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Could Rev. Spell Doom for Obama?

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, explaining this morning why he had waited so long before breaking his silence about his incendiary sermons, offered a paraphrase from Proverbs: "It is better to be quiet and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

Barack Obama's pastor would have been wise to continue to heed that wisdom.

Should it become necessary in the months from now to identify the moment that doomed Obama's presidential aspirations, attention is likely to focus on the hour between nine and ten this morning at the National Press Club. It was then that Wright, Obama's longtime pastor, reignited a controversy about race from which Obama had only recently recovered - and added lighter fuel.

Speaking before an audience that included Marion Barry, Cornel West, Malik Zulu Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party and Nation of Islam official Jamil Muhammad, Wright praised Louis Farrakhan, defended the view that Zionism is racism, accused the United States of terrorism, repeated his view that the government created the AIDS virus to cause the genocide of racial minorities, stood by other past remarks ("God damn America") and held himself out as a spokesman for the black church in America.

In front of 30 television cameras, Wright's audience cheered him on as the minister mocked the media and, at one point, did a little victory dance on the podium. It seemed as if Wright, jokingly offering himself as Obama's vice president, was actually trying to doom Obama; a member of the head table, American Urban Radio's April Ryan, confirmed that Wright's security was provided by bodyguards from Farrakhan's Nation of Islam.

Wright suggested that Obama was insincere in distancing himself from his pastor. "He didn't distance himself," Wright announced. "He had to distance himself, because he's a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was anti-American."

Explaining further, Wright said friends had written to him and said, "We both know that if Senator Obama did not say what he said, he would never get elected." The minister continued: "Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls."

Wright also argued, at least four times over the course of the hour, that he was speaking not for himself but for the black church.

"This is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright," the minister said. "It is an attack on the black church." He positioned himself as a mainstream voice of African American religious traditions. "Why am I speaking out now?" he asked. "If you think I'm going to let you talk about my mama and her religious tradition, and my daddy and his religious tradition and my grandma, you got another thing coming."

That significantly complicates Obama's job as he contemplates how to extinguish Wright's latest incendiary device. Now, he needs to do more than express disagreement with his former pastor's view; he needs to refute his former pastor's suggestion that Obama privately agrees with him.

Wright seemed aggrieved that his inflammatory quotations were out of the full "context" of his sermons -- yet he repeated many of the same accusations in the context of a half-hour Q&A session this morning.

His claim that the September 11 attacks mean "America's chickens are coming home to roost"?

Wright defended it: "Jesus said, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' You cannot do terrorism on other people and expect it never to come back on you. Those are biblical principles, not Jeremiah Wright bombastic divisive principles."

His views on Farrakhan and Israel? "Louis said 20 years ago that Zionism, not Judaism, was a gutter religion. He was talking about the same thing United Nations resolutions say, the same thing now that President Carter's being vilified for and Bishop Tutu's being vilified for. And everybody wants to paint me as if I'm anti-Semitic because of what Louis Farrakhan said 20 years ago. He is one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century; that's what I think about him. . . . Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not put me in chains, he did not put me in slavery, and he didn't make me this color."

He denounced those who "can worship God on Sunday morning, wearing a black clergy robe, and kill others on Sunday evening, wearing a white Klan robe." He praised the communist Sandinista regime of Nicaragua. He renewed his belief that the government created AIDS as a means of genocide against people of color ("I believe our government is capable of doing anything").

And he vigorously renewed demands for an apology for slavery: "Britain has apologized to Africans. But this country's leaders have refused to apologize. So until that apology comes, I'm not going to keep stepping on your foot and asking you, does this hurt, do you forgive me for stepping on your foot, if I'm still stepping on your foot. Understand that? Capisce?"

Capisce, reverend. All too well.

By Dana Milbank  | April 28, 2008; 12:55 PM ET
 
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Unless Barack uses the strongest language possible to distance himself from this nut, Barack will never be the nominee of the Democratic party let alone elected President.

In fact, and I say this with a very heavy heart, it may now be too late for Barack. The Reverend and this speech today could very well be the breaking point. Watch the polls plummet.

A sorry, sorry day for all of us, and I am a WASP.

Posted by: swanieaz | April 28, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I have it on good authority that radicals within the powerful rightwing Jewish Lobby including [AIPAC] American Israel Public Affairs Committee are vexed, frustrated and displeased with Barack Obama's refusal to accept special interest money and consequentially seek his crucifixion. The concern is that the Senator's policy prevents them from exerting influence or extracting favor from his administration should he become the next President in these United States of America. In an effort to allay their fears, Senator Obama has offered his assurance that if elected, an Obama administration would not be a foe- yet this does not seem to halt their resistance to his candidacy. Reportedly, Senator Clinton's campaign saw an opening to exploit the Jewish community's apprehension and began stoking the anti-Obama fire behind the scene.

In collaboration with the Clintons, they [the Jewish Lobby] dispatched a number of "candidacy assassinators" including former Clinton special counsel, Lanny Davis, Florida congress woman, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, California congress man, Brad Sherman, CNN news anchor, Wolf Blitzer [vis-a-vis Lou Dobbs], Independent Senator, Joseph Lieberman, the far right crippled Washington Post Journalist, Charles Krauthammer and others to torpedo Obama's nomination bid. The above mentioned Jews were mandated to fan the flames of hateful passion against the Illinois Senator using demagoguery and nefarious spin of the Reverend Wright issue to toxify the American voters. Their mission is to convince the public that Obama would be unelectable in November due to his optics and alleged third party association to Rev. Farrakhan. This while simultaneously promoting Hillary as the only friend of Israel. It is also reliably reported that Democratic Jews are being counseled to vote for John McCain as a penultimate option should Senator Clinton not get the nomination.

Take a look at the YouTube video where Rachel Maddow from Air America recently discussed the topic on her show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdYzGzvXO0U

African American Leaders dub the Jewish and Clinton's anti Obama campaign, "mean spirited" but so far have opted to remain restrainedly tentative. They however suggest hypocrisy when Governor Rendell [who happens to be a Jew] is able to extol the virtues of Minister Farrakhan by praising his "goodness" and still remains an embraced surrogate of Senator Clinton. Elected Democrats have also taken note and are increasingly frustrated with the Clinton's controversial tactics of infusing racial divide into the electoral process. Appalling is how they describe her alliance to hawkish groups including John McCain to annihilate a democratic colleague and worry that it provides damaging ammunition to their nemesis [the republicans] that could derail Obama's candidacy should he become the nominee. Some are even calling her conduct treacherous and privately accuse her of deliberately trying to sabotage the Democratic Party because of the unlikely odds of her fairly winning the nomination. Mrs. Clinton has also been criticized for taken the low road by exploiting the gender card to foster disharmony amongst the sexes. But who is willing to bell the Cat? After-all, the Clinton's wield influential power within the party and super delegates worry about political reprisals should they offer public criticism.

Additionally, the Jewish Lobby has tremendous financial reach and political clout. For decades they have been able to effectively manipulate the Holocaust to keep politicians beholden to their agenda. Those who resist or oppose are targeted with the anti-Semitic or Bigoted label [as evidenced by President Carter] in order to gain compliance. Some feel they run the risk of overplaying their hands in this instance though. Their chief Obama "Hit-Man", Lanny Davis is causing tremendous concern at the great lengths he goes to decapitate the Illinois Senator's chances of ever ascending to the Presidency and his conduct is described as vilely snake-like. The argument is that public opinion can boomerang if blacks are able to expose hypocrisy in what many now view to be a Jewish lynching of Senator Obama. Some posit that Jews have a historical pension for betraying visionary men who promise sweeping changes to the status quo. Coincidentally, it was they [Biblical Jews] who betrayed Jesus to the Romans so he could be crucified.

Posted by: Proud Republican | April 28, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

What we see we do. What we do we become.
No amount of education will erase cultural inculcations. Wright knows this through experience. His association with Obama should have been broken many years ago. Do we blame the pastor or do we blame the congregate. Neither, we abandon the lost cause.

Posted by: seedobecome | April 28, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not going to gain from this. I will vote for him anyway, because I think he is what we need to move forward, but this nut Wright should keep his mouth shut. It's as if he wants Obama to lose. It reminds me of the trial of the Turk who took a shot at Pope John Paul in Rome in 1980. While he was in prison the right-wing media went wild with their theories that this act had been done by the Turk at the behest of the Bulgarians. When he was finally able to speak for himself, the first day of his trial, her stood, and intoned, "I am Jesus Christ." And then everyone knew he was a complete nutter.
Same with Wright. He should have left well enough alone.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

it sure looks to me like the Republicans must be the ones making sure that the press' microphones and cameras keep snapping back to this lunatic. This fringe nut is clearly the Republicans' strongest weapon.

It's so sad that American national politics have degenerated so badly and that Americans' critical thought skills seem to be following the same trend.

Posted by: Ken T. | April 28, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The picture the WAPO ran this morning of Rev. Wright laughing with KWAME KILPATRICK says it all, dosen't it??

Only desperate fools that also have ZERO CREDIBILITY would align themselves with this dumb shytt. I also happen to think it is hillarious how so many politicians happen to "FIND GOD" just after they have been publically BUSTED for major indiscretions.

Kwame, hang it up already. You look so foolish trying to blame your choices on everything but your own foolish decisions.

Posted by: John | April 28, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

We have enough problems as a nation without this idiot opening his yapper, and trashing Obama's "middle of the road image" even more!!

Obama-- you can't surround yourself with people like this, you will scare off the white people in droves!!

Posted by: AprilK | April 28, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Yea,

The " anti-American " Wright spent six years in the service.Cheney had other priorities.But we know who the mainstream media will attack as being unpatriotic.

What about an apology for slavery ? American politicians are always apoligizing for the Holocaust, and Nazi Germany committed that crime.

Posted by: george | April 28, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse


Reverend Wright's latest comments have alienated more white voters and inflicted more damage to Barack Obama's candidacy.

But that's nothing compared to Obama's response about being too busy to debate Senator Clinton.

Too busy?

I am afraid he's no more believable than his mentor, the Reverend Wright.

Posted by: rjldec1 | April 28, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Clinton has been waiting for a melt down of Obama campaign, and it appears to be happening. Unbelievable, although I don't support Obama, I don't believe he holds the same beliefs as this nut-case of a minister. Unfortunately, his association with his minister will be extremely difficult to explain away...especially a second time. This will sink Obama's chances as he heads into NC and IN.

Posted by: Tim | April 28, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Although some of the so-called 'mainstream America' may not have known anything about Dr. Wright before these past few weeks, he has been and remains a very highly-regarded preacher within what we refer to as the Black Church. He is the type of minister that would have his speaking schedule booked several years out, but it is only now that his speeches are covered by CNN and other media outlets. His "return" to the forefront is not to reignite controversy - it is simply a man going on with his life. The idea that he should have kept quiet and hidden under a rock until November is completely ridiculous and inhumane.

Posted by: AH | April 28, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Dana Millbank is full of crap.

Wright is "right on."

I would advise anyone that is interested in this speech to view the speech themselves and draw your own conclusion.

"Tell a lie(s) enough times, people begin to believe them."

Posted by: Don't let the MSM continue to mislead you. | April 28, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Dana Milbank, you look as retarded as your article reads.

I heard the comments of Reverend Wright and I happen to agree with them. Not from the perspective of black and white, the fuel of which you contend that he is pouring on the fire, when, in fact, it is articles (opinions) like yours, but from the perspective of a world operating in a manner contrary to the instructions of Christ.

Reverend right is a minister, dummy. I don't know what church you go to, but America has as a birth defect called "slavery". Many of the founding fathers, to include George Washington, were slave owners. That would make them mercenaries of human suffering along with the noble titles that this nation gives them. Is it racist or unamerican to state facts?

Rev. Wright is not Barrack Obama. And anyone, including whites, of which many of his contregants were white, who has heard the man in context, understand that he is a soldier for Jesus Christ not for corporate or political favor.

However, no matter how I feel about him, positive or negative, I am not so silly to think that what he preaches and how he thinks is how the thousands of church members think. That is absurd.

Perhaps if you had paid more attention to what he said, as opposed to tallying down a who's who in the audience, you may have actually GOTTEN the message. Of course, we all know you could have written this piece without hearing a word from the Reverend.

The more you try to sideline American thought with this Non-story, the more I support and encourage others to support Sen. Barrack Obama.

Keep up the good work.

Were you a "Rove" in a not too distant past life?

Posted by: Concernedaboutdc | April 28, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone so scared of this guy?

Posted by: George | April 28, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

*** Attention African-American Voters ***
The Democratic party will take the nomination away from Obama!
Come back to Lincoln's party; the party of Colin Powell and Condi Rice. No Black person can ever rise to the top ranks within the Demcratic Party, remember that.
Support John McCain.
McCain '08

Posted by: GOPBlack | April 28, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"Should it become necessary in the months from now to identify the moment that doomed Obama's presidential aspirations, attention is likely to focus on the hour between nine and ten this morning at the National Press Club."

i would to know whether mr. obama has handcuffed himself to mr. wright. if that has been reported somewhere, i missed it. nowhere have i seen where mr. obama either adopted or approved mr. wright's loonier pronouncments. in fact, he has made it emphatically clear that he disagrees with them. what the hell is he supposed to do? its about time the "serious" press realized that these are two very different people. it will not be mr. wright who shows up on the ballot as the democratic candidate anymore than it will be the larded mr. hagee who stands in for mccain. my perception of mr. obama is little changed by this story. i wish i could say the say about my perception of the mainstream press.

Posted by: jim filyaw | April 28, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Wright is doing Obama no favor by attacking the liberal friendly media. They are the ones who usually do the democrats' racist accusations and character assassination work. Amazing to me that this racist turned on his own supporters, instead of just keeping his big mouth shut.

Posted by: LarryG62 | April 28, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

swanieaz.....What election are you watching? Mccain didn't distance himself enough with that White pastor who made those stupid remarks...It's just really sad that this country that I love will be STUPID ENOUGH NOT TO VOTE FOR BARRACK BECAUSE OF WHAT HIS PASTOR SAY'S!!!!! UTTERLY RETARDED AND IF YOU VOTE AGAINST BECAUSE OF THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE KIDS EVER!!! ENOUGH STUPIDITY RUNNING AROUND THIS COUNTRY!

Posted by: tj | April 28, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I expected mindless drivel from the right wing wackos posting here, but what is sad are the Clintonistas who keep drumming up the Wright issue. If any of them had enough capacity for independent thought and had listened to his entire speech, they would have discovered that Rev. Wright was also speaking out against the oppression of women in this country. Oh well, they resemble the Bushies more each day.

Posted by: MikeMcNally | April 28, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I was impressed with Rev. Wright's interview with Bill Moyers on Friday night. But hearing his speeches on Saturday and today, I am conficted once again. He should have stopped after Bill Moyers. That interview actually made him look good and misunderstood, but this doesn't. These latest remarks make him look like a greedy opportunist capitalizing on a parishioner's success for his own gain. Shame on him. He's hurting Barack in a very selfish fashion.

Posted by: dcp | April 28, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

After all of these years of reading your column and seeing you on Keith Olberman's show, I thought you had some sense and integrity. I'm just wondering what you are basing your opinions on. Did you see the same speech or news conference that we did? Did you, as often journalists do, come there with preconceived story lines that you just don't want to change? Why are you doing this to Rev. Wright, Barack Obama and black people across this country and around this world, to say nothing of keeping a lot of white people ignorant. I've been reading a lot of blogs lately and I can tell you, this is still a tremendously racially divided nation and a lot of people just do not want us ever to be united and are not willing to help us form a more perfect union. Too bad. So Sad.

Posted by: ccorbin27 | April 28, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

swanieaz said....."UTTERLY RETARDED AND IF YOU VOTE AGAINST BECAUSE OF THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE KIDS EVER!!! ENOUGH STUPIDITY RUNNING AROUND THIS COUNTRY!"

Are you kidding me? Who's sounding retarded now? Obviously you don't know enough about elections or how people form opinions fairly or unfairly. I for one think Wright is a nut case, and I don't think it's fair for Obama. However, Obama didn't distance himself from him when he had a chance...he waited until a tape of terrible sound bites came up. He knew all along about this controversy yet he choose to take a risk. Your rage sounds very similar to Mr. Wright's...disgusting.


Posted by: Tim | April 28, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

If Obama loses he still needs the church to win his Sneate seat in Illonois. Obama is not stupid, he has to play it out so he can have his cake a and eat it too. Yum!

Posted by: hhkeller | April 28, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I watched the Rev. The description of this article is far from the truth. He did not praise Farakhan. In fact he gave the example of the media trying to get Mandela to throw Castro under the bus during an interview and said "you don't tell me who to hate." The description in this article is far from the truth.

I don't intend to vote for Obama, ever. I don't vote for liberals who want to raise taxes, don't want to engage our enemies, and think abortion is a cool thing.

That said, this article and the way Wright has been used is sick.

Posted by: Alan | April 28, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

The blacks incessantly complain about the past slavery issue in the U.S. but they continue their path.....slaves to the U.S. government "programs".
One of their own just ensured Obamas loss.
Go figure.

Posted by: seedobecome | April 28, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Surely Wright realizes that he's becoming the straw that will break Obama's political back? Maybe Obama isn't black enough for him?

Posted by: Lynn | April 28, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

My mistake...I meant to write "tj" said not "swanieaz" said.

Posted by: Tim | April 28, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

This article is a disgrace. Please view the speech and make up your own mind.
http://weblogs.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/blog/2008/04/rev_wright_stands_his_ground.html

Posted by: Mike | April 28, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

If Obama loses it won't be because of Wright. It will be because of America's fear of African Americans. Wright is the cloak they are using to hide their fear and distrust of African Americans. America has never atoned for its sins against African American. So African Americans will never be fully trusted by many.

It's like if you steal from a man, beat him and burn his house. And later, you declare a truce, but you never apologize or reimburse that man for his loss. And then you're told that man is to be your house guest. You would never trust him because in your heart you know you wronged him and never atoned. Your sin has become your great fear. This is the relationship that exists between whites and blacks in this country. Wright is causing us to take a hard look at the things we don't talk about. If Obama loses it's not because of Wright. It's because of racism that was always here but not talked about.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Obama's "chicken's are coming home to roost!"

Posted by: DQuixote1 | April 28, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright does not speak for all black churches or for the entirety of the African American community, nor does he speak for anything that is constructive or positive -- his divisive tactics are not the way to move the debate forward in this country.

Senator Obama is inextricably linked with this man, by his own words and of his own free will. To protect this Reverend, he has thrown everyone else under the bus. That is not the way a President is supposed to act (our current disaster George Bush notwithstanding). His candidacy is over.

Posted by: Ann | April 28, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I have over the past had and continue to have major problems with Dana Milbank who basically has been a PR spokesperson for Barack Obama during the entire campaign.

So the fact that this column is written under his name is interesting.

I heard the press club session this morning and was amazed at what the Rev. Wright said. It is his words that I focused on this morning and in this column. Not any interpretation that Dana Milbank would put on them. Wrights words alone are enough to make anyone question how Barack Obama could sit in that church for 20 years listening to these sermons and not comment on them before he had to to save his political hide.

I don't acribe these words to Barack Obama-what I do question is his major lapse in judgement not to speak out about them before he was forced to and made his great speech in Philadelphia. But the Rev. Wright said today what I said right after that speech. It was a political speech and Obama said what he thought he had to say as a politician. He even as many in the African American community said "threw his grandmother under the bus" to make his point.

But that was a political speech and not a moral one. Had Barack Obama taken on race when he began his campaign he could have in some way innoculated himself from Wright and taken the moral high ground. I have to believe that either he didn't want to or failed to understand how Wright would sound to anyone not steeped in Black preaching.

Barack Obama is a neophyte politician and he is proving it every day. His criticism of Hillary Clinton and those supporters of his who criticize her for being scripted or sounding that way, should look at their own candidate today and wish he understood the true impact of his words and the words of his pastor.

I would trust Hillary Clinton more at an international summit just because even though she may not be quite as eloquent a speaker as Barack Obama she fully understands that every word a President utters is going to mean something around the world.

I am a Democrat and I think John McCain is unacceptable as President so I would even vote for Barack Obama over him. But as Americans are beginning to understand - and is coming out in the AP-Ipsos poll today- Clinton beats McCain by nearly 10% and Obama is tied with him. Take away the Bradley effect which even his supporters like Doug Wilder have warned him about and Obama loses to McCain.

Reverend Wright makes it all the more important that Democrats head what Steny Hoyer said recently, in a statment taken from the Civil Rights Movement, "Keep Your Eyes On the Prize", and the prize for Democrats is the White House.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama could both make great Presidents, but Hillary Clinton has the better chance to win the prize.

Posted by: peter DC | April 28, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

lots of name-calling going on here, but I don't see anybody refuting the charges that Wright makes. could be that most of us don't like hearing the truth about our country and its often sad history.

Posted by: eo mcmars | April 28, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Sigh. Again Rev. Wright's comments have been chopped into soundbites for use by the media. As soon as he was finished speaking last night, every right-wing pundit in America was still trashing him for the YouTube clips, as opposed to discussing what he had just said not 10 minutes before. And now Dana is ignoring the speech from last night and taking the hard line on the discussion this morning. Maybe Wright should have just kept to himself, but then again, he's not running for office and has a reputation to defend.

Let's face it - a load of white people were offended because of 30 seconds worth of a very long, energetic sermon regarding the somewhat predictible results of America's foreign policy and heavy-handed attitude toward the Middle East. He wasn't saying we deserved 9/11, but that it wasn't completely unexpected given the circumstances.

Is there an element of racism involved too? Sure there is. We're so dammned separatist in our daily lives that black preaching comes as a shock to whites, who are used to more sedate services. The couple of times I went to a black church as a kid were rather eye-opening - loud, raucous, exciting, energizing preaching and singing, and like nothing I'd ever experienced before. As Wright said - it's not better or worse, just different. And most Americans just don't like different. So, the conservative nuts and the closet racists will slap Obama with the "different is scary" label and people will buy it.

Sad. But he has my vote here in IN on May 6.

Posted by: Mazarin | April 28, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone realize that he is 50% white?

Posted by: anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The Reverend Wright is making a case against Obama. I think he can overcome it but the preacher ought to have the decency to shut up. Is he so wounded about Obama's distancing of him that he wants to hit back? Whatever happened to any trace of pride in Obama's success? It's personal now the way Bill Clinton's reaction to attacks on his wife are personal attacks on HIM, not her. This is nasty and feeds the Republicans the way Hillary is feeding them. She is like the character in LeRoi Jones's "Dutchman" and he is starting to behave like the other character.

Wright should shut up.

Posted by: Karen | April 28, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Where's the 24 hour news cycle? Wright is OLD NEWS! That this story is a lead article is absolute bunk - no new information in a time that we have plenty to be considering. Just as the Clinton legacies are being buzzed about, I suggest editors should look to their own navels.

Bring something more important to your reader's attention.

Posted by: D Mytty | April 28, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"If Obama loses it won't be because of Wright." Whoever wrote this....what a pile of crap! There have been many groups who have been disenfranchised, beat down, treated with disrespect, left in the gutter...yet many of those individuls have not wallowed in self pitty. The current white Americans owe the current black Americans, nothing absolutely nothing because of slavery. No one on this discussion group was born in slavery nor are there any past slave owners. The only thing owed by both races is respect of each other.

Posted by: Tim | April 28, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I agree Reverend Wright is angry with Obama and acting out in the ultimate passive-aggressive way. By giving these speeches he can harm a man who condemned his statements, all the while pretending it is others, certainly not innocent old Reverend Wright, who have done the damage to Obama. (That being said, I still have not heard ANYTHING as bad as the statements by Pastor Hagee, whose endorsement John McCain actively sought and has continued to embrace despite the comments.)

So let's not elect Reverend Wright as president. In fact, let's take his spotlight away. He's lost the interest of novelty and shock value and he's just tiresome at this point.

If anyone's interested in Barack Obama's opinions, since I believe he is the actual political candidate, a newly discovered interview from the mid-1990s is available in audio via Huffington Post. Well worth a listen.

My main response to all this has been to donate again to Barack Obama's campaign. I encourage anyone else to do so who agrees with me. He is a good man who will be the best president for our country, he has the best ideas for involving citizens in the process, and he has a proven record of bringing people together at the Harvard Law Review, in Chicago's inner-city Southside community, through his books, in the Illinois legislature, in the Senate, and in his campaign. This too shall pass.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | April 28, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Wright thinks America hasn't apologized for racism? The blood of 360,000 union soldiers cries out from the ground, begging for Mr. Wright's ear to hear otherwise.

I have had it with the Obama-Wright association. I can't believe I am saying this, but I am switching to Hillary.

Posted by: uplandborg | April 28, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I think Dana and quite a few others, judging from the comments I've just read, missed the point completely. Wright has reignited something, yes, but not what you folks are picking up on. What Wright is reigniting is the challenge that America silenced when it killed Dr. King: to rise above the racism that has blighted our national conscience since the beginnings of our experiment in democracy.

This country needs to rid itself of that blight once and for all and it hasn't done it. The time is now.

Posted by: purplehawk | April 28, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I've said this for weeks -- months -- and I'm still saying it (below). Clinton's been saying this for months:

The Democrats are being set up for a disaster this Fall because the press hasn't been vetting Obama. This Rev. Wright isn't the only problem in Obama's background, just one that broke open by itself from behind the wall of media denial and biased coverage of the Dems' primaries. The only reason it broke back open now is because Wright won't shut up.

The rest of the vetting will take place if Obama is nominated. Then the vetting will become a bloodletting.

Posted by: Annette Keller | April 28, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that the internet lets you see unedited deliveries of speaches. I listened to the same speach you did at the National Press Club, yet your summary was clearly not objective, nor was it nuanced or complete. Where is your journalistic integrity. This is a good example of writing for journalism students to study.

Posted by: Bill | April 28, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Two things for sure--

1) This is still a very racist country.

2) If the "super" delegates take the vote away from the people, the Democrats will be destroyed forever.

Posted by: Peter | April 28, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

To Proud Republican: Try keeping on topic. Your anti-Semitic rant reveals what an ignoramus you are. I just saw your same rant on another WaPo page, so obviously you are incapable of any other coherent independent thought. You may think of yourself as a Christian, but you surely are not.

Posted by: Jersey Girl | April 28, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Boo hoo! I feel like a victim of racism! I'm going to cry now because the words of some guy I've never heard of before and don't care about really hurt my precious feelings. I'm going to be a white crybaby now and go and vote for a really really old man who looks like he'll drop any minute now and will just continue failed policy and wears too much make up to hide his oldness but it doesn't really work. And I'll do it just to prove a point!! Take that progress!

Posted by: this is sarcastic by the way | April 28, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Milbank thinks an apology for slavery isn't warranted? Interesting. He should talk more about that.

Also, it was mighty nice of Dana to ignore Wright's Cheney comments. Mighty white of him, you might say.

Posted by: HeavyJ | April 28, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Dana Milbank is a SUPER IDIOT! REV WRIGHT HAS IT RIGHT!!! YOU PEOPLE SICKEN ME, YOU DON'T DO A DAMN THING ABOUT BUSH AND HIS CRONIES BUT YOU DECRY OBAMA FOR SOMETHING SOMEONE ELSE SAID? WHAT A RETARD THAT DOES THAT! WHITE AMERICA ISN'T READY FOR TRUTH, YOU JUST WANT ALL THAT SLAVERY AND RACE RIOTS TO GO AWAY BECAUSE THATS WHAT MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELVES. OBAMA WILL WIN, ALL OF YOU PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO VOTE 4 SOMEONE ELSE BECAUSE OF WHAT REV WRIGHT SAID WILL UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE THE BIGOTS AND WE HAVE NO TIME FOR YOU ANYMORE IN THE COUNTRY. GOOD BYE AND GOOD RIDENCE!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

It's Obama's fault, too. He's donated tens of thousands of dollars to this hate-monger's mission and Church for years, helping spread the poison and prop this guy up. How could he not know what Wright was doing?

Wright published the Hamas Terrorist Manifesto on his website, which called for the murder of Jews, and compared it to the American Declaration of Independence.

Obama is not the man he appears to be. As Karl Rove wrote in his open letter in Newsweek, "My Advice for Obama...",

"You said you weren't sitting in church when he said those ugly things. Two days later, you excused him, saying his comments didn't give "a well-rounded portrait" of him. Two days after that, you condemned his statements as "not only wrong but divisive" but still couldn't "disavow him" any more than you could your grandmother. Ten days later, you implied if Wright hadn't retired, you might have left his church. It would have been better to say from the start that Wright's words were wrong and offensive and you should have spoken out earlier."

Since Obama's handling of the disclosure of his pastor's beliefs and theories has surfaced, he's vacillated, flip-flopped and prevaricated with half-hearted half-truths.

I seriously doubt that Obama has any "cred" left on this issue should he finally come out with some kind of statement about it. Obama's record on Wright is already so inconsistent and lame that clips of his voice making these various comments could form the basis for good Republican attack ad.

Posted by: Annette Keller | April 28, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The press and You DANA MILBANK are the voice of doom. consistently trolling Wright's addresses to take things out of context...

May Heaven prevent you from destroying and distorting the truth and bring you to see the error of your ways and apologize for staining a good man with your lies.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

This is really a bad thing for everyone, not just Obama. These are fringe guys who are threatening to become mainstream and could if Obama wins and lets them. Scary!

Posted by: Lynn E | April 28, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Look, even if you set aside the swirling arguments above, this damaging controversy is the result of one thing: Obama ran too soon. A promising young senator, great orator, got greedy because this election seemed to favor a dem win so highly. He has accomplished almost nothing on a national level, exposed himself to attack on his inexperience, and left the vetting to fall will-nilly at the last moment. He could have put some distance between himself and his dubious band of funders and mentors. He could have shored himself up in his weak areas by actually doing some hard work on blue collar economic issues, women's issues. Let's hope the voters in Indiana and North Carolina can see now where this is going -- a massive defeat in November if Obama's at the helm.

Posted by: john b | April 28, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

>>Fairfax Vote wrote: "... Reverend Wright is angry with Obama and acting out in the ultimate passive-aggressive way."

I think so, too.

Posted by: Annette Keller | April 28, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Vote wright. Vote Obama 08

Posted by: Chief | April 28, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I saw Wright's speech this morning on C-Span. (Thank God for C-C-Span) You folks should have a listen. I don't believe Milbank was there or, if he was, wasn't listening.

As a 40yo middle class white guy, I thought Wright's speech was spot on.

Posted by: Greg | April 28, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

swanieaz: You are the one who is an idot! I if everybody held you accountable for something someone else did, you would cry murder also but here this black man about to become president and you trip because of what his pastor says and then you have the nerve to say he should distance himself from him even more! You don't understand blacks...of course you don't because you're not black so I understand your ignorance.. I have rage? See that dumb azz statement alone tells me all I need to know about you. YOU HAVE NO clue so enough with you.. be gone!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Tim.....

Your are a fool....

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Dana, you are a white man. You cannot claim to understand, and will never understand the position of Jeremiah Wright. You said Jeremiah Wright speaking out has doomed Barack Obama's campaign. How so? Anyway,that is your opinioan;an opinion of another uninformed white man coming to an ill informed decision about a black phenomenon and instead of speaking for himself, pretend to speak the truth for everybody. Most honest white people hold Obama for what he says and does and do not follow people like you with hidden racist sentiment. Hiding your true self under pieces of pseudo journalism does not help anybody. You do not like Barack and do not support him. Let your true sentiments be known and stop being a hypocrite

Posted by: Adjaloo | April 28, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe the MSM, McCain, Right Wingers or even Hillary would be satisfied even if Barack quits his church and shots his former pastor. Nothing of what he can say from now until election day will matter because this group is more interested in creating news than reporting news. This group is more interested in reporting trash than actually covering the news.

I thought better of Dana but now I see that he reports only on those things that would support his arguments, for example Mr. Milbank quotes only part of what Rev. Wright said about Farrakhan, in which he actually says that he doesn't agree with him but is willing listen to the guy.

Somehow we have made to believe that whatever Rev. Wright says is magically linked to Sen. Obama. Rev. Wright has his own political views and they should be seen as such. There are no videos, quotes, books, speeches in which Sen. Obama has said similar things to what Rev. Wright has said.

Posted by: Eros Wong | April 28, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Pulease....when a black man DARES to point out America's flaws he's anti-American, a lunatic, racist, and the such. How DARE someone speak ill of a country founded on the backs of peoples (American Indian and AA) then be "granted" equal rights, only to then have those rights systematically denied. How DARE a member of that race speak against a system that professes to provide freedom to believe whatever you want, liberty to achieve all the dreams your heart desires...all for the price of allegiance and the ultimate sacrifice of their lives during periods of war and conflict. And they sacrifice home and abroad to come back home to prejudice, hate and disenfranchisement. This country will not erase 400 years of bondage and a century of state/federally sanctioned oppression with Affirmative Action. Not when the remnants of the past can still be felt today. Despite what the mainstream says, these actions are still felt today. So I say Rev. Wright's voice SHOULD be heard because he does indeed represent a silent majority of AA's. And for his views to be casually cast aside as racist is indicative of a nation still bent on stamping out any criticism of its hypocritical ways. And yes, as an AA it still burns that this nation won't even offer an apology of sorts for its actions. I guess we are supposed to "get over it".... And the mainstream has the nerve to act surprised when the real feelings of AAs come to light. Get real.

Posted by: Dis-enchanted | April 28, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

What I see is that there are all of these black preachers who are trying to take the place of Rev Dr. MLK. I don't think any of them will ever come close. They all sound like wackos (and yes, I have been a longtime member of the black church).

Obama is probably the best inheritor of MLKs legacy, probably as the culmination of the dream, to now set the course of the future now that the dream is starting to become realized. I don't know where the black community should go to next...but I think that taking on Bill Cosby's rant on the state of the black community continually seeing themselves victim's and changing that view is a start.

Posted by: changingfaces | April 28, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

All Democrats are going to get tarred by even indirect contact with this guy via the primaries. I feel sorry for down ticket black candidates this year.

I'm no Obama supporter, but this is excruciating.

Posted by: Annette Keller | April 28, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

After viewing the speech and comments and rereading the transcript, I believe that Milbank's commentary is overly exaggerated. There was nothing new in the speech to condemn. The rationale for his views are also not so far out of the mainstream.

The United States has committee some very attrocious acts (Iran-Contra, Japanese internment, Black Codes, Slavery, genocide of the native populations) that have been corrected, but never apologized for. Reporters also constituently point out flaws in government actions. Rev. Wright places these events into Biblical context, which can only mean some type of damnation for the acts.

Posted by: AndrewS | April 28, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I believe that if people can take off the blinders and see the whole picture, one might be able see that Wright was talking also about reconciliation between different races and cultures to truly become united and bring about the change that this country so desperately need.To me it seemed as if Wright was giving a little history lesson(that many may not be comfortable with)to show how some may feel the way they do regarding traditions and injustices that have been a part of our nation's history.Understanding that this may not be a subject that many may feel comfortable remembering or hearing, we must face the truths in which we try to ignore.Even the Bible says in James 5:16 :"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed".. If we have evidence that one of our brothers or sisters in this nation are offended maybe we should take the appropriate steps to ensure that we can Reconcile " and move on 'One Nation under God'.

Posted by: EriQ | April 28, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

To all you folks out there criticizing Dana Milbank, if you can't see the reality in what he's saying it says a lot about you and your candidate. Thank goodness there are people in the mainstream press reporting accurately! Everyone seemed to gloss over what Rev. Wright said last night at the NAACP dinner; we got to see Round 2 this morning, however, and facts are facts. There's a reason for the term mainstream; Rev. Wright's views are way outside those of the majority, and Obama will suffer for it. That's just a fact.

Posted by: Vnd22 | April 28, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Annette Keller,
No matter what Wright says that does not give Hillary pledged delegates or any credible way to win the nomination. Hillary only started being competitive when the Republican nomination was over and Rush Limbaugh sent his idiots out to screw up our election. If the superdelegates overturn the electorate, the Democratic Party is done for.

Posted by: The Math | April 28, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

wright is perfect cover for the racists whom never would have voted for Obama.

The tragedy is that open minded folks will jump ship too.


Oh well, Not during my lifetime.

Posted by: pvogel88 | April 28, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I think that we like to play let's pretend in this country. If I pretend that what Rev.Wright is saying is falsehood then I can contine to pretend that all is well with race relations in this country. Why does anyone have to shut up in order for a presidential candidate to be judged on the merits. This "problem" just showcase mainstream America's disinterest with what ails black America. That a black person is familiar with what goes on in a "white" church and mainstream America's shock at the tenor of the black church is a prime example.

Posted by: Paulina W | April 28, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Rev Wright is now officially indefensible. I am a big time Obama supporter and will defend Barack, but Rev Wright is a nutcase. Barack was part of the entire church program which ministers to the community. You can disagree with the pastor and still belong to the church because of its overall good.

Posted by: Othello | April 28, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

What is scary is that so many black leaders are applauding this guy.

If these are the same militant voices who are threatening to boycott the Democrats if their candidate doesn't get the nomination, let them pick up their (lost) marbles and go.

Posted by: Annette Keller | April 28, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Let's be realistic, folks. Obama and Reverend Wright will be joined at the hip in the media at least until November. As such, he will not pass muster with the superdelegates as the Democratic nominee. The Democrats best shot in November will be a ticket of Hillary and Barack. It will take the spotlight off Barack and allow the Democrats to unite behind Hillary.

Posted by: zephyr | April 28, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The only reasonable, possible explanation to the Wright/Obamba debacle is that Obama agreed with his mentor for 20 YEARS. That is why Wright is out there giving his Black Recentment Speeches and Obama dares not refused nor denounced him because if Obama does, then Wright will spill out exactly what Obama said and how he felt for these last 20 YEARS. Obama cannot denounce nor refused Wright because the truth will come out. Wright is Obama's true political liability. Expect the following:
1- WRITE A BOOK.
2- CONTINUE TO GIVE NATIONAL SPEECHES.
3- HE WILL CHARGE FOR THOSE NATIONAL SPEECHES.
4- HE WILL APPEAR IN MORE COMMENTARY PROGRAMS.
5- DONT BE SURPRICE IF WRIGHT HIMSELF RUNS FOR SENATOR.
6- THERE WILL BE A WRIGHT IDIALOGY BASED ON HIS POLITICAL ANGLE.
7- OBAMA WILL NOT DISASSOCIATE, NOR RENOUNCED REV. WRIGHT.

SO ASK YOURSELF WHY? Why CANT THE NEXT POSSIBLE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DENOUNCE AND RENOUNCE HIS CRAZY, ANTI-AMERICAN PASTOR? EASY; WRIGHT KNOWS TOO MUCH.


Posted by: Leanza Cornett | April 28, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

WoW! Thank you media! Keep the racist distortions going. Highlight them. Spotlight them. Your naked bias is showing.

Folks are paying attention. In the end, the ignorant racist will be transformed by knowledge. An the pathological racist will stand naked and marginalized.
Your fear of the truth so clear. Your unwillingness to address the issues addressed by the pastor, so clear.

The coporate media "Bull Conner moment" has arrived!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Posted by: William Turner | April 28, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"Wright's audience cheered him on as the minister mocked the media and, at one point, did a little victory dance on the podium. It seemed as if Wright... was actually trying to doom Obama..."

That's a fascinating juxtaposition, Dana. Mocking the media invites doom. Tell us more.

Posted by: HeavyJ | April 28, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The press and You DANA MILBANK are the voice of doom. consistently trolling Wright's addresses to take things out of context...

May Heaven prevent you from destroying and distorting the truth and bring you to see the error of your ways and apologize for staining a good man with your lies.
============================================

You should know God Damn America doesn't mean God Damn America. You Obamanites need that context interpreter real bad. Seems everything he says or is associated with is taken out of context. Seems the great Orator has trouble communicating?

Posted by: Chief | April 28, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused! The U.S. government has failed to apologize or pay reparations for all of the years of free labor and taxation without any representaion. Three times as many Blacks died during the Middle Passage to slavery alone as did during the Holocaust. Yet, noone is accountable for the past. To have racial pride or remember your heritage seems acceptable for everyone except the people who suffered the most. I listened to Reverend Wright simply point out differences between races. He repeatedly stated different isn't deficient. Are the white people who want more from Obama serious? If you really can't accept that people are different, please stop trying to be so covert about your racism and just wear your white robe and hood.

Posted by: queteam1911 | April 28, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

After watching the 'rev' speaking at the 'NAACP' and the 'National Press Club', I have learned a new math solution.


This is as follows: 15m = - 4y

15 "( minutes of fame for the Rev )" = - 4 ( years in the Whitehouse for Obama )

Posted by: William J Wynn | April 28, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

This article is nothing but an excuse to invoke Farrakan and give fodder to those who want to scare Jews with black boogeymen.

Posted by: Stinkfinger Willie | April 28, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Dana Milbank you are so transparent. Why give a description of the people in the audience--at least those particular people in the audience? Why is it important that some of the Nation of Islam members served as bodygards? Do you think America's secret service, from the Bush/Cheney Whitehouse, can be trusted to protect Wright? You prooved Wright right, because your context of your article--the description of his message and you stressing the presence of at least four of the attendees--is to further incite fear, racism, distraction, confusion, and bitterness. You have no integrity. General Peck is right--America's chickens are coming home to roost. If nothing else this event shows just how racist Americans are, including you!!

Posted by: Pat | April 28, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"But that's nothing compared to Obama's response about being too busy to debate Senator Clinton."

I'm sick of the ridiculous argument that Hillary and your supporters are trying to drum up that Obama is afraid of debating her. There's been something like 20 debates already. Have you forgotten about those?

Neither is afraid of debating. I like Hillary and the Clintons, but it's a shame they have to resort to the lowest forms to win this election. Even worse is that people buy their nonsense.

Posted by: Gary | April 28, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts...

I watched Wright's full speech last nite. It provided the context. It was very interesting.

I watch the Q&A (skipped his prepared remarks). I understand he feels combative, but he should have looked at this from public point of view. He didn't, came across combative.

