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June 5th, 2008
11:56 AM ET

Is Obama off the hook?

Brian Fitzpatrick
Senior Editor, Culture and Media Institute

By leaving his church, has Barack Obama put the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy behind him?

Not a chance.

The public still has serious questions about the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, even though the media are trying to help him wriggle off the hook.

Sunday’s New York Times sounded almost desperate to see Obama freed from Wright: “Now that Mr. Obama has addressed his ties to the church and pastor in a long speech and fully broken with both, it is not clear what else he can say or do to ameliorate the continued concerns of some voters about those associations.”

The Times may not see it, but in fact it’s clear as day what Obama needs to do. He needs to answer, credibly, the important questions about his values and character that the Wright fiasco has raised.

Read the rest of his blog...

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  1. angie

    i think we should focus on the issuses here what about mccain and his pastors not to mention him and karl rove so tight you cant puul them apart i have listened to obamas speeches for 16 months he does not strike me to be like these people just like catholic preacher who molest little boys so if your catholic you do that to cmon what im trying to say is just because people you associate with dont do and say the right things doesnt mean we agree with them or behave like them and i think its pretty sad this is all you have on obama and i guess mccain is an angel yeah right!!!

    June 5, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  2. Brian from Granada Hills, CA

    Not only does this guy have virtually no experience. He has proven to be the least able to work with the other side of the aisle in the Senate (despite the fact he always talks about unity) and he associates himself with some really scary friends, one of which was convicted yesterday that helped him get a sweetheart real estate deal. He hangs out with unrepentent terrorists and anti-American preachers that prefer to divide than to unite. Barack you scare me, and to think you will want to increase taxes and government really freaks me out.

    I also feel your campagin team was brutally unfair to the Clintons throughout the primaries, and the media was just as bad. I think this country is NOT ready for the change you have in mind.

    McCain & Hillary ‘08

    June 5, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  3. Bert

    This is just what the democratic party needs is for the supporters of the GOP candidate to cling to non-issues and allow Obama to get out his electrifying message of restoring the pride and the goose bump feeling we get when we think of country and what it means to us to be world leaders. Bush and McCain have weakened this country in realitively a short period of eight years. We as a people should be tired of this wrong thinking and vote towards the solution and not towards the same old out dated politics of the past. God bless America! and God bless Obama!

    June 5, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  4. Brian from Granada Hills, CA

    Not only does this guy have virtually no experience. He has proven to be the least able to work with the other side of the aisle in the Senate (despite the fact he always talks about unity) and he associates himself with some really scary friends, one of which was convicted yesterday that helped him get a sweetheart real estate deal. He hangs out with unrepentent terrorists and anti-American preachers that prefer to divide to unite. Barack you scare me, and to think you will want to increase taxes and government really freaks me out.

    I also feel your campagin team was brutally unfair to the Clintons throughout the primaries, and the media was just as bad. I think this country is ready for the change you have in mind.

    McCain\Hillary '08

    June 5, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  5. Kim Cole-Francisco

    All Americans ( this is NO other nations business) should just Google, “Afro-Centrist Black Liberation Church”!
    That should give any American an ideal of Obama’s and his wife true beliefs.
    I was raised in an Protestant Evangelical, Southern Church. You DO NOT join a church because of the pastor. You join a church because of the doctrine of that church. When you join, you sign paperwork stating that you agree with the doctrine and will defend it! The preacher is only the messenger.

    Read what his church doctine is!

    A small sample:

    Jesus Christ is black, and he was lynched by the racist white Romans (out of Wrights mouth)
    That blacks are the chosen people of God, and not the Jews, as the Bible states.
    That blacks are supposed to be running the world. But the world order got turned upside down, and the whites are running it. Their aim is to change this and return the world to it’s rightful order. They encourage all blacks to run for position of authority and power and return the world back to the African nation.
    If you watched Wrights NAACP speech this spring, he explain why blacks are so downtrodded. Because they think that blacks utilize a portion of their brain that makes them different. That is why they cannot fit into the white world, so they must change the world to fit the black brain ( since Obama is Bi-Racial and was raised white, how does this fit in?)
    That Isreal must be destroyed (out of Wrights speech, they are NOT sermons)
    There is much more and it is extremely frighttening.
    Obama was only known as Barry until he met his radical wife and changed his name.
    Obama belong to the church for 20 years and he addmitted that he listen to Wrights tapes for 2 years before that while in college ( Syrian Muslim Antoin Rezko steered him to his church in Chicago)
    Obama was the choir director at the church.
    Google the “Anti-Christ” and the “end of time”, I was taught in church about the end time and to look for the signs, and the signs are here!
    I abhor racism in any manor, against any race. And as Americans, we surely ALL should, no matter the color of our skin or our religous beliefs.
    When I grew up in church, we were taught that ALL people were equal under God! To help the poor and downtrodded, to not be racist, because we all our children of God. This is NOT a black church, it is a political racist adgenda church that preaches hatred instead of love, intolerance compared to toleration, seperation instead of all inclusive.
    I was taught and sang in church as a child every week the song:
    Jesus loves the little children, ALL the little cildren of the world, red and yellow, black and white, we are precious in his eyes, Jesus loves ALL the little children of the world!
    One reason I WAS a Democrat is because of my Christain beliefs and upbringing.
    What is Obama’s children listening too? With 8,000 members in his church, why are they any different then a radical Muslin Mosque??
    Be afraid, be very afraid!

    Kim Cole-Francisco
    Michigan

    June 5, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  6. angie

    i think we shoulb be focusing on the real issuses obama has been in the public for sixteen months i always watch all of his speeches when i can he does not strike me to be like wright or any of his other asscoiations what about the catholic preist who molest little boys does that mean you do if you catholic what im trying to say is that we are not like the people we associate ourselves with we are our ownselves im sure we all know or know someone in our life times that just dont say or do the right things does that mean we think like them or follow their ways i dont think obama is on the same level with these people sorry i just dont see it

    June 5, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  7. JC- Los Angeles

    The issues of Rev. Wright, Pfleger and Rezko are a precursor of more troubles to come. It's one thing to have no tangible experience, no foreign policy background and no military background but when you also have devisive spirtual advisors and questionable associates, the totality of the evidence becomes overwhelming. Add in some yet unforseen issues and you have a massive PR problem. It's ironic that race, bigotry and racism were brought to the forefront not by the American people but rather by Obama's followers. Some would say Obama is held to a higher standard but the facts show that the media continually gives him a free pass and Obama has been held to a lower standard. Obama seems like a follower who sometimes forgets who he's following. What's most troubling is how he handles trouble. Instead of shouting down bigots or standing up for Hillary when she was attacked, he offers a meek, lukewarm retort. Although Ronald Reagan may have believed that man is mostly good, there are an enormous amount of people in this world who are not. Americans need a leader who will stand up to them and break them down. If he can't do it to dime store preachers, how can he do it to the worst of the worst.

    June 5, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  8. Teresa, Kent, OH

    @ Splinter: We are doled out bits and pieces of information from the media sources and we, as responsible voters, need to make a decision that will affect all americans, based on that info. Sefl-righteous? Me thinks not. Discerning? Absopositivenlutely.

    By the by: In all my church years: I have NEVER EVER EVER heard a priest nor pastor talk the way Rev. Wright did or Pleger did. Never.
    And if I did, I would part ways.

    I just thunked on something: a president without a church. Has there ever been one?

    June 5, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  9. teesha

    Please not again...don't you have enough of this blablabla

    June 5, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The break with his church is pure political expediency. Of note is that Obama never called to task all the 'christians' who cheered and gave a standing ovation after the latest Pfleger outrage. How can he have been a member there for 20 years and claim he doen't share those sentiments? We will probably never find out Obama's true beliefs until it's too late; unless the media gives up it's love affair and starts doing it's job. I'm waiting for the tape to surface that shows Obama in the audience when Wright is speaking and him clapping. When it does, Obama is toast.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  11. Marc, Toronto

    This isn't Barack Obama's problem anymore. It never was a problem where he was concerned. This is all media driven and in reality this is the result of the public not doing their homework.

    IF any of you with doubts about Obama took the time to read his books and do your homework you wouldn't have any doubts about him. Rev. Wright is not Barack Obama. Not even close.

    Barack Obama is a genuine, incredibly intelligent, considerate, thoughtful person that takes the high road. For those of you that want to stay in the gutter – go ahead and vent but you don't have a clue as to what you are talking about.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  12. Splinter

    Jo Ann –

    That wasn't the point. The point is that Republican candidates, and other white Democratic candidates, have never had their church and pastors scrutinized to this level before. Where was the outrage at Bush and his association with crack-pots like Robertson and Falwell? And what about any Catholic candidate running for office and their association with a church mired in a coverup of pedophilia.

