's dangerous. Watch out Hillary, when is enough, enough. So think before you speak.

    April 28, 2008 at 8:12 pm |
  22. Lydia

    Barclay,

    Maybe I'm from outer space and I didn't realize it, but am I the only Afro-American that disagrees with Jeremiah Wright and his evil, racist views that he used a church pulpit to convey? For Wright to say that, "The theology of the black church is a theology of liberation," is a load of crap. It's just another "race card." His words are divisive. They perpetuate more racism. I used to be in this mindset. I am not anymore. Wright's sentiments are not the sentiments of all Christian, black Americans. Barack Obama has not taken a truly strong stand against what Wright has said from what I have heard and he needs to do so.

    Wright is a racist because his words imply hatred and contention towards a certain group of people, namely, Caucasian people. Obama should not be associated with this camp. Gee whiz, Barack's own mother was Caucasian! If Obama wants to be President, he needs to be for all people. He needs to once and for all step up to the plate and denounce this guy in a real way. I have not seen him do that, yet and time is running out.

    Because of the ongoing racism that we have in many of our black American churches and the ongoing racism we have in many of our white American churches, we still believe each other's lies. That evil continues to pervade and poison the rest of American society. Barack claims he can make change. Well, he needs to make good on his word. Denounce this guy in a real way, Obama!

    April 28, 2008 at 8:06 pm |
  23. Jacqueline, NY

    I am completely disgusted with the media and their giving Rev. Wright any airtime. The media is pushing this man in our faces, and, personally, I don't appreciate it. Are ratings this important?? We are making history with this election, the first woman and the first African-American candidates and we are wasting our time listening to this preacher that can do nothing to help our economy, he cannot bring gas prices down, he cannot do anything to help us. WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE TOSSING HIM IN OUR FACES??? Am I the only one that think our media is biased and is trying to choose our next president??? Thank God I am an independent thinker and college educated. This is not the Jerry Springer, this is a serious election that should focus on serious issues. Rev. Wright is a non-issue.

    April 28, 2008 at 8:04 pm |
  24. E.J.

    "Why, after months of remaining silent, is Rev. Wright speaking like this now"

    He simply does not care.

    1st Black President be damned!

    April 28, 2008 at 8:03 pm |
  25. Julia Glennville, Ga.

    I am struck by several of Rev. Wright's statements. The main theme though really has me stumped. Since last century Blacks in America have fought for equal rights. I have always agreed and supported that right. It is a god given right. My confusion comes with Rev, Wright's massage that Black people are "different". I am sorry, but has anyone who is listening to this rubbish had any biology or anatomy or physiology classes in high school or college? WE are ALL humans. WE are ALL Homo Sapiens Sapiens. At the DNA level WE are ALL the same. Skin coloration and body shape etc. are all exteral reactions of our bodies to our environment. It is not helpful or smart to fight for over a century for "EQUAL" rights then turn the argument on its head and start saying how different Blacks are. Stop already!! Open your eyes and ears and especially your hearts to his message that will only lead to more division and hate. This is moving Americans in the wrong direction. We are all one, not diffferent in any way. No matter where you come from or what color, ethnicity, religion or sex. Julia Roberts Glennville Ga.

    April 28, 2008 at 7:52 pm |
  26. Beverly

    Reverend Wright will only be a distraction if the media keep bringing him up. He has had his say. Some will still think he is crazy and divisive because it provides the reason they need not to vote for Obama. ENOUGH ALREADY!

    April 28, 2008 at 7:35 pm |
  27. Heather

    After to listening to Rev Wright I can only say that he does not in any way know what Zionism is. Zionism was the political movement to create a Jewish state in Isreal. Being against Zionism is being against Jews. That applies to Farrakhan as well. Learning disabilities affect all sorts of people. I think he is truly a dangerous person.I also think he has some problems with his perceptions of the world. There are many who write books about their own version of facts. That doesnt mean that they are true. Saying the government created Aids to kill African Americans is outragious. Just like saying the government blew up the twin towers on 911. Ive given him the benefit of the doubt and I feel my initial impression of him was correct. Rev Wright is caught up in a different time and full of hate that he doesnt see. He is without question a huge problem for Obama. I dont think Obama ever thought any sermons Rev Wright gave would ever become public. I dont think he ever anticipated having to talk about it. Religious beliefs are personal political policy is public.