Long and short is, he is basically a reasonable guy. He harbours some views we'll disagree with. But he has a lot more integrity than most people in US (myself included)

Also, I am not sure what Dana is talking about. Did you listen to everything he said? The least you can do is think for yourself !

Posted by: jasper | April 28, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA IS THE ANTI NAACP!

Remember when all the traditional civil rights leaders were bashing on Obama and supporting Hillary because they were afraid they would lose power and influence to Obama's rational message?

Obama is 180 degrees from this guy's angry and divisive attitudes. Al Sharpton, Andrew Young, and the rest of the old guard LOVE Wright's angry tide.

It is how they keep the black community in a slave-era mindset. "You need us to fight the man who keeps you down" is the message. "You're the victim and you'll always be". Or "Whitey hates you".

Obama's message is more like "You'd better pull up your socks because we've got hard work to do together that the old guard has been telling you to avoid."

The more wright speaks the more I'm convinced of how badly we need Obama in the whitehouse to show REAL leadership of positive action instead of blame-placing anger and passive victimization and waiting for help.

Posted by: JBE | April 28, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The apology for slavery Wright is looking for was called the American Civil War.

Posted by: FU | April 28, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, explaining this morning why he had waited so long before breaking his silence about his incendiary sermons, offered a paraphrase from Proverbs: "It is better to be quiet and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

Barack Obama's pastor would have been wise to continue to heed that wisdom.

PERFECT, MILBANK. But Obama's spiritual advisor, the man who married him, baptized his children and whom Obama gave 20,000 of his money to propagate this racist, chip on the shoulder, hate-mongering, divisive BS IS STILL AROUND, STILL SPEWIN' IT.

THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL GET IF OBAMA WERE ALLOWED NEAR THE WHITE HOUSE-YOU CAN'T HAVE BEEN AS INFLUENCED BY SOMEONE AS OBAMA WAS BY THIS PREACHERMAN AND FAIL TO AGREE WITH THE MAJOR THESES OF HIS SPEECH-WHICH IS BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY AT ITS MOST DIVISIVE. OBAMA HAS BEEN VERY DECEPTIVE ABOUT HIS ASSOCIATION WITH WRIGHT-SO IT'S GOOD THAT WRIGHT IS COMING FORWARD TO TELL THE COUNTRY WHAT HE IS ABOUT-AND ALL THAT WRIGHT IS SAYING SIMPLY UNDERPINS ALL THOSE "OUT OF CONTEXT" SNIPPETS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN REPORTED-SNIPPETS THAT OBAMA PROFESSES NOT TO KNOW ABOUT, BECAUSE OBAMA DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW THE EXTENT TO WHICH HE HAS ACCEPTED THIS RACIST DIVISIVE BELIEF SYSTEM AGAINST WHITES.

Posted by: FARFALLE44 | April 28, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

WoW! Thank you media! Keep the racist distortions going. Highlight them. Spotlight them. Your naked bias is showing.

Folks are paying attention. In the end, the ignorant racist will be transformed by knowledge. An the pathological racist will stand naked and marginalized.
Your fear of the truth so clear. Your unwillingness to address the issues addressed by the pastor, so clear.

The coporate media "Bull Conner moment" has arrived!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Posted by: William Turner | April 28, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

People keep wondering why Wright is 'doing this' to Obama. The reason is that Wright's world doesn't revolve around Obama (I know, a stunning concept). Folks need to understand that Wright's loyalties are not primarily with Obama, but with the theology he espouses.

Wright believes every last word he's saying to his core, and he's believed this stuff for years. That's where his loyalty lies. There's simply no way he's gonna back off from what he believes, no matter what the consequences on Obama might be.

Wright's entire preaching career has been based on this theology, which means his commitment to it long predates Obama. From his perspective, it might be better for Obama if he kept quiet, but it would hurt the cause he's aligned himself with for decades. When presented this way, there simply isn't any mystery about what Wright was gonna do and say today.

Posted by: Jason | April 28, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The political implications aside, a Black pastor is voicing his views and opinions about issues and people label him a nut case. But, these are his views based on his experiences dealing with race in this country and how our government has acted both within this country towards its citizens and towards the rest of the world.

And, instead of actually discussing any of the issues he has brought up, he is labeled a nut case. So, of course, everything he discusses is dismissed.

As a white man, I see some truth in what he is saying with the exception of how the AIDS virus came about--but, our government did nothing for 5 years (that's how long it took Reagan to even mention AIDS publicly) regarding the virus and the disease while it was predominately affecting gays, drug users, and minorities.

And, of course, a white pastor can irrationally blame 9/11 on gays and Katrina on gays, and said pastor is NOT labeled a nut case.

Until someone like Rev. Wright can bring up these issues and we can have a discussion about them, there is no WAY that this country will be able to have a real discussion regarding race.

As for political matters, Obama is held accountable for the views of his neighbors, his pastor and all associates. But, George Bush and John McCain can actually court the support of white pastors who are racist, homophobic and irrational (nut cases) with complete impunity.

This says a lot about either our right leaning or racist media.

Posted by: Bryan | April 28, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

et tu Milbank? I use to respect you and what you had to say. It now appears you have sold out to the WAPO management. Enjoy your bonus. At least the cross burning KKK had ignorance as an excuse for their fear. What's yours?

Posted by: msmart2 | April 28, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh for God's sake, since when did the preacher at a person's church mean anything before this election? I am so sick of reading about this guy. The whole idea that this is even an election issue reeks of guilt by association and the lack of freedom of religion and/or speech. What a pile of crap, when there are serious issues. The double standard is appalling.

Posted by: lwps | April 28, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The 9/11 thing he said is only controversial to people who don't know what was going on with US policy in the middle east. They hate us for our heavy involvement in their politics in our quest for oil, and our one sided support of israel. Want to know why I think that? Thats what they said.

Posted by: Alex35332 | April 28, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The only reasonable, possible explanation to the Wright/Obamba debacle is that Obama agreed with his mentor for 20 YEARS. That is why Wright feels free to give his Anti American Speeches while Obama shies away from denouncing him. Obama cannot denounce nor refused Wright because the truth will come out. Wright is Obama's true political liability. Expect the following, Wright will :
1- WRITE A BOOK.
2- CONTINUE TO GIVE NATIONAL SPEECHES.
3- HE WILL CHARGE FOR THOSE NATIONAL SPEECHES.
4- HE WILL APPEAR IN MORE COMMENTARY PROGRAMS.
5- DONT BE SURPRICE IF WRIGHT HIMSELF RUNS FOR SENATOR.
6- THERE WILL BE A WRIGHT IDIALOGY BASED ON HIS POLITICAL ANGLE.
7- OBAMA WILL NOT DISASSOCIATE, NOR RENOUNCED REV. WRIGHT.

SO ASK YOURSELF WHY? Why CANT THE NEXT POSSIBLE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DENOUNCE AND RENOUNCE HIS CRAZY, ANTI-AMERICAN PASTOR? EASY; WRIGHT KNOWS TOO MUCH.


Posted by: Leanza Cornett | April 28, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Yes! Thankfully, Clinton can recover from the media and party-male-establishment assault on her. She held her ground. I watch the tapes of "fairytale-gate" and "lbj-gate" today and just became angry once again that Obama's campaign villified them as racists, just to get votes. Racism is a serious social issue, not something to play with. Yes, Obama will plunge in the polls. The Republicans were waiting and hoping for this in the Fall, but it's too late now. Got to wonder why Wright spoke again. Was there some deal her to kill Obama's candidacy? In any event, as a staunch Clintonite, I've very happy. Thanks Reverend Wright!

Posted by: tony | April 28, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright, 4/28/08:

"Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not put me in chains, he did not put me in slavery, and he didn't make me this color."

Posted by: E.A. | April 28, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Enough is enough already. Addressing various comments that have been made --

America did not kill Dr. King. James Earl Ray killed him.

And yes, Civil Rights laws have only been in effect for about 50 years. And 50 years is the better part of one lifetime.

No white American living today was a slave owner. Very few white Americans approve of or participate in overt hurtful, harmful, racially biased behavior. Quite probably many white Americans somehow participate in behaviors that they don't realize are hurtful or harmful or racially biased, because they're not deliberate.

It's really time to stop the paranoia and stop the blame. Bridging the divide is a two-way street, the burden does not rest solely on white shoulders.

A lot of white people do think there are more pressing issues right now, such as war, health care, transportation, heat and food. And some white people are having a very difficult time understanding how it is that a bi-racial man who seems to reject the culture of his white mother and grandparents, and who has made much of his respect and admiration for the overtly racist rantings of Jeremiah Wright can possibly be the presidential candidate most able to lead a racial unity movement?

And, finally, yes, this is a racist country and racism is definitely not a one-way street. The road is just as long, twisted and jagged on the reverse journey.

Posted by: Lynn | April 28, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Dis-enchanted thank you for putting it that way. TRUTHFULLY!!!

Vnd22- his remarks are not out of the ordinary, they're out of your view of ordinary. You should go to a black church, see we don't have time for revenge or all of that nonsense. We have a hard enough time with EVERYDAY things. Our church offer us hope, hope that one day, we will be treated as equals, not only during elections either.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

as usual white media has missed the point entirely. thank goodness some of us black folk actually listen and read for ourselves. Rev. Wright said nothing wrong this morning or in his other sermons. I seriously doubt that Mr. Milbank or any of the other talking idiots have read or listened to the entire sermons. You as well as others are speaking from an entirely different point of view and you have made no effort to understand the point of view of others.

Rev. Wright is well within his right to defend himself and the black church. It doesn't have anything to do with Obama. Are you held accountable for everything that a reporter does wrong like fabricating a story? (Didn't the WAPO have a problem with this years ago? The NYTimes? The Boston Globe? USA Today?) Perhaps you knew some of the writers involved? Should you be indicted for guilt by association?

I think even you can see how ridiculous this line of thinking can become.

Posted by: zzishate | April 28, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

DANA MILBANK SICKENS ME. THE PRESS HAS FAILED WOEFULLY, ON OBJECTIVE COVERAGE.THE REASON WHY OBAMA WOULD FAIL IS BECAUSE YOU WANT HIM TOO.

IF THIS MEDIA HAD COVERED JESUS. HE WOULD HAVE GONE DOWN TOO. HE CALLED THE RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION THEN A"BROOD OF VIPERS" HE SAID PEOPLE SHOULD "HATE MOTHER AND FATHER".THESE WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR HEADLINES AND YOUR LOOPS. I COULD NOT BE SICKER OF YOU.

YOU TROLL AN HOURS ADDRESS TO FIND 15 SECS OF SOUNDBITE YOU CAN SPIN OUT OF CONTEXT...

GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOU VILE LOT.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

It is people like Wright spouting hatred and inciting his congregation to believe in their own victimization that is a cancer on the African American community.

As long as they feel sorry for themselves and wait for a handout to assuage a wrong which they did not even experience, they will not accomplish anything. The best thing for America would be to desegregate the churches and build people up instead of tearing them down.

Posted by: Rev Wrong | April 28, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Blow it out your a@@, Milbank.

Posted by: misc | April 28, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright, 4/28/08:

"Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not put me in chains, he did not put me in slavery, and he didn't make me this color."

Posted by: E.A. | April 28, 2008 2:34 PM
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Neither did I!

Posted by: Typical White Person | April 28, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody else think it is funny that Rev. Wright made fun of the KENNEDYS, those great supporters of OBAMA?!

Posted by: megan | April 28, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

What's funny is that Wright's comments are about the US Governement. Not white people. So why do so many whites think he is talking to them.

Fear. The biggest fear of whites has always been that, given the chance, blacks would do to them what whites did to blacks.

Racism = Fear.

Martin Luther King is one of the greates prophets the world has ever known. Much of what he predicted has come to pass.

Well just remember, he also predicted that racism would be our downfall. That predictions becomes closer to the truth everyday. With every election where we vote race over common sense.

Remember folks, the Euro will be double the dollar soon. The clock is ticking for this once great nation, we'll be a fallen superpower with 100 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

And what of Clinton who said she would not stay with anyone who she disagreed with, and yet she clerked in 1971 with a radical communist law firm in Berkeley? Why did she choose to work for communists? According to her logic, she must have agreed with them. How will the Reagan Democrats vote for a candidate for President who worked for communists at a time when our soldiers were getting killed by communists? How will Hillary defend that?

Posted by: Goldie | April 28, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I thought the speech was informative and honest...It's hard to understand how people can cover their eyes and act like this is some crazy old man. The most shocking thing to me about the entire piece was that the only question the moderator acknowledge she wrote was. Was does Barrack sleep in church? He was mocking the media b/c it's getting to a point where it's almost like 13 year olds reporting.

Posted by: Malcom | April 28, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse


Any chance Clinton's campaign got to the good Wright with a handful of $ and promises? Politics is so filthy today that one never knows. I suggest we all write in Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich.

Posted by: rod ruger | April 28, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I listened to the entire speech and didn't hear what you heard. He didn't say the US created AIDS, he said the US would be capable of it, he didn't praise Farrakhan, he praised his power for mobilization, he didn't defend the view that Zionism is racist -he clarified that Farrakhan's controversial remarks had been about Zionism not Judaism as a whole, he didn't defend the ramarks. Amazing how you can hear what you want to hear, not what was said.

As for your last two paragraphs - if those comments offend you, there is no way you'd fully hear anything else he said. Anyone who thinks it's not wrong to claim to be a christian but be racist (or who thinks that such people don't exist), or who doesn't believe an apology for slavery would be appropriate - well, you need reconciliation.

Posted by: Tiffani | April 28, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I watched both of Rev. Wright's speeches (NAACP and National Press). He spoke about how "different is not deficient, just different". He also spoke about positive reconciliation of differences among a variety of different groups of people.

I want to go him one better. I add, that each individual human being has different and opposing thoughts or beliefs within his or her OWN psyche. The tension that is created requires conscious attention to those opposing thoughts and some reconciliation of them. Reconciling those internal differences requires work, but that work is albeit satisfying and growth producing. Talking about race creates lots of internal conflict within Americans. It appears many want Rev. Wright to "go away" so they won't have to do the internal work.

The work required involves transcending the "either/or"- ness of the thoughts and instead come to some "both/and" perspective. That is how humans grow psychologically. That is how we learn how to become mature and secure in the face of someone who is unlike us.

The ideas that Rev. Wright spoke about over the weekend and today challenge each individual to think more deeply. Whenever a person, especially an American voter, thinks more deeply and considers reconciliation of differences (rather than disowning the other) as a preferred approach, he or she has transformed him or herself.

When it comes to this election, he or she will listen to ALL perspectives, not just the ones the media have spoon-fed to them. He or she will not be like children accepting unquestionably the thoughts of the parent (i.e media pundits)

He or she cannot be predicted, forecasted, or written off. The American voter becomes free and nobody, not the press, nor the candidates can tell them what to think or what to do come election day.

The press (and some candidates) want to tell the voters what to think and what to do. By November or even by June, the American people will be thinking more deeply and critically. I already see it in the quality of posts on this and other on message boards.

In the end, a critically- and free- thinking American electorate will be good for America. Whoever wins the general election will have to contend with an American people who are more critically thinking and courageously outspoken than ever before in history.

They will have Rev. Wright to thank for that.

Posted by: Glad-to-be-an-American | April 28, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need in this country, another so-called religious leader spouting extremist nonsense....Wright can join Sharpton, Dobson, and Robertson in America's pantheon of whacko ministers. Our nation's founders were very wise to insist on the separation of church and state. We could do worse than to go back to not mixing religion and politics. We don't need these kinds of mullahs in the United States.

Posted by: Bob22003 | April 28, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The blacks incessantly complain about the past slavery issue in the U.S. but they continue their path.....slaves to the U.S. government "programs".
One of their own just ensured Obamas loss.
Go figure.

Posted by: seedobecome | April 28, 2008 1:58 PM

You DO realize that there are more white people on those "programs" than black people don't you? You are great example of the ignorance of a lot of Americans Obviously not you

Posted by: Facts | April 28, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I think that we like to play let's pretend in this country. If I pretend that what Rev.Wright is saying is falsehood then I can contine to pretend that all is well with race relations in this country.
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Pauline everything the Clinton's have said has been factual, yet they have been labeled racist. Obama has made this election about race and it has backfired. He has put himself in a damned if you do and damned if you don't position.

Race relations are a lot better in this country, but they have a way to go. White votes got Obama in the front runner position and he screwed it up by using the race card because he got arrogant and greedy.

Posted by: Chief | April 28, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Dan Milbank never discussed the basis of Rev Wright Challenge;the sinful past of this country. What he did in this article was a disgraceful and false analysis of the implications of Rev Wright speech as if Rev wright is tied to the pants of Obama. Its amazing that so called these so-called journalists cannot do simple investigative journalism and give us something to think about, but have rather become some bogus armchair news analysts, with their stupid anaysis based on nothing but bigotry. You don't know enough about the man, and instead of moving beyond the grainy video clip on U-tube, and finding information about him, you sit in your stupid office and write some stupid stuff. Getting stuck on STUPID will do nothing to help this country

Posted by: KWEKU | April 28, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Honestly Dana. You really did a disservice to your readers with this post.

You should have posted the entire transcript like the New York Times did and allow people to make a judgment for themselves.

Here's the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/28/us/politics/28text-wright.html?pagewanted=all

Will Wright be an issue for Obama? Anything and everything will be an issue in an electoral process that seeks to avoid real issues and lift up distractions. In my opinion, it's the height of stupidity not to vote for someone because of who their pastor is.

And I do believe that Wright is correct. In slamming him, people are attacking the right of the church to speak out on social issues--and that is very dangerous. The Conservative Christian Right should be called hypocrites for allowing that to proceed unabated--or maybe, since they are mostly Republicans, their silence is indicative of their desperation after eight years of Bush-it.

Posted by: Spookyjuice | April 28, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

It's funny watching Obama people go after Milbank. Milbank is one of the white guys who has been bashing Clinton the entire campaign. Now he's doing it to Wright/Obama, and people are crying foul. Where were you when he was scorching Clinton and lending to her negative media image? Now that Wright has mortally wounded Obama, the liberal media is running back to Clinton, hoping to prevent McCain from winning. LOL -- this is too funny!

Posted by: tony | April 28, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Jeremiah Wright continues to throw Obama under the train because he no doubt feels that Obama has done the same to him, e.g. disinviting him to speak when B.O. announced his presidential aspirations.

Posted by: jemma1 | April 28, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Looks like its bye, bye, Barack time. All thanks to the loose lips of former pastor J. Wright. The shame of it all is that he is still, I believe, by far the best candidate for president. Unfortunately, you can be done in not only by your own works and/or actions, but by those who 'supposedly' have your best interest at heart.

I bet the opposition (Clinton, McCain camps) can't believe the gift that former Pastor Wright just bestowed upon them!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Honestly Dana. You really did a disservice to your readers with this post.

You should have posted the entire transcript like the New York Times did and allow people to make a judgment for themselves.

Here's the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/28/us/politics/28text-wright.html?pagewanted=all

Will Wright be an issue for Obama? Anything and everything will be an issue in an electoral process that seeks to avoid real issues and lift up distractions. In my opinion, it's the height of stupidity not to vote for someone because of who their pastor is.

And I do believe that Wright is correct. In slamming him, people are attacking the right of the church to speak out on social issues--and that is very dangerous. The Conservative Christian Right should be called hypocrites for allowing that to proceed unabated--or maybe, since they are mostly Republicans, their silence is indicative of their desperation after eight years of Bush-it.

Posted by: Spookyjuice | April 28, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

What in this piece could possibly provoke to a long nutjob "Jews control the world" diatribe? I guess bigots don't need motivation.

Also, that poster is no more Republican that Wright is a man of God. No GOP supporter would defend Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: chg | April 28, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

You mischaracterize Wright's comments on Farrakhan. He did not defend Farrakhan. He said, "Louis and I do not agree on everything." What he DID defend is his freedom to associate with people working for large goals (in this case the advancement of colored people) despite differences on some issues. Wright defended Wright's own right to associate with people of different views. To say he defended Farrakhan is facile, false and incendiary. Any one who believes in free speech and the freedom of association must applaud Wright's defence of those principles, not slander him through guilt by association. Like the Black church, whose voice is lost on the mainstream, Wright's speech is deliberately misinterpreted here.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Wright has doomed Obama's presidency. Wright is 2008's Willie Horton--a black man whose image alone can invoke fear among white people.

The best thing Wright could have done for Obama was to stay silent. Instead, Wright has sabatoged Obama's campaign. I hope Wright can sleep at night knowing that he has destroyed the chances of the first viable African-American contender for the Democratic nomination.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I really feel bad for Obama and his Zombie Followers, NOT!

Jeremiah Wright's hate, treason, and racism continues to work to divide this country in ways never before considered.
The remote possibility of the likes of a Jeremiah Wright being a frequent visitor or speaker at the White House will work effectively to drive voters to Hillary Clinton or John McCain.

From this point forward, every word uttered by Wright is a vote turned against Barack Obama.

From this point forward, every word uttered in defense of Wright by Obama supporters is a vote turned against Barack Obama.

Stick a fork in Obama, he is done!

New Clinton campaign slogan: "Wright On!"

Bwahahahahaha!

Posted by: Sinead | April 28, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody else think it is funny that Rev. Wright made fun of the KENNEDYS, those great supporters of OBAMA?!

I do. But then again, who doesn't make fun of the Kennedys?

Posted by: Pauli | April 28, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It is pretty sad that Rev. Wright tells such truths: that behind closed doors, Obama agrees with his teachings and HAS to say otherwise or he will not be elected. Obama is damaged goods. He needs to remove himself before HE destroys the Democratic Party and their chances to beat John McCain in November.

Posted by: Jaye | April 28, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It is time for Obama to drop out of the race. He and his spiritual are hurting the party and no I am not a racist. If all the people who already voted could have a "do over" Senator Clinton would have the nomination secured right now. If the press hadn't just been attacking her and instead had been looking at them both equally she would have the nomination secured right now. Obama is unelectable. It is time to vote smart and vote Clinton.

Posted by: Tobias | April 28, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It is lunatics like this that are holding African American politicians back from becoming more progressive and making a bigger difference. No one who shares this nut's point of view will ever hold significant political office. Furthermore, the mere fact that Mr. Wright inferred that Senator Obama shared his political opinion was beyond destructive. If this moron thinks that he speaks for the Black Church, he has lost his mind.

African Americans like him are the opposite of what this country needs. Ranting about hundreds of years ago as if an apology for slavery in this country is either plausible or useful. Focusing on topics like this, and some whacked out idea that White American government created aids is just preposterous. If this guy had an ounce of intelligence he would realize that he is ruining our countries chance at having another Black leader, because his comments are a huge gift to Hilary. Way to go Reverend Wright, you really showed white people.

Posted by: Tim | April 28, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

What can I say. I have made a sustained and successful effort to make black friends and have benefited from those relationships enormously. There are many things in Rev Wright's bombast that liberate those who have been treated so badly. However, his self-indulgence is doing great harm not only to Mr. Obama but to the entire black community. Black ministers are not all racist loud-mouth baffoons and even Mr. Wright displays, at times, a high level of intelligence, but the timing of his actions seems vengeful and the impact of his actions can do not good to the one (Mr. Obama) whose association brought all this to light. The tragedy of the black psyche is its spasms of self-destruction.

Posted by: joeparadis | April 28, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I rarely hear any strong American voice, political or not, speaking so clearly about the American Administration policies. However, this only plays well with the electorate that is well-educated, which is already for Obama. The others cannot understand what he's saying and will only alienate them further.

Obama's adversaries have it very easy because it's easy to manipulate uneducated masses. Who would have thought that the black candidate would have it harder with them?

Posted by: Michael | April 28, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright is wrong to speak out like this. He sets his own movement and the entire progress movement back at least another 4 years by ensuring a Clinton nomination. Sometimes you must remain quiet to assume power and make real progress. By scaring the average white voter with his rhetoric, he forces fence sitters to move in a safer (Clinton) direction. It's like a union voter voting republican, you know its against your own best interest, but they do it anyway. Stop the madness and let's get Obama elected, then you can spout all the pent-up bitterness you desire. It's crazy, just crazy. It's like Ralph Nader trying to move the country in a green, consumer friendly, less corporate greed direction by running and taking votes away from Gore in 2,000. Yeah...I know Ralphy, those weren't really Gore votes...yeah...thanks for the eight years of W. Your plan worked to perfection, just like Rev. Wright's is working now. At this rate the republications will control the Presidency and dictate foreign policy, environmental policy and education, labor...for another eight years. WTF are you thinking? Sometimes you must make a decision for the common good and not your own self interest.

Posted by: Matt Gentile | April 28, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

What a poor selection of everything this man has been saying for the last two days. If Mr. Milbank would post Wright's words in context, in their entirety, you wouldn't create an situation where his words could be so readily taken out of context and distract us from real issues (that he talks about). Milbank should know this, so the question remains, why do you present this issue in such a limited manner?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Wright speaks for himself. He has said this over and over. Anyone who decides to vote against Obama because of Wright was never really, when the curtain closed, going to vote for him any way. I found his comments often flippant at the Press Club, but underneath it all, he was more enlightening than shocking to people with open minds. Regarding his security team, it's his life that has to be protected, so it's his choice.

While supporters of Clinton relish the potential for bad press for Obama and talk of fodder for Republican attack ads, do they really believe the lull in Clinton bashing won't be quickly replaced with a full scale barrage, if she assumes the top of the ticket? At the top of the list, McCain will be showing footage of his many days as a P.O.W in contrast to the four different days over four months time when Clinton claimed she was under sniper fire. The clear double standard is that Obama is responsible for things he did not say, while Clinton skates over her out right lies and "resume inflations." If Obama had falsified this kind of story of heroics, there would have been calls for him to withdraw from the DNC and many of his own delegates.

McCain has to be very happy about this turmoil among the Democrats. No smart supporter of Clinton can rejoice at the possible failure of Obama to win the nomination. Blacks supported Bill with 90% of the vote and began the primaries overwhelmingly for Hillary. If Obama is perceived to have been smacked down by the efforts of the Clintons, the divorce from black voters will be a bitter one. Clinton will be assigned much of the blame and will win a hollow victory when much of the loyal, black electorate will "abstain from McCain," but be very "busy" in November. They will be spending their time healing in November, not voting.

Posted by: Rick | April 28, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Dana Milbank is intellectualy bankrupt. He cannot analyse, cannot do any rational deduction and the little deductions and analysis he makes are clouded in bigotry and bad judgment. what a pity. I wonder who his college professors were.

Posted by: siam | April 28, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Um, rjdect1 - Are you aware that Obama was the FIRST to accept a debate in North Carolina over a month ago, but Clinton refused ? Then when she realized she was losing, she started demanding for one. Things change...

Are you also aware ( as I am sure you are not) that Hillary's Republican opponent in 2006,Jonathan Tasini repeatedly asked her to debate him, and she refused ?

Obama and Clinton have had 4 debates. He's on top: he's the nominee, and like Clinton in her senate race, he has the right to decline - especially since she was the first one to decline a month ago.

Case closed.

Posted by: vbalfour | April 28, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama: Let me throw my grand ma under the bus and save black KKK leader Wright

Obama supporters: Wright is right, we are with him...

Please keep up this great effort..... :-)

Posted by: Seed of Change | April 28, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

People, people settle down. This blog piece was written by Eric Pianin, not Dana Milbank.

I say again. This blog piece was written by ERIC PIANIN, not DANA MILBANK.

This blog was written from the perspective of someone who already held negative opinions and judgements about Rev. Wright based on the past 10-second video bites.

If Rev. Wright was running for political office then the mainstream media would have a legititmate concern in the need to cover him. As Rev. Wright has said, he is not running for the Oval Office, he is running for Jesus!

Obama can't be held responsible for statements of another man. Rev. Wright is not campaigning for Obama. All this focus on Rev. Wright's opinions diverts us from the real story which is what are ("President") Obama's opinions.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Rev Wright spoke the truth yesterday and today.

When I first heard the sound bites, I too was troubled. But then I thought maybe there is more to this sermon. I grew up in the black church and I know how heated a sermon can become. I listened to the entire sermon and I still disagree with parts of it but I understand the context.

As I listened today, all I could say was "AMEN, Preach the truth!"

Posted by: zzishate | April 28, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing Obama can say or do to save his career.

Its over.

Posted by: There is nothing Obama can say or do to save his career | April 28, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Matt G.

Exactly!

Posted by: E.A. | April 28, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

When will people stop blaming Wright? If it wasn't Wright it would be Michelle. If it wasn't Michelle it would be something else.

Did you all really think the race card was not gonna get played over and over and over again. That's always been the best strategy, "Remind everyone he's black."

If Barack loses because of Wright it will be a sad commentary for America. Even a guy that's have white is too black to be President I guess.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama claims to care about national security, but his own pastor justifies terrorist attacks on American soil !!!

Obama claims to be a uniter, but for 20 years he has been hanging around with a hate-preaching nut who only sees the U.S. government as an instrument of whites to oppress blacks, to the extent of saying that HIV was created by the U.S. to mass-murder blacks !!!

Moreover, according to Rev. Wright's words, it seems that Obama privately agrees with him, just doesn't say so in public.

Very much like Obama's top economic advisor meeting with Canadian representatives and assuring them not to worry about de future of NAFTA, since Obama's attack on free trade was just... to fool voters.

A lot of explaning to do...

Posted by: berrymonster | April 28, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm far more wary of the strings attached to the sudden wealth explosion of Bill Clinton and his overbearing influence on Hillary, than any relationship Wright and Obama could ever have!

Posted by: Patrick | April 28, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

He said his "God damn America" remarks were meant to show that God blesses acts of peace and kindness, but God damns acts of war and violence. He talked of slavery, racial segregation and poverty as condemnable acts and referring to the U.S. government, he said, blacks are still owed an apology for slavery, and said he's told Obama, if he's elected November 5, "I'm coming after you."

Should America apologize to African Americans for slavery?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=2297

.

Posted by: Frank, Austin TX | April 28, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

INteresting that you chose not to report that it wasn't Wright who chose the words "chickens coming home to roost" in your piece. Ron Paul suggested as much and he won 16% in the Penn. GOP primary last week.

Also interesting that you didn't report that Wright said Obama distanced himself from Wrights "comments" and not Wright himself.

Seems you weren't even at the press club this morning.

Moreover, Wright's view of the world has nothing to do with Obama's spirituality or election platform.

If his asscoaition with Wright is an issue then so should Pastor Hagees be with McCain. Afterall, Hagee endorsed him and McCain said he was happy to have the endorsement. Really?

Posted by: Bill | April 28, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Dana, you're painting Wright as a nut, and your language drips with condescension, so maybe in your insulated universe it's never occurred to you that there are people who hold these views. But even in your selective and loaded rendition of the latest Wright sound bites, I find about 80% I can agree with, some strongly. And my mother, a 70-year-old Sicilian-American former educator, and Hillary Clinton supporter, calls Wright "sincere, balanced, learned and thoughtful."

This was nothing but a cheap hit piece that does nothing to help us understand Reverend Wright's thinking or the milieu in which it evolved, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

Posted by: eatbees | April 28, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Where is Eugene Robinson? Maybe this will be the topic of his op-ed piece for the week?

EUUUUGEEENNENENEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

Guy looks like the little kid from the Exsorcist.

Posted by: 761-091 | April 28, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

It was a great try Senator Obama and I planned on voting for you but you will never get the votes to win now with Rev. Wright on the speech circuit. We are known by the friends we keep. Goodbye and better luck in 2012 or 2016. You are certainly a leader and this country desperately needs a strong leader.

Posted by: Jim | April 28, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

This guy is killing Obama.

Posted by: Mike Long Beach | April 28, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I can't see anything good coming from a man surrounding himself with Farakhan and the clan. But I am sure the American people can see beyond this fool's tactic of trying to doom Obama....I bet Clinton is laughing in her dreams!
As an Obama supporter, I say it's time for Obama to distance himself from this crazy guy in the clearest form possible.

Posted by: Nidia | April 28, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Really Dana? I'm so glad to have you guys around to tell me what to think! God knows how I would get through my day without you dissecting to the last morsel everything everyone says and what it means or doesn't mean. If I recall it was all you so called journalists who helped get us into this mess of a war by NOT challenging George Bush on the "weapons of mass distruction.
Now I am supposed to trust your judgement? I should sit back and have you indirectly telling me who to vote for by blowing up peoples words and attaching them to someone else? Are you really so afraid that we could have someone in the whitehouse that wouldn't give you more drama and idiocy to report on (or pander to)? NOT THIS TIME!!! I will think for myself and tune you out!!!

Posted by: ginny | April 28, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

According to Obama's cultists --

"If Obama does it, it is not a crime"

Obama stuck with Rev Wright for 20 years.

There is nothing Obama can say or do that will save his career.

He let the poorest of the poor who put him into office freeze in slums that Rezko got $100M to repair, but didnt't, and Obama was "too busy" to check up on the well being of the poor people who elected him.

He will meet the failure he so richly deserves.

He has a heart of solid ICE.

The people who support Obama don't care any more about "Obama's Slums" than Obama did.

They are the biggest hypocrites of all!!!

Posted by: Obama is the new NIXON | April 28, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, the whole Rev. Wright/Black Church/Left Brain - Right Brain think has me very sad. How can we bridge a gap between Blacks and the rest of American Society when we have political activists like Wright destroying bridges. It is hopeless to think that reconcilation can occur then Wright and those who applaud him represent Black "leadership". It reminds me of Palestinians and Israel. Until there can be meaningful, earnest and honest dialogue can there ever be any progress. Wright is adamantly against that progress. He is, like Hamas, intend on destroying any alliance with American culture.

Posted by: mantic | April 28, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

This Story is Typical.

Posted by: Judy | April 28, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen or heard of anybody in this country distancing themselves from the former slave owners or the KKK. Why is this any different???

Posted by: Sylvester | April 28, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

tat does it!

I'm not going to vote for Jeremiah Wright.

I hope to vote for Obama in the general, though.

Posted by: Greg Walz-Chojnacki | April 28, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

People, people settle down. This blog piece was written by Eric Pianin, not Dana Milbank.

I say again. This blog piece was written by ERIC PIANIN, not DANA MILBANK.

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Mr. Milbank has his name on it so he should be the one taking the heat for the poor reporting. It's the same logic he's using in attaching Wright's comments to Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Just what exactly is wrong with criticizing the KKK and supporting a foreign left wing government. Has our political discourse become so narrow that these opinions are so outside the norm that they are crazy?

As for the more famous of his assertions that "the chickens came home to roost on 9/11", there is no doubt it was crudely put and insensitive, but to say that those heinous acts came out of nowhere; not as a consequence of American foreign policy is myopic and incredibly dangerous.

AndI think that the government inventing HIV is preposterous but for a man born twenty five years before the voting rights act anything might be possible.

Maybe people are just not used to seeing legitimate black anger. I don't know.I really don't know. But what is clear is this, that this article is symptomatic of a culture that is more inclined to recoil in horror than it is to exercise empathy.

I hope that Obama is able to ovecome this for it is far more than the Presidency on the line now; if he loses the nomination because of Wright we lose forty years of white/black relations.

Posted by: oddlyamerican | April 28, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The obdurate refusal by an overwhelming, and obtuse, majority of Americans to acknowledge that, except for his views on AIDS, Reverend Wright has hit the nail on the head is beyond perplexing. It is simply mystifying.

Now, just as happened two years ago with Ward Churchill, Jeremiah Wright is being crucified, also in the mainstream media, for, inter alia, his sagacious reading of 9/11.

In a media world that consistently labels John McCain "a true war hero," instead of branding him the war criminal-cum-warmonger that he really is, this comes as no great surprise . . .

Capisce, Dana?

Posted by: aipacsnemesis | April 28, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

History unfortunately is not taught to our children accurately. If America hasn't been a terrorist historically, who has been? Did the Spanish think we were terrorists when we started the Spanish American war over the "Maine" incident? What about the perspective of the American Indian as we steamrolled them into oblivion? What about how we have propped up ( along with the British ) various monarchies in the Arab world in order to maintain favorable terms for their natural resources? If we were living in the "democracy" or Egypt or Kuwait I guarantee you there would be a lot of "terrorists" amoung us. The Reverend Wright is 90% right on all issues. The Aids issue is the only one I can think of where he may have gone off the deep end.

Posted by: Dana Larrabee | April 28, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

WRONG, DANA. The MEDIA have brought race to the forefront of Obama's campaign. Ever since Obama declared his candidacy, the media have had an endless obsession with race - both Obama's and the ones in numerous surveys. They have done their own fair share of posturing about the Wright affair - some responsibly, some not. As long as the MEDIA are obsessed with race, the issue of race in this campaign will be inflated far beyond its actual value.

The reason, of course, for the media's obsession with race is that race equals controversy and controversy sells papers, radio time and TV time.

You and your colleagues in the print media aren't doing yourselves any favors, particuarly in the credibility department, by continuing to take a hopelessly myopic view of Rev. Wright and his comments. Do you want exclusively conservative whites to read your paper and web site? If you do, just keep blowing the Wright thing out of proportion!

Posted by: wpreader2007 | April 28, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Unless Obama has a Delorean with a "flux-capacitor" handy, nothing he does can save him.

"Just Words" won't cut it.

Obama stuck with Rev Wright for 20 years.

Americans didn't just fall off a turnip truck.

Its over for Chicago Barry Obama.

It couldn't happen to a more deserving guy!!!

Posted by: Unless Obama has a Delorian with a "flux-capacitor" handy, nothing he does can save him | April 28, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

if Obama doesn't get the nomination, you can blame Rev. Wright, CNN & MSNBC -- Rev. Wright for basking in his 15 minutes of fame, and CNN & MSNBC for giving him a national audience. What a shame.

Posted by: uolnedra | April 28, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Dana, Give it a break! I'll bet you have never heard a full Sermon from Rev. Wright? Obama is fine and will be the next President of the United States of America!

Posted by: Gordon | April 28, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

This egotistical minister has just done his people a massive disservice. The black community needs to rebuke the "Rev." Wright and side with Obama in a big way. Obama is going to have to reject Wright AGAIN, this time with greater vehemence and without any mitigating words. This a tragedy and the "Rev." is a fool.

If anyone can figure out how to put this behind them, it is Barack Obama. God bless him and God bless the American people - may they look beyond the egotistical posturing of an injured old man.

Posted by: Chuck | April 28, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The issue for me is that Obama portrays himself as a "uniter" (remember President Bush campaigned as a uniter - promising to change the tone in Washington) - yet, rather than choose a church where the congregants were encouraged to united and come together - he chose to attend a church where congregants subscribe to a commitment to "african" values (this is based on the Church's own description of the black value system) - it is certainly within any American's rights to choose the Church of his/her choice - but the contradiction between Obama's words and his actions are troubling - even Rev. Wright is saying now that Obama's distancing himself is a politician doing what a politician must do.... To be, this whole thing is NOT an issue of race, its a question of a viewing a candidate's actions to determine how they would govern if elected.

Posted by: AmericanDemocrat | April 28, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"These latest remarks make him look like a greedy opportunist capitalizing on a parishioner's success for his own gain. Shame on him. He's hurting Barack in a very selfish fashion."

There are two operative points here. First, the capitalizing opportunist bit...that's painfully clear, especially hearing about the McMansion in the gated community outside of Chicago that Wright's parishoners have put him into. Second, the selfishness...it's really obvious that Wright likes his lightning-rod role. He's practically standing in a field with a ten-foot aluminum pole during a thunderstorm, daring the skies to let him have it. Could it be that we're witnessing the birth of a new Al Sharpton? Don't put it past the good Reverend. Brother Al has made a lot of money being Brother Al, and there's always room for another demagogue.

Posted by: 23112 | April 28, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"In front of 30 television cameras, Wright's audience cheered him on as the minister mocked the media and, at one point, did a little victory dance on the podium."

I agree; why, wouldn't I, most MSM are mocking the American people. Reverand Wright is only behaving in response to the assanine questions asked by the USA journalist in ways we wish the candidates would respond, with sarcasm and mockery. I would guess most of us find your ad nauseum trite-issue based reporting worthy of that mockery.

Posted by: Donise | April 28, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Just what exactly is wrong with criticizing the KKK and supporting a foreign left wing government. Has our political discourse become so narrow that these opinions are so outside the norm that they are crazy?

As for the more famous of his assertions that "the chickens came home to roost on 9/11", there is no doubt it was crudely put and insensitive, but to say that those heinous acts came out of nowhere; not as a consequence of American foreign policy is myopic and incredibly dangerous.

AndI think that the government inventing HIV is preposterous but for a man born twenty five years before the voting rights act anything might be possible.

Maybe people are just not used to seeing legitimate black anger. I don't know.I really don't know. But what is clear is this, that this article is symptomatic of a culture that is more inclined to recoil in horror than it is to exercise empathy.

I hope that Obama is able to ovecome this for it is far more than the Presidency on the line now; if he loses the nomination because of Wright we lose forty years of white/black relations.

Posted by: oddlyamerican | April 28, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The obdurate refusal by an overwhelming, and obtuse, majority of Americans to acknowledge that, except for his views on AIDS, Reverend Wright has hit the nail on the head is beyond perplexing. It is simply mystifying.

Now, just as happened two years ago with Ward Churchill, Jeremiah Wright is being crucified, also in the mainstream media, for, inter alia, his sagacious reading of 9/11.

In a media world that consistently labels John McCain "a true war hero," instead of branding him as the war criminal-cum-warmonger that he really is, this comes as no great surprise . . .

Capisce, Dana?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

For Rev. Wright, he seems to need the 2008 Democratic presidential election to be about himself. Sort of reminds me of the need old Bill Clinton has to be the center of attention. Maybe Wright and Bill are one and the same but just a little different in color.

Posted by: svbreeder | April 28, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse


As Hillary repeated today, she wouldn't have stayed in the church where Rev. Wright was preaching ... no, instead she would invite him to the White House to pray over her and Bill when Bill's affair with Monica became public:

http://blackstarnews.com/?c=135&a=4470

More Clinton hypocrisy.