    This idea that a candidate is responsible to associate him or herself with only squeekly clean perfect people is ridiculous. Both McCain and Clinton have huge numbers of shady characters they have been associated with, and neither of them have had this level of scrutiny.

    This is a distraction, and has absolutely nothing to do with the issues that affect Americans.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  13. Jan from Wood Dale IL

    Obama and his inner circle of campaign staff have become the Masters of Perception. The majority of the political MSM have chosen to accept those perceptions, therefore passing them onto the public unchallenged.

    It doesn't seem to matter what network or cable news you follow, as evident by the various political media montages Comedy Central has put together. The political media has sadly taken on a "herd-like" mentality, and that makes it even easier for Obama and his team to guide their perceptions.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  14. Jo Ann

    Splinter; Yeah, well we aren't running for president and not everyone is a Christian.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  15. Splinter

    This thread sure seems to be full of a lot of self-righteous folks that seem to be leading the perfect "christian" life, and they apparently never associate with anyone that says anything politically incorrect and are all in perfect agreement with the views and positions of thier churches.

    I wonder if a Catholic candidate would be raked over the coals if they were a 20 year member of a church, even after finding out about the pedophilia that was covered up at the highest level.

    What a bunch of self-righteous hypocrits.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  16. Deborah

    My feeling on the whole presidential nominee are this
    If Hillary recieved most of the popular votes and Obama didn't why can't they just go on the popular votes I mean it seem like the more popular votes one would have would out weigh anything else and another thing that bothers me is of course the gas prices and why do we even deal with foreign countries this is the USA can't our people in charge get the stuff we need and get it together and give us what we already have here like oil we have it here in the USA instead of dealing with people that either hate us or want to kill us give me a break come on people in the white house fight for us I wouldn't deal with China they send in toys that are hurting our kids and pet foods that have killed our pets and then the county we deal with as for as where we get our oil from are screwing us good or maybe I should say we are screwing our own dealing with them they are doing us no good and they talk about sitting down and talking with these people come on I say dig in Alaska make stuff here in the USA let the people over there fight there own war let them hurt themself not us why do we put up with this why do the people in power let this continue to go on in this world why do you think the world is like it is because of the choices people in charge make what do the people in the white house do pull up to there own private pump and get free gas and then sit back and watch our troops fight and worry about what they will be talking about at there next foreign meetings while our gas prices rise and our troop die it just seems like noone cares I mean as much power the USA says we have where is it when we have to pay so much for gas and worry about our lives what has changed nothing it has gotten worse. I just know more could be done to help our own I just hope the next person in charge will make things better is it really that hard we the people in the USA need to take back what is ours and make our lifes better here in the USA those people over there need to figure there own lifes out I mean there so jealous of the USA and want to be like us well why don't they just do that be free and leave us alone can't they figure it out themselfs why do they need us to fight there wars I know being in charge is a lot to deal with but we better make sure we vote for who will do what's right instead of someone that can talk a good talk Thanks just a lady living in the USA

    June 5, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  17. Holmes

    So none of you have ever disagreed with your pastor/Rabbi/ faith leader? Have you never disagreed with someone and still been able to maintain a relationship with them?

    We do need to look at facts and make wise decisions about who will be our next leader, because we did a TERRIBLE job in the past two elections. But we must be careful about what and how we judge people, you know glass houses and all. Look at your life, could you withstand the scrutiny of a public campaign?

    Do we really need to focus on his pastor when we should be looking at REAL issues. You might remember them, the economy, the war, gas prices, education.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  18. Suzy

    Are you serious? Obama is no where off the hook for this Church..it is only the beginning. Had the media done their jobs to begin with we wouldn't even be faced with a flawed candidte like this. The media has so been in the tank for Obama from the beginning. However, with all that said... in January .. we will Welcome McCain to the White House during a year when the Democrats should of won. I don't agree with all of McCain's policies but I will be voting for him.. I won't stand for a racist to control the White House and cut it however you want... Barack stayed in that Church for some reason .. was instrumental in helping Pfleger receive funds.. Nope.. McCain will get my vote. I only hope the Republicans totally out this guy before it is too late.. why do you think Barack targeted the young? Because they are immatue and easily swayed..they don't have the finesse and wisdom yet to sort out who is truly good for our country.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  19. probama

    Another comment on this issue. I think of Glide Memorial church in San Francisco – a very well thought of and respected black minister and a huge congregation – including many of San Francisco's homeless population.

