Sunday, June 01, 2008

Obama’s “cultural" and "stylistic” baloney

Sen. Barack Obama told reporters he resigned from Trinity UCC in part because of “a cultural and a stylistic gap.”

Peter Wehner at NRO Online reacts - - -

Barack Obama’s resignation from Trinity United Church of Christ over, in part, “a cultural and a stylistic gap” raises additional doubts about him.

The obvious question is what “cultural and stylistic gap” exists now that hasn’t existed during the last two decades, when Obama was a member of Trinity United and an intimate friend with its pastor, Jeremiah Wright Jr.?

The answer, of course, is none. Trinity United and Jeremiah Wright are what they have always been; it is Obama — or more precisely, Obama’s political interests — that have changed.

It’s been just over two months since Obama’s Philadelphia speech on race — the one that was compared by the historian Garry Wills to Lincoln’s Cooper Union address.

In that speech Obama famously said he could no more disown the Reverend Jeremiah Wright than he could disown the black community or his own grandmother and spoke about how Trinity United “embodies the black community in its entirety.”

Since that speech Wright has been tossed under the bus — and now, so has Trinity United.

Obama’s twenty-year participation at Trinity United and his close relationship with its senior pastor raised a lot of questions about Obama — both about his decision to associate himself with Trinity United and Wright in the first place and Obama’s tortured explanations since the public first learned of Wright’s anti-American tirades.

What Obama did today may have been politically necessary. It was certainly politically expedient. And it is yet one more blow to Obama’s image as a different kind of politician.

In fact, as we’ve learned over the last few months, Obama appears to be a Chicago politician through and through. When he perceived a threat to his self-interest, he cut his ties to first his pastor and then his church, both of which he had expressed familial love and fidelity.

This whole episode is deeply unattractive, even as it is deeply revealing.

Underneath the attractive veneer of Barack Obama beats the heart of a very, very ambitious man. Time will tell how problematic this may be and what snares this character trait may eventually lead him into.


Wehner is saying tonight what many of you have been saying here for months.

Most of MSM will predictably pitch Obama’s resignation as “putting the Trinity episode behind him.”


His resignation doesn’t tell us why Obama was a member of a church where hate thy neighbor, envy, racism, misogyny, and anti-Americanism spew from the pulpit to loud applause from the congregation.

His resignation doesn’t tell us why he and his wife decided Trinity was the church in which they wanted their children to receive religious instruction.

Those questions and others are out there.

Team Obama can save the “cultural and stylistic” answers for John Edwards, Bill Moyers and the Times’ editorial board.

Tens of millions of Americans want the questions answered truthfully.


Archer05 said...

Surprise! Surprise! Not!

Rev. Michael Pfleger: ‘They want to kill me’
Chicago Sun-Times, by Dave Newbart

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, who helped reignite Barack Obama’s pastor problems by mocking Hillary Clinton, said this evening he’s received “thousands of hate threats” since his videotaped pulpit rant. “They want to kill me,” Pfleger told parishioners during a service in a St. Sabina Church chapel on Chicago’s South Side this evening. “It’s been very ugly.”

Anonymous said...

"What Obama did today may have been politically necessary. It was certainly politically expedient."

I think the opposite is true. I think it was political suicide, except of course for the coolaid drinkers.

Any serious, thinking individual will conclude that Obama is nothing more than a puppet in the hands of his handlers. He has no core beliefs that fit him to be president. He has abandoned his base, he has thrown away 20 years of relationsips, he has shown us a big part of whom he is.

Mr. Obama seems to be whatever it is that the mainstream press wants him to be. This of course is a lie.

Mr. Obama is more of the same, not a change. If he is a change, it's a change for the worse.

Anonymous said...

So when the bank robber is caught red-handed, all he has to do is say "I quit robbing banks, and I'll give this money back, now everything's alright." And if you believe that, there's a nice bridge in Brooklyn you might be interested in.
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

John -

Is the next to go under the bus, his wife?

Jack in Silver Spring

Anonymous said...

I have no doubt whatsoever that Obama's team is whispering to the African American community that he doesn't really mean that he's disassociating himself from "Black Liberation theology", but if he wants to win this election, he MUST pretend that he doesn't believe the racial hatred and demands for reparations that Wright, Pfleger and Farakhan express. (Remember the ex parte communications from his campaign to the Canadians about NAFTA?)

Overwhelming ambition is the hallmark of both Barrack and Michelle Obama.