Posted by: AC | April 28, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Dana Milbank tells it right. For Obama to have had anything to do with this man for 20 years and then now try to dispel everyone's fears about his Wright connection will be hard to accept. Obama is not who he says he is. As for Hillary, she gets no credit for being a viable candidate from the press. In PA, the topic was why Obama lost - NOT how well Hillary did after being outspent 3 to 1. I'm sick of this entire race. Obama needs to drop out and give Hillary, the best candidate to beat McCain, a chance without impeding her. Enough of Obama and "HIS KIND".

Posted by: Stephen | April 28, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps we should ask Native Americans or Native Hawaiaans whether or not America is a terrorist nation. I suspect a different answer might emerge.

Posted by: zzishate | April 28, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

It is time for the Republican-controlled Media to give this Wright controversy some fairness and enquire of Hillary Clinton and her surrogates the following:

Is it true that, (1) Hillary surrogate, Congresswoman Shiela Jackson Lee, is also a devotee of Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright; that he's been preaching at her home church, where she is actively involved, annually for the past 15 years and has an open invitation to return, and, that she sat in the pews for his visits and did not bat an eye?

Is it true that (2) Hillary surrogate, Rev. Marcia Dyson was not only a longtime member of Trinity United Church of Christ but also still considers Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright her pastor? That Rev. Marcia Dyson's seminary education, in part, was sponsored by Trinity UCC and encouraged by Rev. Wright? And was it not at Trinity were she first met her husband, Rev. Dr. Michael Dyson, who's been very vocal in his defense of Rev. Wright.?

And, lastly of Hillary Clinton, that if Rev. Wright would not have been her Pastor, then why did she and Bill when going through Impeachment, turn to Rev. Wright for Prayer and Support and invite him to the White House? These things should be asked and answered.

And, finally, why would Republican-controlled Media give a "retired" Rev. Wright all this attention and air time, if not to try to destroy Barack Obama! Their true Fear! That is why Republican-controlled media and talking heads are building up Hillary, tearing down Obama, while McCain courts African-Americans that Clintons have ailenated by their "kitchen sink strategy, hoping all the while that she will become Democratic nominee, then unleash "arsenol" of weapons they have against her. Something they have been planning for years!


Posted by: Angellight | April 28, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Milbank and I must have seen different speeches. I thought Rev. Wright was very impressive. After watching him Friday and today, he may even have brought this old heathen to Jesus! If I lived in Chicago, I think I would start attending his church.

All in all, he has a positive message of reconciliation and social justice. What is so wrong with that?

I'm a 62 year old white man, a Vietnam Veteran, and a retired DOD employee.

Posted by: William Wise | April 28, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Where are they finding all of these black republicans to tear at Obama?

This is the true progress of America. Black Republicans are almost an oxymoron.

By the way, remember America's worst critics always choose to stay. Reverend Wright is building a $1.6 million house as we speak.

Lastly, what more does Senator Obama have to do to show he doesn't share these viewpoints. Take one of Hillary's guns and shoot Reverend Wright????

This is all so silly and some people are too thin skinned on both sides.

Posted by: jdmac3ct | April 28, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Well? What can you say to that? I would have liked to ask Wright what he thinks of the concept of the separation of church and state.
Long ago a young black man in Mississippi told me he was fed up with all black preachers. I think he was really onto something. I am fed up with all preachers period. This mixing up religion with politics does no one any good.
The more Wright talks the deeper the hole he is digging for Obama gets. He is Obama's worse nightmare. I can see the white votes vanishing as each day goes by.
Hillary sure got a gift from this loud mouthed angry old black man.
And he is wrong. This is no attack on the black church. It is an attack on him. He is hurting Obama more and more every day. Preachers who mix in politics are as dumb as politicians who mix in religion.

Posted by: Joe | April 28, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I think the members of the media's egos is bruised.

Posted by: John Palmer | April 28, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

If anybody is to blame for his collapse, it's the media for not vetting Obama earlier.

Posted by: Jay | April 28, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters don't get it.

America doesn't believe Obama about anything anymore.

Mainstream Democrats are "mad as hell" about Obama's sellout on FOX news yesterday.

He threw us under the bus too.

Posted by: Obama supporters don't get it | April 28, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama's judgement and his association with Wright:

Obama can not seperate himself from Wright as this was the greatest personal judgement call he made for 20 years.

Obama funded Wright with his money.

Obama got married by Wright.

Obama children listened to Wright every Sunday.

Obama and Wright are inseperable. Wright is not just a hired or voluntary campaing person.

Wright is Obama's inspiration.

Wright inspired Obama's "The audacity of (false) hope"

Posted by: Seed of Change | April 28, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

If this is really the same Rev, Wright that Barack Obama has heard preach for the last 20 years, I am truly astounded. Rev. Wright is clearly so filled with hate and anger, the ideas he embraces wholeheartedly are so divisive, and his ego so huge, that I cannot understand how Sen Obama could really consider him to be a kind of loving grandfatherly figure in his life. Perhaps Wright's mind has gone and this rude and inflammatory rhetoric is coming from a place in his soul that he kept secret over the years. That is my best hope for Senator Obama, because as much as I find Sen Obama himself to be charming and broad minded almost to a fault, I just cannot understand how he could look up this man as a preacher of holy doctrine. I am waiting to hear what Barack Obama has to say about this now that Rev. Wright has brushed him off as a pandering politician. I hope it is not too late for him to put this "wackadoodle" behind him, but in my heart I believe it is all over for him now.

Posted by: Madeleine | April 28, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I think I've been watching the modern version of the fall of the Roman Empire for the past few years...

This clinches it... in all the strife... problems, issues, that we Americans face.

We're all talking about what someones ex-Pastor, or a Preacher that endoreses someone... instead of the real issues that face us.

I feel saddened for our future...I truely do.

Posted by: Jey | April 28, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The obdurate refusal by an overwhelming, and obtuse, majority of Americans to acknowledge that, except for his views on AIDS, Reverend Wright has hit the nail on the head is beyond perplexing. It is simply mystifying.

Now, just as happened two years ago with Ward Churchill, Jeremiah Wright is being crucified, also in the mainstream media, for, inter alia, his sagacious reading of 9/11.

In a media world that consistently labels John McCain "a true war hero," instead of branding him as the war criminal-cum-warmonger that he really is, this comes as no great surprise . . .

Capisce, Dana?

Posted by: aipacsnemesis | April 28, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

This Wright guy is trying to redeem his reputation. So what, it is a free country.

The bigger issue here is that he is even given this very public platform to do so.

We should be talking about the issues and yet the press gives this moron a platform to espouse his views. Why? Because they need a story.

This is not about Barack Obama or the race for the presidency. It is about Rev. Wright, his own motivations, and the media's insatiable urge to sensationalize the un-newsworthy. Our attention to Wright's rants makes him the story--and do we really care about him?

Posted by: Hopeful in 08 | April 28, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama's FORMER pastor.

Posted by: jds | April 28, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

It is almost as if Obama's minister doesn't want him to win the presidency. You'd think he'd keep his mouth shut. It must be more important for Wright to "clear" himself than let Obama make history.
An alternative theory is an Obama presidency will put people like Wright, Jackson, Sharpton, Louis F. out of work. They fear if Obama wins it will be hard to continue with the politics of victimization. This Minister is a real piece of work...

Posted by: doug | April 28, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

True Republican?...interesting read & I do belive you aren't far from the truth.

Pastors?...wright was invited to the White House during the Clinton administration (along with other baptist ministers) for "spiritual guidance"...Whats up with that?...Ed Rendell had a pic with Farakkan saying he was a greta man...what's up with that?...John McCain sought out the endorsement of controversal minister John Hagee (racist, sexist, homophobe) and uh...whats up with that?????

Americans?...time to change course and the obvious is in your faces...so clear...lets not waste this moment...as it may never come again.

OBAMA 08

Posted by: PaigeinPhilly | April 28, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

If Barack Obama is not nominated or elected president, it won't be because of Reverend Wright, but because racism is still very alive and well in this country. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Reverend Wright, and Barack Obama each had a dream. Their dreams were to bring Americans together, but that will not happen in 2008, because we are still too proud to admit being anything but perfect.

Where would this country be today if Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had given up in the face of insurmountable odds? Silencing Reverend Wright to increase Barack Obama's chance of becoming president would mean that we elected another president under false pretenses. I am a 64 year-old white racist male who prefers a president that truly earned the American people's respect. I hope that Reverend Wright's sermons will inspire thousands, millions to speak out for equality and justice in this country.

The younger generations, who are more apt to support Barack Obama, are making gigantic steps toward achieving the dreams of these great men. Barack Obama may not become president in 2009, but he will have furthered a movement that no one can stop. Fortunately racism is fading more and more with each new generation, and there will be increasing numbers of courageous Barack Obamas ready to take his place.

Regardless of my racial heredity, I am voting for Barack Obama to be next President of the Unites States of America!

Posted by: Roger | April 28, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Send in the Clown, again.

Hate-monger Wright is back!

And it couldn't happen at a better time.

Whites in North Carolina & Indiana have the ability to turn back Obama's racist "spiritual mentor" by voting for Hillary even if they will not vote for her in Novemeber.

Obama is a closet racist who has lied to the American people just to get their votes.

Obama should be ashamed of this man & apologize to the nation, then bow out of the race if he really cares about the Democratic Party.

But we know he doesn't.

Posted by: dylan | April 28, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

If Wright's speech and subsequent comments this morning at the National Press Club should be the causative factor that eventually dooms Obama's candidacy,it will simply be yet another example of 'black on black crime'

Posted by: Robbins Mitchell | April 28, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama threw his grand ma under the bus to save his black votes and decided to support Wright.

Now Wright say's Obama is just another politician who would say or do anything to get elected.

How can Obama now throw his "inspiration" under the bus now?

Obama nuts please continue to defend Wright that is your only "hope" :-)

Posted by: Seed of Change | April 28, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

As a Zionist Jew and Obama supporter, I strongly disagree with some of Mr. Wright's views. But I do not think it is fair to attribute those views to Senator Obama. It would be wise for the Senator to further distance himself from Wright, and I suspect that this will happen sooner rather than later. But Senator Obama has proven himself to be friend of Jews and Israel through his actions spanning nearly three decades. To me at least, Obama's actions are far more important than Wright's words. Let's all take a deep breath here.

Posted by: Jon30307 | April 28, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama has to blame himself for the mess he's in. Why didn't he leave church when this "piece of sh**" started his term as a pastor? The American people should question Obama and his troublesome wife as well. Sorry, Obama will never get my vote.

Posted by: Jefferson | April 28, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Both speeches for the NAACP and the press club were GOOD speeches Wright is obviously well educated and has a DEEP understanding of scripture. I was glad to hear him and get to know him a little bit more. The MSM got it wrong again! Wright for sure has a calling to Minister to the South Side of Chicago and America for that matter. A man of God no question!

Posted by: Gordon | April 28, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Jerimiah could be possibly be right:

HISTORY OF SECRET EXPERIMENTATION

ON UNITED STATES CITIZENS


1931 Dr. Cornelius Rhoads, under the auspices of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Investigations, infects human subjects with cancer cells. He later goes on to establish the U.S. Army Biological Warfare facilities in Maryland, Utah, and Panama, and is named to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. While there, he begins a series of radiation exposure experiments on American soldiers and civilian hospital patients.
1932 The Tuskegee Syphilis Study begins. 200 black men diagnosed with syphilis are never told of their illness, are denied treatment, and instead are used as human guinea pigs in order to follow the progression and symptoms of the disease. They all subsequently die from syphilis, their families never told that they could have been treated.
1935 The Pellagra Incident. After millions of individuals die from Pellagra over a span of two decades, the U.S. Public Health Service finally acts to stem the disease. The director of the agency admits it had known for at least 20 years that Pellagra is caused by a niacin deficiency but failed to act since most of the deaths occured within poverty-striken black populations.
1940 Four hundred prisoners in Chicago are infected with Malaria in order to study the effects of new and experimental drugs to combat the disease. Nazi doctors later on trial at Nuremberg cite this American study to defend their own actions during the Holocaust.
1942 Chemical Warfare Services begins mustard gas experiments on approximately 4,000 servicemen. The experiments continue until 1945 and made use of Seventh Day Adventists who chose to become human guinea pigs rather than serve on active duty.
1943 In response to Japan's full-scale germ warfare program, the U.S. begins research on biological weapons at Fort Detrick, MD.
1944 U.S. Navy uses human subjects to test gas masks and clothing. Individuals were locked in a gas chamber and exposed to mustard gas and lewisite.
1945 Project Paperclip is initiated. The U.S. State Department, Army intelligence, and the CIA recruit Nazi scientists and offer them immunity and secret identities in exchange for work on top secret government projects in the United States.
1945 "Program F" is implemented by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). This is the most extensive U.S. study of the health effects of fluoride, which was the key chemical component in atomic bomb production. One of the most toxic chemicals known to man, fluoride, it is found, causes marked adverse effects to the central nervous system but much of the information is squelched in the name of national security because of fear that lawsuits would undermine full-scale production of atomic bombs.
1946 Patients in VA hospitals are used as guinea pigs for medical experiments. In order to allay suspicions, the order is given to change the word "experiments" to "investigations" or "observations" whenever reporting a medical study performed in one of the nation's veteran's hospitals.
1947 Colonel E.E. Kirkpatrick of the U.S. Atomic Energy Comission issues a secret document (Document 07075001, January 8, 1947) stating that the agency will begin administering intravenous doses of radioactive substances to human subjects.
1947 The CIA begins its study of LSD as a potential weapon for use by American intelligence. Human subjects (both civilian and military) are used with and without their knowledge.
1950 Department of Defense begins plans to detonate nuclear weapons in desert areas and monitor downwind residents for medical problems and mortality rates.
1950 In an experiment to determine how susceptible an American city would be to biological attack, the U.S. Navy sprays a cloud of bacteria from ships over San Franciso. Monitoring devices are situated throughout the city in order to test the extent of infection. Many residents become ill with pneumonia-like symptoms.

Posted by: Sylvester | April 28, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse


Obama looks like a choir boy in comparison to Bill, Hillary and McCain and all their excess baggage. And Bill Clinton, who is again inserting himself into the race (pun intended), a pattern we can assume will only continue in a Hillary White House, has yet to be thoroughly vetted. What has he been doing since he left the White House? What business ventures is he involved in? Who are his associates? Can the country afford another loose cannon in the White House after having just gotten rid of one?

Posted by: AC | April 28, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright apparently missed the teachings of Jesus about humility and putting God before self. Does this guy work for Karl Rove? I voted for Obama back when he was the best and most inspiring candidate for all Americans who just happened to be half black. Now he has by his own actions turned himself into the black candidate representing the same tired "black leadership" demands that sink the individual aspirations of African-Americans into a sea of self-perpetuated "victimhood". There's no power for anybody in being a victim, but the Rev. Wright's of the world wouldn't have their "prestige", power, and money without a cadre of victims to pay the toll. A sad day for America because Obama had so much promise...

Posted by: jbc3 | April 28, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The real truth of the matter is that Rev. Wright, with his recent commentaries at the NAACP and today at the National Press has revealed himself to the american public in a way that trumps any accusations toward Hillary Clinton and her surrogates. The media has endorsed Obama by vast margins and Rev. Wright's statements did not surface in the media until much later in the campaign despite knowledge much early on by these folks. In fact, it was the Republicans led by Sean Hannity who released these states. If not for him we would not have had an opportunity to see these facts. So, I wonder when would we hear about the rest of the issues that need to appear before our eyes so that we can see all of the facts: Rezco, William Ayers, Prof. Adnan Auchi, etc.

I have also read about the commentaries posted by other sources and when I think about Rev. Wright I am astounded at those of you who defend his position. Any reasonable Pastor in this country is charged with leading their followers to Jesus and God and the preachings that for generations have been instilled on us is to love one another and forgive those that offend us as this would lead us into salvation. There is a focus of arrogance and divisionism that comes out quite clearly out of Rev. Wright as he speaks. Today he was basically rallying the troops and justifying his twisted views. A Pastor needs to understand that with the responsibility that they take, they are influencing the lifes and future of many and specially the young generations. With this african theology approach as he calls it, all he accomplishes is the fomenting of rancor and division.

It is true that the black population suffered in the past a great deal and could still be, but Wright abuses his power in taking such a negative posture that frankly does not speak of any Christian principles. More than anything it takes a centric position in giving an impression that only the black population has suffered. Let's take a look at the other minorities such as our american indians who were almost decimated due to mistreatment. The choice that Rev. Wright has taken is totally wrong and speaks highly of one who is using his role in vain and for only political opportunism at the expense of the black folks.

RECONCILIATION means coming together and Rev. Wrights actions reflect the fomenting of Hatred and Division. You cannot expect to maintain in life such an attitude if you want to move forward. I shudder of the image of this Charlatan preaching before families and specially children. What kind of future does he offer to the young generations when all he preaches is the promotion of these injustices that could be our past but in no way should be part of our future.

Reconciliation means Respect and Tolerance for everyone and recognizing that this nation is a rainbow of many etchnicities and that we can all learn to coexist and respect each other for what we bring together through our hard work and merit.

So, NO, NO, NO Rev. Wright I do not believe that you are genuine but one that puts personality in front and that sadly is using a Pulpit to bring a message that is false. You are one of the False Prophets that we were warned about in the Bible.

Obama's ties to this Rev. would prove to be damaging because deep down Obama believes in him!!!!

Posted by: Hispana | April 28, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I struggle with Wright being such a long term part of Obama's life (well documented in his books) - flip the coin and tell me how it would go down if McCain was a 20 year member of the Westboro Baptist Church or a Christian Identity Church?

Posted by: Doug | April 28, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I watched Wright this morning, and read some of this article.

It seems DANA saw a totally different speech and Q&A.

DANA SAYS: Wright praised Louis Farrakhan
I SAY: Not really, he basically acknowledged Farrakhan's power in the Black community.

DANA SAYS: Wright defended the view that Zionism is racism,
I SAY: Again, DANA if full of it. Wright did not say such.

DANA SAYS: Wright accused the United States of terrorism,
I SAY: Uh, it's the truth.

DANA SAYS: Wright repeated his view that the government created the AIDS virus to cause the genocide of racial minorities
I SAY: DANA is a B.S. artist. Wright basically said "we gave biologic WMDs to Iraq, then yelled foul we he used them, so is not our country capable of unleashing AIDS?" Wright did not say it was truth, just a possibility.


As for "God damn America", you make your own judgement as to whether it's appropriate. Remember, there are over 1/2 million dead Iraqis because of our "liberation"

Posted by: I watched Wright this morning.. | April 28, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse


"The tragedy of the black psyche is its spasms of self-destruction".

....Very well said!! If Rev. Wright wants to be taken seriously, WHY would he even allow himself to be photographed with the likes of Kwame Kilpatrick or Marion Barry. Heellllloooooooo???? And now all of this is rubbing off on Obama, and by and large, Americans don't want that kind of DRAMA BS in the Whitehouse!!

I don't know how else to say this, as I really like Obama, but you have to understand how many Americans are processing this--A guy around the watercooler at my company was talking about this, and just looked puzzled....he said, "Gee, I thought I would vote for Obama, but with all the HUGE issues we face as a nation, I am now worried that he won't have the focus.

Then a lady around the corner said, "Yeah, just what we need now...The whitehouse full of angry black people"...

I'm telling you, it's not good for Obama.


Posted by: Jack | April 28, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

You people are overly sensitive..why...because you have never had to fall down and get up again at the expense of bigotry and hatred... your paths have never been crowded with broken glass of denial that you had to tip toe through in order to make life liveable for you and your family... you've never had to see and don't see hear and don't hear because you did not want to be vocal about the prejudice that you saw all around you in the work place because you needed your job.. life as you know it is not the same experience for an African-American in America..you do not have the same point of reference...so when you are challenged to think outside the box..you get all defensive and jittery and in your shortsightedness you place blame on the messenger and the person you most want to destroy (in this case Barack Obama) instead of taking a minute to really listen to the words of Rev. Wright and see the truth in what he had to say... just because you have not experienced life from his perspective is no reason to automatically condemn him. Save yourself from yourself and take time to listen to opinions other than your own ..do not leave this earth the same way you came in..limited and self consumed.

Posted by: sabrinag | April 28, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_fallacy
It is just my point of view, but the US would be a better place if people learned how to work through their unreasonable thinking.

I do not believe that Obama's relationship with anyone should be called into question unless illegal activity is in question.
Who are we to judge who his friend and acquaintances are? I believe the bible has a story about Jesus being associated with "sinners and tax collectors" whom the accusers judged as unworthy so therefore Jesus was deemed unworthy.

Hypocritically Clinton has jumped on this bandwagon...yet she has her own ties to this man. (And far worse associations most of which are illegal)

The media just wants well...what the media always wants....sound bites.

So supposedly old white people are not going to vote for him because of this association? I doubt that's the real reason. More like.. they are unapologetically racist. Or ignorantly racist.
Either way it must be a miserable existence to be filled with so much hate and so little reason.

Posted by: Myptofvu | April 28, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse


So who´s paying Wright to stir up trouble here?
I guess he wants McCain to win.

Posted by: wardropper | April 28, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

"I think I've been watching the modern version of the fall of the Roman Empire for the past few years...

This clinches it... in all the strife... problems, issues, that we Americans face.

We're all talking about what someones ex-Pastor, or a Preacher that endoreses someone... instead of the real issues that face us.

I feel saddened for our future...I truely do."


Exactly!! As this country falls into the bottom of the top 20 in every major category the citizens of this Idiocracy keep thumping their chest and saying we're #1. Which makes sense since our kids can't count anymore. America elected Bush twice. And now will turn it's back on a guy like Obama because "His father is Nigerian and his name sounds like Osama." (Insert Texas redneck or ethnic Pennsylvanian accent)

This country deserves what it gets. The Euro is almost double the dollar. We produce nothing but debt. Gas is $4. Kids are dumb. We torture. We spy etc. etc. And through it all we claim to still be #1. This country doesn't have much time left. Well long live President Camacho. (Idiocracy joke.)

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Even Karl Rove can't save Obama...

From the UK Times

April 26, 2008

How can Barack Obama win keys to the White House? Karl Rove offers a few tips
Karl Rove suggested that race, far from hurting Barack Obama probably works in his favour

Tom Baldwin in Washington

Karl Rove, who masterminded the last two Republican victories in presidential elections, is gazing with undisguised relish at the giant target being painted on Barack Obama's back before the next one.

In an interview with The Times yesterday, he described the likely Democratic nominee as a "frail" candidate, who represents the values of an out-of-touch liberal social elite and demonstrates "tone deafness" to the concerns of ordinary Americans.

"You have probably seen this kind of guy at London parties, trailing ash from a fashionable cigarette into the carpet and making snide remarks about someone 'being an abominable bore'," Mr Rove said.

He suggested that voters have not heard the last of Mr Obama's recent comments at a San Francisco fund-raiser, where he suggested small town Pennsylvanians were clinging to guns and religion because they were "bitter".

The candidate sounded, Mr Rove said, as if he was following in the footsteps of his anthropologist mother "reporting on the exotic species of voter he had encountered in some dark corner on the opposite side of the globe".

All this is a far cry from just a few short weeks ago when Mr Obama's soaring oratory -- his promise to heal racial divisions or transcend the partisan politics of an older generation -- had Republican strategists regarding him with shock and awe.

It is now the Democrats' turn to worry. Mr Obama's decisive defeat in this week's Pennsylvania primary has been followed by whispers of alarm that they may end up with a candidate who is listing badly -- even holed below the water line -- just as he is about to cross the finishing line in his race with Mrs Clinton. His failure to win white working-class voters in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania -- both certain to be important battlegrounds in November's general election -- has raised doubts about his fitness for the fight against John McCain. He sometimes appears drained by his fight with Mrs Clinton, a woman 14 years older than him, taking time off the campaign trail this week and setting himself a light schedule for the coming days.

Whereas he once energised rallies with the chant, "Fired up! Ready to go!" he now complains about feeling tired and the length of primary season, or says he wants to go home to see his young family.

If Mr Obama loses again in Indiana on May 6, then panic will spread through the party. His campaign spent much of yesterday explaining to the Democratic super-delegates -- who could yet wrest the nomination away from him, why he remains the best candidate to beat the Republicans. Mr Obama himself was busy shoring up his battered Everyman credentials by holding a press conference at an Indianapolis petrol station.

But Mr Rove said that "unless something extraordinary happens", Mr Obama's lead among elected delegates still means that he will be the Democratic nominee.

And, although it may be unwelcome right now, Mr Rove even had some advice for him. First, he cease making attacks on Mrs Clinton and Mr McCain, which are "corrosive of his fundamental message about representing a new kind of politics".

Mr Rove also pointed out that Mr Obama cannot stand on a platform promising post-partisan politics when he has virtually nothing to show on this front from sitting in the Senate for three years.

"He should spend less time on the campaign trail between now and September and more time in the Senate" trying to get such an achievement under his belt, Mr Rove said. "The best way to prove a message is to live it."

Mr Obama has also been embarrassed in recent weeks by his black liberationist pastor Jeremiah Wright, who returned to the airwaves yesterday to denounce the media for portraying him as "some sort of fanatic".

Unhelpfully, he explained that one of the differences between him and Mr Obama is that he "goes out as a politician and says what he has to say as a politician".

It is a treacherous, racially-charged subject, and Mr McCain has been careful this week to disassociate himself from Republicans who have launched a TV advert attacking Mr Obama's links with the pastor.

But Mr Rove suggested that race, far from hurting Mr Obama probably works in his favour by attracting white voters who regard the prospect of a black president as a "hopeful thing".

A bigger problem for Mr Obama, he said, is winning industrial states like Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania with a voter base that resembles "George McGovern's coalition of college students and white wine sippers".

Mr Rove cited polls showing that as many as 26 per cent of Mrs Clinton's supporters will vote Republican if Mr Obama is the nominee, saying even though such numbers were likely to come down before November, "there are going to be significant numbers of defections in this contest".

His scorn for Mr Obama was almost palpable as he described how the candidate had developed a habit of "parsing" when faced by criticism or complaining about rough treatment as he did after last week's TV debate against Mrs Clinton.

This makes him look like a whiner, Mr Rove said. "She has been getting tough with him -- but it's not as tough as it will get from all sorts of places in a general election."

Posted by: Even Karl Rove can't save Obama | April 28, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Send in the Clown, again.

Hate-monger Wright is back!

And it couldn't happen at a better time.

Whites in North Carolina & Indiana have the ability to turn back Obama's racist "spiritual mentor" by voting for Hillary even if they will not vote for her in November.

Obama is a closet racist who has lied to the American people just to get their votes.

Obama should be ashamed of this man & apologize to the nation, then bow out of the race if he really cares about the Democratic Party.

But we know he doesn't.

Posted by: dylan | April 28, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Is Jeremiah Wright Obama's vice presidential candidate? Campaign advisor? A potential cabinet member? Not as far as I know. His political opinion is irrelevant to Obama's campaign.

There are a lot of people who I have worked with, met in daily life, my next-door neighbor, my in-laws, with which I agree with on many things, but have a subject on which our opinions are polar opposites.

Do you get up and walk out? Or do you listen carefully, consider the perspective and then logically refute it?

The whole "guilt by association" ploy assumes that Obama agrees with what the Rev. has to say and never tries to tell Wright that he should maybe chill out a little.

"Voice of Doom" -- Sad, petty journalism.

Posted by: G. Ziemann | April 28, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

After listening to rev. wright on bill moyers and cnn yesterday I actually think he makes sense, you guys need to get over yourselves, don't play into the distraction

Posted by: fred17 | April 28, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Hate to say it but HILLARY is now our only hope as Democrats.

Agree, with former poster. For better or worse, you can't associate with Crack Pot Bafoon Racists like Wright and expect to get elected!

After 7 years of Bush, we need serious organization and experience to get us back on track. Hillary and Bill are a 2 for 1 and mannn, do we need it!!

Posted by: looo78 | April 28, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking at the transcript and Dana is being unfair when he quotes Rev Wright out of context. Dana states:

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, explaining this morning why he had waited so long before breaking his silence about his incendiary sermons, offered a paraphrase from Proverbs: "It is better to be quiet and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." Barack Obama's pastor would have been wise to continue to heed that wisdom.

the full quote from Rev. Wright is:
"As I said to Bill Moyers -- and he also edited this one out -- because of my mother's advice to me. My mother's advice was being seen all over the corporate media channels, and it's a paraphrase of the Book of Proverbs, where it is better to be quiet and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

The media was making a fool out of itself, because it knew nothing about our tradition. And so I decided to let them make a fool as long as they wanted to and then take the advice of Paul Laurence Dunbar, "Lies, lies, bless the lord. Don't you know the days are broad?"

Posted by: Dana, Please Be Fair | April 28, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Ugh.

Time to cut all ties to Rev. "Egomaniac" or time to give up your Presidential ambitions.

You decide, Barack.

Posted by: Bubba Smedley | April 28, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Does Obama lose black enthusiasm, by repudiating Wright and his not unreasonable remarks? Or does he turn off on-the-fence whites by embracing a "radical" black minister (which is how the press will categorize him, since few will ever see the actual speech and make up their own minds1.) Can you split the difference on this issue?

Whichever way it goes, Obama may be mortally wounded by this. Clinton must not believe her luck, though she may rue the loss of a large black democratic vote in November.

Posted by: Jim | April 28, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The blacks incessantly complain about the past slavery issue in the U.S. but they continue their path.....slaves to the U.S. government "programs".
One of their own just ensured Obamas loss.
Go figure.

Posted by: seedobecome | April 28, 2008 1:58 PM
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You DO realize that there are more white people on those "programs" than black people don't you? You are great example of the ignorance of a lot of Americans Obviously not you

Posted by: Facts | April 28, 2008 2:41 PM
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Well, you know, you know, you know, as Obama would rationalize it:
There ARE 4 TO 5 TIMES as many white people in the U.S. than blacks so the safe assumption would be that there are more white "victims/slaves" than there are blacks. BUT, speaking on a percentage basis, there is a higher percentage of black people on government assistance than there are whites. One example would be, drive through ANY, formerly historic and successful, urban city and the numbers do not lie. This will not change until the black population stop the victim hood shroud. Nobody is listening anymore.

Posted by: seedobecome | April 28, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I just feel sorry for Barack. This is tragic. And I'm a Hillary supporter.

Posted by: Joe | April 28, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Wright is suffering from narcissism.... that is why he is "redeeming" his reputation even though it makes Obama's political life tougher.

Plus... Wright has a book coming out this fall. Probably will make a fortune off of it. And he will already be living in luxury in the "estate" that his parishioners are building for him.

So now how is Obama going to explain that this guy who Obama considers an "uncle" is really a true Christian looking out for the interests of others?

Posted by: Nickyle | April 28, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

The Rev Wright is preaching Racism in the cloak of the gospel of Christ. Anger begets hatetred, hatetred begets antipathy.
This is not of God. Jesus did not ask the roman soldiers to appologize to him for taunting him, giving him stripes on his soldiers, for nailing his hands and feet to the cross, for mocking him with "king of the Jews", for spitting on him, dividing his clothes, giving him Vinegar instead of water,No He said, "father forgive them for they know not what they do."
He accepted Judas kiss of betrayal, he healed the soldiers ear yet knowing what he would have to suffer for ALL peoples of the world.
NO Wrights preaching is not the Gospel of Christ.
Furthermore he should also demand that Africa appoligize for SELLING their kindred to the slave traders. Those who supplied were as guilty, if not more guilty than those who purchased what was provided.
Also my great grandfather shed his blood during the civil war and ultimately died from those wounds- was that not a sacrifice? He was the first in my family to come to America. He left Prussia just before the civil war, becasue he did not want to fight in Prussia endless wars.
Yet he chose to fight on the side of the Union. The rest of my Granparents all came here from Norway. Not one bought or sold slaves. Don't lump all people that happen to be white in the same group, that is racist.

Posted by: mnmama | April 28, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Just a couple of observations. I too am a preacher and know the Bible quite well. Anyone, as some do, can lift Scripture out of context and twist its meaning to satisfy their ends. Wright does that as many others do, but he doesn't represent Jesus Christ or what Jesus came to do.

Second, it's impossible to separate Wright and Obama. Obama doesn't differ with Wright or he never would have supported him for so long and exposed his family to his teachings. Obama is an extension of Wrigh and Wright is just showing us what Obama is like.

Third, for Wright to attack the MSM is stupid and arrogant. They have been his best friends. He has bitten the hand that has fed him.

Fourth, I am not responsible for what someone did hundreds of years ago. My congregation has blacks, hispanics, asians and whites. We love one another and serve the Lord together in love for Him and for each other. I am not a racist. To call me one is simply to tell me that you are.

America can do better than this man. One day, a worthy black man will run for President and I'll vote for him, but not this one.

Posted by: Texas Cajun | April 28, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm a white guy so for me it's either Hillary or McCain.

I'm proud to be white, and I'm sure glad I'm not black.

No wonder even illegal immigrants from Mexico are passing them by. At least they want to be here.

Posted by: dylan | April 28, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Thank heaven we have a free press to go after nuts like this man Wright. But today was perfect he did it to himself just by showing us who he really is. And believe me that was no "sound bite" I was listening to.

Posted by: joseph | April 28, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I just wonder what all of you will say when you face God on the Day Of Judgement? What will your excuse be for the way you have lived on this earth? What will you say when He says to you "depart from Me you workers of iniquity"?

Posted by: Larry | April 28, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

You know, even Malcolm X, a very great man, IMO, said that the USA is a better country because we at least TRY to solve our racial problems.

I don't think Rev. Wright cares about solving these problems. Nor do I think Mr. Obama cares. However, I do believe that the vast majority of black Americans DO care very much. And they are being let down by black liberation theology and by Chicago-style political influence peddling.

To me, that's what is really sad and terrible.

Shame on Rev. Wright!
Shame on Mr. Obama!

Posted by: Lassair | April 28, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Worried about Wright? You'd never have survived the 1960's; read a book and ask yourself why so many old arguments remain relevant today?

Posted by: Patrick | April 28, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama threw his grand ma under the bus to save his black votes and decided to support Wright.

Now Wright say's Obama is just another politician who would say or do anything to get elected. Wright knows Obama for 20 years.

Obama's own father, mother or wife does not know him over such a long period.

How can Obama now throw his "inspiration" under the bus now?

Obama nuts please continue to defend Wright that is your only "hope" :-)

Posted by: Seed of Change | April 28, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I didnt think it was possible after this weekend for ANOTHER person in the media to take Rev. Wrights comments out of context. But then again, this is the washington post. Anything that comes out of this cum rag of a newspaper should be taken with a shot of vodka.

Posted by: Tim | April 28, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Can we believe the contradiction that we see being promoted by Obama and the views of this Pastor? For an individual with the talents that he has, I find that tolerating this individuals for 20 years is hard to believe.
Exposing his family?

Unless Obama believes in him............

That is the only credible explanation!!!

Posted by: Hispana | April 28, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted by: Roger | April 28, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

He should make a mockery of the media because you all are a joke. If Hillary gets the nomination because of your nutjob coverage of Rev Wright (Fox worthy coverage, at best) I am done with elections.

Posted by: phorse | April 28, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama should be made to sit in front of an audience & forced to listen to his nut job Reverend & then explain how he could have let his big-butted, big-mouthed , bully of a wife Michelle coerce Baracki Boy into following this guy.

Obama the liar is now a minstrel joke.

Posted by: dylan | April 28, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Would somebody please do a little solid research and find out who exactly paid for the National Press Club room this morning; I know that it costs a lot of money.

Posted by: Joel S. Hirschhorn | April 28, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

While traveling in Europe i learned of many atrocities that have been conducted by the CIA and now American contractors / hired guns that are not shown on CNN. When it comes to AIDS most of us dont know that Western scientists were experimenting with polio vacines and monkey strain, and testing it on Africans. But that is a fact. People would rather believe africans had sex with monkeys. The media does not report the murder and rape of iraqi and american women soldiers in iraq that makes us look like barbarians. But, all Americans are not like that of course. So until we know the facts and openly talk about it, the atrocities will go on. We have to travel abroad to learn about the contras and the hired guns / contractors in yugoslavia that lead to genocide of white mainstream muslims, or in africa that use starving kids to control the diamond trade. Did you know that Bayer the pharmaceutical company distributed HIV contaminated blood to the third world for at least six months AFTER they knew it was contaminated? there is an article in the new york times; hemophilliacs in asia are suing bayer because of it. this is a fact. search the internet if you dont believe it. also search rape in iraq. Sure Rev. Wright could be more tactful, but then again we have democrats who will vote for war and tax breaks to the rich rather than a man of integrity. This is not about white or black issues, it is about our integrity and respectability as a nation. In our refusal to face the hard cold facts, we fail to hold our government responsible, and the injustice goes on. Since we want to punish Obama for what his minister said, then do the research on aids, Bayer and rape in iraq for starters. then lets have this dialogue again.

Posted by: Harriet | April 28, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted by: Roger | April 28, 2008 3:22 PM

Yes!! But who is to blame. The GOP or stupid Americans that are so easily manipulated.


Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

This one of the most pathetic pieces of journalism I have seen. If I had not viewed the speech I would of certainly thought this was the end of the Obama campaign. If Dana Milbank can trump up this insanely false depiction of Wright's speech maybe it should mark the end of his career as a journalist, at least for the Washington Post. Maybe the National Enquirer will be better suited for a man of his talents.

Posted by: A Voter | April 28, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey... you Obama supporters... I saw the speeches (Sunday NAACP and today)... and Wright is an excellent performer and inspirational to many... but sometimes the words do not jive with reality or the plurality of American experiences. In other words, he is speaking to a specific audience with similar ideology.

You Obama supporters have to realize that even though you may understand and accept the rhetoric, that telling someone to "listen to the words" of Wright does not help at all.

For someone trying to bring people together, it appears that the Obama campaign has ended up exposing the racial rift... and yes it surely has opened up a national debate on race, but not the one Obama hoped for.

Posted by: Nickyle | April 28, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I didnt think it was possible after this weekend for ANOTHER person in the media to take Rev. Wrights comments out of context. But then again, this is the washington post. Anything that comes out of this cum rag of a newspaper should be taken with a shot of vodka.
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On the contrary. The curtain has being revealed and NOW a great majority of us are seeing it before us.

Rev. Wright has done it to himself and is out there in the open. So, when Obama lose his supports cannot run and point the finger and say that Obama lost because americans are racists!!!

NO, GOD DAMN AMERICA has been placed in perspective and we saw the light!!!!

Posted by: Hispana | April 28, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Tell a lie(s) enough times, people begin to believe them."

Hahahahaha. I love irony. You realize that that is a quote by Vladimir Lenin.
You would use a Lenin quote to defend that communist/marxist Wright. obama's spiritual adviser. Yeah, spiritual adviser - right.
obama is finished.

Posted by: haloplayer | April 28, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the Obamanauts can spin this as Obama being victimized by Wright's ego, which has the benefit of being partially correct. That's the only way I see them getting out of this now.

I think we're witnessing the ignominious end of Obama's candidacy. He did it to himself. Even when I used to support Obama, he always struck me as eerily vacant as a thinker. That great lack positioned him to be vulnerable to a mad mentor. Obama needs to grow a backbone.

Posted by: Joe | April 28, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

This is America. We invite all kinds of nuts to speak at the National Press Club.
Now we have heard him from start to finish in a long speech and question and answer session. we can make up our own minds. He can't hide behind that "soundbites"argument anymore.

Posted by: jack | April 28, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Funny how journalist have such respect for the freedom of speech - until they really come face to face with it.

OK, you reported it. You made it known you disagree. But why all the contempt?

Posted by: 1st Amend | April 28, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Watched two of the "reverand's" performances and came away feeling that this man is not a "nut-case" but he is a big Racist, pure and simple. The Press Club performance with his condescending attitude to the questioner (hand-gestures, hand to ear nonsense, mocking the questions) pointed out a person with "bitterness" in his soul. No wonder Michelle Obama had no pride until recently in this country (brainwashing?). As the granddaughter of an immigrant who came to this country as a maid to a family who were involved in the Underground Railroad I take offense to all this racist crap spewing from this pastor.

Posted by: LH | April 28, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

3:17p -
Fourth, I am not responsible for what someone did hundreds of years ago. My congregation has blacks, hispanics, asians and whites. We love one another and serve the Lord together in love for Him and for each other. I am not a racist. To call me one is simply to tell me that you are."

How can you not be responsible for what someone else did, and at the same time try to hold Obama responsible for something he did not do?? You can't have it both ways


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Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama simply has too many issues to deal with. I am tired of him. I've lost hope and confidence on him. He can fulfill nothing if he is elected. No matter what, I just don't think that Obama can win the election. Forget about him. And let's vote for Hillary or McCain.

Posted by: NoWorry | April 28, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Mocking JFK, good move Obama and "Pastor" Wright....................?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

My dear friends......this is not about John McCain and the GOP, this is about Barak Obama's judgement in selecting a bigoted, loud mouthed fool as religious mentor. He just lost the election to John McCain. Not one of you liberals would tolerate this sort of situation if the shoe were on the other foot. Any comparison between Wright and Rev. Hagee is ridiculous. Hagee is not McCain's mentor and friend of 20 years duration.

Posted by: Jay Johnson | April 28, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Don't beat Dana Milbank up. He has been very kind to Obama, and is not a Hillary fan.

It appears that when even a Obama-leaning journalist speaks the truth within a political analysis, then they too are thrown under the Obama bus with grandma, Jesse Jackson, and all the "typical white people."

Posted by: Nickyle | April 28, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Harold Ford Jr. has got to be shaking his head. "Not Again!"

Sorry Harold they fall for it everytime. They'ld rather fight a 100 year war and build schools for Iraqi children than vote for a black man.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Martin Luther King Jr. was chastized in the very same way for speaking out against the unjust war in Vietnam and some of this country's discriminatory practices. Wright's words have been taken out of context on more than one occasion so I don't know why I would expect Dana Wilbank to get it right.

Anyone looking to view this with an open mind should listen to the Bill Moyers PBS interview. http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/04252008/watch.html

Posted by: Isis | April 28, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I actually think this may work out for Obama because he can now aggressively cut this guy loose without the consequences he might have experienced the first time around.

Posted by: td450 | April 28, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Wait, didn't the media a long time ago bring the issue race to the forefront of this campaign?