    Why doesn't CNN show a positive presentation of Glide Memorial and the good that is accomplished by black churches.

    Get some comments by black preachers who are respected in their communities and put some perspective on this.

    Most of what we have heard has been from the Clinton's. A Clinton supporter on CNN actually said "Obama got these delegates before the Jeremiah Wright issue came to light and maybe Hilary can turn this around by showing that." This was said after he was proclaimed to be the presumptive nominee.

    I think this has been overdone and plays on the fear of what is not known about black churches.

    I actually think the Jeremiah Wright issue can further the cause of civil rights by maybe decreasing the segregated moment on Sunday morning by shedding some light and opening our eyes to another part of our society that we may not understand.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  20. Jo Ann

    I have to admit that I was shocked to see this article on the 360 blog. The media have done their best to help Obama "wriggle" out of all types of questionable situations, by hiding, diminishing, or making excuses for any negative information that has come forward about him and I have no doubt that they will continue to do so all the way through to November.

    Anyone can see that Obama only separated from his church to save his political career, we don’t need the cable news channels or anyone else to tell us that. I am not so sure that Obama has completely broken with his church because in his “resignation” speech he said, “ It was gonna be very difficult to continue our membership there so long as I am running for president.” This suggests that he may return to Trinity after the election, win or lose. Physically leaving the church without denouncing its hate-filled and divisive teachings was a hollow gesture at best.

    It would indeed take an “enterprising journalist” to pin Obama down on the “substantive questions about values and judgment.” Sadly, there are few journalists left who are capable and willing to do so.

    Fitzpatrick is right; the media will continue to practice damage control where Obama is concerned and, as the author said, never force him to address the substantive questions. Frankly, too much time has gone by and it would be too little too late in any case.

    The majority of the MSM will continue to protect Obama, but fortunately, based on what I have been reading on the blogosphere, there are plenty of intelligent voters out here who will think for themselves and continue to question Obama’s fitness to be president even if the media refuses to do so.

    R. Holmes; Nicely said; I am in complete agreement.

    Jo Ann
    North Royalton, Ohio

    June 5, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  21. probama

    I think the most important comment on this topic was a statement by Barack Obama that "the most segregated moment in America is Sunday morning." Black churches have played a vital role in the civil rights movement. I think the country does not relate to the struggles of the black community and the role the churches have played in the progress in civil rights.

    Hilary Clinton's comment about RFK went back to 1968. Think of the democratic convention in Chicago in 1968 – the riots. I think the churches – including Jeremiah Wright have helped America to attain better racial equality through a non-violent approach.

    WHY doesn't CNN show some of the good things that Jeremiah Wright has accomplished? What good has come out of Trinity Church? There must be 2 sides to this story. (the positive side of the story should not be told by Jeremiah Wright but by a more objective viewpoint. ) The man has dedicated his life to service in the church.)

    What is this church about???????????

    I visited Chicago and was immediately struck by the relative lack of racial tension that I saw compared to San Francisco. This was just the impression of one person but it struck me immediately.

    The sermon by Pfleger was more distateful to me – although it had a lot of truth in terms of Hilary's expectation of a "coronation" as the nominee. In that context, I heard a comment on CNN that every black church in Amerca was going to have a sermon on race that Sunday. Are there examples of a positive speech on race and on what was happening in black churches that Sunday?

    As Obama said, he will be blamed for whatever anyone – even a visiting preacher – says at that church.

    Some information on black churches would probably open our eyes to some of the good that is done by these churches and to the support that a church provides to black people who have been discriminated against for generations.

    I think we all could use some education on the role of black churches.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  22. Dave McDougal

    When a person is a member of any church and sits in the pews for a number of years and dont have an honest feeling about his or her pastor then that person not living up to the truth about what the church is all about.....Sitting for 20 years and listening to all the "hate' put forth by Rev. Wright and continue to stay with the cfhurch.....Obama must agreed with what he heard all these years----Now when he knows that by leaving will benefit him -he makes the exit. This is not the person that I see to be a leader of our country.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  23. Teresa, Kent, OH

    From a general point of view: Obama NOT having a church in the next 6 months or so is NOT looking too good. We like our candidates to at least give off the air of PRETENDING to be "good and christianlike".