    April 28, 2008 at 7:27 pm |
  28. ophelia/FL

    MARITZA, if they look like Cult members to you, then all black people must as well. What does that say about you??? We don't need or want your vote now or in November!!! Yes We Can, Yes We Will... Are you ready for a change????

    April 28, 2008 at 7:11 pm |
  29. Lady - OH

    Wright could have waited until May 7th.

    April 28, 2008 at 7:01 pm |
  30. ophelia/FL

    What is wrong with people wanting to see this man as a bad person? Are they not hearing all of the good things that Rev. Wright says and does??? America is not good all of the time, innocent family's are missing their Lovedone's right now, You go Rev. Wright. We will not allow our country(America) to treat us second class anylonger, and the Media should not put Black People on their shows that really don't speak the truth for Black American's!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 at 6:55 pm |
  31. lenny

    the anchors are all judging rev wright without debating what he has said in his speeches,this is blatant prejudice on a very large scale,
    i heard all of his speeches and this man has a lot of good things to say,he has a complete lack of hypocrisy and if all religious leaders in this messed up world felt the same way he does ,acceptance of all religions it would end the wars around this world,im ashamed of barak ,he should be embracing this very passionate man .he has said some things that are off the wall but hes human and deserves some backing for what hes accomplished in his life. lenny

    April 28, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  32. linda., bella vista, ar

    I have real 'issues' and the time that has been spent on Rev. Wright is an easy distraction for political pundits who seem to be intellectually challenged and desperate to stay on the "Merry-go-Round" with the 'in crowd'.

    Gee, I'm white but I'm old enough to remember the 50s-60s and more. Burning crosses and white sheets seemed to be replaced by the subtle 70s. Is there more than hip-huggin' bell bottoms on the retro fashion scene today?

    I say to all of you who fill the waves with the 'drudge', "Get up off that thing and find a real story."

    April 28, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  33. Hillary not Clinton

    I respect all religions, all Countries, all cultures all people. The only people I don't respect are the arrogants, are the ignorant , not because uneducated (sometimes is not education that give smartness and intelligence) , but ignorant because their brains are "too small ". Reading the blogs and also listening the reports on TV, I am very surpriced of the limits of people and I thanks God I come from a different culture and from a special family who were able to give me the gift of forgivness, compassion and open mind.

    April 28, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  34. Maritza

    Several bloggers had very perceptive and intelligent observations about CNN's devoted reporters Soledad and Roland Martin, Mike Ettles was right , they looked like cult members, Ken in Albany Oregon, he raised a point that can not be ignored by any voter , make an intelligent search of the facts about exactly who Obama is , and what his connections are, to who, most important why?

    Maritza

    April 28, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  35. Diana

    I think Rev Wright should run for office, not Obama! Listening to him this morning, on the TV, I totally felt like this is the guy who can take down Hillary and McCain and anyone else.

    You rock Wright.!

    April 28, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  36. charles

    Baloney, Baloney, Baloney. I cannot believe how gullible these Wright-Obama supporters think the rest of us are. The man is a racist hatemonger through and through, even mocking two of our past distinguished presidents (Kennedy and Johnson), while at the same time taking credit for "putting Johnson asleep and then waking him up" after Johnson's gallbladder surgey.
    Give it up people...nothing you can say can clean up the crap that is still foaming from the reverend's mouth.

    April 28, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  37. Heather in Missouri

    I was blown away by the speech given by Rev. Wright this morning. He is clearly an intelligent and insightful man. It was refreshing to hear such words being spoken, when so many are set on towing the lines of political correctness. The ability to speak truth to power is an important one... I admire Rev. Wright for his words.

    Obama called for a public discourse on issues such as the ones addressed by Rev. Wright this morning. Beyond that, this has little to do with Obama and his campaign.