I would really like to know why anyone cares about this? Republicans should love Wright because his job involves Jesus. Just because he's not a hillbilly preacher doesn't make him wrong.

Posted by: McCain is too old to work | April 28, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I should add that I am looking forward to how Obama groupie Keith Olbermann spins this tonight on "Countdown" where Dana Milbank is a regular guest.

Posted by: Nickyle | April 28, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

NO, THE PRESS BROUGHT THE ISSUE TO THE FOREFRONT. ESTABLISHMENT MANEUVERING, CONTRARY TO THE INTERESTS OF MOST AMERICANS.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter if what he says is true. It doesn't matter if what he said was someone else's quote, inasmuch as he's adopted those sentiments. The only thing that matters, as far as Obama is concerned, is how it plays. And it plays bad. The general population is not one sympathetic to African-American sympathies. Many white people, as the bulk of these posts make clear, simply want blacks to shut up, go to work, and be happy they are here. The happy slave, if you will. Any double standards in play are of no consequence.

Obama now has to personally rebuke Wright. He has to leave that church. That's the political decision. Wright is forcing him into that step, and thus, taking the blowback he'd get off Obama; anyone understands when someone is left no choice.

The sad part is that the intellectually dishonest will shift to a stance of, he should have done it earlier. But most people will give him credit for the move.

Posted by: gbooksdc | April 28, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I heard part of his Wright's speech last evening. As far as I was concerned it read like a college thesis report on Black Religion In the World.. Dr. this, said that, Dr this did that.

Long story short I believed that he had been hiding under a rock at the REQUEST OF HUSSEIN. Now I am not so sure. Is this a BLACK STRATEGY MEETING to convince the American Voter that they are Racist IF THEY DO NOT VOTE FOR HUSSEIN.

From the three times we have heard from Wright. One has to wonder WHY HUSSEIN had
him as a mentor... WHY HUSSEIN sat in that PEW for 20 years AND LISTENED TO WRIGHT Black African Religion. Did HUSSEIN SELL HIS SOUL to the Wright's of the world to insure that he had the Black African Vote.

What is so damning for Hussein is that he KNEW THAT THIS would be an ISSUE as early as March of 2007.

He, the DNC, Media, and his backers knew that this was going to be an issue. HOWEVER, NO ONE brought it up until... AFTER HUSSEIN was winning the vote.


Hussein has now been shown up at the POLITICIAN THAT HE IS. Hiding everything, creating his own vision, promising everYthing but DELIVERING NOTHING.

His super delegates should be jumping ship... because HE CAN NOT WIN AGAINST MCCAIN.. NOW.

He needs to RESIGN from the nomination process... NOW and perhaps save some face... and run again AFTER HE CLEANS UP HIS ASSOCIATION WITH AND PERSONAL LIFE.

Perhaps... edwards... can take his spot.

Posted by: miller51550 | April 28, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

The carping black nationalist that support this guy-in this context-love the very government and "oppressors" they claim to condemn. Stockholm syndrom ? Maybe ..but far more pernicious....Rev. Wright is flat out jealous and in love with his own hate...a warm blanket to perform and bask in all the applause.....he literally cannot concieve of the possibility of a black president....to him and the nationalist the white man IS God. What career would they have without being able to run "the man" racket. This moment, this possibility.....is what our ancestors died for ....what countless lynched and murderd blacks dreamed for and fought for ...indeed the very liscence that allow you to DELIBERATELY sabotage and ruin the aspirations of America and the world.....and for what.....the banal cheers of an ignorant throng of self-loathing fools....the claps of those very "liberation" jack asses who deep down in the sub-concsious recesses--are terrified of LOSING THERE favorite whipping horse...the object of there own self-hate projected back unto its source. I am a little younger than Obama and I certainly dont expect this moment Ever Again in my life time or my childrens life time. THANKS Liberation Fighters for liberating us from our liberation. And what have you unleashed in the process, for your own sick decrepit vanity, narcissistic ego and jealousy.....A NEW REALIGNMENT ....A NEW SOUTHERN STRATEGY.....it is clear that the democratic party will find a way to oust Obama....and that at least 20 % will PERMANENTLY LEAVE THE DEMOCRATIC PARY....Republican Neocon Dreams could not be wetter.....And what does that do to the Democratic party......They will have to compete for the Bubba vote more than ever, no longer able to rely on the Black margin that has carried them for so many years. The 20% will probably split with some going to the Republicans (trying futally to reform them) and the rest left to choose Nothing or the Nationalist Idiot Here Me Vent !!.....Hear me spit fire on the Man !!!! and dont forget to fill the collection plate......and our communities will remain decadent,uninspired and Powerless.

Posted by: Wise Intelligent | April 28, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

To "Proud Republican" - Puhleeze, you may be proud but you aint no Republican - you're a weird conspiracy theorist.

On Wright and Obama, too bad really, Obama is a smart guy, and Wright obviously is too, but there is a difference between smart and wise, education and foolishness. Both have a lot of smarts and education, but ....

McCain's got my vote. I'd vote for Obama if he even remotely shared my values. The Democratic Party is now America's Leftist Fringe Party.

Posted by: MD Dave | April 28, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama isn't guilty by virtue of "guilt by association". He is guilty by virtue of helping empower this racist lunatic by belonging to, attending and contributing money to Wright's church.

It's people like Wright -- and Obama -- that are keeping racism alive in this country.

Posted by: Michael Smith | April 28, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Wright needs to read Bill Cosby's essay "We can't blame white people".

I have listened to Wright, and my impression is he is stuck back in the 1950's. You could blame a lot on whites then.

But here we are in the 21st century, and people like Wright have become the number one problem to the black community.

Wrights kind of "preaching" may sound good to blacks, but it reminds me of the alcoholic and his bottle of wine ... feels good going down, but it's gonna kill you in the end.

Posted by: Deb from NC | April 28, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Michelle is a serious "ANGRY BLACK WOMAN"

Kind of scares me to think of her as our first lady--SERIOUSLY

Posted by: canttakenomo' | April 28, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Milbank's characterizations of Wright's comments carry the same level of depth as Hannity's characterization of his sermons.

For those that care about learning about the man and his beliefs, listen to his entire sermons, and this entire press conference, yourself, and make up your own mind both about where he is coming from, and how much coverage of soundbites distorts reality.

Posted by: Otto | April 28, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Why do whites feel that Wrights comments about the Government are racist towards whites. As far as I can tell he never directed any comments towards whites.

This seems very odd to me. To criticize the government is to hate white people? Are we fascist?

I'm very curious as to how this intellectual leap is made. Will someone please explain or show me where Wright specifically mentioned white people.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Wright is used to "playing" to a packed house of 8000 people. It could not have been easy to be told by Obama and Axelrod to lay low and shutup. Now, he must have decided that he will NOT be told what to do by any man, black or white. After all. Wright is the epitomy of the egocentric ranting racist, and he WILL have his say! Obama was very unwise not to disown AND denounce him from the outset, though that would still have been a hard sell in light of his 20 years of support. When you consider Obama's problems with Wright, Rezko, Auchi, Ayers, Dohrn, Khalidi, et el, and now Evelyn Pringle's 3-part expose' on scoop.com [more parts to follow] on Obama's rise in Chicago politics, it will be a hard sell on the part of Howard Dean to convince all Dems to unite around Obama in November. As Pringle states, a fifth grader could have obtained all of the info she did on Obama, so why didn't the democratic party leaders do their homework before super Tuesday??? Now, if they admit they made a grave mistake that could actually do harm to the country, their political careers will be ruined. But, if they DON'T come forward to denounce Obama, their careers will still be destroyed, when the mainstream media gets ahold of the Pringle articles, or at least FOX NEWS! We democratic voters are going to have to take control of this situation and vote for McCain in November if Hillary is not the nominee. By then, the Rezko trial and all of the corruption in Chicago politics surrounding and including Obama will be front page center for all to see. He is totally unelectable, and we need a Dem in the White House, but I would rather have McCain there, than to allow the Chicago political machine to move their game from the streets of Chicago to the halls of the White House!

Posted by: susan leff | April 28, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Annette Keller,
No matter what Wright says that does not give Hillary pledged delegates or any credible way to win the nomination. Hillary only started being competitive when the Republican nomination was over and Rush Limbaugh sent his idiots out to screw up our election. If the superdelegates overturn the electorate, the Democratic Party is done for.
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I agree 100%; and why has the media ignored the fact that Clinton won PA, & OH largely because of Rush Limbaugh's crazy challenge. Also, it was Rush's challenge that gave Clinton the win on popular votes in TX although she didn't win TX, because Obama won the most delegates. Clinton keeps changing the math in an effort to get ahead even though none of it stacks up to a win for her. So we will see how the convention turns out, because it is impossible for her to win at this point without the superdelegates giving it to her. If they do Rush and his crazy followers will Riot and get away with it, because McCain will not prosecute the and Clinton won't get in office to even try. I didn't get asked who I would vote for if the DNC "GAVE" the nomination to Clinton, and if I had my answer would be Mickey Mouse as a write-in.

Posted by: SingleWhiteFemale | April 28, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Dana,

How is it that a great many people continue to ask why has Senator Obama not left his church based on some of the things his pastor has said and yet very few people if any are asking why have Catholics not left their churches based on some of the things their clergy have actually done?

This is not to say that a double standard exist, but it is to say that people need to check themselves when they insist on holding Senator Obama responsible and accountable for what his former pastor has said or done.

Posted by: Caryl S. Foster | April 28, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine the good reverend wright giving the convocation at BO's inauguration? Good bye Mr. Obama. I am a sad white man today. I voted for you and sent money to Hillary right after I read this article.

Posted by: vamike | April 28, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I believe we have to remember that Rev. Wright is also a politician. He also has a constituency and has to speak with the voice of that group or he would not retain his position. His group is obviously demanding that he speak strongly to their values and, I believe, those values are ones that the most moral of Americans would approve, even if provocative. I believe Obama shares those views, even if he disapproves of the rhetoric. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans may be prejudiced against Obama because they are not sufficiently moral.

Posted by: L.Kurt Engelhart | April 28, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Swanieaz writes: "A sorry, sorry day for all of us, and I am a WASP."

Wow....I didn't know Wasps could read, never mind write. I just thought they spent most of thier time stinging people who intrude on thier hives...I guess the Bee Movie with Jerry Seinfeld was onto something...Swanieaz's comment are sure generating a lot of Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz in my office...I guess Obama has now lost the insect vote...oh well

Posted by: Jack O'Malley | April 28, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

We do not go to church for the sake of a priest or a pastor. A church is a place where people gather to pray.

At least he went to church. Hillary has no religious affiliations. That is why she lives with FEAR and not HOPE. It appears that the majority of American Catholics live with Fear. That is why Hillary is able to get their votes. Spiritual people should live with HOPE and not FEAR if they truely believe in GOD.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Its tragic for the Democratic Party that this whole situation wasn't know in November 2007. Obama wouldn't have won in Iowa...or anywhere else. Not even close.


Now...here we are. Move over Dukakis...make room for Obama.

Posted by: hex321 | April 28, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Please, stop all of your breathless tabloid reporting for just a moment and take the time to read Elizabeth Edwards clear-eyed op-ed about the media's role in our democracy in yesterday's New York Times. Maybe then you will realize that you are seriously abusing your power and playing an essential role in the perversion of our democracy.

It is YOUR choice whether or not you sacrifice reporting on real issues for the latest bowling scores or remark of somebody a candidate knows. What is needed in this country is an INFORMED electorate, and YOU have the power to help fulfill that need. Please step up to this and stop with this adolescent, gossipy "journalism". It makes you look very small.

ps If you insist on dedicating a large chunk of your political reporting to Rev. Wright, please at least take an honest look at what he said instead of casting it in the most simplified, controversial, and negative light. What you are doing is destructive and dishonest.

Posted by: William H | April 28, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to me that everyone wants to say "I'm not a racist"...but is happy to point the finger of "racist" to someone who speaks uncomfortable truths that no one wants to deal with. Everyone wants to forget slavery, forget segregation, and forget the discriminationg that STILL EXISTS TODAY.

No one wants to look at the history of why some African-American are upset about some of this country's policies. That does not directly translate to "unAmerican" or "racist". This country was founded on the oppression of Native Americans and African Americans alike, but everyone would like for these groups to keep quiet and have no opinion at all. Just look at the anonymous comment to this very article:

"Harold Ford Jr. has got to be shaking his head. "Not Again!"

Sorry Harold they fall for it everytime. They'ld rather fight a 100 year war and build schools for Iraqi children than vote for a black man.

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Posted by: Rae | April 28, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

From a political horserace perspective, I have to agree with the poster gbooksdc -- Obama must leave that church IMMEDIATELY.

Personally, as a Hillary supporter, I hope he doesn't do that. But he has no choice now, really, so expect an announcement within days if not hours -- something about how "shocked" and "betrayed" Barack and Obama are by Wright's comments. Whatever.

Posted by: Joe | April 28, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The strategy from the Republicans under Karl Rove is to get Hillary beaten and Obama elected so that they can insure their win. It is called reverse psychology and they are good at it!!!

Posted by: Hispana | April 28, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

You do not know much about Harold Ford, Jr. He has said many times that this is politics and Obama needs to be able to address such issues head on. Being able to do so is a sign of leadership and strength.

Harold is a southern black man and is a realist... and notably he only lost the Tennessee Senate seat by 3% after being unfairly swift-boated by an ad that played on racism.

Where Obama's problems originate is his own doing... No one needed to swift-boat him with Obama having a close friend and mentor like Wright. And this has more to do with "radicalism" (aka not mainstream) then "race."

Posted by: Nickyle | April 28, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Boy, this country dodged a serious bullet coming this close to handing over the WH keys to the follower of a deranged racist lunactic. With nominees like these, it's no wonder the Republicans have cleaned the Dems clock going on almost 40 years. The Democrat Party is DOA come November 2008, and it's about time the media woke up and did its job! McCain will be our next President.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Wright is irrelevant and just grist for MSM bloviators to waste good oxygen babbling about. Obama doesn't have a chance in he// of being elected POTUS...and of course HRC is equally unelectable. Once again, the Dems...with their uncanny ability to pick losers... are handing the White House to the GOP. He//uva job, Dems.

Posted by: Checkered.1 | April 28, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Question: Who actually wrote this piece of partisan tripe anyway? Dana Milbank or Eric Pianin?

And why does that picture of Mr. Milbank remind me of Andy Kaufamn? Wait, I get it now - Pianin is Tony Clifton..cute.

Posted by: George | April 28, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I guess America (white America) just doesn't get it. To bad. Now for a giant step backwards as we nearly taking one forward. I guess next he will be labeled anti semitic because some supporter will denounce Zionism.

Posted by: Ric | April 28, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't usually read Mr. Milbank because he is a little left for my taste. The Reverend has finally pushed it beyond anybody's power to dissemble, rationalize, and exlain. This article was straight reporting. It speaks for itself.

If Obama is the nominee, I see a forty state blow-out victory for McCain.

Doug Santo
Pasadena, CA

PS

The comments on this page confirm that there are some real nuts out there.

Posted by: Doug Santo | April 28, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"2) If the "super" delegates take the vote away from the people, the Democrats will be destroyed forever."

Not if evidence makes it too obvious that their new savior has become bruised beyond belief...

Posted by: Jo | April 28, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Here's the bottom line. People aren't stupid enough to think that you can sit in a church for 20 years and listen to this type of theology without having everything you view about the country and world filtered through it. No matter how you sugar-coat it, the fact that Senator Obama "walks" with this man, excludes him from being POTUS!

Posted by: UMMM. . . | April 28, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, the world is full of people I don't think are always on target. People like Wright, people like Bush and his "weapons of mass destruction." If Wright was running for President he would not get my vote. Obama is running and I have listened to what he says, as I have Clinton and McCain. I have looked into, as best as possible, how they have lived and the political positions they have taken. My vote went to Obama in the Texas primary, and in the caucus, and I hope I get a chance to vote for him in November.

Posted by: rusty 3 | April 28, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

This development is exactly why it was appropriate for Hillary Clinton to stay in the race. When opponents are only 1% apart in the popular vote (not even counting Florida) any candidate would stay the course because anything can happen to tip the balance. If Obama was on the losing end of a 1% margin he certainly would stay in and he would be right to do so.

The re-emergence of Rev. Wright might have added enormous weight to Obama's inability to connect with white middle class voters, white blue collar voters, Catholics and Latinos.

African-Amercians, if they want to come to Obama's aid, will have to, en masse, reject Jeremiah Wright in no uncertain terms. Even then, Rev. Wright might have just dealt Obama a fatal blow.

This is why Obama should have waited for 2012 or 2016 to run for President. His service in the U.S.Senate would have given him bona fide credentials, and he would have had more time to distance himself from Rev. Wright, Tony Rezko and Ayers/Dohrn.

If Obama loses the nomination or the general election, don't blame the Clinton's. Obama has done all this to himself. If the Clinton's are marginalized by their own party many Democrats (including me) will leave the party for good.

Posted by: myskylark | April 28, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Wright, for bringing the white racists cockroaches out of the cracks...

Posted by: Dana | April 28, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Harold Ford at the Playboy Party with white girls.

Obama with Wright the black radical.

Same strategy. Same effect. Based in the same fear.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Great post Roger 3:22 p.m.

Posted by: Jim | April 28, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I watched Rev. Wright's ENTIRE speech on CNN, guess what, I found that I agreed with many of the things he said, but of course the media will only show snippets and soundbites, because that keeps the stories going and talking heads working. Last I looked OBAMA'S name is on the Ballot not Rev. Wrights, why don't you lavish this much attention of Pastor Hagee's sermons, after John McSame is really happy that he's his advisor and endorsing him! Nope, there's still racisim alive and well in this country, exactly what Rev. Wright is speaking too, unfortunately there are so many pointy headed people in this society that they will live and die by snippets because when all you watch is American Idol instead of reading an entire book or article and base your votes on "snippets" on T.V. we end up with the mess we now have. It's pathetic.

Posted by: Sue F | April 28, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely hope Reverend Wright continues to speak out on whatever is on his mind, right up to Election Day.

That's the best way to guarantee that Obama will not be President. He's going to be spending the next six months having to deal with Wright's remarks, at every interview, every debate.

And as for those black people who say I will never understand Reverend Wright, I say this: I don't have to understand him. He's not running for office. I do have to understand Obama, because he is asking for my vote. And I'm glad that he will never be President of the United States.

Posted by: Steven L. | April 28, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

iris writes---Anyone looking to view this with an open mind should listen to the Bill Moyers

Now, you see there's your mistake. An obama supporter is the perfect example of a closed mind.

obama supporters are a hoot. You're real high up on entertainment value alone.
The hildabeast must be in hog-heaven listening to this racist sink obama's campaign.
Operation chaos continues.

Posted by: haloplayer | April 28, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Ric
It is too bad. Jeez.

Posted by: vamike | April 28, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Simply one comment: 12% of the population.

Posted by: Geechee | April 28, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

To Proud Republican:

Oh horse hockey! Obama is his own worst conspiracy. If he hadn't maintained a 20-year association with this nut, no one would give two cents what he says.

Posted by: Uncle Reggie | April 28, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

You, the media is reigniting the issue. Why don't you publish Reverend Wright sermons completely? Why don't you help readers to interpret those sermons? Why do you follow the trends of corporate media?

Posted by: Manuel | April 28, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Wright is bitter - not better after preaching hatemongering for 30 years.

Has Wright apologized for his remarks about Hillary FROM THE PULPIT??

"Hillary ain't never been called a N****r!"

NOOOOO!!!

Today Hillary called on everyone to move on past Wright. I'm glad someone is standing up and trying to unify the party before it explodes!!!

Posted by: JoseyJ | April 28, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Should the issue of Sen. Obama's 20-year relationship with his pastor and mentor be considered "guilt by indoctrination" ?

Posted by: Uncle Sam | April 28, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

What an awful Rohrshach test this column has served to administer to us Americans. I don't know who the respondents are, but the racism (on both sides), the anti-Semitism, and the overall level of strident and viscious intolerance are appalling. Whether the views and opinions of Reverend Wright are newsworthy and are proper subjects to use in assessing Obama are certainly debatable issues that do not warrant this level of diatribe, invective, and outright hatred.

I for one am a huge fan of Obama's and am saddened to see Reverend Wright say things that will, fairly or not, certainly hurt Obama's campaign.

Regardless of who is elected President, this country will be far worse for the race-baiting that is sure to follow. Dialogues like these, with simmering hatreds unveiled in all of their ugliness, are the testiment to what lies under the scab once it is picked off.

We have sacrificed reason and progress for stridency and self-justification.

Sad. Very sad.

Posted by: Sad | April 28, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: gavin930 | April 28, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

While Wright is actually correct on a few of his observations....his method of delivery will never get people to actually listen to what he has to say....this makes him a grade A idiot...

But..lets not think Mr. Obama does not have a mind of his own...maybe he sees through all the flash and drama of Mr. Wright..

BTW..I don't agree with Wright's position on HIV and a few other outlandish idiotic viewpoints.

Posted by: Middle of the road | April 28, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

He is one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century; that's what I think about him. . . . Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not put me in chains, he did not put me in slavery, and he didn't make me this color."
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News flash Rev, no one 'put you in chains'. Get off your cross, someone needs the wood.

Posted by: Patrick NYC | April 28, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I'll just comment here that, we've been told for 32 years, going back to Carter, that we should overlook the shortcomings of [X] and vote for the lesser of two evils.

Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton threw blacks, as a constituency, under the bus. (That always bothered me because Republicans always take care of THEIR base.) Bill Clinton appointed a huge number of black judges, but that's not the same as taking care of your base; that's rewarding political cronys. Anyway, I digress: except for the Reagan years, things have gotten worse and worse (and if you think Clinton's the reason things were OK in the 90s, read Bill Bradley's book; there were a number of things that Clinton had nothing to do with and that are not likely to recur that boosted the economy).

Point being, I'm going to vote for someone. Not against someone else. The lesser of two evils doesn't fly for me, and Obama's politics were never mine, anyway. It seems to me character has always been the best indicator in a President; it certainly was with Reagan. I always regretted Dukakis' loss; he was a very smart guy and a pretty good Gvernor, he's have been better than Bush I. And Perot was the best man running in both campaigns.

I can find things to like in McCain. He can't be as incompetent as Bush. And don't get it twisted, deep down, McCain and Bush hate each other's guts. McCain slamming Bush over Katrina is an indication of his, and most Republicans, disgust at Bush's incompetence. He has scruples and a level of integrity. Next to Hillary, he's George Washington. He has no use for the Clintons, and he'll work with Dems. So I think he can bring this country together, at a time when we need unity to face our enemies who would destroy us. You may not like what he stands for, but I think you can trust him.

Put up Hillary. Watch her a$$ get dusted, and then, God willing, she'll be relegated to the dustbin of history, and the Dems and America can move on. Because right now, they're holding the party hostage, and Americans really should get to choose between two competent, honorable individuals. (The honorable part lets Clinton out.) The SDs know it, that's why they're still moving towards Obama. But this latest Wright business might remove their political cover.

Posted by: gbooksdc | April 28, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I will be making another contribution to Obama as will thousands of others.

As Sen Obama says change is not easy and the establishment won't go down without a fight.

Posted by: zzishate | April 28, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse


Did I hear this right?

Rev. "Goddamn America" has a book coming out later this year?

Well, that's just GREAT!!

And you moonbats think Obama can win in November..

ROTFLMAO!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Joe wrote---"From a political horserace perspective, I have to agree with the poster gbooksdc -- Obama must leave that church IMMEDIATELY."

Ain't that kinda like shutting the barn door after the horses get out?

Posted by: haloplayer | April 28, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I just read a few comments about how close we came to turning over the White House to a racist idiot. Don't some of you realize we have OFTEN given the White House to racists?

Posted by: rusty 3 | April 28, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Nut case he is. Undoubtedly. Sorry - but what fools.

Posted by: RMC | April 28, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.

Posted by: Karl Marx | April 28, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

D. Milbank, the initial proverb that you quote Reverend Wright as saying, he turned as an insinuation to the media, not himself. Did you actually listen to what he said or are you still looping in a histrionic sound bite? Likewise, "Chickens coming home to roost..." was a quote he was using from someone else. Did you not hear the reference? Reverend Wright's hysteretic (not hysteric) and overdue speech at the NPC was spirited, explanatory, biblically and historically rapt, and, at times, candid and indignant; and, as one might expect from a pastor of 36 years reduced to a 20 second sound bite, it sought to be protective of who he is and what he and his ministry has accomplished. It was a short history lesson of the role The United Church of Christ has played as a faith-based organization for its members and in the broader community through the efforts and successes of its ministries to impact injustice, misfortune, inequality and a host of other issues. It is not unfortunate or reflexive in the context of politics or the Obama Campaign that you and others, mistakenly, want so badly to associate it with, but sadly in the shallow immediacy of news bite infection many of you focus on the bee's sting and not the flower, pollination or fruitfulness of the garden. Others will dissect his speeches and sermons to aid their own agenda and negate the message by attacking or attempting to invalidate the messenger. Reverend Wright continues to define himself (rather than be defined through the trite and trivial) and champions his identity as a pastor who has a broad appeal in his church/community organization and one who will not be silenced by his critics. He is neither a "nut", "loony", or has he "doomed" the Obama campaign. If you would expended more effort correctly informing yourself and thereby (hopefully) offering your readers a balanced perspective there might be less recoiling at sensationalism. But...that's not likely to happen.

Posted by: Silverspoon1 | April 28, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Looks like we got another nut case. Concernedaboutdc.

Posted by: RMC | April 28, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

It's time for Obama to distance himself from... the presidential campaign.

Posted by: boo boo | April 28, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I watched the entire speech and Q&A this morning. I don't understand why people refer to Wright as dangerous or a nut.

He is a charismatic speaker, well educated and thoughtful. There was so much truth is what he said. He was particularly correct when he said that people react to his words rather than to the truth.

Anyone who calls Rev. Wright bigoted hasn't listened to him or is reacting to his words but not his message.

Did Wright make odd gestures? Yes. They may have looked condesending to those who have difficulty accepting any kind of sermon or speech other than formal, dry, political speech. Remember, he is a pastor and he explained his background.

Did he say things that are hard to take? Yes, but he also talked about reconciliation. He is a black man in an country that enslaved blacks, lynched blacks, and discriminated against blacks. It's part of his history although so many white people just want to ignore it. Wright talked about how the white people of his church helped slaves and embraced them. There was nothing negative in his words but hopefilled and positive. The truth hurts, though. Face up to instead of crying "nut" and "bigot".

I am shocked (althought I shouldn't be) by the vitriol in these comments. So many narrow minds. It's very depressing. I would guess there are a few racists posting here.

Posted by: Adrasteia | April 28, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The political fall-out of Wright's racist rants will continue to harm BO. Perhaps not enough to deny him the nomination, but there is no way he will be elected president with this guy so closely tied to him, plus his connections to the terrorist Ayers, plus the Hamaas endorsement, plus his willingness to sit down with every two-bit thug national leader and his connection to another noted racist, Farrakhan. While I have no doubt BO is not a racist himself, such associations and statements show a remarkable lack of judgment from someone who wants to be president.

Posted by: BC1358 | April 28, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

zzishate wrote---I will be making another contribution to Obama as will thousands of others.
Does the phrase, 'a fool and his money' ring a bell? hahahaha

Posted by: haloplayer | April 28, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Hear that sound?......that's Obama's campaign going down in flames.....

Posted by: oh geeze | April 28, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Wright has just put the final nail in the political coffin of Obama....Obama is D--E--A--D as a Presidential candidate....

Posted by: charko825 | April 28, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright is not helping the Obama campaign. I do not know why black people are always in to knock down a fellow black man. Wright has an ego and it would have been better not to serve his ego but serve God instead!

Obama can throw him under the bus now as far as I am concerned!

Posted by: Marjon | April 28, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

America: look at the Obama black shirts posting here. This is what David Axelrod pays them to do. They literally harass anyone who speaks up against his criminal candidate. Enough is enough and David Axelrod's brutal tactics - and this harassment of a Washington Post journalist - must be stopped. Democracy has no alternative.

Posted by: RMC | April 28, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

May I just say ... Mr. Obama's camp is looking less and less ready for prime time.

Mr. Dean last week made this very sensible comment:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3d03a310-12f7-11dd-8d91-0000779fd2ac.html?nclick_check=1
"If it's very very close, they [the superdelegates] will do what they want anyway," said Mr Dean.
....
"I do not think in the long run it will come down to the popular vote or anything else.
....
"Politically there will be some feeling at the end of this process that somebody is better than the other person in terms of taking on John
McCain."

Posted by: F. Steele | April 28, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

you're right geechee. and there are more bigots and racists and muslim converts than in any other cohort.

Posted by: vamike | April 28, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I absolutely support Obama but I think I'd like to put duct tape over Wright's mouth. Wright's speech on prophetic black faith was intelligent and rational but his answers in the Q&A, by and large, were flip and likely to alienate folks. If nothing else, I think he showed a regrettably inflated self-regard today and an ego of considerable proportions. I think some of his answers were absurd (as I know Obama does.)Aids as biological warfare etc. is not a serious argument and posing it instantly discredits Rev. Wright. Doesn't he want to be taken seriously?

I think he did a grave disservice to Obama and I do not understand his motivations and lack of loyalty. Does he want to reinforce the silly ideas and simplistic portrayal of himself offered up by the shallow whims of the tabloid media in the last month? Does he want to derail the candidacy of the first half-black candidate that has a real shot at the White House? Why?

Maybe Obama does need to cut the cord completely. After Wright's disloyalty, it would not be undeserved. Then again, if Obama can forgive Wright's brazen behavior, it stands as a even greater testament to his character. I know this for sure, Obama's ideas and temperment are wholly untainted by Wright's outlandish mentality.

And an aside to some of the open bigots on this board, you are worse than Wright and you should be ashamed. I believe, as Obama does, in a united and fair America in which your hate has no part. Is that not something we should all strive for? God, I am disappointed by the blindness of some of my fellow citizens right now. I am heartsick at their inability to embrace the ideas of equality and justice that make this a truly great country. I believe that in my core and I know Obama does. How about all the detractors?

Posted by: Katie | April 28, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Its upsetting to read that many feel Republicans are laughing and enjoying all of this. I'm not. This guy is an embarrassment to all Americans. He can believe what he wants because it is his right but the hate he is spewing will only keep our society from moving forward in terms of race relations. Maybe on some sick level that is what he wants.
I speak to many like minded people and none of us are dancing with joy right now.

Posted by: PJ | April 28, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

haloplayer...

I'm not a fool..but better to be thought a fool than a bigot. Chew on that one for a while.

Posted by: zzishate | April 28, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

This should no be surprise anyone. This so called pastor is a racist and does not follow God's words. Obama is his pupil and he should pay for all the racist comments.


Blacks need to learn that they should think independently and select the best candidate possible and not vote or cheer for one candidate in masses.

Hispanics won't vote for Obama in the primaries nor in the general election. Bill Richardson did not get our vote because he was not the best candidate.

Hillary is the best candidate.

Posted by: Paolo | April 28, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Read the transcript, not this blather.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/28/us/politics/28text-wright.html?pagewanted=all

Posted by: gavin930 | April 28, 2008 3:51 PM
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The problem is, 99% won't read the transcript (and many who do, will read it with a closed mind). Everyone else will only know of Wright as it is reported, and it will be reported as Dana reported it.

If the populace were intelligent and capable of critical thinking, Hillary would have carried about eight states and would be an afterthought by now. Many people really ARE stupid, and most people believe what they read, without processing. That's why Bush was elected, twice.

Basically, Obama will be punished because he knows a jerk. My college chaplain was a wino who liked boys (and may God rest his soul, he was a sweet, sweet man, but the truth is the truth). No one will ever assign any moral blame to me for that, or that I, say, didn't alert the college authorities. Again, no one cares about a double standard.

You will go broke, fast, betting on the overall intelligence of the people.

Posted by: gbooksdc | April 28, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

You Know What's Scary About the Washington Post..........

When you read the racist comments to this and other articles. You realize that the people making the racist comments are sitting in offices all over DC.

Now that's institutional racism for you.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Artful tactic: Guilt by association with audience participants.

The Milbank trash talk cites the presence of "Marion Barry, Cornel West, Malik Zulu Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party and Nation of Islam official Jamil Muhammad," ...

Milbank knows--but hopes you don't--that anyone can attend a National Press Club public event. I went to hear Desmond Tutu a while ago. I just called the Press club for a reservation and showed up!

You guys are master propagandists!
--Impressed me.

Posted by: William Turner | April 28, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering when Mr. Obama would be hoisted on his own petard. It looks like it finally happened.

Posted by: Spengler47 | April 28, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

If America and the world are to survive, we must allow ourselves to see others who are different and suppress the violent urge to destroy them.

I don't like some of the things Wright says, but I'm not voting for him.

I don't like some of the things McCain says, and I'm not voting for him either.

I don't like some of the things Clinton says, and I'm not voting for her either.

I don't like some of the things Obama says, but I HAVE voted for him. And proudly so.


The world isn't homogeneous and fortunately so.

Posted by: egc52556 | April 28, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The whole thing is sad. Rev. Wright can say what he wants, its America after all.

There is a lot of truth to what he is saying from an African American perspective. However, if you have never walked in a man's shoes, how can you begin to understand the path his feet have endured?

There are people in the US, right now, who can still remember what it was like to have fire hoses turned on them, and dogs and lynchings. Yet, you would say to that person, "hey get over it..." or "that was too long ago, so move on..." And if they share with you that they are still hurt and they still feel pain, then they are unpatriotic, because they remember a different America than you.

If anyone would change their vote from Obama to Hillary today, because of Rev. Wright..then I would believe that you were looking for a reason in the first place, or something to that effect.


Posted by: Rev JD | April 28, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright is a American hero. Please do yourselves a favor and watch the interview with Bill Moyers. We owe him our gratitude and respect and we cannot squander another election on the clinton dynasty.
Help Senator Obama move our country forward.

Posted by: cary | April 28, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

And the cynicism go on and on, especially in the media. Wake up America. Think for yourselves. Rev. Wright has a powerful message and we've never had a candidate as good as Obama!

Posted by: Texas/white/female | April 28, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright's recent statements prove, to me at least, that he is NOT Obama's friend. He seems to be intentionally tarnishing Obama's image. Who is financiing this speaking tour, anyway? The timing is certainly curious. Obama needs to face the truth about his so-called friend and defend himself or,at least admit he was bamboozled by Wright who seems to be a egotistical hate-monger preaching evil in a house of prayer. I am a Black American and have attended a Black church all my life. Even in the 60s, our pastors never spoke in such a hateful manner.And there were many more blatant reasons then.Wright should pray for forgiveness. Obama must wake up and fight back.Also,on the charges of elitism:if he has student loans, was raised in a sometimes broken-home, spent some time in the inner-city,etc, he cannot be considered elite. I think some people feel that if we all don't talk and act more like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, or worse yet, like JAY JAY on Good Times, we must be elitists. Hillary's background,upbringing, schooling, adult life is more elite that anyone since Jackie Kennedy.

Posted by: btterry | April 28, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

You saw a very different speech than I saw. Your reporting is biased and flawed. What utter crap.

Posted by: White lady in VA | April 28, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

and this is the spiritual advisor of Obama, who listened to him for 20 years.

Posted by: indigo | April 28, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

For those who attack Rev. Wright over his AIDs comments perhaps you should educate yourselves about what governments are capable of, even the American government. Rev. Wright mentioned the Tuskegee Study. Read it and weep.

http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/library/wdc-lib/historical/medical_history/bad_blood/

Don't say it can't be done.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"But this country's leaders have refused to apologize." (for slavery).

We fought a war...many thousands died to end slavery. Does that mean anything???

Posted by: LKA | April 28, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

It's columnists like Milbank, who can turn a phrase and sees everything as confirming his prejudice (not racial, personal), that will make Wright into a nut case. Keep repeating it and it will be true, right? This WASP found Wright to speak the truth, lust as MLK,Jr. did when he said the same thing in 1968.

Posted by: mark | April 28, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The belief that Barrack coulod be a nominee was a long shot, because as we can see its truly a White Mans world, and if true, he does not look like me is more racist than anything Wright has said, it merly shows that though things have changed they are still the same. Good Try Barrack but the US is not ready for you yet or a BLACK lEADER how sad

Posted by: sticky | April 28, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama is Obama not God. Wright is not gonna change what he believes or his rhetoric to help Obama. He'll leave that to the Pat Robertson and TD Jakes of the world.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

There are many reasons and occasions to criticize the media collectively and certain members of the media individually, but to blame Dana and the media for the Reverend Wright's remarks in the last few days is preposterous. What do the critics above want is a complete ban on reporting of whatever Wright said and, beyond that, of anything negative about Senator Obama. That would be just as wrong as magnifying Wright and other unwelcome revelations about the Senator of Illinois.
Yes, it is sad that Wright does so much harm to Obama--but that is not the fault of the media. Wright would have been well advised to remain silent.
I doubt that he cost Obama the Democratic nomination but it will cost Obama the presidency.

Posted by: B.N. | April 28, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

For those of you claiming to have seen the whole speech and condemning those who focus on the snippets, get a clue: the snippets are of a piece with his whole speech. He condemns America as a terrorist nation, feels 9/11 was justice, thinks the gov capable of introducing AIDS to blacks, implies Obama agrees with him but says something else as a politician, etc. The snippets and the speeches are uniform and describe an anti-American, hate whitey preacher and his acolyte, Obama. Now his views may resonate with the Marxist condemnations of America and may resonate with the lefties on this board but guess what, comrades? They don't resonate with the majority of Americans....so embrace his positions, rant about how bad America is and watch your leftie candidate go down in flames.

Posted by: plmiller | April 28, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm. The Wapo has 5 articles up on their home page regarding Rev. Wright., all penned today. When did the Wapo get so obsessed with Rev. Wright?

Posted by: Rob L. | April 28, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

zzishate, just look at your screen name. You're filled with hate. You're just the kind of person who would support that racist wright.
You're sending money or are you trying to re-arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. Both equally futile efforts.
But, hey, don't be stingy. What ever amount you are going to send - double it.

Hahahahahahaha

Posted by: haloplayer | April 28, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Since Obama is half black does that mean he thinks his Pastor is only half Wright.

Posted by: Jeff, Vermont | April 28, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

LKA>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Who is the WE that you are referring to???

Posted by: Rev JD | April 28, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase a fellow commenter:
"It's the jews that coerced Wright into talking in order to sink his candidacy."

Good grief! Wright is a blessing. Finally someone is opening the door to a really really honest conversation about race, and the institutionalized racism that permeates pockets of african-american culture.
My first exposure was a liberal arts school in an Africana Studies class, when my teacher told me I needed to die if I did not support Pan-Africanism (the idea that african-americans should all immigrate to africa). So much for free thought.
The Black Theology website that Wright weblinks to teaches that "If God doesn't hate whites, then we should kill God." I wonder how Obama's racist grandmother feels about that.

Vote Obama -murder babies, baby murderers-

Posted by: Goodgrief | April 28, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

JESSE JACKSON revisited. Wright is a nightmare. We will never heal racial wounds with a man like this at the helm of any church. Preacher of Victomology. I feel very sad for Obama. Wright is a traitor to the campaign of the first black man in U.S. history to run for President. Shame on him.

Posted by: tara | April 28, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Its official. The Democratic Party is now one big lunatic asylum.

Posted by: muskrat | April 28, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright (or is it wrong?), acted like a war hero because he, like millions of other Americans served in the Armed Forces. He belittled Cheney for not having served. HAS OBAMA OR CLINTON SERVED Rev?
McCain is a REAL war hero.

Posted by: Al T | April 28, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Is Milbank on the Rupert Murdock payroll?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

If this country is so evolved. Why is the race card still the most powerful strategy in politics.

Maybe we should stop patting ourselves on the back for how far we've come.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"Coincidentally, it was they [Biblical Jews] who betrayed Jesus to the Romans so he could be crucified."

What a crock of crap. Live with it: Romans, or ITALIANS, killed your Jesus. Jews had nothing to do with it. That was a laughable addition to the bible after the Nicene council in the 4th century, presided over by Constantine, the first Xtian emperor of Rome.

Pontius Pilate was a notorious Jew hater and killer. It is to laugh that he could be influenced by Jewish rioters to kill or not kill another Jew.

Time you learned the history of your own religion. And your anti-Semitism hangs like a dingleberry from your bigotted brain.

Posted by: SteveCO | April 28, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I will be very interesting to see how Obama makes Hillary Clinton the villian on this one!
There is no way Obama can become president. I honestly thought he was going to be president a little over a month ago. 45 days later there is no way he could be elected. He has self destructed himself.
One can see why McCain wants to run against him. I am not even addressing his lack of ability to win big industrial swing states and the entire South.

Posted by: What shoe will drop next on Obama? | April 28, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I think Wright should continue to speak out every chance he gets and he has been doing it for a long time. Many people say that he is a nut case and will hurt Obama's chance for the nomination. The opposite is true. The white people who pretend to leave Obama because of Wright are really people who would not have voted for him anyway. Race was always going to be a factor in this election and the more the McCain group tries to hide racism in the flag the more votes Obama will get. The majority of the people state that America is on the wrong track. They recognize many of the things Wright has said as being true. "God damn America, because she thinks she is God", the more people try to justify using this to not vote for Obama, the more people will vote for Obama. There is just too much truth in that statement. Everyone has his or her own opinion as to how we got off the track. I have come up with many of my own, however all together they just do not add up to enough. Then these words keep ringing in my ears, "and the Holy Spirit entered into their hearts, that they would turn their land over to the beast". I bet we take our land back, if you think 2008 is something wait until you get a load of 2012.

Posted by: solrev | April 28, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The thought of the guest list at future White House affairs should scare the beejuzus out of EVERYONE:

Lil' Kim, Rev. Wright, Will Smith, Kwame Kilpatrick, Marion Barry, Gary Coleman, O.J., Lil' Wayne, Al Sharpton--

HEEEEEEEEEEEEELP!! Somebody HELLLLP~~~

Posted by: marks | April 28, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Wrights comments on Isreal, HIV/AIDS, religion, countries ALL scare me. I am Dem. will vote Hillary but if Obama is it Nadar or even Mc Cain as Hilary will have a high place in senate and work well with him and a solid Dem. congress.