    For Mr. Obama to have been in a church for 20 yrs., and for any of us to believe there werent controversial SPEAKERS like the two previous famous ones.... well, thats a tad bit much for me to swallow.

    Obama needs to PRETEND to be interested in the religious point of view and attend VARIOUS churches for several months before he settles in the MUSLIM one that is his destiny ( and ours too, unfortunately). I think Obama is in for the nightmare of his life in the coming months. I truly believe everyone was handling him and his campaign errors with kid gloves. Good luck to the candidates !

    June 5, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  24. James

    This has damaged Obama and the DNC. Obama has too many issues that don't sit well with voters . The delegates overrode the voters. We elected the delegates...they should have gone with the will of the people. A lot of voters are going to vote straight Rep. ticket.....I hope they all get voted out....look at the shape of the economy and that is with a Dem. majority. The time for their DYNASTY is over.

    Hillary/McCain 08

    June 5, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  25. Cindy

    Obama and his ties to his fomer church will only go away when the media has a bigger story to carry. The "Christian Right" love to persecute anyone that doesn't fit their description of a Christian, and
    for some reason the media listens. I truly believe most of the country could care less. I mean, what else does Obama have to do? He quit the church, and as far as I know, he never ran the church. No politician running for office could undergo the scrutiny of every quote from every church they ever attended. Give it a rest! This won't help the real issues we face everyday.

    June 5, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  26. Michelle

    Obama's poor judgment will come under scruntiny during this campaign. You can count on that.

    It's clear that Obama's resignation from Trinity was a calculating and
    politically expedient move. Obama will say and do anything just to get elected.

    Wright–Rezko–Ayers–How many times can Obama make ridiculous claims that he didn't know these people he associated with were "like that"?!

    Obama has poor judgment– And then he tries to worm out with
    asinine explanations.

    Poor judgment, indeed. Obama is not fit to be president.

    June 5, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  27. Helen

    Give it to him when I am laid off, when I cannot put gas in my car, when my mother cannot afford healthcare. Stick to wright, Hagee, and wathever low life pastors outhere. Drive your revenue and rating while we want to know the real difference between Hillary, Mcain and Obama. Each network has their angle. You are a bunch of losers who did not ask the right question about the war in Iraq. You all have blood on your hands.
    CNN=Clinton New Network. MSNBC=Obama News Network, FOX=Mcain News Network.

    June 5, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  28. jan-Alabama

    TUCC teaches Marxism. He sat there for 20 years and listened . Obama has poor judgement...Rezko, Ayers,TUCC.....I don't trust him to lead America. He said his mother was an expatriot and he sees America in a different way.......A CHANGE I CAN'T VOTE FOR

    June 5, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  29. Splinter

    Susan in PA:

    Do you have the same concerns about the associations of John McCain, or is it just Barack Obama. Using your logic, we should be very concerned about what type of "programming" might have happened to McCain during his captivity in North Vietnam. After all, he was held captive by communists for years. Why was he singled out for software treatment by his captors as has been reported? Was he really interrogated by the Soviets, and what information did he give them?

    And why, after an entire life of attending the Episcopal Church, has he recently left them for the Southern Baptists? Why has he began actively seeking endorsements of, and associating himself with radical religious figures such as Hagee and Parsly? These religious figures McCain praises suggest that we need to invade Iran to bring on the second coming of Christ. Is this what McCain believes?

    Honestly... I think all this is a bunch of crap, but if you are going to fall for the garbage they are trying to smear Obama with, maybe you will fall for these McCain smears too.

    June 5, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  30. Ryan Field from New Hope, PA

    Please. I'm over it all. After what the DNC did last weekend, I'm switching parties and voting for Sen. McCain. They can plead and rant all they want about "coming together" and "unity". Gov. Richardson can beg, Caroline Kennedy can preach about how inspired she is(like we care). But I'm finished and I'm moving on to support Sen. McCain.

    I couldn't care less about Barack Obama, Rev. Wright, Father Pfleger or The Trinity Church at this point. Total dismissal is a good thing, and frankly I'm thrilled this awful primary is history. And I think there are millions of other former Democrats that feel the same way; we don't like being told what to do.

    June 5, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  31. seah

    Obama is a person, no one knows anything about.

    Evident by his background, the best friends in his life. His history in Illinosi senate. His lack of details, and avoid questions.

    June 5, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  32. Marge

    Not off the hook!