    Americans owe it to themselves and this country to listen to men like Rev. Wright and honestly examine and discuss the points being made. The public discourse begins here, and it is about time.

    April 28, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  38. Melissa

    Rev. Wright buried Obama today. He affirmed his prior inflammatory "soundbites" and added fuel to the fire. He revealed himself to be a true believer in his words that were looped over and over on the news. There is no good "context" for those words and seeing his full-length speech this morning only made it worse. Wright maligns America and what she stands for, maligns our troops and likens them to the Roman legions, likens America to Al Qaeda, and maligns America as a terrorist nation that reaped what it sowed on 9/11, all the while profiting from the opportunities he has had in America and moving into his million-dollar mansion on a hill. America is a God-blessed "shining city on a hill" who does more good throughout the world than any other nation, and if Rev. Wright doesn't like it why doesn't he move elsewhere. He says it's not about the American people but the government. We ARE the government, a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

    April 28, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  39. Yvonne, Phoenix, AZ

    You just don't get it!

    Rev. Wright stated in his message yesterday this is not about the election. Rev. Wright, ike many other African- American Pastors have spent their entire lives dealing with issues this country does not have the backbone to solve. Are you ready for change???

    April 28, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  40. Michael Day

    Rev. Wright is right to get his story out, and has done a great job at explaining what it's like being black living in America. In every community in America there is like a painted line through each community, and one side there are your blacks and the other, there are white. Black have a good understanding of how whites live, it's broadcasted, printed, published, taught to all. Now Rev. Wright and Rev. (Anybody) who pastors black members, has no choice but to address the issues of its members, and those issues are great in the African American Community. He speaks to his members in terms they can relate to, feel, and work with, throughout the weeks and months to come. Rev. Wright is brilliant, smart and in touch with America, Americans, and could give all a better understanding in what it will take to go forward.

    April 28, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  41. SBvoter

    Why is this man so angry. I think he wants to run for president.
    HILLARY 08

    April 28, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  42. Rob Winnipeg Canada

    the MSM seems to want to keep this issue alive as it helps keep the so-called race alive. Rev. Wright as well as Senator Obama are very capable of having an intelligent and mature dialogue about the issue of race in America. Unfortunately the main stream media and Mr. Obama's opponents seem incapable of this conversation as it does not further THEIR purposes.
    Mr. Obama's candidacy presents a truly wonderful opportunity not to only embrace and move forward this issue but many more that plague politics as normal.

    April 28, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  43. Amy, Philly, PA

    Isn't the important thing here his message of tolerance and reconciliation? That was the theme of his sermon at the NAACP. Could anyone have honestly watched that and still come away thinking the man is "racist" or "anti-american". Shouldn't you stop asking how this will affect Obama, and just talk about what Rev. Wright actually said? Then after an honest discussion we'll have an answer to how it all affected Obama. Is that too hard?

    April 28, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  44. PAT SIMS

    WRIGHT SAYS HE WAS TALKING ABOUT AMERICA'S POLICIES. HE DIDN'T SAY I HATE AMERICA'S POLICIES OR PRESIDENT BUSH, HE SAID I HATE AMERICA, HE SAID GD USA, NOT GD POLICIES. I DON'T CARE WHETHER THEY WERE SOUND BITES OR NOT, I DIDN'T NEED TO HEAR ANYMORE. WRIGHT IS A DELUSIONAL, HATE FILLED RACIST BIGIOT. HE GOT CAUGHT WITH HIS HAND IN THE CANDY JAR. WRIGHT AND PEOPLE LIKE HIM ARE CAUSING RACIAL TENSION THAT WE DO NOT NEED IN OUR GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. "GOD BLESS AMERICA." WHY IS HE GETTING SO MUCH PRESS? MAYBE ALL THOSE WHO HATE AMERICA NEED TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.

    April 28, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  45. Jo Ann

    Barclay,

    It is troubling that so many people are basing their opinions on this issue without ever listening to the sermon, the interviews, and the lectures in question. I have listened to the “GD sermon,” the Moyers interview, Wallace’s interview with Obama, the NAACP speech, and the Q&A at the National Press Club this morning in their entirety.