Posted by: Robin | April 28, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Wright is a traitor to the campaign of the first black man in U.S. history to run for President. Shame on him.

Posted by: tara | April 28, 2008 4:06 PM
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Read a book, he's not the first Black to run, he was just the first who had a chance, now that is over.

http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/bawnews/obamadvice223

Posted by: Patrick NYC | April 28, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Race hate and vengence seem to be what gets
'em to the black churches on Sunday.

Barack Hussein Obama seemed not to mind this for 20 years. His whole family absorbed the poisonous bile.

Not the makings of an American first family. If America becomes an ObamaNation, I'm outta here.

Fat chance!

Posted by: battleground | April 28, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I've consistently maintained that it's the Obama camp, if not Obama himself, playing the race card, repeatedly.

Guess they're finally reaping what they sowed all over the Clintons.

Posted by: SteveCO | April 28, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Since Dana missed this part too:

"My goddaughter's unit just arrived in Iraq this week, while those who call me unpatriotic have used their positions of privilege to avoid military service, while sending...(APPLAUSE) ... while sending over 4,000 American boys and girls of every race to die over a lie."

Posted by: HeavyJ | April 28, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I listened to portions of Rev Wright's speech to the NAACP. He speaks is a style that is very dramatic, and so everything he says tends to be amplified. Basically, I found that everything he said is true. Also, he is a very funny guy. I do wish he had some solutions to offer, but then pretty much no body does. Go Obama. Now it's the Guess my Race Game! Guess it.

Posted by: Maireane ni Vera | April 28, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Not for a minute would anyone who truly loves this country have sat in this man's church. It is NOT a typical black church. Too bad, Obama ... but maybe next time? ... or not? There are several black politicians who will make us a better President; Mayor Nutter especially!

Posted by: Cassandra Washington | April 28, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Wright makes a good living out of black anger. A black president would undermine that, by going against his narrative that Blacks have no fair shot in America. Therefore Wright is undermining Obama.

The ironic thing is that an Obama presidency would be a great disappointment to US blacks, because Obama would be terrified of seeming to take their side.

There's no doubt in my mind that at the end of Obama's first term, it would be the Blacks, not the Whites, who would be complaining the loudest.

Posted by: OD | April 28, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Even with Rev. Wright's comments taken out of context, I still don't see what's so inflammatory. Maybe the government didn't spread AIDS deliberately in the black community, but i sure can see why one would believe that it did. I don't see at all how Zionism is not a racist ideology. I don't see how military occupations are not terroristic. Oh, what, Sandinistas? I see, they were an enemy of the U.S. so we should believe what we were told about them as well. Rev. Wright is only guilty of being a poor politician. Definitely not guilty of glossing over what he sees as truth and justice. I thought that was what religious people were supposed to do - to speak truth to power no matter how unpopular. Does anyone realize that Mr. Obama is a different person than his Reverend? I know they're both black, but "come on people."

Posted by: Alan | April 28, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The post by "Proud Republican" about the "Jewish Lobby" crucifying Obama and the "Biblical Jews" betraying Christ is anti-Semitic and should be removed.

Posted by: Roberta Spivek | April 28, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

3:35 - My dad once told me "If you throw a rock at a pack of dogs, the one you hit will holler".

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Its the Drama. It is drowning out everything good.

McCain isnt perfect, but we need a solid leader, not someone who's motives we constantly have to wonder about.

Posted by: AlexParsons | April 28, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Boy this is pathetic, the news media, including WPO, MSNBC, CNN, TIME, NEWSWEEK and on and on all have their blow bags out in force, oh my Rev. Wright is dooming Obamas' campaign, no Dana, that's your phrase and your opinion. It's really sad to see so many people with their own personal opinions and slants on stories making a case for who get's the nomination of our President, but then what do we expect, you all carried the Bush/Cheney BS about Iraq, telling us all about bee afwaid be vewee afwaid, you didn't question it you just put the crap all over the news and here's the really laughable part, it's all come back to bite you in the butts. See all those Pentagon talking heads, former Generals that all of you hired to validate what the WH was telling you, now we find out that they had a special office in the Pentagon where all the BS was reguritated to the good Generals so they could go reguritate it to the public. Listen, I watched the entire Rev. Wright speech and question and answer session, most of which I agreed with and oh my GOD I'm a white grandma from Idaho. Now you will attempt to bury Obama with this crap from Dawn to Dusk day in and day out. How about reporting on Paul vs Clinton, that's not been seen on any television station or story by you water carriers. I must say it probably won't be either, if you think the investigations ended with the end of Clintons term, just vote Hillary in, I guarentee there will be a slew of new ones and rightly so. But keep on carrying her water boys, I guess our country can't go down quickly enough for you. It's truly pathetic.

Posted by: Grannysue | April 28, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Goodgrief, you do know who wrights security team was made of? No?
From an article---"American Urban Radio's April Ryan, confirmed that Wright's security was provided by bodyguards from Farrakhan's Nation of Islam."
You wrote---"The Black Theology website that Wright weblinks to teaches that "If God doesn't hate whites, then we should kill God."

It makes sense he would want to kill God.

Posted by: haloplayer | April 28, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Which America needs to appologize? Massachusetts? John Adams and many other of the founders were against slavery on moral grounds from the colonial days. What about the decendents of those who fought for the United States against the Confederates and the many lives that were lost? Should they apologize? Or should they be thanked for their sacrifice?

Posted by: Cary Thompson | April 28, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Did you see the same press conference I did? I found Wright to be quite articulate, and not at all as extreme as you paint him in this article. He is a critic of US policy, yes. He also said that religious figures should not be expected to count in political battles, because Jesus condemns all violence against the innocent. He did not praise Farrakhan's anti-Semitic remarks, but he praised the man's community work and influence. You apparently think it is extreme to express anything outside of mainstream status quo unconditional approval of all that the United States has done both to its people and to the people of the world. And I think that a pastor, ANY PASTOR OF ANY RELIGION, should be bound to question those acts and injustices. Reverend Wright is a model in that sense (and just for the record, I am a white woman who does not attend any church.)

Posted by: KLewis | April 28, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama's chickens are coming home to roost.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow Dana, I bet this one was scary for the poor media folks:

MODERATOR: You just mentioned that Senator Obama hadn't heard many of your sermons. Does that mean he's not much of a churchgoer? Or does he doze off in the pews?

REVEREND WRIGHT: I just wanted to see -- that's your question. That's your question. He goes to church about as much as you do. What did your pastor preach on last week? You don't know? OK.

Posted by: HeavyJ | April 28, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright is performing an invaluable public service, as is William Ayers. While in and of themselves they could easily be dismissed as the far left nutcases that they are, they have served to unmask Barack Obama's true feelings about his country. Throughout his adult life, beginning in college, Barack Obama has consistently sought out and associated himself with the most radical, America-hating elements that he could find. Despite all of his soothing rhetoric and his lofty speeches that seem to have so many in a swoon, this alone tells me all I need to know about what his true value system is. It's most definitely NOT a value system I want in the White House!

Posted by: Dan R. | April 28, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

PS I support Obama, but it's idiotic to claim that "everything Wright says is true".

Sure, the Govt is capable of great evil. But they didn't invent AIDS, and to say they did is just ignorant.

What it proves is that the "caring" Wright never bothered to learn the facts about a disease that has killed far too many American Blacks.

The guy is a total fool and a good illustration of why it's smart to stay away from ALL churches. If they're not feeding you rightwing garbage, they're feeding you leftwing garbage.

Posted by: OD | April 28, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"Race hate and vengence seem to be what gets
'em to the black churches on Sunday.

"Barack Hussein Obama seemed not to mind this for 20 years. His whole family absorbed the poisonous bile.

Not the makings of an American first family. If America becomes an ObamaNation, I'm outta here".

EXACTLY!! Black, white, red, or green, THIS background is definitely NOT THE MAKINGS OF A FIRST FAMILY--Not by a long shot.

Posted by: Richard | April 28, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Sure the Tuskegee Study was outrageous... and President Bill Clinton apologized for that in 1997. Yet, Wright ignores that fact.

Posted by: Nickyle | April 28, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama was the perfect anti-Hillary missile. He intercepted her trajectory and killed her chances of getting nominated.

Jeremiah Wright is the perfect anti-Obama missile. He intercepted Obama's trajectory and blew his wings off.

Can anyone say President McCain???

Posted by: battleground | April 28, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Hi libs! Why not run an Obama-Wright ticket? CHANGE! HOPE! HOPE you CHANGE the two losers at top of your ticket before it's to late, huh libs? HA! HA!

Posted by: Mike | April 28, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Is Truth really True? Are we to embrace the antics of Bill and Hillary? How do we explain the fabrication of Hillary's flying bullets to impressionable teenagers. Is it o.k to lie? Is an acceptable lie predicated upon who the liar is. I cannot understand why the history which Wright exposits is seen as incendiary. Why hasn't someone who knows differently refuted what Wright is saying rather than attacking him, his set of facts, and his untimely or timely presentations? Is there a preferred method of presenting the truth? Is this truth or not? If it isn't true, then why doesn't some one say so? If we are to hide a part of American history, then let's hide all of it! Get rid of our history books and let's start anew. Let us forget about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and the Pilgrims, Etc. Better yet,ask yourselves why Wright's speeches evoke such terrific animus!!

Posted by: Anne | April 28, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Basically, I found that everything he said is true. Also, he is a very funny guy. I do wish he had some solutions to offer, but then pretty much no body does. Go Obama. Now it's the Guess my Race Game! Guess it.

Posted by: Maireane ni Vera | April 28, 2008 4:13 PM
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He's a very funny guy?

This idiot just sent race relations back 40 years and you find him funny. I don't know or care what race you are, one thing is clear, you are an idiot.

Posted by: Patrick NYC | April 28, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

This is totally stupid judgment on Obama's part. And isn't that his selling point? His "superior" judgment. And I'm black on my mom's side. This Rev.'s living in the past. A black man's finally running for president, and he still feels like no progress has been made. Ridiculous.

Posted by: Miles | April 28, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"...for treating her citizens as less than human."
Wonder what the preface to this phrase is?
I think rebuking is still in the range of criticism, which is what Rev. Wrights intended message was.
These statements need deeper analysis, particularly when our "citizens" are now facing a crumbling economy, failed healthcare system, and deteriorating infrastructure/school-systems.

Posted by: Bloke from the East | April 28, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"The thought of the guest list at future White House affairs should scare the beejuzus out of EVERYONE:

Lil' Kim, Rev. Wright, Will Smith, Kwame Kilpatrick, Marion Barry, Gary Coleman, O.J., Lil' Wayne, Al Sharpton--"

You must be joking. Look at the CURRENT list of war and corporate criminals visiting the White House: War Criminal George W. Bush; War and corporate criminal, traitor to his country Dick "The Dick" Cheney; Goebbels clone and non-human Karl Rove; Jerry Falwell, former religious garbage, now thankfully dead; Condi "Torture Swami" Rice, they type of Oreo black that the Republicans love to have around so they can pretend they're not the KKK;

Talk about scary! These criminals are ruining this country more everyday.

Maybe you're sniff a little too much fascist butt to see what REAL problems are, doofus.

Posted by: SteveCO | April 28, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for Jeremiah Wright!!!! LOL!! Thanks to him, I no longer have to worry about Obama getting the nomination!!!! LOL!!! BYE, BYE,OBAMA!!! LOL!!!

PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON - 2008!!!!

IF YOU WANT A JOB DONE RIGHT, LET A WOMAN DO IT!!!

Posted by: AlwaysforHillary | April 28, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

It's a giant Negro on Negro conspiracy.

Posted by: Habu | April 28, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I did read the whole transcript, and I still found it pretty reprehensible. Given his strong views on Israel and other issues like terrorism, his influence on Obama is a critical issue whether Obama agrees with him or whether Obama does not agree with him. If a Republican had spent 20 years in an organization that advocated the neo-con view on national defense (i.e. the Weekly Standard), it would be relevant whether the candidate followed the neo-con view. Here, we need to know whether Obama follows Rev. Wright's views on, among other things, Israel and Islamic terrorism. I'm sorry, but the questions have to be asked and Obama has to answer them...there is no way around it...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Dana, you poor, hurt little boy. I feel your pain. How often has someone come into D.C. and shown absolutely zero fear of you and your kind?


MODERATOR: You're welcome. And we've got one more question for you. (APPLAUSE)

We're going to end with a joke. Chris Rock joked, "Of course Reverend Wright's an angry 75-year-old black man. All 75-year-old black men are angry." Is that funny? Is that true? Is it unfortunate? What do you think?

REVEREND WRIGHT: I think it's just like the media. I'm not 75.

Snap.

Posted by: HeavyJ | April 28, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

It says something about Obama -- and the growing impression that he doesn't have what it takes -- that he exercises zero power of persuasion with this guy. Obama's going to change the American political culture, bring home the troops, and charm the leadership of Iran, Russia, Venezuela et al. yet he can do nothing to influence his pastor of 20 years. Senator, take four or eight years, do good work in a tough job like Attorney General in Clinton's cabinet, and you'll be ready to be president. But not this year. Set aside, please, let Hillary take it to McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Dana, I hope you will be Olbermann tonight sharing what you said here, but be careful if he wants to send you the the back room with a Obama superdelegate.

Posted by: Karen | April 28, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

HISTORY OF SECRET EXPERIMENTATION

ON UNITED STATES CITIZENS


1931 Dr. Cornelius Rhoads, under the auspices of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Investigations, infects human subjects with cancer cells. He later goes on to establish the U.S. Army Biological Warfare facilities in Maryland, Utah, and Panama, and is named to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. While there, he begins a series of radiation exposure experiments on American soldiers and civilian hospital patients.
1932 The Tuskegee Syphilis Study begins. 200 black men diagnosed with syphilis are never told of their illness, are denied treatment, and instead are used as human guinea pigs in order to follow the progression and symptoms of the disease. They all subsequently die from syphilis, their families never told that they could have been treated.
1935 The Pellagra Incident. After millions of individuals die from Pellagra over a span of two decades, the U.S. Public Health Service finally acts to stem the disease. The director of the agency admits it had known for at least 20 years that Pellagra is caused by a niacin deficiency but failed to act since most of the deaths occured within poverty-striken black populations.
1940 Four hundred prisoners in Chicago are infected with Malaria in order to study the effects of new and experimental drugs to combat the disease. Nazi doctors later on trial at Nuremberg cite this American study to defend their own actions during the Holocaust.
1942 Chemical Warfare Services begins mustard gas experiments on approximately 4,000 servicemen. The experiments continue until 1945 and made use of Seventh Day Adventists who chose to become human guinea pigs rather than serve on active duty.
1943 In response to Japan's full-scale germ warfare program, the U.S. begins research on biological weapons at Fort Detrick, MD.
1944 U.S. Navy uses human subjects to test gas masks and clothing. Individuals were locked in a gas chamber and exposed to mustard gas and lewisite.
1945 Project Paperclip is initiated. The U.S. State Department, Army intelligence, and the CIA recruit Nazi scientists and offer them immunity and secret identities in exchange for work on top secret government projects in the United States.
1945 "Program F" is implemented by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). This is the most extensive U.S. study of the health effects of fluoride, which was the key chemical component in atomic bomb production. One of the most toxic chemicals known to man, fluoride, it is found, causes marked adverse effects to the central nervous system but much of the information is squelched in the name of national security because of fear that lawsuits would undermine full-scale production of atomic bombs.
1946 Patients in VA hospitals are used as guinea pigs for medical experiments. In order to allay suspicions, the order is given to change the word "experiments" to "investigations" or "observations" whenever reporting a medical study performed in one of the nation's veteran's hospitals.
1947 Colonel E.E. Kirkpatrick of the U.S. Atomic Energy Comission issues a secret document (Document 07075001, January 8, 1947) stating that the agency will begin administering intravenous doses of radioactive substances to human subjects.
1947 The CIA begins its study of LSD as a potential weapon for use by American intelligence. Human subjects (both civilian and military) are used with and without their knowledge.
1950 Department of Defense begins plans to detonate nuclear weapons in desert areas and monitor downwind residents for medical problems and mortality rates.
1950 In an experiment to determine how susceptible an American city would be to biological attack, the U.S. Navy sprays a cloud of bacteria from ships over San Franciso. Monitoring devices are situated throughout the city in order to test the extent of infection. Many residents become ill with pneumonia-like symptoms.
1951 Department of Defense begins open air tests using disease-producing bacteria and viruses. Tests last through 1969 and there is concern that people in the surrounding areas have been exposed.
1953 U.S. military releases clouds of zinc cadmium sulfide gas over Winnipeg, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Fort Wayne, the Monocacy River Valley in Maryland, and Leesburg, Virginia. Their intent is to determine how efficiently they could disperse chemical agents.
1953 Joint Army-Navy-CIA experiments are conducted in which tens of thousands of people in New York and San Francisco are exposed to the airborne germs Serratia marcescens and Bacillus glogigii.
1953 CIA initiates Project MKULTRA. This is an eleven year research program designed to produce and test drugs and biological agents that would be used for mind control and behavior modification. Six of the subprojects involved testing the agents on unwitting human beings.
1955 The CIA, in an experiment to test its ability to infect human populations with biological agents, releases a bacteria withdrawn from the Army's biological warfare arsenal over Tampa Bay, Fl.
1955 Army Chemical Corps continues LSD research, studying its potential use as a chemical incapacitating agent. More than 1,000 Americans participate in the tests, which continue until 1958.
1956 U.S. military releases mosquitoes infected with Yellow Fever over Savannah, Ga and Avon Park, Fl. Following each test, Army agents posing as public health officials test victims for effects.
1958 LSD is tested on 95 volunteers at the Army's Chemical Warfare Laboratories for its effect on intelligence.
1960 The Army Assistant Chief-of-Staff for Intelligence (ACSI) authorizes field testing of LSD in Europe and the Far East. Testing of the european population is code named Project THIRD CHANCE; testing of the Asian population is code named Project DERBY HAT.
1965 CIA and Department of Defense begin Project MKSEARCH, a program to develop a capability to manipulate human behavior through the use of mind-altering drugs.
1965 Prisoners at the Holmesburg State Prison in Philadelphia are subjected to dioxin, the highly toxic chemical component of Agent Orange used in Viet Nam. The men are later studied for development of cancer, which indicates that Agent Orange had been a suspected carcinogen all along.
1966 CIA initiates Project MKOFTEN, a program to test the toxicological effects of certain drugs on humans and animals.
1966 U.S. Army dispenses Bacillus subtilis variant 'n-word' throughout the New York City subway system. More than a million civilians are exposed when army scientists drop lightbulbs filled with the bacteria onto ventilation grates.
1967 CIA and Department of Defense implement Project MKNAOMI, successor to MKULTRA and designed to maintain, stockpile and test biological and chemical weapons.
1968 CIA experiments with the possibility of poisoning drinking water by injecting chemicals into the water supply of the FDA in Washington, D.C.
1969 Dr. Robert MacMahan of the Department of Defense requests from congress $10 million to develop, within 5 to 10 years, a synthetic biological agent to which no natural immunity exists.
1970 Funding for the synthetic biological agent is obtained under H.R. 15090. The project, under the supervision of the CIA, is carried out by the Special Operations Division at Fort Detrick, the army's top secret biological weapons facility. Speculation is raised that molecular biology techniques are used to produce AIDS-like retroviruses.
1970 United States intensifies its development of "ethnic weapons" (Military Review, Nov., 1970), designed to selectively target and eliminate specific ethnic groups who are susceptible due to genetic differences and variations in DNA.
1975 The virus section of Fort Detrick's Center for Biological Warfare Research is renamed the Fredrick Cancer Research Facilities and placed under the supervision of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) . It is here that a special virus cancer program is initiated by the U.S. Navy, purportedly to develop cancer-causing viruses. It is also here that retrovirologists isolate a virus to which no immunity exists. It is later named HTLV (Human T-cell Leukemia Virus).
1977 Senate hearings on Health and Scientific Research confirm that 239 populated areas had been contaminated with biological agents between 1949 and 1969. Some of the areas included San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Key West, Panama City, Minneapolis, and St. Louis.
1978 Experimental Hepatitis B vaccine trials, conducted by the CDC, begin in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Ads for research subjects specifically ask for promiscuous homosexual men.
1981 First cases of AIDS are confirmed in homosexual men in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, triggering speculation that AIDS may have been introduced via the Hepatitis B vaccine.
1985 According to the journal Science (227:173-177), HTLV and VISNA, a fatal sheep virus, are very similar, indicating a close taxonomic and evolutionary relationship.
1986 According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (83:4007-4011), HIV and VISNA are highly similar and share all structural elements, except for a small segment which is nearly identical to HTLV. This leads to speculation that HTLV and VISNA may have been linked to produce a new retrovirus to which no natural immunity exists.
1986 A report to Congress reveals that the U.S. Government's current generation of biological agents includes: modified viruses, naturally occurring toxins, and agents that are altered through genetic engineering to change immunological character and prevent treatment by all existing vaccines.
1987 Department of Defense admits that, despite a treaty banning research and development of biological agents, it continues to operate research facilities at 127 facilities and universities around the nation.
1990 More than 1500 six-month old black and hispanic babies in Los Angeles are given an "experimental" measles vaccine that had never been licensed for use in the United States. CDC later admits that parents were never informed that the vaccine being injected to their children was experimental.
1994 With a technique called "gene tracking," Dr. Garth Nicolson at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX discovers that many returning Desert Storm veterans are infected with an altered strain of Mycoplasma incognitus, a microbe commonly used in the production of biological weapons. Incorporated into its molecular structure is 40 percent of the HIV protein coat, indicating that it had been man-made.
1994 Senator John D. Rockefeller issues a report revealing that for at least 50 years the Department of Defense has used hundreds of thousands of military personnel in human experiments and for intentional exposure to dangerous substances. Materials included mustard and nerve gas, ionizing radiation, psychochemicals, hallucinogens, and drugs used during the Gulf War.

1995 U.S. Government admits that it had offered Japanese war criminals and scientists who had performed human medical experiments salaries and immunity from prosecution in exchange for data on biological warfare research.
1995 Dr. Garth Nicolson, uncovers evidence that the biological agents used during the Gulf War had been manufactured in Houston, TX and Boca Raton, Fl and tested on prisoners in the Texas Department of Corrections.
1996 Department of Defense admits that Desert Storm soldiers were exposed to chemical agents.
1997 Eighty-eight members of Congress sign a letter demanding an investigation into bioweapons use & Gulf War Syndrome.
© 1998-2000 Health News

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"Is Truth really True? Are we to embrace the antics of Bill and Hillary?"

You seem to embrace the war criminals and liars of the current administration, and apparently you've had no trouble explaining THAT to your kids, so I fail to see your problem.

Posted by: SteveCO | April 28, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

wright, like so many other black marginally or self described successes like to thump their chests and crow and tell the world how important they are. sad. didn't help one of his sheep with that today. 78% of the population does not want to be run by 12% of the population. who BO's closest male advisor? is he black? so many blacks accuse whites of being racist. ha! what an exclusionary bunch they are. they call each other the n word but nobody else can. they refer to each other as brother but nobody else can. they suffer more than any other. they kill each other more than anybody else can. they can get drunk and goad cops on but nobody else can. they refute evidence in a court of law and let a killer walk among us-but nobody else can. they can be 78 years old and have right to hate another race but nobody else can.

Posted by: mike | April 28, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

For all of you say Wrights comments about AIDS are ridiculous. What do you think they told the black men they infected with Syphillis?

You're being ridiculous? You're crazy?

Try to understand that the history of blacks and the federal government is not the same as the history of whites and the federal government. If you understand that, than you can begin to understand our differences.

Whites considere Georte Washington a great man. To African Americans he was a slave master who barley fed and clothed our ancestors and paid men to beat and surpress them.

Can we agree that our perceptions of George Washington are different and both based in fact.

Because the African American narritive of the US Government is different doesn't African Americans hate whites.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse


And the Obama loons tried to paint President Clinton as a racist.

Talk about bad karma.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

To the poster who said that Hillary Clinton has no religious affiliations: Have you been under a rock? The Senator is a lifelong, devout Methodist. This is a well-established fact. I have no idea where she attends church now, but when she was First Lady, she and the President attended, pretty regularly, a United Methodist Church here in Washington.

Posted by: anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Hi Dana,

This an excellent article. Barack Obama needs to get out of the race for President of the United States.

Posted by: Patty | April 28, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Those Dumocraps that believe Rev. Wright is a GOP plant are insane. My sides hurt from laughing so hard. You wanted open dialogue, you did not want the same old status quo . . . well welcome to "change we can believe in" (CHUMP CHANGE). You have an idiot running your party and do nothing leadership in the House and Senate . . . what a bunch of morons. The only thing Obama will get out of this election is a comic book deal and/or a movie script. Unfortunately the original Keystone Cops have all passed away. Oh well, make sure you hang out a casting call sign in the House and Senate Chambers as well as Beverly Hills. I am sure you will get plenty of takers . . . LOL . . . LOL . . . LOL.

Posted by: Don, Fairfax, VA | April 28, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

People join and stay in religious congregations for many reasons. No one contends Catholics should have quit after our church failed to act against child molesters within the priesthood. I didn't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Posted by: Samuel | April 28, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Whoa!!!!

Hang on Dana... I just went through the entire transcript... I'm not seeing what you saw AT ALL...

I saw another eloquent, intelligent speech. I didn't agree with all of it... but I respect it was someones opinion.

I did not see what you're espousing... also... who the heck was the "Moderator"??? He was baiting Wright... he was fishing for the exact things you mentioned...and I didn't see Wright rise to the bait.

Seriously, Dana... I respected some of your views and disagreed with others, but generally liked what you've written/said.

But this is just plain wrong... You really should go back and rewrite this after rewatching (if you ever did watch it) the speech/sermon...

Just for the point of objective unbiased journalism.

Posted by: Jey | April 28, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse


I watched Mr. Wrights speech last night and tried to keep a open mind. Some of his comments had to truth to them but I found his tone and the way he he tried to communicate his message as immature and petty. The one thing I didn't hear out of his speech was solutions. He just kept on saying we're different... it sounded more like a excuse then anything else and that America should just put up with it. I found it quite offensive of him to make fun of the assassinated President Kennedy. I just found that to be in very poor taste. Also, Mr. Wright there is a difference between an accent and poor grammar.

Posted by: Davetser | April 28, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Reverend "Goddamn America" is likely to take down Oblahblah and the whole Democratic Party down with him.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

FYI: It is "capisco" - I understand.
And I do. What Obama supporters fail to understand is that Wright continues to make Obama look like a left-wing nut. That upscale/progressive Obama supporters understand Wright and agree with some of his views certainly doesn't help Obama with middle America. The intriguing thing is that Obama is actually more conservative on many issues than Clinton. But who would know that given his most vociferous supporters? Check out Obama's interview with Chris Wallace for the real anti-Democrat/anti-left Obama.

Posted by: Jackie | April 28, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Clinton is an exploiter of BLACKS.
Barak Obama has aRIGHT to say what will be good for America. He wants UNITY.

Rev. WRIGHT is saying HIS words--nothing to do with OBAMA.

When people know the truth they will love OBAMA.

Posted by: Tariq Ahmed | April 28, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Most of you people are just wrong. It is not about the reverend, it is about Obama. Do people think "hey, does Obama believe this stuff"? If the answer is yes, he won't win!!!!! He'll lose big. You seem to forget it's about winning.

Posted by: getalife | April 28, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

*YAWN* I already saw this movie.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I hold no brief for many of Wright's comments. But, before he is condemned for portraying all criticism as attacks on the Black Church community rather than himself, it might be sensible to note that is exactly the same tactic used by many others, of all political persuasions. Remember "you are with us or you are against us?"

Seems like many of his most recent comments are simply what we should expect when someone whose views are questioned decides to counterattack. The validity of the views do not change the strategy.

The country as a whole would do well to take a look at the underlying basis for his statements, as well as those of the various candidates, the President, and others in public life. In Black/White relations, as in many other things, ther is in fact a lot of grey, and we woudl do well to admit it.

Posted by: cynical | April 28, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I am a strong supporter of Barack Obama. Obama has reached millions, successfully opening doors of hope past the concept that "race matters" through his intelligence, voice and message. I do not believe that Rev. Wright's speech yesterday offers one iota of support or truth to what Obama's campaign has worked so very hard to accomplish. It's sad. I have no idea if the Obama campaign had any association or lent any support in Rev. Wright's opportunity to speak out...but if they did, I'm surprised at such judgement during such a crucial time in the campaign trail. Near the conclusion of Wright's speech, he makes a gentle (if you could consider it such) plug at "his book coming out" later in the year. How truly, truly disappointing it would be that this poor choice overall to allow this speech to occur, is fueled by endorsement or marketability prospects??!! What's next?? Will Rev. Wright have his own reality show?? In this day and age it wouldn't surprise me one bit! I certainly won't be watching.

Again, I am an enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama...but what unfolded yesterday in Wright's speech/appearance saddens me. I truly hope the country is able to separate Obama's solid message and genuine polish from Wright's antics and ignorance.

Posted by: ichitchat | April 28, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't go to a black church, but if I did, I would decry this idiot Wright for making the "black church" a scape goat for his rants!!

Don't let this ignorant, big mouthed FOOL represent you to the world.

Posted by: paul | April 28, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

As an Obama supporter I thought the Moyer's interview went ok, the politician comment aside, then came Wright's NAACP speech which was certainly survivable for Obama but this Wright's speech this morning and the Q&A period following were nothing short of a disaster. I felt literally sick after watching, imagining all the work it will take for Obama to repair the political damage. Don't beat up on Dana, he's just the messenger and to all the Obama supporters, like myself, it is time to face the hard fact that Houston we have a problem...

Posted by: ajm | April 28, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I think all of you need to do a REALITY check and realize that Obama just passed the line of NO ELECTABILITY in November. He would not be able to convince the reast of the Democratic party that is the best suited candidate. Think about the effect this could also have on those that ALREADY VOTED and now regret it. I think that if you vote for Obama you will be throwing the party away to the Republicans.

I am quite certain that the Super Delegates now have more of a reason to wait because this is not over!!!!

Hillary has a meaningful chance to beat these odds against her.

Posted by: Hispana | April 28, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

The Obama comments are very funny stuff. Wright is anti white, anti American. That is what Black Liberation Theology is all about. Obama obviously subscribes to liberation theology or he would have left the church.

As Wright has said, "He had to distance himself, because he's a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was anti-American."

Time for Obama supporters to grow up and smell the coffee. Admit the obvious. That most of you who support Obama agree with Wright.

Posted by: bri the Great | April 28, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Do the smart thing Barak... if you do not win within the spread in both Indiana and North Carolina and if you continue to lose big in W. VA, KY and PR negotiate a number 2 slot on the ticket sooner than later.

Posted by: a realist and a leftist | April 28, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The Obama sycophants of the online left clearly are losing it. Their messiah peaked in February and his inexperience is causing his campaign to disintegrate. He has every advantage except experience--and it is showing. He totally mishandled the Wright controvery by ignoring it for a year and then lying his way though it by implying that he never knew the man was controversial--for 20 years. This will repeat with Rezko and Ayers because he has tried to fool the public with the help of a fawning press. This good man is too inexperienced and has moved past the level of his competence--it's a shame--he had great potential but too much ambition and too little patience.

Posted by: dpmd | April 28, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine the good reverend wright giving the convocation at BO's inauguration? Good bye Mr. Obama. I am a sad white man today. I voted for you and sent money to Hillary right after I read this article.

Posted by: vamike | April 28, 2008 3:37 PM
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Are you the same "sad white man" who ran to the neighbor's house, fell on the floor and cried when the Wright story first broke grieving the monthly installments that you had donated to the Obama campaign. Because if I recall correctly, the only saving grace you had at that time was that you had not actually voted for Obama at the time. You remind me of the candidate that you truely support flip flopping all over the place--I'll bet you have super wrinkles and old man beedy eyes like him too.

Posted by: Still Supporting Obama | April 28, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

YES WE CAN HATE AMERICA!! OBAMA '08!! CHANGE=HATE!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Also.. on the AIDS accusation. If the Federal Government planted this disease... then why did it show up in the Gay community where it killed hundreds of thousands before every being a "serious issue" the straight community? As a gay man I'm offended for this accusation. This disease is bad enough to try and make it racial. It is true our Government screwed up big time but that was more the denial that it existed in a "worthless community" which was the view of the Reagan Administration.

Posted by: Davester | April 28, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Umm. . Plain as day, I see where the press is going with this. How could a black man be elected President less than a century after they were required to step off the sidewalk when a white person was coming toward them? Obama is no more responsible for what Rev. Wright says than Bush is responsible for what Pat Robertson says. And Pat Robertson sounds like Osama Bin Laden!!! And he is a Bush supporter!!! Why don't you just admit it, you don't want a black man as your President!!!

Posted by: Wasepia | April 28, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Agree with a former post.

Black Churches!! Don't let yourselves be led like lambs to the slaughter by fools like this.

Wright is a bufoon and a joke.

Posted by: Larry | April 28, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I think the only people that will really care about what Mr Wright has to say, will be:

1. Rush Limbaugh
2. Sean Hannity
3. Hillary Clinton
4. Media lusting to fill in air time.

The first two will scream bloody murder about the wright comments using the tried and true tactic of scaring the bejueezuz out of white americans. Knowing their party stands a snowball's chance in November and also knowing how the republican agenda has stuck it to the average working stiff, they really have little choice as far as what they can talk about.

Mrs. Clinton will use the comments as viciously as a Hannity or a Limbaugh would as a matter of survival, truth or no truth, like a cornered animal.

The media? They'll go bonkers over this. These guys will pump up a fabricated war if it means airtime and newspaper sales.

Posted by: Johnathan | April 28, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about all of you, but the last time I checked Rev. Dr. Wright is not running for President. This is all nonsense as John McCain stated about Rev. John Hagee's comments about the Catholic faith. If who Sen. Obamas' pastor is so important to becoming President, then can some one tell me who is John McCains' and Hilary Clintons' pastor?

This is tired, over hyped and ridiculous. Lets get on with focusing on the persons that will be the next President.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

This guy is just annoying to listen to and add the arrogance and self-righteous attitude makes him very unlikable. Not my idea of the First Pastor of this country. I now believe Obama is doing long-term damage to the Democrats and that they would push his candidacy.

Posted by: theaz | April 28, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Pointing the finger now at any reporter is RIDICULOUS when Wright did it all to himself!!!

When month after month the media idolized Obama and now this story surfaces of its own volition, you are so stubborn to point the finger at the media rather than its source. Rather I blame the media for witholding the TRUTH on this ZEALOT to us this long when it could be damaging the chances of the reasonable candidate that we have: HILLARY!!!

The time is still here to retract the damage and vote for Hillary in the remaining 9 states!!!

Posted by: Hispana | April 28, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The Civil War was our apology and penitence for slavery; over 600,000 Americans gave their lives ultimately to abolish slavery, when the US population was far less than today. As for HIV/AIDS, anyone can foil the diabolical plan of the US Govt (yeah, right)--all they need to do is quit using drugs and practicing unsafe sex. Simple, huh? Too bad some idiots in this country (e.g., Wright) can't seem to think of or practice it.

Posted by: PO'd in the heartland | April 28, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

My...my..my...poor America. Anything racial opens so many wounds! It's a pity that so many don't understand, and won't try to understand. Or is it,that most people don't want to hear the truth, or anything even close. Sad!

Posted by: Hmmm. | April 28, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Bye bye Obambi. Thank you Reverend Wright. Maybe Tony Rezko will sell you a nice piece of land so you can build a bowling alley and practice with Barack. Or plant some arugula.

Posted by: Cindy | April 28, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright's speech convinced me that I am the lowest of the low -- a white person living in an evil, vile, disgusting country with a horrible, racist history.

Oh, THANK YOU Rev. Wright. Thank you for opening my eyes to see what a truly disgusting wretch I am!

Would that I could DO SOMETHING to relieve my GUILT and my sense of guilt for being white in the USA.

What shall I do? WHAT SHALL I DO??!!!!

I know -- I will vote for Barak Obama for President.

That will surely assuage my sense of guilt.

Please forgive me, Rev. Wright, for I have sinned. Dispense your forgiveness to me.

For I have seen how dispicable I am!

(All you other white people, take note. YOU are also guilty, guilty, GUILTY!!!)

Posted by: outinforce | April 28, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

After reading all these comments I have only one observation to make.
Barack Obama is a politician and has used all avenues of his life to promote himself for this chance to run as POTUS of the US.
Why do you think he used David Axelrod as his campaign manager - Think back to Duval Patrick as Governor of Massachssets.David Axelrod was his campaign manager also.
He ran on the same campaign HOPE AND CHANGE and Obama stole some of Patrick's speeches. Ask the people of MASS what they think of their Governor now.
POLITICANS ARE ALL THE SAME.

Posted by: benji | April 28, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse



REAL CLEAR POLITICS OBAMA CLINTON
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY 298 433

TOTAL OBAMA CLINTON
GUAM 4 2 2
NC 115 60 55
IN 72 34 38
WV 28 10 18
OR 52 28 24
KEN 51 22 29
PUERTO RICO 0 55
MONT 16 7 9
SD 15 7 8
TOTAL 408 170 238
SUPERS 239 259
REM SUP 297 150 147
TOTAL 707 320 386
2047 1978
OBAMA
obama wins

Posted by: DELGATE MATH | April 28, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I think all of you need to do a REALITY check and realize that Obama just passed the line of NO ELECTABILITY in November. He would not be able to convince the reast of the Democratic party that is the best suited candidate. Think about the effect this could also have on those that ALREADY VOTED and now regret it. I think that if you vote for Obama you will be throwing the party away to the Republicans.

I am quite certain that the Super Delegates now have more of a reason to wait because this is not over!!!!

Hillary has a meaningful chance to beat these odds against her.

Posted by: Hispana | April 28, 2008 4:39 PM

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Hispana, are you saying that Obama has crossed the line and now stands with Hillary in the NO ELECTABILITY line? Oh well, may as well let the candidate who is winning carry the baton rather than giving it to the one who never took the lead--that is since neither can win it anyway.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Mexican and I wish to run for President. And to all you racists, I'm not an illegal immigrant and a citizen of the U.S.

A Mexican has every right to President of the United States. A good 1/4 of the country is rightfully Mexico's. The White Americans have always hated Mexicans. Driven by a white theology, white Americans believed in Manifest Destiny and justified their genocide of Native Americans.

The United States stole lands that initially belonged to Mexico including California, Texas, Colorado, Utah, and other Rocky Mountain states. Mexicans demand an apology.

And we will talk back our land by the Reconquista.

I belong to Mecha, we believe in taking back what is ours.

My minister also says, "God Da*n America."

I am also a closet racist, but I temporally uses ideological white liberals to get to White House.

Democrats nominate me, I will bring CHANGE.

Posted by: Put a Mexican in the White House | April 28, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

If Rev. Right didn't have a basis for some of his claims then this would be an easy way of attacking his character. Obama and Reverend Wright do not automatically have an idealogical link because he attended his services and had him as a friend.

For example, I grew up with my father and he is one of my best friends, but my views and his are far from aligned, and far from being similar.

If you can't manage to believe two completely different people with differing views cannot communicate and call each other friends, then you must be a loner.

Make no mistake, Noone here is voting for Reverend Wright, they are voting for Barack Obama. Its a weak attempt at character assasination.

Posted by: Jack5 | April 28, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

As a tax-excempt organization, the United Church of Christ is supposed to comply with strict IRS rules prohibiting such organizations from engaging in political activity. However, the UCC has been under IRS investigacion for violating such rules when allowing Obama to take advantage of the church's facilities during his presidential campaign.

http://ucctruths.blogspot.com/

But that is not the main problem. The UCC has been closely linked to a terrorist group called FALN, a Puerto Rican separatist group, which was responsible for more than 120 bomb attacks on U.S. targets between 1974 and 1983, including a takeover of the Carter-Mondale campaign headquarters in 1980.

http://www.ucctruths.com/terrorist.html

That explains why Obama "can't disavow Wright".

Posted by: Universaltruth | April 28, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"If who Sen. Obamas' pastor is so important to becoming President, then can some one tell me who is John McCains' and Hilary Clintons' pastor?"

If either Sen. Clinton's or Sen. McCain's pastor made hate-America comments, and called upon God to damn America, I am sure we would know who the pastors of McCain and Clinton are.

Obama was both baptized and married by a ranting, raving, hate-filled man, intent on bringing division within our country.

The fact that we do NOT know the names of the pastors of Sen. Mc Cain and Sen. Clinton speaks more to the fact that their pastors are not hate-filled, raving anti-Americans.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

For some in the African American community all what Rev. Wright is saying is the truth. Whether or not it effects the Obama in the race for President, it doesn't really matter anymore. This 2008 Presidential race is unfortunatly about RACE period dot.

That is why the media and those haters keep harping on every word that comes out of Rev Wright's mouth. He is not running for President. If Rev Wright never said the things he has said, another issue would have reared itself to prevent Obama from moving forward. If it not RACE, it would been is Obama a Muslim, is Obama patriotic, is Obama ruuning drugs etc.

For Obama to be elected, it would have to be the beginning of the end. I don't think the world is ready for that, let alone the United States of America! It's always one view being observed and that is from the powers that be.

Posted by: dcdotcom | April 28, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I saw the reverend's speech last night and will only comment to say that I found his mimicking of the style of worship in white churches to be rude. I even hate to use the term "white church" since it sounds racist to me. Regardless, I knew by age 6 that it was rude to mimic someone else.

Posted by: anonymous | April 28, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

This will change the democratic party and as a cosnequence the republican party as well.

I will be happy if those in the DNC resign now and take those who promoted Obama with them.

The new democratic party just began today at 10:01 am.