    The Democratic Party can't understand why they are so angry and divided. This is God's will that the Democrats fail, because no one has the right to abort a child. McCain has promised to reverse Rove vs. Wade and God will reward him with the presidency. NO WOMAN HAS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE MURDER OF A CHILD, EVEN A CHILD THAT'S A PRODUCT OF A RAPE!! GO MCCAIN AND DO THE WILL OF GOD!!!

    FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO HAVE HILLARY!!!

    DON’T VOTE OR VOTE FOR A GOOD MAN MCCAIN...I AGREE WITH ALL OF YOU! the hook!

    June 5, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  33. Splinter

    I wonder how many times Obama will have to explain himself, before people actually try listening to what he has to say about this.

    There is a lot more to his (prior) church than the few minutes of video clips put together by Faux News from sermons conducted over the last 20 years or so. If people would stop being so intellectually lazy, and bother to look at what Obama has written (long before he started his presidential bid) about Trinity, and the hundreds of other African American churches just like it, they would see that he understand (but does not necessarily agree with) the anger that seems to be present there.

    From "Dreams of My Father": "A steady attack on the white race, the constant recitation of black people’s brutal experience in this country, served as the ballast that could prevent the ideas of personal and communal responsibility from tipping into an ocean of despair…..It contradicted the morality my mother had taught me, a morality of subtle distinctions – between individuals of goodwill and those who wished me ill.”

    In other words, Obama recocognizes the anger represented by some of the sermons at Trinity, but also understands that this anger is what is holding back the black community... and contradicts the morality he had been taught growing up.

    This has been explained over and over again, most notably in Obama's "Race Speach", but either folks are too lazy to try and understand what he is saying, or are purposefully refusing to hear it, so they can continue to repeat the right-wing smears.

    June 5, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  34. Letha

    Of course, this is not over and will not be for a while. The media anointed the new messiah and still ignores the fact he is unknown to the people and his record in the senate is weak. As of today, he is changing his language and tone and some things he said he would not do. I can not and will not vote for someone who has no verifiable record that is in the best interest of all Americans. The DNC backing that he has gotten and the free pass to the White House on rhetoric is not where I see the needs. Today, it's back to politics as usual and change is just another word.

    June 5, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  35. deborah,OH

    It just still bothers me that Obama sat in this church for years & listened to Wright's rhetoric, & didn't seemed to mind it.

    I KNOW. I was going to stay away from this stuff, but....you KNOW how it is....right, Anderson?

    June 5, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  36. Ruby

    Just wondering...do any of you recall the things they said about the Clintons way back when? You think you can't trust Obama-can you really trust the Clintons?

    June 5, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  37. Bill R

    Jeremiah who? Its over and done with. Only tabloid minded people will cling to something that is irrelevant.

    Get over it people, there are bigger problems to deal with in this country

    June 5, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  38. Mimi

    I think that everyone needs to sit back and think about their future with a third term with Bush. If you have an opportunity to vote for a different candiate that can assist the American people in a positive way, think about that. Think about your pockets, gas prices, economics and healthcare. Do not blame the system because you can not set your petty difference to the side. Put your family first and what is best for your family future.

    Obama had the wrong type of people around him just like anyone of us in this world that made mistakes in choosing people. Hilary chose her husband she did not think that he would cheat on her in the oval office. She did not know he was going to offend African Americans to start race divide in this country. She sided with the republicans with a unjust war. She did fabricate about the sniper fire in Bosina and lied to the American people on T.V.! But that is okay because she is human but how about Barack? I think it's hypercritical to say it's okay for one person and not okay for another. What is the real reason?

    Rather you accept it or not ... Barack is the Nominee for President. Time to move on or vote for another 4 years for Bush.... Sending your money to Iraq....

    June 5, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  39. F. Howard

    How shameful this is ... we have other in our top government that has associated with people that I would not consider of a good nature. Did you (the news media) or we as americans request them to bare the essence of their soul. Even Bush ... perhaps if you had of been on top of him we would not be in this mess today!!!

    How clean is your church, your soul?

    June 5, 2008 at 12:59 pm |
  40. Rob

    I dare you to find one person which would qualify to the standards you are holding Mr. Obama to. Every one of us will have had some kind of association with someone that may have said something politicaly incorrect. To make this the core of the critisism of the judgement of the man is ridiculous.