    It is clear from hearing the “GD sermon” that the “sound bites” shown were not only representative of the sermon, but worse than the clips that were criticized by members of the media and the Obama supporters, so I hope we have laid that to rest. The Moyers interview was strictly softball. It was obviously designed to give Wright a chance to excuse what he and Obama have said. I find it very interesting that Wright said, not only in the Moyers’ interview, but also in the Q& A, that Obama says what he needs to say in order to get elected. So does that mean that when Obama said that he rejects some of the hateful things that Wright says in his sermons that he is just saying that to pacify White voters? Also, he made it very clear in his Q&A that he has no intention of retiring. Does that mean Obama will now leave the church?

    In the Wallace interview Obama did just what Wright said that he would do, pander to the White voters, saying what he believes they need to hear in order to get their votes without giving any concrete plans for the future of this country.

    Wright claims that the ideology of the Black church is that of reconciliation, but everything he said in the sermon, the interview, the NAACP speech, the lecture, and the Q&A says the opposite. Who is he trying to reconcile, and how does he think he is doing that by spewing hatred and divisiveness?

    Some of those comments may appear “thoughtful” when you read them on paper, but if you listen to them, their real intent becomes clear. When Wright said, “a change is coming,” it was not said in a hopeful way, but in a thinly veiled threatening manner.

    After hearing all of Wright’s rhetoric and hate spewing over the last few days is there anyone left who really believes that Obama was unaware of Wright’s stand on anything? If you do, you must be listening with the right side of your brain.

    Jo Ann
    North Royalton, Ohio

    April 28, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  46. Gary

    In fact, Michael, no one would define Rev. Wright by his connection to Sen Obama were it not for Rev. Wright's usage of that now very public association as the stage for getting his message out.

    Often, our opinions of people are not formed by the message they speak, but rather the tone and the words with which they choose to paint their position. Rev. Wright, as "intelligent" and articulate as he may be, should know, especially now, that the cameras and microphones are ALWAYS on and because of his assured awareness of this fact, the snippets we are seeing now tell ME that we are hearing the very essence of Rev. Wright's core beliefs.

    I think Palmers words are dead on.

    April 28, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  47. Cleo

    Palmer, months of silence, not even close. It was just last month, CNN and friends were playing the 5 second clips of Wright sermon "rants". Mainstream media still does not get it right. Wright message isn't politics but it is social. He's talking about real issues facing this country but you only see it as he's Obama this or Obama that. You should try actually listening to the whole thing before writing anything. I thought journalism was about seeking the truth not about making it up.

    April 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  48. ophelia/FL

    Rev. Wright is a smart man and is not speaking for Barack Obama! America needs to beleave that black people are Different and that doesn't mean we are untrustworthy, so if white people want us to be as patriotic as they are, then give us the same chances in life. I wish we could all be like sisters and brothers in America, with a little understanding from us all.... I fully agree with most of what Rev. wright says... And I hope he always tell the truth...

    April 28, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  49. Della

    Please play Rev.Wrights' entire sermon instead of the snipits we see over and over damning America. These types of undercover statements ruin innocent people such as Barrack Obama. We should not form our opinion of a presidential candidate on the basis of bits and peices of anonymously submitted dialog. Rev. Wrights' past two sermons were very intelligent, well written and well delivered. Unfortunately, instead of dijesting the full meaning of the sermons we are assuming they demean Sen. Obama. The truth is, Americans need to accept one another. We still have not learned to look beyond the outward appearance. We fail to feel each other. Your young correspondences don't get it. All Rev. wright is saying is that we need to be educated about and accept one another. Della in Georgia

    April 28, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  50. Michael

    I believe Rev. Wright's actions make more sense when you stop defining him by his connection to Sen. Obama. Wright has spiritual and social issues that are extremely important to him, and he's using the media's eager coverage to keep people aware of those issues. He's a reverend first, an associate of a senator second.

    But you know, Mr. Palmer, I think those of us out here reading your article would be better served if you focused your analysis on the man's message, not the political implications.

    April 28, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
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