Posted by: johnAdams1 | April 28, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA WINS IF THE SUPERS

BELIEF IN GUILT BY ASSOCIATION

AND WANT TO LOSE THE GENERAL ELECTION

Posted by: LIBERTY OR DEATH | April 28, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm fascinated by the varied opinions regarding Rev. Wright. I'm a practicing Episcopalian and I thought he was terrific. He told the truth. He's a little harsh for my taste, but I learned a lot about the different streams that make up the black church experience. I think Obama has a better message--to work together to heal this nation and restore our standing in the world. I really don't think Wright's remarks will have any lating effect on Obama's electability.

Posted by: Barbara914 | April 28, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I've been to many black churches both here in DC and elsewhere-I've NEVER HEARD THE TYPE OF RACIST, HATE-MONGERING DIVISIVE BS THAT WRIGHT IS SO PROUD TO SPEW OUT OF HIS MOUTH-IN FACT, QUITE THE OPPOSITE!

This was Obama's spiritual advisor FOR 20 YEARS, THERE FOR ALL THE IMPORTANT MILESTONES OF HIS LIFE, HE GAVE A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY TO SUPPORT THIS MAN'S RACIST, DIVISIVE RANTS-AND THIS MAN ABSOLUTELY IS A CENTRAL PART OF BARACK OBAMA'S LIFE, REGARDLESS OF WHAT OBAMA SAYS TO THE CONTRARY-SO OBAMA-NUTS, GO TAKE YOUR COKE-SNORTING, UN-CLASSY, ARROGANT CANDIDATE-THIS DEM. AND MILLIONS LIKE ME, WANT NO PART OF THIS NONSENSE!

Go Hillary, we need some SANITY in the White House-let this joke of a candidate Obama be gone! BECAUSE IF OBAMA IS THE DEM. CANDIDATE, DEMS. WON'T BE VOTING FOR HIM-NO, NOT AT ALL.

Posted by: FARFALLE44 | April 28, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

and for some but hopefully not all the liberal goal posts will now change --- sure he's a bigot, a nut and a divider they will say of the pastor but what's so bad about that? this is a test for my fellow progressives including Senator Obama (whom I voted for) -- write him out of our left community or we are doomed.

Posted by: a purge is not always bad | April 28, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

All these BLOGGERS are thinking they can sink OBAMA for Clinton by Wright's words.
THEY ARE MISTAKEN.

BARAK OBAMA will overcome ALL critics. People are thinking more than before.

OBAMA 08.

Posted by: Tariq Ahmed | April 28, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

First of I'd like to say that although I am a Clinton supporter I don't blame Obama for the words of Wright or Farrakhan. What troubles me about Obama is his connections with corrupt Chicago and Illinois politicians and his lack of experience. He seems to take credit far too often for other peoples work and although he talks of hope, change and unity he has delivered none of the above nor showed a history of doing so. He does take special interest money and plays politics as usual. Wright is a smokescreen for the real problem with Obama...his campaign was built on a house of cards.

Posted by: Amy, McMurray, PA | April 28, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I just want to point out that "proud Republican's" claim that a powerful, secretive Jewish [cabal] called for the "crucifixion" of Obama because they couldn't buy him out is anti-semitic hate speech. That term gets thrown around all the time wrongly, but you take the cake in spreading lies about the Jews. Pure and simple.

Obama 08

Posted by: A Sad day in the US | April 28, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

It seems that Asians and Latinos, and other non-black minorities have two options. They can either stay in the Democratic party and continue to be ignored by latte liberals, or they can join a party that is for true racial equality.
The Republican Party will not prefer one minority group over another. Also, we will nominate candidates based on merit and not by race.
Martin Luther King advocated a color-blind society. You cannot defeat racism with more racism. it is clear that people of all backgrounds face racism. We will not focus on one group at the expense of others.

We will unite the country by common values of promoting strong families, the American Dream, and the goal of a unified America.

Latinos and Asian Americans abandon the Democratic Party - they have failed you. To us you are all American and are welcome to share in the American Dream

Posted by: RepublicanSense | April 28, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

i think Obama and Wright may be trying to set up a phony rift between the two in order to benefit Obama in these last days of the nomination process. The American people are suppose to react by thinking maybe these two are at odds and really don't see eye to eye on these issues after all. The idea is to separate the two as much as possible. I'm running with that theory...seems plausible to me.

Adding to these previous comments I posted, it has occurred to me that the other puzzling possibility about Wright's early morning comments regarding Obama could indicate that nutty Rev Wright, as a 20+ year pastor to Obama, knows A LOT about Mr. Obama.....as if he is taunting him publicly.....very interesting development.

Posted by: jordan77 | April 28, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Is Truth really True? Are we to embrace the antics of Bill and Hillary? How do we explain the fabrication of Hillary's flying bullets to impressionable teenagers. Is it o.k to lie? Is an acceptable lie predicated upon who the liar is. I cannot understand why the history which Wright exposits is seen as incendiary. Why hasn't someone who knows differently refuted what Wright is saying rather than attacking him, his set of facts, and his untimely or timely presentations? Is there a preferred method of presenting the truth? Is this truth or not? If it isn't true, then why doesn't some one say so? If we are to hide a part of American history, then let's hide all of it! Get rid of our history books and let's start anew. Let us forget about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and the Pilgrims, Etc. Better yet,ask yourselves why Wright's speeches evoke such terrific animus!!
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Sorry, Ann but there is no comparison between Hillary's exxageration in Bosnia and this RACIST, HATEMONGER and DIVISIVE bad imitation of a Priest. Frankly, I shudder at exposing any human being and least of all my children and grandchildren to this FALSE PROPHET that only promotes abusing the good will of people. Many countries have fallen for naive people like you!!! Open your eyes and see it for what it is. Totally Anti-American and Anti-Christian!

Posted by: Hispana | April 28, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

REV WRIGHT ONLY CARES ABOUT HIMSELF AND HIS 15 MINUTES OF FAME

ITS ALL ABOUT HIM BEING RIGHT

GO COULD CARE LESS ABOUT OBAMA

Posted by: REV WRONG | April 28, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

KKK killed innocent blacks.
Wright is remembering the DEAD.
BLACK HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL.

TRUTH HURTS.

Posted by: Tariq Ahmed | April 28, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Last night I was putting my two young children to bed and my husband was 'flipping channels' on the t.v. when I heard Rev. Wright say something about when Obama is elected president it would be the first time a president would be LEGALLY sleeping with a black woman in the White House. Does anyone have the full quote and in what context this quote was made?

Posted by: FlaLady | April 28, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Re: "People join and stay in religious congregations for many reasons. No one contends Catholics should have quit after our church failed to act against child molesters within the priesthood. I didn't throw the baby out with the bathwater."

Amen to that idea. It is ridiculous to keep trying to hold Obama accountable for the content of a pastor's sermon (or sermons for that matter).

This is really an example of Obama's openness to the ideas and exchange of ALL those around him. This is the kind of openness it takes to reach across the aisle and bring opposing sides together to achieve real and measurable progress.

Only Hillary and the Religious Right are trying to hold him to Wright's words as if they were his own. The pitiful issue is that there is still no deeper examination of issues and proposed policies from Obama and McCain that are getting this type of attention.

I often subscribe to, and read thoughts from sources I disagree with - it makes me more well-rounded. It doesn't mean I subscribe to the viewpoints. If I don't like someone's comments, or views and am running for public office, I should distance myself from them? I thought that it was okay to disagree in this country, without closing the door to people who think different (See Mac campaign.) Different is not something to be feared or hidden away.

Enough is enough folks. Let's write, read and talk about things that matter to the country as a whole.

Jimmy Carter had his brother Billy. Ronald Reagan had his daughter Patty. G.H. Bush has his ridiculous son G.W.

We are all people who are less than six degrees apart from one another. Everyone knows someone that doesn't follow the mold or fall in public favor. So what? It just doesn't define the people who are somehow associated with them.

This is just more fodder for the opposing candidates, and nay-sayers who think change is something to be afriad of. The louder pandering and opposing voices are the ones to be wary of.

Rev. Wright may be Obama's "Billy Carter", but we are not voting on a package deal (unlike Billary). Buyer beware.

Posted by: DonJulio | April 28, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Just think, last year Hillary was assumed the presumptive nominee.How long do you think the GOP has been preparing to go against her in a general election? How long do you think they've researched all the dirty laundry, criminal ties, funders of different libraries and campaigns and misc. baggage. Whereas the only things they are trying to pin on Obama is "guilt by association".So, who is really unelectable?Maybe the GOP is counting on racial controversies to win this election.. What other reason would any Democrat or Independent blue collar or not, would vote against there own better interest or pocket books?

Posted by: thinking about it | April 28, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

REV WRIGHT

IS FOR MANDATED HEALTH CARE DUEDUCTIONS

BUT HE WANTS TO BE ABLE TO LOBBY CLINTON

Posted by: REV WRONG | April 28, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm... so does Dana need to dissaociate himself from comments made by Eric -- ostensibly on Dana's behalf. should Dana Reject and denounce, throw Eric under the bus. I mean we know Dana wasn't here when these remarks were made. Is there any particular passage any of you find particularly aggravating, insulting, angering? Let's repeat those over and over and Dana can explain what came out of Eric's keyboard.

I would be happy to share communion, fellowship, conversation and comfort with Rev. Wright any day of the week. An absolutely brilliant man, who, if persons like Eric and (by extension as this is his blog) Dana would close their mouths and open their ears would learn he is not a "fool" but prophetic.

Posted by: Jade7243 Hussein | April 28, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

BILL CLINTON 08 for US PRESIDENT.
Ignore the US CONSTITUTION.

Posted by: Tariq Ahmed | April 28, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Look at all the anti-semitic posts made by Obama supporters here. Wright is right one one thing: Obama and his supporters haven't disowned Wright, and won't.

Posted by: Jonathan | April 28, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

The racists are exposed. The only problem I have with Rev. Wright was he tailored his speech to a white audience. We cannot bring about change if we keep censoring our message.
D*mn right we have a right to be angry. Why is it there are more black males incaerated than in college. Why are 1 in 2 black teens infected with STDs. Why is AIDS and HIV so endemic in the black community. Why is Africa the most AIDs-ridden place in the world.
The answer is white America, its racist agenda and its control of global politics.
I also applaud the terrorists for bringing down the real "evil empire." What comes around goes around, and payback is a b*tch. And white America your time is over. It's our time NOW.

Posted by: 2ndPanther | April 28, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank god Bill Clinton's radical friends just slept over...and sold secrets to the chinese...

Posted by: BILLS RADICAL FREINDS | April 28, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree, Amy, Obama has one hell of a disingenuous stance-on EVERYTHING-HE'S A GADFLY THAT CAN'T SEEM TO HOLD A JOB, ALL HE'S GOOD FOR IS RHETORICAL SPEECHES THAT ULTIMATELY DON'T COUNT FOR ONE DAMN-IT'S EXPERIENCE THAT COUNTS-AND HE'S GOT NONE OF IT, BECAUSE HE'S TOO RESTLESS TO SPEND TIME GAINING THE NECESSARY EXPERIENCE HE NEEDS TO SHOW THAT HE'S QUALIFIED TO LEAD THE WORLD'S ONLY SUPERPOWER-HE JUST WANTS POWER, THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY, WITHOUT PAYING HIS DUES, WITHOUT DOING THE WORK-IN OTHER WORDS, HE EXPECTS THE PRESIDENCY TO BE MORE OR LESS HANDED TO HIM AS AN ENTITLEMENT-JUST LIKE HE'S HAD MOST EVERYTHING IN HIS LIFE HANDED TO HIM.

BUT THE WRIGHT ISSUE IS NOT, BY ANY MEANS, INSIGNFICANT-AN OBAMA PRESIDENCY (GOD FORBID!) WOULD HAVE A HELL OF A LOT MORE WRIGHT PHILOSOPHY INJECTED IN IT, ON MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS, THAN OBAMA AND HIS RACIST WIFE MICHELLE WOULD EVER LET ON AT THIS POINT.

Posted by: FARFALLE44 | April 28, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

America has done its just share to compenstae african americans.

My brother could not get into a prestigious law school because the quota for white students was already met. There are many such stories. Lets call a spade a spade.

If obama is really against Wright, he can trash him outright, I think that will calm everyone down. Just let him do it. I would vote for him if he does this.

Posted by: Elijah | April 28, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Milbank-

This is ridiculous. What, I wonder, do you consider to be your job? Here, you've cherry-picked the most incendiary parts of Wright's comments (go figure) & left out the parts that help us understand WHY Obama chose to sit in this man's church for 20 years. The Moyers interview & NAACP speech provided lots of compelling evidence in favor of Wright. Yet, this is a re-hash of the most de-contextualized, Rove-friendly hit points. Which brings me back to my original question: What, I wonder, do you consider to be your job?

Posted by: Bill | April 28, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

coming attractions: Obama further idstances himself from wright -- Wright blames it on Obama's Jewish handlers...

Posted by: prophet of the absurd | April 28, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Jordan 77:

I have been wondering too if this was another orchestration of Wright and the Obama camp on the good will of the people thinking that we would feel sorry for Obama. Too many coincidences about Clyborn and his statement against Bill Clinton because of the results of the Pennsylvania Primary and Hillary getting momentum. It all smells too ugly of dirty Chicago tactics. I wonder what is the role of Jackson and Sharpton? Look at the situations in New York and Chicago and threats of riots and we could see a connection here.

I think that the threats with riots tactic could backfire because we are all tired of this!!!

Posted by: Hispana | April 28, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Much worse than the first time around.

Who did put you in chains, Reverand? The answer is no one.

Who made you that color? Your parents.

When was the last time a KKKer wearing a white robe kill someone? Seriously, when? I'm curious if it has happened this century.

And, you believe that your friend, my candidate, just mouths things he doesn't really believe? You say that? You think that?

I thought we were trying for a new kind of politics. Could it be that you're just a pompous dork who says outrageous things that EVERY rational person dismisses, rather than that Obama secretly agrees with you and is only lying to us?

What a piece of work this guy is.

Posted by: Obama Supporter | April 28, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Milbank your comments, just like the government owned and operated news media have completely distorted Rev. Wright's sermon and speeches from the very beginning and he has not created any racial problems, they have been manufactured by the news media via misquoted statementsm, programmed, back-to-back, continuous sound bites of misquoted statements (Wright was quoting someone else's words, but the news media implied that they were his own because it was intentionally taken out of context and immediately misunderstood) and outright lies. He never said "God damn America" in any speech or sermon if you review the complete original texts and transcripts. White Americans do not want to hear the truth about anything, but would prefer to be lied to by your media, Bush, Cheney, paraded military generals on TV, spin artists we call White House Spokespersons and Congress to enable the likes of a Bush or McCain to get re-elected on such nonsense you have manufactured instead of on substantive issues, endless lies, corruption, theft of our tax dollars for Republican benefactors, friends, associates, patrons, lackeys and anyone else they need to buy or payoff - like a Roland Martin or Joe Watkins. Nothing Rev. Wright has said is wrong or incorrect but the truth is always hard for the white slavemasters and their descendants to stomach, thus the backlash that can be guaranteed whenever it is brought to public attention. Such things have always been relegated to backroom discussions in Congress and in closed door, secret meetings and gatherings of the so-called master or donor class in this country. So it is today as you can see when this discussion has gotten unfettered and 24 hour nonstop public discussion and media attention. The truth is uncomfortable for most white people, as I can see it is for you!!!! ANOTHER MEDIA MANUFACTURED, DIVISIVE BUNCH OF LIES AND DISTORTIONS ENGINEERED TO SWAY WHITE VOTERS AWAY FROM VOTING FOR OBAMA - A SERIOUS THREAT TO THE STATUS QUO IN THIS COUNTRY AND TO MCCAIN AND THE DONOR CLASS!!! WAKE UP THE WORKING MAJORITY OF THIS COUNTRY AND WHITE AMERICA YOUR VESTED INTEREST IS NOT WITH THE DONOR CLASS AND WEALTHY, REPUBLICANS WHO ARE BENEFITTING OFF OF YOUR LABOR AND COUNTING ON YOUR IGNORANCE IN FALLING FOR THIS DIVISIVE TACTIC USED TIME AND TIME AGAIN. The master, wealthy class are laughing all the way to the bank while you allow the news media has you squabbling over this nonsense, but are steadily losing your homes and your jobs, can't buy food or pay your basic household expenses or put gas in your car. HOW STUPID CAN YOU PEOPLE BE!!!!

Posted by: G.Pope | April 28, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I think Milbanks is spot on here.

The video clips of the Q & A at the Nat'l Press Club are very, very unflattering of Rev. Wright, and by extension, Sen. Obama. Rev. Wright was, in turn, smug, arrogant, mocking, and at times, just plain goofy by dancing around the stage. And the Nation of Islam bodyguards? At the press club? Is that guy that paranoid? rev. Wright seems deranged in a Charlie Manson sort of way.

Even if Sen. Obama distances himself now, I'm not sure it will help. He named his book -which was his launching pad to the presidential race - after a Wright sermon. Further, Sen. Obama has said over and over how much of a spiritual mentor Rev. Wright has been (and Wright mocked that spiritual mentor label). Even in the race speech, he justified the essential positions of Wright and his church.

Anyone who sees those clips - and the transcript does not do the Q & A justice - will wonder, what in the world was Obama doing in that pew for 20 years!

Posted by: TerryM3 | April 28, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

When did HILLARY SAY SHE WAS AGAINST QUOTAS systems?

I know she want to nuke iran.

Posted by: QUOTA SYSTEM | April 28, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama is toast and Milbanks couldn't be more corrent. Obama's chickens are coming home to roost and as a dem I will never vote for the guy b/c he alcked the character to stand up to Wright. If he can't the heat in his church's kitchen he can't handle the heat in the whitehouse. I think buying Arugula at Whole Foods may be the toughest job Obama ever had. And he really looks like a little girl for refusing to debate Hillary. Come on man.Pathetic.

Posted by: Typical White Woman | April 28, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Delegate Math----I hope you're right because you know what that means?

McCAIN IS PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!
*spit*
We're writing in Duncan Hunter.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Reverend Wright- from what I know about history, I believe African Muslims did help to put you "in chains" . Not quite the same thing as American Black Muslims, I suppose, but your statement does carry a bit of irony nonetheless. And from what I read, African Muslims are enslaving, killing, and otherwise abusing other Africans right now.

Posted by: Bill Mosby | April 28, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Of course Obama's long association with Wright is relevant.

Suppose a white candidate belonged to a church whose pastor is a vocal and open member of the KKK? Seems it would be reasonable to find such a candidate questionable for the office of President.

I find Wright interesting, reasonable sounding, and intelligent but if you take Wright's words and rhetoric and subsitute a few words around like white or white race for black or black race, he sounds remarkably similar to some of the more reasoned and intelligent sounding KKK types.

I would not be a part of a church with a KKK pastor or a pastor like Wright and wonder why Obama did not long ago openly and actively challenge such divisive rhetoric.

Posted by: mi-ti-bear | April 28, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse


Obama's 25-point lead in North Carolina has collapsed in the last week.

Hillary closed within single digits over the weekend.

Thank you, Omamaloons.. Keep up the good work..

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

It would be utterly disgusting if a 20 year congregate of this hatemongerer became President.

He didn't accidently title a book after one of Wright sermons....

Posted by: Brian | April 28, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

HAROLD & KUMAR = TRUE AMERICANS FOR THE WHITE HOUSE

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Imagine a white candidate with this kind of a close relationship with their pastor who expressed such sentiments against those of a different race. How long would that candidate's political future survive?

Posted by: Brad | April 28, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The racists are exposed. The only problem I have with Rev. Wright was he tailored his speech to a white audience. We cannot bring about change if we keep censoring our message.
D*mn right we have a right to be angry. Why is it there are more black males incaerated than in college. Why are 1 in 2 black teens infected with STDs. Why is AIDS and HIV so endemic in the black community. Why is Africa the most AIDs-ridden place in the world.
The answer is white America, its racist agenda and its control of global politics.
I also applaud the terrorists for bringing down the real "evil empire." What comes around goes around, and payback is a b*tch. And white America your time is over. It's our time NOW.
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And who are the RACISTS? Are you so afraid to call one of your community such? The rest of America is too tired of that old chant and it would not work this year. Neither your threat of riots.

The tide has turned and it is time for everyone to EARN a living!!!!

Posted by: Hispana | April 28, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

What part of Wright continuously blaming white America of today for the evils of our ancestors 100 or more years ago do you people not get? He espouses Black Liberation Theology, look it up. It's black victimology! He's teaching a whole new generation of young kids in his church, including Obama's two girls, and within the black community to continue to just look at the white race as their oppressors, but refuses to acknowledge exactly how far this country HAS come over the past 50-60 years in particular. Sure we still have racial problems in this country, but at least give us some credit where credit is due. And by all means stop teaching the black children in this country that they have to keep rising up against an oppressor that by and large no longer exists. In other words, how about we look toward the future instead of simply wallowing in the past for crying out loud. This Obama/Wright debacle has set back race relations in this country by about 25 years and as long as Obama remains in this Presidential race I cannot see that getting any better soon. Because guaranteed Wright will be an issue going forward through November, and possibly the legacy of this mess will go on even longer if Obama is the President. Many, many white folks in this great nation were ready and willing to not see Obama as a black man running for President but rather a man running for President who just happens to be black. But no more. Just by showing a total lack in judgment with many of his associations over the past 17-20 years, and not being able to see how those associations may negatively impact his own political ambitions is just plain stupid and naive. Obama has managed over the course of this campaign to separate us now by class, race, culture, and religion - he's running out of ways to divide us all. Obama really should step aside and let the two much more politically experienced candidates close this out.

Posted by: PA Said No Obama | April 28, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

The racist nut Weight speaks and confirms Obama believes and feels as he does but must lie because he is an politicians and politicians must say whatever is necessary to get elected. If there was any doubt before there is none now Both Obama and his wife are American hating racists in full agreement with the Rev. Nut!

Posted by: gary | April 28, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

The anonymous posting above about "History of Secret Experimentation...." is copied from various moonbat sites. It's all circular reporting of the same garbage. It's like those emails that promise $15M and use someone's name that you can check that really exists. Moonbats!
Posting this garbage does nothing to prove Rev. Wright's despicable statement that the U.S. Gov't created AIDS to kill Blacks. Rev. Wright got where he was by telling his congregation that it was OK to hate Whitey because Whitey was evil. Don't dare compare him to MLK. MLK had hope because he believed that his fellow man would eventually come around. Rev. Wright never wanted progress. He built a congregation of 8,000 by preaching hate. Let him keep talking, though. The more he talks, the more people will see him when they look at Sen. Obama.

Posted by: Moonbat Disputer | April 28, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Black preachers have always "had to speak a language defiant enough to hold the high spirited of their flock but neither so inflammatory as to arouse them to battles they could not win nor so ominous as to arouse the ire of ruling powers." While Obama's pastor may have done the latter, he was not the first.

In February, 1899, William James, a philosopher at Harvard, in a letter to the Boston Transcript, wrote: "God damn the U.S. for its vile conduct in the Philippine Isles."

Certainly, both Hillary and Bill represent the ruling powers, specifically the southern oligarchy. They are frightened and angry. Using a populist language shorn of real meaning, the Clintons fight an age old battle, pitting middle income and poor people of color against middle income
and poor people whites, this time using modern and carefully crafted language. This same fight has divided working classes in the United States for centuries. As one historian noted:

"In 1747, Cadwaller Colden, in his 'Address to the Freeholders' attacked the wealthy as tax dodgers unconcerned with the welfare of
others (although he himself was wealthy) and spoke for honesty and dependability of 'the middling rank of mankind' in whom citizens could best trust 'our liberty and Prosperity.'" This was probably the first
time poor white working people were invited to join a new elite that did not represent their best interests. They are being invited to do so, again, by the Clintons.

As such, Hillary represents a huge step backward. Had she real political courage, she would have challenged Bush in 2004. We would all be better off. Her time has passed, but she continues to hog the
limelight, damaging the party and refusing all direction.

Posted by: billycdc | April 28, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks. It's very important that our first black President not be someone who actually knows any angry black people, no matter how this nation treated them when they were younger, and no matter whether that black President shares their anger and their despair.

Posted by: drew | April 28, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Wright's speech yesterday just guaranteed that Obama will not win the White House. The Republicans have already rolled out a massive advertising campaign, calling out swing-district Democrat congressmen/women who have endorsed Obama, and claiming that their views are "too out of touch" with mainstream voters.

The Obama campaign obviously knows NOTHING about national politics. They're good-hearted people and well-organized, but McCain would crush Obama in a Dukakis-level blowout. Let's be real.

Posted by: Timothy | April 28, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

He's no crazier than Martyn Minns and John Yates who have pledged fealty to the dread Bishop Akinola of Nigeria and dragged the once proudly liberal Anglican church into Homophobia.

I will grateful for the day when all candidates do their best to renounce ALL religion.

Posted by: Jeff Wagner | April 28, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright is not divisive. Anyone who has listened to what he has to say would realize that. But we don't listen in this nation. We just do as the media tells, and right now, that is too hate Rev. Wright. The irony of it is that people want to hate Rev. Wright for fabricated "hate" speech.

I just want to point out that Rev. Wright has never wished harm on anyone of any race. He has not encouraged violence. In fact, the statements people criticize him for are criticizing America for hating.

Posted by: Chris Stewart | April 28, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama must take swift action and respond without hesitation. If Wright cared about the country and raising the nation up, not only would he not have inflamed emotions, he would not be deliberately sabotaging Obama's candidacy. Sen. Obama, please use your judgement to see how Wright, by sabatoging you, may cost the entire country a chance at a new beginning - just so he can save face. This is not Hope.

Posted by: Kenn in CA | April 28, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

It's easy to lose sight of the nature of elected officials in a republic. They are servants of the people. They aren't our saviors. Those who think Obama is a savior approach his candidacy with a religious belief that defies logical evaluation. We need to know what he believes, how he makes decisions, what his values are, in addition to his concrete proposals. Wright may be sabotaging Obama for his own twisted reasons (this would prove whites are evil). If Obama is truly great, he will prove that over time, even if this kills his nomination this time around.

Posted by: Wabash Sphinx | April 28, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow....

This is a disaster for Obama - the end of his campaign.

The question is, of course - WHY is Wright destroying him?

Posted by: JimW | April 28, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Many blacks think what Rev. Wright is true. That's the sad part. For all the injustices the black community has suffered (and there have been many), it is amazing how the power of mythology captivates so many to believe the bunk he spews out. My chief lament is that group think and the cult of victimization prevail so powerfully in that community. Republicans are, at this stage, the party of justice and equality; the Democrats are now the party of creeping socialism with a soft totalitarian ethic.

Posted by: MD Dave | April 28, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

good golly miss molly

Rev Wright - shut up go home

I am a total Hillary fan but I have to say that Barak is going to have a h... of a time getting this man to shut up

He is selling his book, everyone else be dammed

Good luck Barak - rev wright makes geraldine look like a sunday school princess

go Hillary (who is ahead in the national polls, anyone wonder why?)

Posted by: lucci8 | April 28, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I want Obama to be President more than any of the others. I have contributed to his campaign. But as an African American, I can say that if he doesn't make it because the nation can't face it's history and present. Then so be it. I WON'T SELL OUT FOR A BLACk PRESIDENT. Obama shouldn't. And thank you Rev. Wright for not selling out either.

Posted by: Chris Stewart | April 28, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

For me to read this article, and then view the actual transcript from the interview. Demonstrates the capability of the media and reporters to skew or mis-educate readers.

Hopefully, you will take the time to read the transcript, but if not enjoy being controlled by a professional liar.

Dana Milbank stated:

"repeated his view that the government created the AIDS virus to cause the genocide of racial minorities,

MS. LEINWAND: In your sermon, you said the government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. So I ask you: Do you honestly believe your statement and those words?

REV. WRIGHT: Have you read Horowitz's book "Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola"? Whoever wrote that question, have you read "Medical Apartheid"? You've read it?

REV. WRIGHT: No questions from the floor.

I read different things. As I said to my members, if you haven't read things, then you can't -- and based on the Tuskegee experiment and based on what has happened to Africans in this country, I believe our government is capable of doing anything.

In fact, in fact, in fact, one of the -- one of the responses to what Saddam Hussein had in terms of biological warfare was a non- question, because all we had to do was check the sales record. We sold him those biological weapons that he was using against his own people.

So any time a government can put together biological warfare to kill people and then get angry when those people use what we sold them, yes, I believe we are capable.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with you? Your piece isn't worth a complete reading. Maybe you lack an ability to see nuance, but in this case its even more than that. Everyone I know who has heard the Reverend speak at any length comes out with only respect. Mr. Milbank, this is too distorted. You need some sort of detox program to start to think analytically and without a Washington bias. Sorry, but this is getting old and stale......as you folks tune into and believe your absurd spin and expect us to continue to read it.

Posted by: Anna Theodore | April 28, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

There are lots of logicial answers to your questions that have nothing to do with race, but it's obvious that you don't have the capacity to understand them. For most of them, the answer is "responsibility for one's own actions" but it's much easier to play the victim, isn't it?

Posted by: Hispana Disputer | April 28, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse


What I REALLY want to know is: When does Rev. "Goddamn America" get to host his own show on MSNBC?


Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Delegate Math----I hope you're right because you know what that means?

McCAIN IS PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!
*spit*
We're writing in Duncan Hunter.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I have hoped that Hillary could win, but If Obama gets the nod, I will likely vote for him.
I watched the speech made last night by Rev wright and found it very interesting. I didn't find it as anti-American as the media is saying this morning. I think we will have a new chapter of disscussing race problems in this country and that will be a good thing. If you listen closely,to last nights speech and the entire press conference, you will see how some people would agree with him.

However, it is likely that this speech will be used against Obama and we shall see how much so, when the IN primary is held.

I got a laugh out of Pastor Wright's imitation of Pres. Johnson and the two Kennedy brothers when he compared so called "Different speech" of Black people to New England speech and Texas speech which is also different, but not incorrect.

Before people critize Pastor Wright too much, they should listen to the entire speech made during the night and the entire press conference and question and answer session.

I wasn't sure how the media would take the whole thing so, I watched closely this morning. i think the media and public took it worse than it really is.

Remember, Black people could not serve with white people during WWII and it wasn't very long at all when sportcasters were questioning whether black people could be quarter backs in the NFL. It took Truman to open up the military in about 1950 when I first entered the military. It was much later ward room workers on Navy ships could bunk with the rest of the crew. I think lot of this stuff was what Wright was talking about.

I attended the state fair in Memphis in 1950 and guess what? Black people couldn't attend on "White" days. It was much later that schools were integrated in states such as Virginia.

So, let Rev. Wright speak. Don't take it so hard.

Posted by: LL314 | April 28, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Wright is speaking the beliefs of Obama -- he's saying exactly what Obama would say if politics allowed him.

Obama is a filthy racist who hates this country -- who hates everything it stands for.

God save us all.

Posted by: B. Lloyd | April 28, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Delegate Math----I hope you're right because you know what that means?

McCAIN IS PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!
*spit*
We're writing in Duncan Hunter.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

So odd. It is as if Reverend Wright is angry at Obama to the degree that he would sink his presidential run. What else could he possibly be thinking?

I'm afraid that this, in combination with other Obama associations, has ruined his chances of the Democratic nod...and certainly he could not win the GE against McCain.

Posted by: Lin | April 28, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

So, I guess this is what Obama was talking about when he said CHANGE.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

mr. milbank, you & i are both white males. we have no idea what it means to be black - to experience racism first hand.

in rev. wright's own words from today, "... until you know the true story, then you're reacting to my words and not to the truth."

sadly mr. milbank you obviously did not absorb the reverend's speech in its entirety or you would never have posted such a blog of rubbish.

so instead of supporting a path towards reconciliation & real understanding, you have continued the sad & ineffective present course of hate, lies & mistruths. SHAME ON YOU !!!

(and btw the "thought a fool" comment was about the MEDIA not the reverend himself - read the transcript - and after that you should retract your blog posting).

obama & the reverend are on the right track: we need to have a truthful dialogue on race in this country. we need to make things right. from what little i have been able to ascertain in my lifetime i know we have not even come close. and the truth isn't going to be pretty for us whites - but we have to face it.

the entire transcript:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/28/us/politics/28text-wright.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=all

READ & LEARN FOR YOURSELVES - DON'T BE SPOON-FED MISINFORMATION

Posted by: chris berdos | April 28, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Barack is in a rough spot kind of like Jackie. The color of his skin took precedent over his spectactular athletic abilities. Eventually, the thrill of watching him do his thing took precedent over everything else. He was a winner. People will get used to Barack and marvel at his skills as a world leader...if we give him a chance. He is a winner. He has the right temperment for the job...just like Jackie. Think about it and allow it to happen. Think...think...think...do we want more of the same old politics? Ask yourself honestly.

Posted by: royals1 | April 28, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Good thing all of thise came out now. It would have been 1000 times worse if Obama was elected the President and started to nominate judges and justices like Wright.

I still hope that Left wing nutters prevail and Obama is the Democratic Party nomineee. So that McCain could wipe the floor with his worthless oponent.

Posted by: Ivan | April 28, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Just saw Obama taped giving a stump speech today, trying to jump on McCain about the gas tax.

Obama looked beaten down. He had trouble talking and kept stuttering and it looked like he lost his train of thought a couple of times when trying to find simple words.

He's being so publicly humiliated by his own lies about the man, and his cute political posturing, and now he's caught up in the web of maneuvering in trying to use the black church and then pretending he didn't know what Wright was about.

It's always sad when a charming snake oil salesman gets knocked down. While they shouldn't get away with the scams and charades they're trying to market, they're so adorable and empathetic that you feel bad for them when they're exposed.

Posted by: Annette Keller | April 28, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Moonbat Disputer | April 28, 2008 5:08 PM

Try doing some research. What are you afraid of????????

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I just read this article. Oh this is garbage! Boo to the Washington Post for pushing such garbage onto people. This post is pure spin. For instance, the writer fails to mention that several time Rev. Wright embraced diversity, "diversity is not deficiency." Or that Rev. Wright said that Farrahkan was wrong for hating the Jews. Or that Rev. Wright described have a very diverse church that is only one of mostly white denomination. Or that rev. Wright's mentor is a white man!

Horrible reporting. People watch the press conference for yourselves. I notice the author didn't put a link to the clip on Youtube.

Posted by: Chris Stewart | April 28, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

You Obamaloons should have figured this thing was going to go downhill fast when Rev. "Goddamn America" went out of his way to describe Obama as a just another "politician."

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

It's "capisco" not "capisce".

Give it a rest already. Who cares what Wright says really. I'm voting for Obama, not him.

Posted by: Brendan | April 28, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I watched the whole thing. And the inane questions from the audience, clearly many from the media, were swiftly and deftly deflected by Rev. Wright. What I saw was a media event that proved that our MSM has little or no understanding of religion in America, let alone what Jeremiah Wright has said or what he stands for.

But one of the best responses was to the first question to explain one of the incendiary clips seen on TV, and his previous comment that it was taken out of context. He asked the journalist who asked the question, "Did you see the whole sermon?" Indeed he had to ask twice before being told no! Ipso facto!

In other words, Rev. Wright's comment about being taken out of context, was validated by the question itself and the journalist who never even bothered to look at any context at all, despite that being the criticism.

And there were many more of the same. I think Mr. Milbanks is upset that Rev. Wright so easily pushed back against a totally nonsensical media, and nobody in the media, including Milbanks wants to let that go. I sense some unwarranted revenge in this article.

Posted by: infuse | April 28, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I once viewed Rev. Wright's comments as a slip of the tongue; religious rhetoric laced with social discontentment. But now I see that this man is truly bitter. I think Rev. Wright feels that Obama slighted him, and now he (Rev. Wright) intends to sink Obama's chance to win the nomination. This is simply pay-back.

Posted by: Karl Von Batten | April 28, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

J. Wright has a scary contagious disease. And, Obama caught it 20 years ago.

I'm distancing myself from any and all of these buffoons.

Obama's judgement. Insane.

Posted by: innoculations | April 28, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I love it. Nuance. "So any time a government can put together biological warfare to kill people and then get angry when those people use what we sold them, yes, I believe we are capable."

Translation -
1. Hate Whitey because he invented AIDS.
2. Never trust a white man.
3. Ignore any progress in race relations the past 70 years.
4. Continue to hate Whitey for any wrong that your father, grandfather, great-grandfather might have suffered.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Dana Milbank, you truly show that you are biased. Incredible. You are completely twisting what was said. I would imagine someone bribed you. Or are you simply a jerk?

Posted by: Brendan | April 28, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Hispana - Hispanics are new new negroes. And funny how you mention how everyone should have to earn their keep. Blacks have been earning their keeps for hundreds of years. Meanwhile, illegal immigrants keep pouring across the border. Mexicans came here illegally and racist white owners exploit their labor on the cheap. Meanwhile us black folk are left without a job. The white government stand idly by and let you break the law, force blacks out of jobs, and commit crimes in our communities. We don't want you here. Your country is already enough of a hell-hole, don't bring that into our communities. I'm tired of strong black communities infiltrated by barrio wetbacks. Go back to Mexico, and its obvious why you're supporting Clinton. Clinton will stand by and let you break the law and come into this county illegally and destroy black communities. Go vote for her you peon.

Posted by: 2ndPanther | April 28, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Dana Milbank, you are a disappointment. You opened your article by calling the Rev. Wright a fool. You state:
"It is better to be quiet and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."
"Barack Obama's pastor would have been wise to continue to heed that wisdom."

I'm sorry, but if you actually listened to Rev. Wright and watched his interview with Bill Moyers, you would realise that he has more brains in his little finger than you will ever have in your head. The man was erudite, witty, incisive, honest, charming, and courageous. Why would you want such a man to keep his mouth shut? What did he say that was foolish or untrue?

Look, the man is not running for office, and this is a free country. He has the right to speak his mind. You fools in the media are the ones who insist on tying him to Obama. Give to God what is God's and to Caesar what is Caesar's. Obama is responsible for his own words and Wright is responsible for his. I am glad that I was able to hear the Rev. Wright speak at length instead of 12-second sound bites. He is indeed a man of intelligence and integrity.

Posted by: Sojourner | April 28, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Hillary would be way ahead if this was known before super tuesday

http://www.ydito.com/showchannelimages/?PicNumber=29&Channel=DD-FD-PNYK-KH-FE-WW-VO-DEZZ-MM-DV

Posted by: mark | April 28, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm -Psalm 105: 15

I would not want to be in the number among those ignorantly attacking this man of God. Even if you don't like what he said, can you argue -intelligently- against it's veritas? I love my country but I will never lift it up as a blameless entity. So, what happens when people unjustly vilify and persecute a man of God?

Uh, read your bible stories people.

Particularly the ones re: the Fierce Anger and Wrath of God

If you continuously provoke God into showing you that He is God, eventually He will.

Posted by: RE: pending smiting appt | April 28, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse


HATE AMERICA!! OBAMA '08!!!! CHANGE TO DIVIDE AMERICA!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the point in asking apologies for slavery. You want to be just, then also ask an apology for the african tribes that captured people from other tribes to sell them to europeans. Ask the arabs or bereberes that trived in that commerce too. And if you want to be fair,get a specialist in African history and begin to ask apologies to each tribe and etnic group that practiced slavery until you get to the ancient egypcians. Nobody is saying that slavery was "good". But slavery was common and accepted during many centuries until human advance in the XIX century banned it. Do you want me to apologize for my grand-grandfather bad behavior? Sorry. I wasn't born and was not responsible for his behavior. And slavery wasn't illegal during his life. Oh. And take in consideration many african black people were captured and sold by other african black people to the european traders (which one in the worst rat?) Read more facts and less religious fairy tales.

Posted by: Ivan | April 28, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Wright says he speaks for the Black Church. Fortunately, he does not and I am sure many black pastors will make that clear next Sunday.

Posted by: KW64 | April 28, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Reverund Wright, you may have succeeded in sinking the first black Presidential candidate with a serious chance of winning. It is now a self-fulfilling prophesy, blacks can't get ahead because of self-serving hatemongers such as yourself. Again, congratulations, reverund.

Posted by: ConsDemo | April 28, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

So you don't like Obama?

Great, choose McCain or Hillary who both want to nuke Iran.

Posted by: andre gill | April 28, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Did you watch the whole sermon? I'm sorry, I don't have to watch a whole sermon to understand that this man got to where he is by spreading a message of hate. This country is by no means perfect, but any preacher who stands up and screams "God @#$% America" doesn't deserve to have his whole sermon heard by anyone except maybe the Taliban.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

As a Zionist who served in the Israeli army and supports Israel and peace, I love hearing Rev Wright preach.

Most of the people who are responding probably have not heard or read a full sermon or speech by him or watched his beautiful preformance on Bill Moyers show. Most are fully content to hate him based on misquotes and soundbites. The truth is that I also thought he was a nut based on seeing a 30 second snippet of a half hour sermon. When I saw the half hour sermon (and a couple more) I started thinking he was a genius.

The more I read or see the more I find Wright to be a phenomenal preacher with a very finely attuned sense of moral outrage.

I also love hearing all the people who never served in the military criticize him for being unpatriotic. Ironic doesn't even begin to cover it.

Posted by: Rev Wright fan` | April 28, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, maybe I'm slow, but doesn't this latest burst from the "Reverend" make it EASIER for Obama to distance himself from the church? I mean, let's face it, if Race was an EASY issue, wouldn't we have dealt with it by now? It seems that Rev. Wright is certainly extreme and nasty, but he's hardly alone, and there are plenty of examples on the other side of race hatred.

Why on earth are some Obama supporters hanging their head in defeat? Obama talked about the need for a change from our politics of division and destruction. Didn't we all realize THIS type of nastiness is part and parcel of the old way of doing business? The divisive politics of Clinton (and Wright) are on full display, THIS is what we have to fight against. We wanted change, and now we know (in full ugly detail) what we're fighting against.

Obama's campaign is not solely about him, it's about US. Now when the forces of political division go ugly, now when the dark underside of racial politics reveals itself for the monster it truly is, NOW is the time we stand up, NOW is the time we shine, NOW is the time when we can win.

Go Obama. Go US.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

ProudRepublican:

You are neither Republican nor sane, and you certainly should not be proud.

