Friday, March 14, 2008

Obama Denounces But Doesn’t Explain carries an AP story that begins:

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday denounced inflammatory remarks from his pastor, … the Rev. Jeremiah Wright [of] Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.

In a sermon on the Sunday after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Wright suggested the United States brought on the attacks.

"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye," Wright said. "We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost." …
There’s much more to the story including quotes from Rev. Wright sermonizing and damning America. The entire story’s here.

The site polls for readers’ reactions. One question:
Should Obama do more to disassociate himself from the pastor’s remarks
Given a “yes” or “no” choice, 75% of respondents are saying “yes” as of 9:30 pm eastern

But I chose “no.”

Here’s why:

While many Democrats here at home and other people around the world agree with Rev. Wright, there are still many Americans who don’t agree with him.

Those of us who don’t agree America is a state sponsor of terrorism want Obama to explain why he hasn’t denounced Wright until today.

Obama's excuse -- he wasn’t in church the Sunday after 9/11 and so didn't know -- is as believable as Bill Clinton’s “I never had sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.”

NY Governor Eliot Spitzer built his career in part on his denunciations of prostitution. He worked to increase the criminal penalties for it. He prosecuted people who engaged in it.

So much for denunciations from politicians.

What Obama must do now is provide full, honest explanations.

Decent Americans want to know why Obama chose Wright as his spiritual advisor; why he chose him to officiate at his wedding; and why he brings his children to a church where such a man is pastor?

Apart from those comfortable with the anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism of the religious and political left and Obama's MSM shills, who’s satisfied with Obama’s after disclosure “denunciation?”

Will even Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich accept it?


mac said...
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JWM said...


I'll pass on the first part of your comment for now and move to the end of your comment where you speak about people who've left churches.

You've put your finger on a problem Obama has now that he's making worse by his insistence he "didn't know" because he "wasn't in church that Sunday."

People who are or have been church members know "the flock" knows what "the preacher's been saying."

Church goers -black, white and all the shades in between - know about "the buzz" concerning what "the preacher said."

Obama wants us to believe he not only wasn't in church whenever his close friend and pastor damned America and engaged in racism, but that he never heard any of "the buzz."

Thanks for commenting .