    June 5, 2008 at 12:58 pm |
  41. TESAP. SAVANNAH, GA

    Yes he is, face it the stuff brought up about him is small compared to McCain and Clinton, a large percentage of White voters are the ones concerned about this, We know more than enough about McCain and Clinton.................... I now along with many others the slate is clean with Obama, I sincerely believe the vast majority cannot get over his race, and won;t vote for him anyway....... SAD

    June 5, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  42. F. Howard

    How shameful this is ... we have other in our top government that has associated with people that I would not consider of a good nature. Did you (the news) or we has americans request them to bare the essence of their soul. Even Bush ... perhaps if you had of been on top of him we would not be in this mess today!!!

    How clean is your church, your soul?

    June 5, 2008 at 12:56 pm |
  43. Betty Hatteer

    I think it's time to move ahead to more important issues. Why keep concentrating on this issue with Jeremiah Wright? I think most people can readily see that Barack Obama is a person with a high degree of integrity and character. I don't think he should continually be reminded of something so hurtful and distasteful as this incidient with Wright (As you can see, I skipped "Reverend" because I don't think he deserves this title.) because no one is responsible for what is said by someone else. It's time to move on and concentrate on more important issues. I think a lot of white people are totally unaware of how blacks can become so expressive in their religion, as well as their participation in dancing, football, basketball, etc. Black people tend to express themselves a lot more when they become so
    intensively involved in things they feel extremely dedicated to. How do
    I know? I am Black and I'm Proud.

    June 5, 2008 at 12:51 pm |
  44. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Hi Brian,
    Obama off the hook? You're kidding, right? Right wing that is.
    They are going to slam him. I hope he's ready!

    June 5, 2008 at 12:44 pm |
  45. deborah,OH

    I swore I wasn't going to blog on politics for a while, & give myself a breather, but....

    This isn't over by a long shot. I still can't get impressed with him. I do understand what it's like to get caught up in a political campaign, but the disilusionment of the 60's won't go away. I wil keep trying, because I am a registered democrat, but.....I am even very unhappy with the Democratic Party.

    Treading water till I figure it out. Am NOW staying away from politics for a bit.....right...lol.

    June 5, 2008 at 12:40 pm |
  46. Susan

    Even though Senator Obama has moved away from his church the associations thru all those many years remain. He can never run away from them.

    How have these associations with this church affected the person that we see today? How have they shaped his character and thinking?

    Susan
    Phoenixville,PA

    June 5, 2008 at 12:35 pm |
  47. Cindy

    Obama is no where near off the hook in my book. Him leaving his church was purely political. He still has the sermons and things that went on there ingrained in him and that you can't change no matter how much he says he is done with the church.

    You can't stay somewhere 20 years and it not become a part of who you are no matter what he or anyone else says. And who ever says that you can has never went to church or knows what church and someones religion means to them when they take it serious. And obviously he took it serious if he went there for 20 years, was married by Wright and had his kids baptized there.

    He has a lot more explaining to do to make this issue mean nothing to me.

    Cindy...Ga.

    June 5, 2008 at 12:25 pm |
  48. R. Holmes

    Obama has never disavowed the core beliefs he embraced at that church for twenty years- living in a house provided by a sweetheart deal from a convicted influence peddler, gaining the nomination through caucuses and superdelegates over the votes of the people- what "change" does Obama really mean? His words require a willing suspension of disbelief.

    June 5, 2008 at 12:21 pm |
  49. Cindy

    I don't believe that he is off the hook. We can talk about the Reverand, what about Rezco? These are long time affiliations that have shaped who he is. How do you separate from that? Why isn't the media asking the tough questions. The Rezco story has been hidden from the public and it isn't right. It is your job to report the news. I feel like the media is trying to manipulate the election. If this had been Hillary, it would have been front page news. Another reason why she should step aside. You all pressured her to resign when she should have stayed in and now your are protecting Obauma from his affiliation with Rezco. I am looking for you to report the facts and treat people equally and then allow the American public to decide. We don't need to be manipulated.

    June 5, 2008 at 12:21 pm |
  50. katd zava

    I don't believe this is over yet. I am sure that more will come out about Obama and the people he associated with during the campaign. I think there is a lot that we don't know about Obama and what we don't know is not all good. I am sure that private investigators have been hired and that they will produce the necessary evidence the republicans need to derail Obama. It will be interesting to hear what kind of speech he will give when the dirt is dished.

    June 5, 2008 at 12:07 pm |
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