Posted by: ajmalkov | April 28, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright is a sell-out. He refuses to use the strongest words possible to condemn a racist government.
I am disgusted by this "middle-road" that black leaders are taking. Real black leaders need to condemn Rev. Wright, change does not happen quietly.
It's time for black people to start their own party.

Posted by: MarcusEub | April 28, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Wright said "...He did not put me in chains, he did not put me in slavery, and he didn't make me this color."

White people made Wright black? I didn't realize we were that powerful. Actually, Wright should blame his beloved god for making him black...since he appears to be angry that he is black.

What a useless human being...and I'm being generous.

Posted by: Independent62 | April 28, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Those who use Wright to play the race card ARE racist. Thats just an excuse for people who bring up the subject saying, "I'm not racist but."

Posted by: Okie | April 28, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

In addition to his defense of Farrakhan's anti-Semitism, Rev. Wright exhibited some of his own:

"MODERATOR: What is your motivation for characterizing Senator Obama's response to you as, quote, 'what a politician had to say'? What do you mean by that?

WRIGHT: What I mean is what several of my white friends and several of my white, Jewish friends have written me and said to me. They've said, 'You're a Christian. You understand forgiveness. We both know that, if Senator Obama did not say what he said, he would never get elected.'"

To Rev. Wright, "white Jews" are a different race than "whites."

Sen. Obama needs to completely repudiate Wright as soon as he can. He's too promising a candidate to be dragged down by this hate monger.

Posted by: JustALiberal | April 28, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

This could turn out to be Obama's 'Sister Souljah' moment. Wright has, in effect, given Obama permission to make a complete break with his pastor, and like Clinton in '92, re-make himself in the minds of voters.

Posted by: chancher | April 28, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

My fellow Latino and Asian Americans,
It seems that Asians and Latinos, and other non-black minorities have two options. They can either stay in the Democratic party and continue to be ignored by latte liberals, or they can join a party that is for true racial equality.
The Republican Party will not prefer one minority group over another. Also, we will nominate candidates based on merit and not by race.
Martin Luther King advocated a color-blind society. You cannot defeat racism with more racism. it is clear that people of all backgrounds face racism. We will not focus on one group at the expense of others.

We will unite the country by common values of promoting strong families, the American Dream, and the goal of a unified America.

Latinos and Asian Americans abandon the Democratic Party - they have failed you. To us you are all American and are welcome to share in the American Dream

Posted by: RepublicanSense | April 28, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

What is profoundly sad is that everyone is crying out over what this idiot has said and about race relations... But NOONE has said boo about how defammitory and obscene it is when all the MSM, pundits, blogtwats, and obama campaign spew their narrowminded and vile ignorance against Hillary as a WOMAN!!! THAT is a pathology!

Posted by: sjc-tx | April 28, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

The association and celebration with Kwame Kilpatrick is a mystery. Kwame is a taker and abuser of his own consituency.

Is Obama another one of these types like Kwame and Marion Barry? They sound great on the campaign trail and then, once elected, its lock your doors, hide your wallet, and move to the burbs (like so many middle and upper class blacks in PG and AA counties in Maryland).

It is time to move beyond the us against them racist approach that people like Kilpatrick and Barry used so well in the past (and Wright aand Farakhan use today). A relatively few insiders gain but most who vote for such people as Barry and Kilpatrick continue to lose year in and year out.

I would like to see Obama prove he is something different as he is clearly many cuts above Barry and Kilpatrick but his silence on, continued association with, and his supporters' celebration of such people may be more than great campaign speeches can overcome.

Posted by: mi-ti-bear | April 28, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

PEOPLE!!

IF OBAMA can't stand up to this kind of scrutiny over his choices, he will never make it when the contest starts for REAL, and the Republican attack dogs get their teeth into him!! YOU AINT SEEN NOTHIN' YET!!

Too much drama, too many stupid issues, and we need to focus on our country's future or we will be a third world country shortly.

We are talking about the office of the President here.

Posted by: banarew | April 28, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

BTW - the article subtly and not so subtly mis-represents what Wright said. Its very clearly aimed at pissing people off. Milbank takes the most contraversial sounding qoutes and places them together out of context.

I don't have time to go quote by qoute, but if you are in any way serious about understanding what is goin on here - as opposed to just confirming your prejiduce of what is happening, I think you owe it to yourself to read the full transcript

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/04/28/transcript-rev-wright-at-the-national-press-club/

Ofcourse sadly, most people won't do that - they will just read the press synopsis and get pissed.

Posted by: Rev Wright fan | April 28, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

We deserve a third Bush term.

Posted by: Porchnik | April 28, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

We need more chicanos in Congress. I hate America too - I could be a Senator.

I've gone to a racist church for most of my adult life - hey Democrats nominate me for the White House.

I can bring about real CHANGE. Wink, wink.

Posted by: Chicano Pride | April 28, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters are dreaming or on drugs if they think that there is ANYTHING Obama or anyone else can say that can save his career at this point.

Its over.

He's not even going to get re-elected to the Senate.

Posted by: No words can fix this | April 28, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Can we Milbank officially cop to being a conservative shill? Good grief.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

If Rev. Wright REALLY wanted to do something about racism then he would not preach HATRED. God is about LOVE not HATE.

You don't teach people to HATE in order to combat HATE!

Dana Milbank, You are right, O-Bitter is Doomed!

Now, Who was that that said "DON'T TELL ME WORDS DON'T MATTER!"??? Oh, that's right O-Bitter!

Well, he was right...WORDS DO MATTER AND THEY MATTER ALOT IF THEY ARE FULL WITH HATE!!

Posted by: JustWords | April 28, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not put me in chains, he did not put me in slavery, and he didn't make me this color."

Those words make it sound like Rev. Wright doesn't like being the color he is. If deep down he hates himself, it would explain all the hate he spews.

Posted by: oconnel4 | April 28, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Did I hear the Looney Toon Theme Music just before he spoke? Obama's mentor? God help us if this empty suit (B Hussein Obama) gets his hands on the nuclear codes. A racist black man filled with hatred and unforgiveness toward non-blacks, and lest we forget, who filled his pockets with his congregation's donations to build himself a mansion many of them could only dream of. Wright is laughing all the way to the bank. Th Th Th Thats all folks.

Posted by: luce_sociator | April 28, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Many thanks to posters here who provided links to the National Press Club and NAACP speeches. I've now listened to both and am utterly appalled at Mr. Millbank's gross misrepresentation of them. You, sir, have lost my respect. I have no idea what your agenda is, but your statements go beyond an individual "take;" they are an irresponsible, unprincipled hatchet job. You, sir, are the fool about which the prophets warned.

Posted by: abqcleve | April 28, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

God bless Rev. Wright. He is a man of the cloth and has every right to speak his opionion as it coordinates with scripture. He is not preaching Black superiority or Black seperatism. He is saying let's all get along. And to get along we need to try to understand each other. Zionism isn't a religion, Judiasm is the religion. Zionism is a social agenda. There are many Jewish people that do not support the Zionist movement. That is not anti-semetic. But how could this country have a memorial for the holocaust which did not even happen in this country? And we don't have a Middle Passage memorial. There is an eagerness to brush America's sins under the rug. While we point our fingers at other countries' transgressions. Rev. Wright ENLISTED, he is a patriot. We are functioning as an imperial nation, and we gave weapons to Bin Laden and the Taliban and to Saddam Huessein. Then we are shocked when terrorist show up on our shores.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Until this point, I never thought I would stay home in November. But after watching the way the MSM has lynched - and I use that word intentionally - Rev. Wright, I can honestly say that I am utterly disgusted. I am not religious, nor do I really believe in organized religion, but I do respect an individual's right to his or her faith. And I would NEVER mock or villify a religious leader to get a good story or to score political points.

Against that backdrop, I can honestly say that this latetst attack on Obama through Rev. Wright is not only a mistake, but is a very painful slap in the face to the Black community. While I was fortunate enough to grow up after the horros of jim crow and segregation, I see the lasting in effects in the balck community and even in my own family. All blacks had at that time was church. It was a place where they could go to feel safe, to gain strength through God, and find the courage to face another day of humiliation, shame, and yes, fear that they or a loved one could be murdered, castrated, beaten or jailed at any moment. That a black church and its leader are now being publicly and intentionally caricatured and belittled by the MSM is just plain sick.

I am so deeply saddened by the hatred and lack of understanding that some individuals in this country continue to perpetrate. Blacks have continued to serve and love this country and God depsite the horror and pain of Jim Crow and segregation, Rev. Wright included. When we were attacked by dogs, hosed down in the streets and killed for simply demanding a seat on a public bus, we responded with non-violent protests. Blacks have never done ANYTHING except demand equality and fariness. We haven't lyched whites in droves, hung them from trees and had BBQ's around their dead bodies.

I am sick and tired of having to play happy negro to make whites feel safe. I will just stay home in November...and I'm certain I won't be alone.

- a well-educated, half-black, elitist from SF

Posted by: hikaya | April 28, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Most people went to church, synagogue, mosque, or some other place of sanctity after 9-11 to pray for the dead, the injured, their families, the country. The vast majority of Americans find it galling and disgusting that Rev. Wright took the pulpit to condemn our country in that time of mourning. Its offensive, and when Rev. Wright states that Obama agrees with him on the inside, and is just distancing himself for political ends, we have a right to feel uneasy about the good Senator.

I have no doubt that a good number of Americans agree with what most of what Reverend Wright has to say. For the rest of us - the VAST majority - we are left asking why Senator Obama's JUDGMENT was so lacking when he selected this man as his spiritual advisor for 20 years. Since judgment is all that Obama has given us in support of his candidacy, I must wonder why on earth the VAST majority of folks would vote for him.

Posted by: Whoopthereitis | April 28, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post, has contributors representing the whole spectrum.
From the very best reporters and editorialists to some like you.

Posted by: Alex Munoz | April 28, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

banarew---

Are you really that stupid? Didnt you know this is a "real Republican attack"?

Who the hell do you think McCain and Clinton are in the pockets of? Who do you think make the money off of these wars? The very same people that own the Washington Post and ABC.

Posted by: hugues rebell | April 28, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA has quite a bit of red flags around him. Watch him at 2 different speeches in NC, invoking the Rapper, Jay-Z and giving the finger.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoOFp-RDpvM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhkq11UExcw


Posted by: max | April 28, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Wright is a disgrace and a race hustler....This association is pulling Obama back down to the I'm still a victim because of slavery mentality that pervades a good portion of black culture! The perpetuation of victimhood is how guys like this derive their power.

Posted by: CBFlorida | April 28, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

How can it be the voice of doom for Obama?
On the contrary there is a trend emerging from this situation which I do not believe will be a negative thing for Mr. Obama.

For instance, today Mr. King published today an article in the Washinton Post. He claimed that Mr. Ed Rendell ( strong supporter of Mr.and Mrs. Clinton in PA) has been connencted to Louis Farrakhan and the Nations of Islam.

Also we have read in other publications that Rev Marcia Dyson and Shiela Jackson Lee have been connected to Jeremiah Wright for many years. As a mater of fact it appears that the Trinity United Church of Christ paid par of the religious studies of Re. Marcia Dyson.

On the other hand didn't Mr. an Mrs. Clinton invite Rev Jeremiah Wright to the White House diring the impeachment procedures?

So lets keep on digging on this one...I do not believe that at the end of the day Mr. Obama is the one to be negatively affected by this entanglement.

Posted by: PCM01 | April 28, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

hikaya,

That makes no sense. Why stay home if you think that an injustice is being perpetrated here.

Notwithstanding that, all of what you said doesn't give Rev. Wright license to mock and belittle the black community - AIDS was created by the Government to kill black Americans? US of KKK? If anyone is painting a characature, it is Rev. Wright doing so of himself.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Milbank = Scum

Posted by: reynolds | April 28, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Max: have you noticed that the level of conversation aroung here is considerably higher than the juvenile postings of links that purport to show candidates in the dim light you wish to see them in? Why don't you join the rest of the gang at a considerably higher plane: there's more light up here.

Posted by: abqcleve | April 28, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

How ABSURD! Reverend Wright is Obama's FORMER PASTOR and is quite witty and so extremely intelligent. If you want to lynch because of his pastor, then you need to lynch HRC for her "Family Fundamental pastors (whoever the hell they are), and do the same with McLame for Parsley and Hagee. Furthermore, while we are at it, lets not forget Rendell who supports HRC as well as the Nation of Islam and Farrikan. If we are going to have "guilt by association", then we NEED to have it across the board! Or GROW UP! As Wright said several times previously and today, he is NOT running for POTUS; Obama is. What is wrong with you racists and bigots -I would be THRILLED to know Wright because he impressed me as being honest, witty and smarter than most of the people I know personally. I believe most people are JEALOUS of Obama [and Wright] because they are true intellectuals! Why are you so AFRAID of Rev. Wright? He hasn't done anything to you and he doesn't want anything from you. It's uneducated people who fear anything different; so educate yourselves and learn something new maybe then you won't be so SCARED!

Posted by: ObamasLady | April 28, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Do you notice how the commentators, like Mr. Mobank, NEVER mention the theological aspects of his speeches. Rev. Wright talked extentsively this week end about unity. What group of people or religions did he insullt? These politicians(Comentators included) can not separate the real world from the beltway. Think about what Rev. Wright is saying without this being an election year. Mr. Milbank and others could not care less. For those of us who no we need a fresh start in America. Rev. Wright spoke about how we can do that, Dana Milbank, and others of his ilk, are in another world from the rest of us. The above article proves that. in the last

Posted by: randall | April 28, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

it appears to me that this country is going to get a chance to help each other out because we are about to be brought to our knees economically. the main good thing that may come out of this is people might pick up their bibles and try to find out if wright is speaking Gods truth,which he isn't. they will find out that Jesus told people to deal with their life situations with Gods love for their fellow man and the faith that in the end there will be justice. Gods justice,not rev, wright's justice. the jewish rulers rejected Jesus for the same thing. they wanted a king to fight for them ,but as Jesus told pilate,"my kingdom is not of this world."

Posted by: gunclinger | April 28, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, he might have invoked JZ the rapper, but unlike Dubya, at least he won't embarass us on an international stage with his dance moves.

Posted by: obamagirl | April 28, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Proverbs 17;28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive. (NKJ Thomas Nelson)

Wright had a better chance at being counted wise when he kept his mouth shut. Now that he has reopened it, he has removed all doubt.

Since Wright likes Proverbs, he ought to try this one on for size:

Prov 26:26 Though his hatred is covered by deceit, His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.


Posted by: pays2listen | April 28, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Now I would like to see a debate between Obama and Reverend Wright!!
You know what? If this is the kind of stuff that Wright has been preaching, that makes me respect Obama even more! Because, now I wonder: where has Obama learned about healing divisions, and transcending race, and reaching out to all Americans? He obviously did not learn this from Reverend Wright!

Posted by: Carolyn Hartman | April 28, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Osama Obama should concede the nomination to Hillary now and then resign his Senate seat.

He has caused enough shame on himself and hurt on us.

What about the children?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

My fellow liberal democrats stop being condescending to people who do not like what they hear coming out of Rev. Wrights mouth.

Posted by: Tina | April 28, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I am so tired of race. I am so tired of people being racist if they don't vote for Barack...The Rev is rich. He's lives in a mansion. He went to a very good highschool. I don't care if we own apologies over slavery. I care about how the economy is affecting me. We use to be semi-well off middle class. Now gas and groceries are taking away any expendable income we have. I doubt with the Rev's money, it affecting him much.

Posted by: Badger | April 28, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I am just having a hard time seeing Michele as our first lady.

She seems so angry and bitter.

Posted by: atlanta | April 28, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Whether or not we agree with Reverend Wright (and I was moved by the power, clarity and intelligence behind his remarks), he has the right, as we all do, to speak his truth. These were not Obama's words, just as Governor Rendell's praising of Farrakhan were not Hillary's words. John McCain's friend and supporter, Rev. John Hagee, is actively working to hasten "armageddon" and indicated that God damned this country by punishing New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina. McCain has said that he is very proud of Rev. Hagee but that "does not mean that I support or endorse or agree with some of the things that Pastor John Hagee might have said or positions that he may have taken on other issues." Sound familiar?

But why is the media working overtime to prove Obama guilty-by-association, while downplaying similar connections of the other candidates? Here's why: Obama is a threat to the status quo - to the influence of the rich and powerful. His record-breaking grassroots campaign donations leave him obligated to nobody but We the People.

Posted by: Barbara Campbell | April 28, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright is gonna have a grenade shoved down his throat by Michelle O.....

I haven't had this much fun in........forever!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Happy | April 28, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Dana-
Thanks so much for telling me what to think about this, I almost forgot that I am too stupid to think for myself.
Maybe if you people would focus on the real issues instead of playing the 'guilt by association' game we might be able to make a reasoned choice regarding our next President, but I guess to you, it's far more important that you join Obama at the hip with Wright than discuss Clinton's lust for starting a nuclear war or consider the implications of electing Bush III. Shame on you, you are the problem, not Rev. Wright

Posted by: Lynne B | April 28, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I agree with those who point out that Milibank did do a particularly sensationalist job of cutting and pasting Wright's remarks here. That said, his support of Farrakhan obviously hurts Obama. Obama will clearly have to condemn the Farrakhan remarks if he hopes to retain the Jewish vote in N.Y., Miami, and Chicago come November.
Wright completely blew it by flubbing his lines regarding Farrakhan. Farrakhan did in fact refer to Judaism (not Zionism) as a "dirty" religion. Farrakhan is an anti-semite, pure and simple. Obama will have to get proactive fast or he his campaign will crash. Tis a shame and a pity that we would then have to end up with the likes of Hillary or McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Dang, let me get some of you some WHINE with your cheese...Tissue?!?!

Hatred! Racism! Courtesy of Revs. MANY I mean MANY blacks do not think like LouisF or Rev JeraLIAR or New Black Panthers.. Why do Blacks here on this website NOT adore, respect great people like Bill Cosby, Colin Powell, Condi Rice, JC Watts. Rev Patterson. These people are role models not gimme gimme gimme ones like hateful REV's.

The "Buzzards" not chickens are coming home to roost to destroy the Democratic Party. The Blacks I know say they are AMERICAN 1st, Black 2nd..And do NOT agree with your heroes of Black Panthers-Panzies, Wright, LouisF, ShazazzHate.
I will take hard working, gracious, go get em people of all races THAN the whiney, gimme gimme, lazy, pulling the race card losers ANYDAY! Me and my diverse family will continue to get up everyday and try to make it a better place (like half of AMERICA does), while the others just complain and wait for handouts they THINK is due to them....

Preach it Rev Wright.. FalseHood to Power. You are a DISGRACE. I feel bad/sad for Obama, he had a RACIST HATEFUL LUNATIC for a friend and pastor.

Ohhhh and GOD BLESS AMERICA

Posted by: VivaLaAmerica | April 28, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Very interesting comments from Obama supporters. Despite Obama's weak protestions, he agree's with Wrights remarks,

It appears that most of Obmam's supporters agree with Wrights remarks. And probably a majority of democrats agree with Rev Wrights remarks that America is at fault for 9/11 and that America has made various transgressions that have resulted in the "chickens comming home to roost.

Posted by: bri the Great | April 28, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I am just having a hard time seeing Michele as our first lady.

She seems so angry and bitter.

Posted by: atlanta | April 28, 2008 5:53 PM

And she's a lunatic too! I saw a speech she gave and she was flailing her arms around, picked her nose and about flicked the booger on some poor person in the front row.
It looked as if she was about to "get it on!"
You could tell she was extremely hostile to whitey. I guess we knew that already, but just the look on her face...that sneer when she talks about AmeriKKKa. Really sick.

Posted by: Tyrone | April 28, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama has at least two problems concerning the Rev. Wright. Both problems have do to, not with the fact that he is Black, but that when he began his campaign he was such an unknown quantity in the eyes of most voters. He has tried mightily not to define himself as a Black candidate and to run an all-inclusive campaign. Wright threatens to undo this. The second thing is a bit more subtle: we have to ask ourselves exactly how Black Obama is. I mean, he is the son of a Kenyan diplomat and a white woman, who grew up in Nebraska and was shipped off to an exclusive boarding school in Hawaii, and wound up as a Star Boy at Harvard Law. Then, having a hunch that he was going to go into politics and needed some street cred as a Black, he realized that he pretty much needed to go to school to learn how to be one. The school he chose was the Rev. Wright's church, and probably this choice did serve him well in the cut-and-thrust of Chicago ward politics. Certainly he acquired the ability to imitate a bit of Wright's sermon delivery when addressing Black audiences, something he seems to be able to switch off and on at will. Depending on context, he can be as Black or as non-Black as he wants. But when he got involved in national politics, his normal savvy deserted him he failed to realize that Wright would now become a liability (he still doesn't seem to get the point). Obama's race per se should of course not be an issue in this campaign, but his involvement with the Rev. Wright raise questions about both his judgment and his authenticity -- questions that ought to trouble Black voters as much as white ones. Blacks need to ask themselves "exactly how much is this guy really one of us, or is this an act he learned at Wright's church, which he can put on when its serves his purpose?"

Posted by: Dana Sutton | April 28, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

The Rev Wright is a big drag on Obama. Is this necessary? Obama himself made it a drag by continueing his association with Wright. Obama should have quit the church of Wright, which awarded Farrakhan a life achievement award, many years ago.

Posted by: Rod | April 28, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is sad that our debate has to be about race at this point.

Our Economy is about to be flushed down the loo, bank failures are immenient, gas will soon be seven dollars a gallon, and we are allowing the extremist crap spewed by this Wright buffoon to dictate our political conversation.

Seriously, my advice is to get your financial house in order as best you can. If the lid blows, none of us will be able to count on ANY US govt. to save us.

And finally...just think about this--We have had George Bush at the helm for the last 7 years. He has utterly destroyed our country. BRITNEY SPEARS would be an improvement.

Let's talk about the real issues folks.

Posted by: Kate | April 28, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

This nutball couldn't resist the limelight, so he goes out and spews forth his inane drivel again, thereby doing real damage to Senator Obama's campaign. Look: this is not Obama speaking, it is his pastor; but he provides a convenient excuse for people not to vote for Obama. It is shocking that Wright desires glory so much he is helping destroy this fine young man's chance to win the White House. Shame on him.

Meanwhile, the witch sits up in her mountain castle and sends out her flying monkeys to do her dirty work. We should have known the Clintons would find something to turn things in her favor. It is a disgrace.

Posted by: Pete | April 28, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse


There's a voice of doom all right, but it isn't reverend wright. it's the media who has found their swift boat issue. They've doped out the narrative, cast the characters and will proceed to pimp the novel until election day.

Meanwhile, the rubes can't wait to line up and spew it back --witness some of the indefensible, not to mention idiotic, comments about Wright and about Obama on this board.

What does this have to do with the kind of president Obama would make? Nothing. But the media doesn't give a whit about that -- and apparently neither do some of the nitwits on this board.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I am appalled at the lack of real knowledge of history on the part of so many. "More died on the Middle Passage than in the Holocaust", etc. This is what you get when false intellectualism is pandered to in the name of political correctness. There were no where near 6 million slaved taken over the entire period 200 years prior to the Civil War. But, someone having a professor's tenure (and thus immune to firing) can manufacture such inaccuracies in their classes and uncritical students take those revisionists at their word. Unless, we get a better informed populace, we will argue ourselves into irrelevance over minutia.

As for Rev. Wright, he respects no scholarship that is not by a black person. He also commits a sort of reverse eugenics on himself and others of color when he says that they are so different that everyone else in the human race must allow them to have their own sets of standards of behavior, education, medical treatment, etc. He is the racist. I love my friends for being themselves. I like their differences because those differences make them likable. Some are white and some are black. They wouldn't be as much fun or as likable if they were all the same. However, none of my friends think of themselves and their respective races as victims which must have everything slanted toward their view to ostensibly make the playing field level.

Posted by: bb63 | April 28, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

. BRITNEY SPEARS would be an improvement.

Let's talk about the real issues folks.

Posted by: Kate | April 28, 2008 5:59 PM

I'd take Brit Brit any day over Obama and his butt ugly wife. She has some nice white booty and puts out like a champ.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I watched the speech this morning and listened to the follow-up questions. My reaction seems to be much different than the Dana's and other media. I saw a very intelligent imperfect Christian man who really made you think. He was provocative, entertaining, and even enlightening. He did not exhibit hate or racism. I did not agree with everything that he said, but he did not say anything that was unreasonable, other than perhaps his view that the govt could be capable of causing Aids. BTW, Dana reported that inaccurately when he wrote "[Wright] repeated his view that the government created the AIDS virus to cause the genocide of racial minorities," he did not say the govt caused Aids. I have noticed an anti-Obama bias in Dana's reporting recently so not surprised he reported something different from what was said.

In many ways Rev. Wright was more Christ like than any of the media and the many people who are quick to judge him.

For the record, I am a 46 yr old christian white male.

Posted by: Jim | April 28, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

If you listen really closely, I think you can hear the Obama bubble bursting? Can you hear it now?

Wright's comments today are most damaging to Obama b/c they fiercely attacked his biggest ally in the ongoing war against Hillary - - THE LIBERAL MEDIA!!!

What truly amazes me is all of the postings above that defend the deranged Pastor. Are you telling me that you morons really think the U.S. government created AIDS to wipe african-americans from the planet? If so, you need to seek some serious medical help.

This whole episode has made me realize that Obama's "bitter" comments were really describing himself, his wife, and his pastor. They all have this giant chip on their shoulder and they (not small town America) are the ones that are bitter and cling to religion...Think about it.

Posted by: Aaron Burr | April 28, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

All of this hype about Obama and Rev. Wright...bitter...you name it...and guess what....He still nets yet another SUPERDELEGATE....hot darn!!! The supers have been moving into his camp consistently even after a 9.2 loss in Pennsylvania...They obviously understand the message that he brings...he is the ONLY candidate that has promised that when he's elected President...he will be reviewing the Bush Adminstration white house years and the possibility of them practicing "abuse of power"...ever since he has promised that the world, media "stuck on stupid" pundits, even the Clinton campaign (wonder what's in their box of secrets...hmmm....)have been trying to put him a choke hold and pin him down until he looses his breath...but baby...If GOD who judges ALL us wants Obama to be the President of the U.S. Then guess what baby....he'll be the next President and nothing that comes his way will harm him. Just look at how he handles all of this vetting and b.s. he just keeps on pummeling through!!! Brushes it off and keeps on going...The Clintons are pissed because they can't believe that this new young fresh off the meat table has out witted the entire Democratic party and the Clinton Machine...You have got to give this man his PROPS!! Stop hating...I just sent another $100.00 to his campaign...Take it all Obama....take it all the way...we got your back!!! Yes WE Can!!!

Posted by: Yes We Can!! | April 28, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Nobody cares. Or should care. Wright's opinions, good or bad, will not help the economy or stop the Iraq mess.

I am so tired of the media and their relentless search for gossipy, stupid stories that are meaningless.

Posted by: Homer | April 28, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Too all you Obama supporters....BUHBYE!!!!

ROTFLMAO......every news station is playing this sheet over and over again.

All us bitter white people with guns and bibles will never, ever vote for racist Hussein and his nasty wife. Wright is Barry's best friend. He said it today, he is going after Obama the day he is elected because

""I said to Barack Obama last year, 'If you get elected, November the 5th I'm coming after you, because you'll be representing a government whose policies grind under people,' Wright said.

Yeah...you all keep bull sh*tting each other that it doesn't matter.....

Posted by: LMAO | April 28, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Kenn in CA. It's in Wright's financial self-interest to return America to the bad old days of blatant racism. In the process he has rendered Obama toast. I can't stand Hillary, but my attitude is Anybody But Another Republican. Considering our twin defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan, and with the economy heading further into the dumper between now and Election Day I think she can beat McCain. If McCain wins---well, I wonder how much it costs to live in Costa Rica.

Posted by: Larry in CA | April 28, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

At this point I can not, in good conscience, continue to support Obama. I will have to grit my teeth and vote for Hillary.

Posted by: Jerry | April 28, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

What do the following people have in common?

Rev. Wright
Jimmy Carter
Desmond Tutu
Norman Finkelstein
Tony Judt
Stephen Walt
John Mearsheimer
Arun Gandhi

(I can go on, but you get the idea).

If anyone thinks it's by accident that we are discussing Rev. Wright instead of the economy and the war, you are awfully naive.

The attempts to kill Obama's candidacy started with the email campaign claiming he was a Muslim. Lots of well educated Americans fell for it, but others didn't. Remember, even Jon Stewart did his bit by using Obama's middle name at the Oscars. If you think that was an accident, you are really stupid. When that angle didn't hurt him enough, they tried to arouse racism and now Rev. Wright.

I used to be a Ron Paul supporter. The media totally ignored him even though he raised more money in Dec. than any other candidate. Was that an accident? Not that he would have won, but the point is that the media didn't want him to have airtime to express his views. Don't you ask yourselves why?

I took a look at Obama when I came to realize which group was on his arse.

Conspiracy? Hardly! It's all about the control of America.


Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Had Dana Milbank an ounce of honesty in his half-bright, corporate soul, he would have suggested that looking back, today might be seen as the day that the press finally took off the gloves and attempted to bury Obama's candidacy. It's hard to imagine a more deceitful and dishonest account. Mr. Milbank imagines, in the opening quote, that Wright was referring to himself, when in fact he was referring to the likes of Mr. Milbank. Mr. Milbank ignores (or perhaps wasn't listening, or perhaps didn't understand) Wright's explanation that he was quoting the Iraqi prime minister when he made comments after 9-11. Mr. Milbank doesn't explain why the comments of a pastor should be able to derail the candidacy of one of the brightest lights to come down the road in some decades. The answer is simple: to him and his comrades, the press creates reality, and the reality they've chosen to create is that Barack Obama was destroyed by Reverend Wright. Remember, they can't say it if it isn't true!

Posted by: JosephCA | April 28, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, when one opens his mouth too much all doubt of foolishness is sometimes removed. Obama's mouth has been open for six months now. Many hot air balloons could have been filled. But can anyone remember anything he said? Just a few words are now legindary:
My grandmother is a typical white person.
Folks across in small towns across America are bitter and cling to antipathy.
We are the ones we have been waiting for.

Posted by: Rod | April 28, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I find this man named Wright who many in his corner concider him to be a reverend and pastor, to be divisive and depressive person.
It's a shame this man is truly out of control with his emotions and unable to see and consider the damage his words have done to both the white and negroid communities of America.

Posted by: jtynoble | April 28, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm a self-proclaimed white racist. I embrace Wright as my brother in racism.

He has inspired me to continue to write Senator Clinton. I have invited her to my racist white church, but she's refused to even answer my repeated emails and phone calls. What a wh*re.

Obama '08. He will legalize racism and hate (yes, only actions are illegal), in fact he makes it cool. I believe in hate, and I believe in change. Change through hate, I'm sold.

Posted by: PanhandleofIdaho | April 28, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I do not support Obama because I am admittedly racist. I do not believe my race is better than any other but simply follow my natural inclination to gravitate toward my like kind. Is this a sin? Well if breathing, eating, and sleeping is a sin then I am also a sinner. One of the main freedoms of being an American is having choices. We choose our actions and reactions. Sometimes we choose to not act or react which is what Obama is guilty of. His failure to either rebuke his pastor or leave the church (within the last 20 years) is his problem with the majority of sinners in America. He has made his bed and he will sleep in it just as the rest of America. The biggest difference is the rest of America is NOT running for the highest office in the land so he is held to a higher standard then other Americans. Like it or not it's just the way it is.

Posted by: seedobecome | April 28, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

i'm really sorry that this individual claims to be a follower of Christ. he is not color blind to the color red, as in the blood that Jesus shed, but he only sees black and a past that no one is proud of, but that happened. the world was different then, get over it. try to do something today to bring all colors together, not continue to tear us apart looking for apologies and focusing on the past. forgeting the past i press on toward the upward call of Christ Jesus. Reverend? Wright...

Posted by: mok | April 28, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't read for truth.

I don't listen for fact.

I don't analyze for understanding.

I prefer my opinions fed to me in small bites, preferably chewed first, then regurgitated for me by the MSM.

Suggesting I'm not faultless and my country is less than perfect hurts my pride.

I am a voter with poo for brains.

God have mercy on our American Ignorance

Posted by: BAAAAAAAHHH | April 28, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I want Obama to be President more than any of the others. I have contributed to his campaign. But as an African American, I can say that if he doesn't make it because the nation can't face it's history and present. Then so be it. I WON'T SELL OUT FOR A BLACk PRESIDENT. Obama shouldn't. And thank you Rev. Wright for not selling out either.
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I totally agree. The people on this post obviously missed the whole point of his speech that Black people are different from White people, who are different from Hispanics, but that we are all God's children. If Obama disowned Rev. Wright to become president. Then I would lose all respect for Obama. If he can't win the General Election because of this. Then that's just the way it is. He will win Gov. of Illinois by a landslide and live happily ever after.

Posted by: Jay | April 28, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Wright is really a brilliant guy:

I love this quote:

Dr. Jones, in his book, God in the ghetto, argues quite accurately that one's theology, how I see God, determines one's anthropology, how I see humans, and one's anthropology then determines one's sociology, how I order my society.

Now, the implications from the outside are obvious. If I see God as male, if I see God as white male, if I see God as superior, as God over us and not Immanuel, which means "God with us," if I see God as mean, vengeful, authoritarian, sexist, or misogynist, then I see humans through that lens.

My theological lens shapes my anthropological lens. And as a result, white males are superior; all others are inferior.

And I order my society where I can worship God on Sunday morning wearing a black clergy robe and kill others on Sunday evening wearing a white Klan robe. I can have laws which favor whites over blacks in America or South Africa. I can construct a theology of apartheid in the Africana church (ph) and a theology of white supremacy in the North American or Germanic church.

The implications from the outset are obvious, but then the complicated work is left to be done, as you dig deeper into the constructs, which tradition, habit, and hermeneutics put on your plate.

Posted by: Wright fan | April 28, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

How can it be WRONG, when it feels so WRIGHT??

Thanks Reverend for destroying this great man's shot at the Presidency. Your brand of devisiveness is more racist than anything I have heard or seen.


Posted by: kca | April 28, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I was watching 'Planet of the Apes' the other day and I swear Michelle Obama looks exactly like the doctor ....

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Your headline is like fish bate "Wright's Voice Could Spell Doom for Obama".

Each people in America has free speech.

This election race has the flavor of what happen between Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony which started the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1867-69, Our History seen to repeat itself again and again.

The people are speaking and speaking and Hillary hears was she wants to hear "I want to be president". She had planned to return to white house by become senator of New York. The Clinton's went to New York to begin the process for getting back to the white house. Bill moved his office Harlem in an effect to get the Black vote sealed. The Clinton's actions are in this election race is about keeping the chair in the family.

We need conscious change and Hillary and bill do not provide that flavor. They would rather us remain unconscious. We need change that includes leadership that inspire, uplifts, and enfranchises all Americans. Senator Obama is that choice.

Senator Obama giving us the leadership characteristics infused like Abraham Lincoln, Fred Douglas, John Kennedy, Dr. King rolled, and more together for the 21st century.

Posted by: Leonard E. Mc Gee | April 28, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Wright's not stepping on my foot. He's stepping on his own **** (or, actually, Obama's).

Posted by: Achillea | April 28, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

What idiots and racists.


Of course the U.S. GOVERNMENT CREATED AIDS TO kill black people.


Back in the late 60's, the CIA injected a monkey with HIV. Some poor, lonely goat herder had sex with it and contracted the virus.

Posted by: Shrayke | April 28, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Can't you see the facts? Wright is obviously an extension of Obama. Obama is an extreme left-winger, as evidenced by his associations with Rezko, Ayers, Wright, and, of course, his wife, who was never proud to be an American until she was rolling in the cash generated by the Obama campaign. If Obama wins I'm going to seriously consider taking my family, my education, my culture and my tax base overseas to a more level-headed society. It's truly appalling to see ~50% of our society, along with the press, follow Obama.

Posted by: Just the Facts | April 28, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

My fellow Latino and Asian Americans,
It seems that Asians and Latinos, and other non-black minorities have two options. They can either stay in the Democratic party and continue to be ignored by latte liberals, or they can join a party that is for true racial equality.
The Republican Party will not prefer one minority group over another. Also, we will nominate candidates based on merit and not by race.
Martin Luther King advocated a color-blind society. You cannot defeat racism with more racism. it is clear that people of all backgrounds face racism. We will not focus on one group at the expense of others.

We will unite the country by common values of promoting strong families, the American Dream, and the goal of a unified America.

Latinos and Asian Americans abandon the Democratic Party - they have failed you. To us you are all American and are welcome to share in the American Dream

Posted by: RepublicanSense | April 28, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

African Americans will continue to blame everyone but themselves. Blame the media, the Clintons, the Republicans, the government, white America, historic slavery, yada yada yada. Black students trying to do well in school are taunted by fellow blacks of trying to "act white." Blame guns for black on black murders. And we see how well Africa has done. Oh yeah, blame colonialism. Grow up.

Posted by: RichardS | April 28, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

All you delusional Hillary supporters (Milbank included) gleefully forcasting Barack Obama's downfall should read the comments section pertaining to the Chris Wallace-Barack Obama interview in the Fox News website.

Posted by: Joebewildered | April 28, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

seedobecome===your own kind? you mean stupid people? Good. Don't drag the rest of the human race down. We've been trying to evove upward.

Posted by: LetthemdrinkCrownRoyal | April 28, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

HATE WE CAN BELIEVE IN. OBAMA '08. OUR TIME HAS COME!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

We democratic voters are going to have to take control of this situation and vote for McCain in November if Hillary is not the nominee. By then, the Rezko trial and all of the corruption in Chicago politics surrounding and including Obama will be front page center for all to see. He is totally unelectable, and we need a Dem in the White House, but I would rather have McCain there, than to allow the Chicago political machine to move their game from the streets of Chicago to the halls of the White House!

Posted by: susan leff | April 28, 2008 3:35 PM
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You are absolutely correct! In my mind, the whole Chicago political machine mess is far more dangerous to all Americans than a republican win. And isn't that a shame? I never thought I'd even consider voting for a republican! It never entered my mind! But Mr. Obama has shown himself to be a dirty politician, as well as a poor judge of character. He's a user, period.

GO HILLARY!!!

Posted by: Lassair | April 28, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Dana Milbank and a lot of other journalists never bothered to open their ears and hear what was actually being said about all god's children, reconciliation and positive good works to uplift the community.

Posted by: oldman&theC | April 28, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

The Asian American community should rise up with one big race riot. We should burn turn major U.S. cities. Maybe then people will pay attention to Asian American issues. This model minority sh*t is obviously not working. The path to acceptance is not working hard, but hating America.

Hate America and hate white people. Drop out of school, hate white people. Blame whitey.

Then, we'll have real CHANGE.

Posted by: Race Riot | April 28, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Put a Mexican in the White House or Latinos will leave the Democratic Party.

DO IT NOW!

Posted by: Mexican President | April 28, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Ignorance is the biggest enemy of democracy. For crying out loud, why would Barack's past relationship with Jeremiah Wright affect his candidacy and not the Clintons' past relationship with the reverend? Have people already forgoten that when Bill Clinton finally admitted to Hillary that he indeed had an affair with Monica Lewinsky, they both invited their friend, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, to bless their faultering marriage? It is Rev. Wright who worked with the Clintons over time to save their marriage. Why is this not an issue for Hilary?

The US constitution gurantees every citizen the right to freedom of expression. Rev. Wright is exercising his right. You may agree or disagree with what he says but do not blame Obama or Hillary for the Reverend's opinions. If you disagree with his opinions then engage him, not Obama.

Unless you have never lived in the US or your memory is the shortest on earth, most of what Rev. Wright has been saying is factually correct. If you are serious about solving the racial problems that divide America, you must acknowledge and begin with the harsh reality of those facts, not hide them under the carpet.

Of the three presidential candidates left, only Obama appears to grasp the historical essence of these facts. More importantly, his prescription for solving the racial problems seems to be diametrically opposed to those of Hillary, McCain and Rev. Wright.

Posted by: UncleSum'sIgnorance | April 28, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Kenn in CA. It's in Wright's financial self-interest to return America to the bad old days of blatant racism. In the process he has rendered Obama toast. I can't stand Hillary, but my attitude is Anybody But Another Republican. Considering our twin defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan, and with the economy heading further into the dumper between now and Election Day I think she can beat McCain. If McCain wins---well, I wonder how much it costs to live in Costa Rica.

Posted by: Larry in CA | April 28, 2008 6:05 PM
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Hillary won't beat McCain. Blacks will sit this one out. Besides, don't think the GOP hasn't got a nuke for Hillary; that's why they're running anti-Obama (which amount to pro-Hillary) ads now. And Hill's negatives are just too high for her to win. She's backing off now, but it's too little, too late. In any event, McCain won't put out as incompetent an administration as Bush, because he won't be promoting the religious right like Bush did. It'll be Ivy-league conservatives, not Patrick Henry/Liberty U. conservatives.

You don't want to go to Costa Rica. It's cheap, but it's jungle. Big bugs and snakes and stuff. You get what you pay for, so I'd look at Canada and Europe (most everyone over there speaks English, anyway).

Posted by: gbooksdc | April 28, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

The drumbeat call for "change" coming from the campaign of presidential candidate Barack Obama is generating "legitimate concern over the zeitgeist around the campaign," the head of American Jewry's primary umbrella group reportedly said Tuesday.


At a Jerusalem press conference, Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations, voiced worry over the mantra of "change" that he said characterized the presidential race, terming the word's lack of definition "an opening for all kinds of mischief."

http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c36_a4483/News/New_York.html

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

This is the thing.

Obama is a smart man, he has just made many choices in his life to associate himself with some questionable people and philosophy along the way.

When running for the office of the President of the US, these things are of course going to be questioned, and put under a microscope. What is happening now, is that they are adding up, and the average American voter that started out liking the guy, is now starting to wonder....hmmmmm, maybe this is starting to add up...

It's the wondering that will take him down, because it truly is adding up.

Posted by: Jared | April 28, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Remember that game we played as children? You whispered a secret to someone and they were supposed to whisper it to the next and so on down the line. The last person was supposed to repeat the secret and everyone could see how much the message had changed.

That's what people are doing with Rev. Wright's sermons and speeches here. Passing on little snippets and without hearing he whole thing.

Yes, you do need to hear him speak in its entirety. You cannot listen to only outtakes and understand what he is saying.

Rev. Wright is erudite, witty, and brillantly deflected the silly questions designed to trap him. He is educated and interesting. He was a Marine and he can take the heat from small minds.

Those who are offended need to shake off their prejudices and listen to him. Those who hate Obama or are bigots, well, you're screwed.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Rev Wright could learn from Jesus who he professes to follow. Jesus taught that all people were equal and brothers. Jesus never taught that whites are holding blacks down. Rev Wright had the chance to make a real Christian church out of his church. Instead, he awarded anti-american activists, said things like America gave blacks AIDS, etc. All this time, 20 years, Barack Obama sat in the pew and heard nothing.

Posted by: Rod | April 28, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

African Americans will continue to blame everyone but themselves. Blame the media, the Clintons, the Republicans, the government, white America, historic slavery, yada yada yada. Black students trying to do well in school are taunted by fellow blacks of trying to "act white." Blame guns for black on black murders. And we see how well Africa has done. Oh yeah, blame colonialism. Grow up.

Posted by: RichardS | April 28, 2008 6:16 PM

Do NOT blame black Americans for Rev. Wright Or Mr. Obama's lack of judgement. That's truly very racist of you. They are individuals and do not represent all of black America, not by a long shot.

Posted by: Lassair | April 28, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

If Clinton seeks to exploit Rev. Wright's rants, we need look no further than Bill Clinton's special relationship with race-hustler extraordinaire, Jesse Jackson for whom he signed clemency/pardon papers for three of Jackson's associates during the final days of the Clinton admin. McCain, likewise, has hate-mongering evangelist Hagee in his pack. Point one finger at another, there are three more pointing back at you.

Posted by: tara | April 28, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

As a black male, I am extremely disappointed with the Reverend's statements. The time is ripe for change, and Mr. Wright has chosen to sell-out black America.
There are two Americas and its time for black America to take its place. The movement's strategy toward reconciliation is not working. We need to take a more militant approach.
It wasn't until the SNCC and CORE kicked out its white members and spoke black power that real change happened.
People speak of love as the universal language, thats bullsh*t. Black people did not get their long overdue rights until we spoke in a language you understand - violence. After hundreds of years of violence to blacks, its understandable why white America only understand violence (look at Iraq). A white man will definitely recognize his house burning or a punch in the face.
It's time that we demand our proper place in America. Mr. Wright I know why you took the softer approach, but is not working anymore.
Our time has come.

Posted by: J. House | April 28, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Back in the late 60's, the CIA injected a monkey with HIV. Some poor, lonely goat herder had sex with it and contracted the virus.
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Yeah. That makes more sense than the FACT that we had doctors in Central Africa using monkey kidneys to form a Hep. B vaccine. They used the navtive people to test the vaccine. This is where AIDS came from. Sex with a monkey. Get real.

Also, did we or did we not sell Saddam the gas that he used on his own people. Then tried him for war crimes for using it. Didn't we train Bin Laden's Mujihadeen in Afganistan. Then we were suprised when the nut job turned on us.

My point is. If you sponsor terrorist. You are a terrorist. It's like accessory to murder.

Posted by: Jay | April 28, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Even if Obama dishoned, distance himself from Rev. Wright, etc., he's done as a candidate for the nomination. Please Mr. Obama do yourself a favor and this country and step aside from this race.

Posted by: GoldenChica | April 28, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I am not going to vote for Jeremiah Wright. Last time I checked, he was not running for president. I am going to vote for Barack Obama and I hope you will too.

Posted by: titilaya | April 28, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

The " anti-American " Wright spent six years in the service.Cheney had other priorities.But we know who the mainstream media will attack as being unpatriotic.

What does Cheney have to do with anything. McCain is running for Prez and he spent 5 1/2 in a POW camp.

Posted by: Scott | April 28, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Some assinine idiots on this blog has been stated some really stupid ish....and I can't stop laughing....because these are some very bitter gun toting johnny walker racist fools with very little education...why are you guys so fearful of the blacks???? What the governement has done to the Tuskeegee airman was horrible and inhumane...The governement also sold weapons of mass destruction to Sadam Hussein to kill off his own people and when he turned on them went into Iraq and destroyed the entire country and have put Americans and our economy in debt forever to Iraq. Those real nice ignorant rural jack a** that voted for Bush in 04 because they were afraid of the gays, hated abortion, was afraid of the uprisal of blacks....and those idiots voted based on ignorance instead of common sense...The sad thing is they are the real intelligent jacka** that are suffering the most by a ucked up economy!!! That's your problem you are so afraid of the intelligent, well educated and articulate God fearing black man. You guys are slaves to your own ignorance and when you waddle in your own ignorance....you get what you deserve...why are you guys so upset with Blacks and immigrants...you guys are some hateful folks....I guess you hate that image in the mirror....I can understand...I'd hate to peep in that mirror with cha!! LMAO....Stuck on Stupid...

Posted by: Stuck on Stupid!! | April 28, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

J. House,
What would you propose? Race riots?

Threatening white people isn't going to get you anywhere. I think you need some counseling. You're awfully disturbed.

Posted by: The Ohio State | April 28, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Do birds of a feather flock together?

Posted by: Kenn the Dem | April 28, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Read an article that explains how the psychological theory of "cross-race recognition deficit" may be exacerbating the indelible linkage of Jeremiah Wright's views to Barack Obama...here:
www.thoughttheater.com

Posted by: Daniel DiRito | April 28, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with all you doomsdayers. Barack Obama needs to defend his association with Jeremiah Wright. Did any of you guys lsiten to Wright's speech to the NAACP or to the National Press Club? Yes, God damn America, in just the same way as the prophets of Israel, like Isaiah, and yes Jeremiah, denounced and condemned Israel for its sins. I know everyone believes in "American exceptionalism," but . . . There are damnable things America and Americans have done in the last 60 years. Take the bombing of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed 100,000 innocents in each city. Would God bless America for this, or would the God of the prophets damn America? And how about the War in Iraq? Yes, Rev. Wright is the level headed one. The critics of Wright probably never heard him speak.

Roberto Antonio in Utah

Posted by: Roberto Eder | April 28, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

w w w . h a a r e t z . c o m 13/02/2008
Hoenlein: Obama's spirit of change could
harm Israel
By Anshel Pfeffer

The U.S. Jewish leader warned the American presidential campaign could signal a shift toward declining U.S. support for Israel.

"Support for Israel is at an all-time high, [but] our polling suggests that as broad as the support is, it is also thin, and most Americans see Israel as a dark and militaristic place," he said.

He termed the current election season "transitional" and said that it "could bring about a shift in the political life."

Hoenlein said that Israel's supporters should be worried by "the
heightening of the bar and the greater tolerance of anti-Israel
statements that wouldn't have been allowed in the past."

He singled out the book by Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer on the Israel lobby, which "has become a bestseller and a college textbook," and said that there "is a steady poisoning of the elites, mainly on campuses, that could trickle down."

He also mentioned Republican candidate Ron Paul, saying "he is
openly anti-Israel and managed to raise $15 million in two days and is the second preferred candidate of many young voters - that is very worrying." Hoenlein said that the fact that little space in the candidates' debates had been devoted to foreign policy and the Iranian issue was also a source of worry.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Jay,
I think the comment about the CIA going to Africa and injecting a monkey with HIV, and a lonely African goat herder having sex with it and contracting the HIV virus as the origin of the AIDS epidemic was satire.
The CIA did overthrow a lot of leftist-leaning regimes though and installed a far number of unscrupulous leaders.

Posted by: typicalwhitedude | April 28, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I would say Wright is on Hillary's payroll but then I would have to say the same about Sharpton, Shabazz, Farrakhan and many others. All these people are DONE if Obama gets the nomination, much less becomes President, and they know they are a lot more deserving and important than Obama. Isn't there a long history of this in the African-American community?

I can't imagine the glee in the Hillary camp this morning. And poor Barack, his interview on Fox was a winner. He was on the brink of a comeback. He can kiss that goodnight.

Its also fascinating to see some of the Wright defenders on here unironically using the language of 90s era post-modern academia. Do they have any idea how OVER that stuff is? The Obama supporting academics who read/hear that stuff coming from Wright must wince out of sheer embarrassment if nothing else.

And to think for a moment there Barack really had a shot. And now the party goes back to the Clintons. That's not good for anybody; not for the party, not for America.

Posted by: Confused-o-crat | April 28, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Here's the skinny...

B.O. was born a Muslim therefore he IS a Muslim...

B.O. associates freely with and receives support ($ and otherwise) from the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers (hell, put a bow tie and horn rimmed glasses on B.O. and you got Malcomn X)...

Muslims and The Nation of Islam are very interested in seeing another 6 million Jews die (Israel)...

Hence, B.O. as Commander in Chief, will ensure that Iran builds their nukes, delivers them, and does nothing in response.

Retaliation by Israel? Sure, but Iran has already said they are completely happy with martyrdom to achieve this goal.

Will BO be punished? Sure, but only in this world; remember Muslims LOVE martyrdom...

B.O. has been groomed since childhood by the Nation of Islam to provide that Final Solution their other hero didn't finish...

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Are Obama supporters actaully blaming....the media??


That's rich.


The American MSM has bent over backwards for Obama since Iowa. Obama has received the benefit of the doubt about many aspects of his character and his past at nearly every turn.


But no one can hide this.


No one sunk Obama except Obama. If he wants to know why he can't win the Presidency now...he needs to look in the mirror.

Posted by: hex321 | April 28, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I will this election out. I hate Clinton because she's a woman. I call her man-pants and I bought a Hillary Clinton nut-cracker.

Posted by: typicalwhitevoter | April 28, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Speaking before an audience that included Marion Barry, Cornel West, Malik Zulu Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party and Nation of Islam official Jamil Muhammad, Wright praised Louis Farrakhan, defended the view that Zionism is racism, accused the United States of terrorism, repeated his view that the government created the AIDS virus to cause the genocide of racial minorities, stood by other past remarks ("God damn America") and held himself out as a spokesman for the black church in America.

Wright said one true thing:

"Obama didn't distance himself," Wright announced. "He had to distance himself, because he's a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was anti-American."

Well, If Wright is right, which he no doubt is, Obama is not really a politician in the usual sense. He may be a Chicago Church of Wright politician, which is something else again.

Posted by: Rod | April 28, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Americans should be thanked for liberating blacks with their blood. Hundreds of thousands died so this whiter than white, black preacher could have his life of privelege. Instead he surrounds himself with hate mongers that few take seriously. Blacks have progressed much farther here than in Africa. Barrack own Dad came here for a wonderful education. Many blacks and europeans have come here since emancipation. They are happy for the opportunity. They felt good about us long before Obama's wife did, due to the reverends hate preach.

Posted by: John | April 28, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama has BO. He's stinking up America. Say no to BO and use deodorant so you don't catch BO.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I have just been told that the Democratic Party is going to have to drag Hillary out off the campaign trail by her toenails!!! LMAO....she has now stooped to wearing a confederate flag scarve across her neck, knocked out her two front teeth, giving campaign rallies on the flat of a red pick up truck with a rope hanging from one of the doors...She is smoking Pale Male cigs. with a gun in the holster and a bible in the other hand...she has just challenged Barak to a duel!!! Oh my gosh, she has just went crazy...Please folks get your candidate....She might start giving out sex favors if she doesn't clench that nomination...Got to be more careful!

Posted by: Hillary just went NUTS!! | April 28, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I go to a church that preaches hate to white people too.

I'm of Mexican descent. Democrats nominate me for the White House.

Posted by: Chicano Pride | April 28, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

What does it take for the media to actually report responsibly on this story, rather than pretend the race for US President is the equivalent of the God-Damned Superbowl, complete with armchair quarter-backing and inane commentary on strategy all around? Furthermore, I beg of you: someone please tell me what Barack Obama can POSSIBLY do to get the "press" to stop beating this worthless story to death, yet still maintain his essential character and dignity? NOTHING. So if there is nothing he can do, and they won't stop the noise, then it's time to boycott mainstream media's cacophony of idiotic smugness.

Yes, Rev. Wright's speeches can be pretty full of activist rhetoric and hyperbole, and yet no one can deny that he has done a hell of a lot more good in his lifetime than most of us--because of his solid, Christian belief system. He's a sinner, not a saint, we have heard the story. But at what point does the media going to draw the line on evaluating the religious theology of our political candidates or their churches? Just to be fair, please, could someone run the tapes of the freakazoid ravings of Pastor John "use the Jews start World War III so our kind of Christians can get to Heaven" Hagee!!!! Then beat John McCain about the head and shoulders with his words from here to election day, just because you can.

This is why religious tests are banned in the constitution, folks, and why we need to back WAY, WAY off trying to make political arguments over religious beliefs.

Posted by: dolgre | April 28, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

John....White European Americans killed the indians, stole their land, raped their woman killed their families and stuck an American Flag in the ground and stole the land....So when you start telling folks to be happy for what America has provided them and it's better than Africa....Europeans should also be happy that they stole the land because Europeans prior to stealing the country from the Indians were nasty, disease ridden, dirty, barbaric and brought all of their diseases to America and passed those horrible diseases to their slaves that were captured. So you should be equally happy that you were able to plant your a** in the U.S. also. We love America...this land is OUR land!!

Posted by: America for ALL!!! | April 28, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Dana:
After reading your neo-con NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming), hysterical, racist, hit piece on Obama, I took a good look at your picture. My friend you look just like you think. Blood shot eyes, Cheney smile. You look manic. Did you have a stroke? Because your article makes me think you have only half a brain. Keep shilling for the Corporate OverLoads boy. And I mean boy as in towel boy of big boys.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the most biased and ill-reported articles I have ever read. I am ashamed that I wasted my time reading such garbage. Mr. Milbank please report the whole story not just your opinion.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

The Reverend Wright is my fellow racist in arms. Racists everywhere should unite and embrace this man. It's fine to be racist and hate people.

The Reverend Wright has inspired me to continue to write Senator Clinton. She still refuses to return my emails and phone calls. She has also rejected to attend my KKK church. What a sleazy wh*re.

If you believe in hate, vote Obama. Together we can divide America.

OBAMA '08!!

CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!!!!

*and now we know what he means when he says change.

and I think I know who he's referring to when he says "Our" time has come.

YES WE CAN DIVIDE AMERICA! OBAMA '08.

Posted by: KLANSMEN For OBAMA | April 28, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I watched both of Wright's speeches, and they were filled with mockery of European-Americans, he put on "white face" and mocked the way white people talked, worshipped, danced, and listened to music. It was hilarious to the black crowd, and it was disgusting. It is always great to see 11,000 black people laughing at white people. Can you imagine the opposite happening and the media not being furious?

I beg to ask Obama supporters -- does he intend to change our country to what he "changed" in Illinois and Chicago? Corruption, governor in jail, another on the way, terrorists as educators, racists as preachers, and now they have military law to deal with the gangs stoked by this kind of surrounding. Obama brings this kind of left-wing, academia 1960s radical, Bill Daley type of failed politics.

What has Obama accomplished in Illinois as a state legislator or as a senator?

Posted by: karen | April 28, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

seedobecome===your own kind? you mean stupid people? Good. Don't drag the rest of the human race down. We've been trying to evove upward.

Posted by: LetthemdrinkCrownRoyal | April 28, 2008 6:16 PM
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No I am not stupid and I do not wish to "drag the rest of the human race down". Most humans are simply too afraid to admit they fit the mold. Given Obamas' aspirations he failed to act concerning the pastor issue. Period.

Posted by: seedobecome | April 28, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Is Truth really True? Are we to embrace the antics of Bill and Hillary? How do we explain the fabrication of Hillary's flying bullets to impressionable teenagers. Is it o.k to lie? Is an acceptable lie predicated upon who the liar is. I cannot understand why the history which Wright exposits is seen as incendiary. Why hasn't someone who knows differently refuted what Wright is saying rather than attacking him, his set of facts, and his untimely or timely presentations? Is there a preferred method of presenting the truth? Is this truth or not? If it isn't true, then why doesn't some one say so? If we are to hide a part of American history, then let's hide all of it! Get rid of our history books and let's start anew. Let us forget about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and the Pilgrims, Etc. Better yet,ask yourselves why Wright's speeches evoke such terrific animus!!

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Hillary was undoubtedly not only wrong but badly damaged. However, she has bravely and squarly owned up to and apologized for continuing to mistell the lie of Bosnia.

Now for a more complex weaving of fact and fantasy from Obama's unexplained, unapologetic continually shifting stories on Rev. Wright :

Obama said initially, about Rev. Wright, that he had only lately come to realize what a controversial church he had been a member of for 20 years. That was despite having agreed to distance himself from his pastor's radical views, for political reasons, at the start of the primary season -- over a year ago. And then inexplicably bringing the Rev on board as a spiritual advisor to the
campaign.

And then trying to bury deep in an artfully spun speech said that he had heard the inflammatory sermons and that he was aware of these views, but that Wright was like family he could no more disown than his "typically white grandmother" who felt uncomfortable walking alone in a black neighborhood. Then Obama settled again on the story that he hadn't heard the infamous remarks. Then he said that Wright had apologized. Then he said that he never claimed Wright as his "spiritual mentor"....if he ever gets the nomination we're all still waiting for the latest installment.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Black people need to form their own party. It's obvious that the Democratic Party is full of racist white people. Right now its cool to support a black candidate. See how fast they turn away from us. And what will happen when its no longer cool to support a black candidate.
Black people needs to see white America for the snake that it is. White America is a country built by white Americans and for white Americans. Non-white were supposed to be the burden-bearers for the real citizens of this nation.
It's time that we take what's ours. And yes typicalwhitedude, if it takes race riots, we'll do it. Your right on "dude." Real change didn't happen until Watts burned to ground, Detroit burned to the ground, etc. And change isn't going to happen until we stick it to these white snakes.
It should be clear now that there is a white America and a black America. And its time for us to take what is ours. Your time is done. Its our time now. Move over b*tch.

Posted by: J. House | April 28, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Hurrah! CONTROVERSY OVER!

So here's the real story:

The person who was supposed to be dangerously buddy-buddy with Obama just went on a 3 day, high-profile media tour criticizing Obama, angering Obama's campaign staff.

It turns out that Obama isn't dangerously close to Rev. Wright after all.

Bye-bye, manufactured Washington controversy.

Can we talk now about Clinton's Cold War style plan for a nuclear umbrella / NATO-style agreement with US allies in the Middle East. How much will it cost? Will it raise tensions in the region? Will it still allow the US to leave Iraq, as Clinton has promised? What do foreign policy experts think about this?

Please, WaPo, enough with the scandal-chasing gotchya games; MORE, MORE, MORE with substantive information and analysis.

You helped lead this country blindly into Iraq only five years ago; I'll personally be peeved if you now help to lead the US into an economy crushing, 50 year Cold War with Middle-eastern and African nations, as Hillary Clinton appears to recommend.

Where are all the supposedly "tough" questions?


Posted by: Amy, Honolulu | April 28, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

God and Patriotism

God of the Christian Slave and the Slave-owning Christian
God of suffering Poland and forgiving God of Hitler's minions
God of the cluster-bomb pilot, God of the pre-teen amputee
God of the Klan and yes, God who loves Farrakhan
God who knows when our deepest secret discomfort is hypocrisy

Patriotism that deferred when called to service
Acting like truth and fiction are the same
Renting Generals for the public to be deceived
Feeding the hate that makes us fear

Patriotism that served with honor in times of prejudice
Questioning the things done in our name
Comforting our wounded and bereaved
Saying the things we dare not hear

So?

Divisive or Descriptive?
Controversial or Coherent?
Intelligent or Insensitive?
Opinionated or Offensive?

Hewing gold-plated flag-pins into ears of tin
The noise of reason, drowned by the good intentions of sin
The painful, bifurcated truth of a haunted past
The stunted bicentennial youth of a connected cast
Sowing the seeds of division or Searching for a more perfect Union?

Has America become greater than God?
Let us all bow in prayer, and genuflect to the media's Opinion.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I just love this and I am cracking my a** off......LMAO!!! The entire world is watching racist a** America and what they do to their minorities....and they are shaking their heads in disgust and are saying to one another..."IS THIS THE SAME COUNTRY THAT WENT INTO IRAQ TO HELP THEM GAIN DEMOCRACY?" They are waiting to see what America does to Barak and our ratings and image throughout the world will be worst than it is currently...They will laugh and point their fingers at us and call us a bunch of lying a** hypocrites who treats our own fellow Americans like ish...they are going to once again comment about how stupid half of the country is....I can't wait....C'mom on America keep showing your racist a** bigotry...This is going to be hilarious!

Posted by: The World is Watchng! | April 28, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Wright said during Bill Moyers interview that he and Obama never discussed politics. Now he is saying that he told Obama last year if he is elected he is coming after him on american policy. huh?
So the great pastor is not speaking the truth.

Or Obama also was not speaking the truth. "He's just my paster" & "He's like an crazy uncle" (...that I discuss politic with...oops!) -Barack Obama

Posted by: JSky | April 28, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Bring it on, J. House! Install this racist Muslim as Commander in Chief and that's just what you'll get...

Remember, though; you're outnumbered and outgunned..

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Latinos and Asians Americansstop assimilating into America. Do not work hard and live the American Dream. You will be ignored.

Hate America. Blame whitey.

That is the path to acceptance.

They continue to make fun of you, taunt you, refuse to interact with you, and yet you still continue to work hard.

Hate them instead. Whites only respond to hate. Hate not love.

Posted by: Mexican President | April 28, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Lesbians for Hillary...you go girl we got your back! Bulldaggers and all we are here for you...

Posted by: Lesbians for Hillary! | April 28, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JimW

Wow....

This is a disaster for Obama - the end of his campaign.

The question is, of course - WHY is Wright destroying him?
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One theory is that if indeed a black man were elected president the Victicrats would be out of business! No more blackmailing for the likes of Sharpton and Jackson and Wright...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

How sad that for 20 years Barack, who has been mostly happy with his pastor all these years, suddenly has to hear for the first time such racist extremist remarks.

Posted by: thecandypoem | April 28, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

There is no difference between Wright and David Duke. Wright is nothing more than a bigot, anti-American, anti-Jew racist.

HUSSEIN Obama is nothing more than a racist. He should cease his campaign ASAP.

If HUSSEIN Obama is the Dem nominee, this Democrat and my family will be voting for John McCain, a war hero and a mdoerate.

Posted by: Derrick | April 28, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Odrady,
Outnumbered and outgunned by who. While stupid white kids are degenerate listening to emo music and pretending to act black, young black men are coming up. And you know what, we're raised by strong black communities.
Look at Obama, some think he's the whitest black dude ever, and corny, but he knows his roots. You think we let our youth buy into your bs. In our communities we preach the truth and we follow it.
You may have more people, but we have more people who know the truth and will fight for it.
Be upset Odrady, and you know that right now your trembling inside. You know the "legacy" of white America. And you know that payback and retribution is coming. White America no longer believes in itself, and change is coming.
Your time is over. You may think the enemys are abroad, but white America has made plenty of enemies here.

"There comes a time when the master become the slave, and the slaves become the masters."

Judgment day is coming, and you best be scared.

Posted by: J. House | April 28, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama's main problem with Rev. Wright is that Obama brought his children there time after time.


There really is no way around that.


One has to ask, and reasonably, how much of the Rev. Wright's crap does Obama really believe?


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | April 28, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

The level of misogyny and sexism in this country is astounding. Women should revolt, and demand change. I think a sex riot is appropriate.
Imagine women in the street rolling over police cars, lighting trash cans on fire, and beating up random people.
Thats America.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

News Flash.....

It has just been reported that Barak Obama and Michell Obama has just went to the corner store...What controversial figures...Why would they go to the black store and not the white store? There was a newspaper on the ground that said "black"...nothing more nothing less...just "blacks!" Oh my God, America we are in trouble they are using the race card...they are holding hands and talking about something that has to do with "Black!" Oh no, there goes that word again, "Black"...There is a conspiracy for the Blacks to take over...Oh my God, let's kill them...kill them all!!! LMAO.....Talk about white folk's paranoia when comes down to black folks..What cha scared of?

Posted by: Paranoia | April 28, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama's daughters have a crush on Justin Timberlake.

He's not racist.

Silly people

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama will put white people into concentration camps. He will force Christians to become Muslims, like himself.

Obama is scary, very scary.

Posted by: Mary | April 28, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

As a black male, I am extremely disappointed with the Reverend's statements. The time is ripe for change, and Mr. Wright has chosen to sell-out black America.
There are two Americas and its time for black America to take its place. The movement's strategy toward reconciliation is not working. We need to take a more militant approach.
It wasn't until the SNCC and CORE kicked out its white members and spoke black power that real change happened.
People speak of love as the universal language, thats bullsh*t. Black people did not get their long overdue rights until we spoke in a language you understand - violence. After hundreds of years of violence to blacks, its understandable why white America only understand violence (look at Iraq). A white man will definitely recognize his house burning or a punch in the face.
It's time that we demand our proper place in America. Mr. Wright I know why you took the softer approach, but is not working anymore.
Our time has come.

Posted by: J. House | April 28, 2008 6:26 PM
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When your time comes to enter the Graybar Hotel perhaps you will rethink your freedom of choice to act or react. Good luck with the violence.

Posted by: seedobecome | April 28, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Latinos while white people are too busy ignoring Latinos, we should rise up and take back our country. California belongs to us. Texas belongs to us. New Mexico is also ours - it even has Mexico in the name.

We should kick all the Mormons out of the Rocky Mountain States and take back our land.

WHITE PEOPLE STOP IGNORING LATINOS AND ASIAN AMERICANS.

Posted by: Mecha | April 28, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Since Obama is living in the slave days as he suggested during his Philadelphia speech, he could have studied the Treaty of Utrecht. It was sighed on July 13, 1713, and provided for the transport of slaves to the New World. The Treaty gave commercial slave trading rights to various British and French (mostly British) firms. So Obama has his bitterness target misplaced; he should direct it across the Atlantic.

Posted by: Rod | April 28, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Lesbians for Hillary...We Love you Hillary....Once you are elected....you can come on out of the closet!! We'll be here for you and you can pass all of the lesbians and gay laws!!! We bulldaggers love you!! We hate men, epsecially black men...we just like to sleep with them!

Posted by: hahahaha | April 28, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

An earlier poster said no one here had disputed the substance of Wright's remarks. Allow me to dispute only a couple of points:

I know of NO evidence that the U.S. government developed AIDS in order to decimate the black population of America.
If anyone has scientific, peer-reviewed information to the contrary, please post it.

Awful as the death toll from Hiroshima and Nagasaki were (though the fire-bombing of Dresden killed even more civilians), it seems to me that a military strike in a war the U.S. didn't start--a military strike to prevent a land war in Japan which would likely have resulted in even more deaths than the bombing--is scarcely to be compared to 9/11. "Terrorism" in a years'-long war begun by Germany, Japan and Italy?

As Wright says, "Gawd Damn Amurrica"!

Wright is entitled to his own opinions. But--as someone much wiser once said--he is NOT entitled to his own facts.

Posted by: Mark Tillman | April 28, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

It seems all the real wackos are writing on this blog. The frenzy to trash Obama is amazing. People who are real sleeze do this sort of thing. I have read Clinton supporters criticizing Obama supporters saying they are rude etc.....well, look at some of these blogs. These people are out for "blood." Yes, Wright will continue to come up, so what....it's becoming old news and the Republicans will try to make it an issue and fail in the fall. Go OBAMA!

Posted by: Peg | April 28, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

J. House, wow, you got me there; I'm shaking in my shoes!

We had Civil War I to put a stop to that racist/bigot crap and we'll have Civil War II to end this latest form of racist/bigot crap, i.e. YOU.

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I have it on good authority that radicals within the powerful rightwing Jewish Lobby including [AIPAC] American Israel Public Affairs Committee are vexed, frustrated and displeased with Barack Obama's refusal to accept special interest money and consequentially seek his crucifixion. The concern is that the Senator's policy prevents them from exerting influence or extracting favor from his administration should he become the next President in these United States. In an effort to allay their fears, Senator Obama offered his assurance that if elected, an Obama administration would not be a foe. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be enough to halt their resistance to his candidacy. Reportedly, Senator Clinton's campaign saw an opening to exploit the Jewish community's apprehension and began stoking the anti-Obama fire behind the scene.

In collaboration with the Clintons, they [the Jewish Lobby] dispatched a number of "candidacy assassinators" including; former Clinton special counsel, Lanny Davis, Florida congress woman, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, California congress man, Brad Sherman, CNN news anchor, Wolf Blitzer [vis-a-vis Lou Dobbs], Independent Senator, Joseph Lieberman, the neocon crippled Washington Post Journalist, Charles Krauthammer, the NY homosexual fashion designer, Doron Braunshtein and others to torpedo Obama's nomination bid. The above mentioned Jews were mandated to fan the flames of hateful passion against the Illinois Senator using demagoguery and nefarious spin of the Reverend Wright issue to toxify the American voters. Their mission is to convince the public that Obama would be unelectable in November due to his optics and alleged third party association to Rev. Farrakhan. This while simultaneously promoting Hillary as the only friend of Israel. It is also reliably reported that Democratic Jews are being counseled to vote for John McCain as a penultimate option should Senator Clinton not get the nomination.

Take a look at the YouTube video where Rachel Maddow from Air America recently discussed the topic on her show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdYzGzvXO0U

African American Leaders dub the Jewish and Clinton's anti Obama campaign, "mean spirited" but so far have opted to remain restrainedly tentative. They however suggest hypocrisy when Governor Rendell [who happens to be a Jew] is able to extol the virtues of Minister Farrakhan by praising his "goodness" and still remains an embraced surrogate of Senator Clinton. Elected Democrats have also taken note and are increasingly frustrated with the Clinton's controversial tactics of infusing racial divide into the electoral process. Appalling is how they describe her alliance to hawkish groups including John McCain to annihilate a democratic colleague and worry that it provides damaging ammunition to their nemesis [the republicans] that could derail Obama's candidacy should he become the nominee. Some are even calling her conduct treacherous and privately accuse her of deliberately trying to sabotage the Democratic Party because of the unlikely odds of her fairly winning the nomination. Mrs. Clinton has also been criticized for taken the low road by exploiting the gender card to foster disharmony amongst the sexes. But who is willing to bell the Cat? After-all, the Clinton's wield influential power within the party and super delegates worry about political reprisals should they offer public criticism.

Additionally, the Jewish Lobby has tremendous financial reach and political clout. For decades they have been able to effectively manipulate the Holocaust to keep politicians beholden to their agenda. Those who resist or oppose are targeted with the anti-Semitic or Bigoted label [as evidenced by President Carter] in order to gain compliance. Some feel they run the risk of overplaying their hands in this instance though. Their chief Obama "Hit-Man", Lanny Davis is causing tremendous concern at the great lengths he goes to decapitate the Illinois Senator's chances of ever ascending to the Presidency and his conduct is described as vilely snake-like. The argument is that public opinion can boomerang if blacks are able to expose hypocrisy in what many now view to be a Jewish lynching of Senator Obama. Some posit that Jews have a historical pension for betraying visionary men who promise sweeping changes to the status quo. Coincidentally, it was they [Biblical Jews] who betrayed Jesus to the Romans so he could be crucified.

Posted by: Republican | April 28, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

If you don't vote for Obama, the blacks will rise up and murder the non-Obama voters.

Now that's the change Obama is preaching.

Posted by: RACIST OBAMA supporter | April 28, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

seedtobecome,
Keep laughing whiteboy. What's your seed becoming, huh? How's your son? Probably listening to rap and hip hop, wishing he was black. What's your daughter doing, probably banging a black dude. Haha. Its white fools like you who are "bitter." Your bitter that the world is changing, and we're taking this over.
The sheer irony of this is just pure comical. Government-sponsored racism introduced crack into the ghetto and sought the genocide of African Americans via HIV. Now, thanks to glamourization of hip hop, we got black dudes banging white girls (and we dont' even need to rape them now), and we're giving it right back to you. Just wait 'til we get to David Duke's grandaughter. I told you payback's a b*tch, and what comes around goes around.
White people lack the will to rule anymore. They know that the bs fed to them is wrong.

"There comes a time when the masters become the slaves and the slaves become the masters."

Your time is up whiteboy. It's our time now. And keep being sarcastic (and keep up the denial boy) - you know its true.

Posted by: J. House | April 28, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

The media has a chance to be professional and force a REAL DEBATE, and we are still stuck on nonsense while our country sinks.
Ironically, whatever, the outcome of the election, Rev. Wright will probably continue to have a powerful impact on saving taxpayers money by keeping young folks on the straight and narrow roads.

Furthermore, from what I hear, Rev. Wright is booked for years to come to speak at various events attended by a variety of races.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

See, J. House represents everything B.O. supporters hold dear.

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright is a selfish man. Now he can go around talking big saying, "I told it like it was." Congratulations, "Reverend." That was mighty Christian of you. Oh, I know. You don't DO politics. That's why you picked the perfect time to sabotage your black brother. If he loses North Carolina and Indiana and the nomination we can thank you for giving us the choice between Hillary "Dodging Sniper Fire, We will Annihilate Iran" Clinton and John "I Don't Understand Economics, Bomb, Bomb Iran" McCain.

Posted by: Chuck | April 28, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Everyone who is truly interested in good government should take some time and put a little effort into looking into the background of the people they support for public office. I have lived in Illinoi all my life and have been a democrat since I was old enough to vote. I think that everyone will eventually discover that Senator Obama is not the voice of a new age but just another Chicago Democrat. Illinois Senate President Emil Jones has pulled Obama's strings and helped to groom him for the US Senate and now Presidential Candidate. Obama has close ties with not only Jones but also Gov. Rod B. who will probably be Indicted along with Tony Rezco. Nearly nothing was said about the Obama-Rezko association or the real estate deal they were involved in. Senator Obama fives a great speech but I am afraid that about all that he is capable of is talk. It would also be a good idea to look at his voting record both in the Illinois and the US Senate why would someone want to vote for a candidate that cannot take a stand and vote yes or no. Present is the vote to attemt to keep either side of the issue from getting upset over your vote.

Posted by: Illinois Dem | April 28, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

>Wright defended it: "Jesus said, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' You cannot do terrorism on other people and expect it never to come back on you. Those are biblical principles, not Jeremiah Wright bombastic divisive principles."

Hate to say it Mr. Wright, but Jesus was not speaking of governments. Jesus never gave advice for governments. He only gave advice for individuals. His teaching was personal. He taught how individuals should live. As a pastor you should know that.

If fact, if you had confined your sermons to the teachings of Jesus rather than launch a political movement that fit your prejudices, Obama would not be in the trouble he is now in.

Posted by: Rod | April 28, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

the entireworldiswatching,do you mean the part of the muslim world who still own blacks,or the part of the communist world that murdered 1000000000 people in the last hundred years,or the part of the world that smuggles drugs and kills cops or the part that cuts people's heads off for not being like them?

Posted by: gunclinger | April 28, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

So Obama hate Jewish people now too. Interesting, I wonder what's his stance toward Cubans, or Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans.

This man has so much hate, he spreads it all around. What an amazing guy. Hate is the new kool-aid.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

A long time Democrat, I left the party in 2000 because of its drift to the left- I see now that the drift has become a tidal wave. Democrat Senators call US troops in Iraq Nazis and their mission in Iraq exclusively one for oil, Democrats treating terrorism as a police problem and cutting off the FISA interception of terror calls, and now Mr. Wright and his focus on slavery which in fact ended in 1865. The Democrat Party is headed by Howard Dean who says, "I hate Republicans!" Their leading candidate speaks of racial conciliation yet belonged to the church of a hate-filled, anti-White minister who has a screw loose. What has happened to the Party of FDR, of Truman and Kennedy? Crackpots are now in charge of it.

Posted by: mhr | April 28, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

By the way, J House is a white Rush Limbaugh ditto head. This thread is infested with them.

Posted by: Chuck | April 28, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I hereby nominate J. House as Obama's new spokespunk. Come on out, followers; show your true colors like the esteemed Mr/Miss House..

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

What does Wright mean when he says he'll be coming after Obama on Nov. 5th, when Obama is President? Does he expect some kind of payback? What's with all these threats and intimidating tactics? Two days ago the Post ran an article about how the black community would revolt if Obama didn't get the nomination. Why is race becoming the dominant theme of the democratic race? Why is the race card being played at all? The Democrats are doomed. They will be damned if they do and damned if they don't. Obama has put the party in a pickle.

Posted by: howdy999 | April 28, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Odrady,
While Senator Obama may not share all of views of black america, he knows his roots.
Like I said, live in denail, but the truth is your time is over. Hip hop wouldn't be so popular if white people didn't buy it, black porn wouldn't exist if white people didn't download it, and Obama would not be a viable candidate for the President if white people did not support him.
Let me educate you here, white people have realized their error. White America is a legacy of hate. This is why white kids try to emulate black culture. They are ashamed of their heritage - why, its a stained heritage.
Anyone who says they're proud to be an American is on some other sh*t. What does America have to be proud of. The truth is out, and your time is over.
It's our time now. Stay sarcastic and stay in denail, change is coming, and for the first time in white America's history - there ain't nuthin u can do about it. Whose got the whip now, boy?

Posted by: J. House | April 28, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I can not remember when I have laughed so hard -- some of you people have me in tears. I think it was around the time of the Carter Administration. Oh how I have longed for the days of Billy Beer . . . LOL . . . LOL . . . LOL.

Posted by: Don, Fairfax, VA | April 28, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I want Obama to be President more than any of the others. I have contributed to his campaign. But as an African American, I can say that if he doesn't make it because the nation can't face it's history and present. Then so be it. I WON'T SELL OUT FOR A BLACk PRESIDENT. Obama shouldn't. And thank you Rev. Wright for not selling out either.
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I totally agree. The people on this post obviously missed the whole point of his speech that Black people are different from White people, who are different from Hispanics, but that we are all God's children. If Obama disowned Rev. Wright to become president. Then I would lose all respect for Obama. If he can't win the General Election because of this. Then that's just the way it is. He will win Gov. of Illinois by a landslide and live happily ever after.

Posted by: Jay | April 28, 2008 6:10 PM
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Obama is a politician. This is the game he's chosen to play in. If you want to be a moral leader, be a preacher. If you want to assemble a coalition to get you elected and then support your policies and proposals, you act as a politician. So it's not a matter of losing respect.

Think back to Lani Guinier. She wasn't lying, either. But the controversial things she said became a political liability, so she had to go. I'm sure the Clintons didn't do that happily, but they did what they had to do. And they didn't look back. She became dead to them.

Wright is Obama's Guinier. He showed up with FOI bodyguards, and revived the whole "gutter religion" bit. One out of six Americans ALREADY believes Obama's a Muslim. He's got to go. Obama extended himself, politically, for Wright; by not repudiating _the man_, he made a distinction lost on many Americans (the stupid, but they vote too). Wright repaid him by pumping up Louis Farrakhan -- a man who is anathema to Jews. He is too smart not to know what he is doing to Obama; obviously, he does not care. And this has jack to do with the "black church"; he's just trying to force non-combatants (other black ministers, and blacks as a whole) to ally with him. It's all about HIM.

Point being, whatever Obama owed Wright, is past. Obama must make, as they'd say in the Godfather, the smart move. Dems of every stripe need to know he'll make the smart political move. You cannot run a national party based on your emotion. And the Obama campaign up to now has been the smartest one. I'm sure he'll do the right thing, and before too, too long. He can't wait until after a primary, because if he lost, it would be seen as a desperation move. He'll do it soon.

Posted by: gbooksdc | April 28, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

You've hit bottom, J. House. But by all means, keep digging!

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The question is, what is Dana Milbank doing? I usually like his commentary, but something stinks here. After finding actual transcripts of this press conference, I don't think it plays out at all like Milbank frames it. Clearly Wright is a loose cannon and doing Obama no good. However, when taken in context, much of what he says is, well, correct. The comment about coming for Obama (in context) means that whoever is the next president will get some political grief from Wright. I've read coverage of this in other papers and come away with a completely different take than Milbank's. Hopefully people will get smart and just tune this out by, oh, next week.

Posted by: Oakland Stroke | April 28, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

It's all pretty sad, isn't it?

I've been a McCain supporter since 2000 and I'll certainly vote enthusiastically for him again in November. But this racial explosion is very sad.

#1: It would be sad if through this episode we all learned that the militant liberation theology espoused by Rev. Wright has supplanted Dr. King's color-blind pacifism as the primary religious motivation of African Americans. As a Christian, I remain profoundly moved by the teachings and the sacrifice of Dr. King, but this African liberation theology is anything but biblical in its origins.

#2: It would be sad if Senator Obama, who by his mixed heritage and his soothing temperament seemed to me to be ideal to gently open a national dialog on race, is now forced to choose between an ugly break with his pastor of many years and his ambition to be POTUS. Perhaps we will have learned that a man can sit in church for a decade or more listening to sermons, yet fail to grasp the fundamental divisiveness of his pastor's message. Subscribing to this liberation theology may not be incompatible with being a state senator or even a US senator, but it is clearly at odds with being POTUS.

#3: It is profoundly sad that in Hillary Clinton, the Democrats have a candidate who is on the verge of destroying her party for decades in order to fulfill what she believes is her rightful destiny to be the first female POTUS. Americans need to ponder what, if any, principles she espouses to other than "whatever it takes" to get what she wants.

#4: It is sad that the shortened attention span of the American public and the need for continuous 24/7 cable news for political junkies drives candidates for POTUS to spend 95% of their time dealing with non-issues. I was so hoping that with McCain and Obama, we'd have an election that would be about whether we wanted to continue to be a free market democracy, or whether it is time for us to follow the Europeans down the toilet of outright socialism. I fear the media will never let the election be about political philosophy (because it bores most Americans who aren't already glued to American Idol; and because the media knows Republicans would win a debate about political philosophy), and instead will turn it into a battle of personal peccadillos (Obama's leftist associations versus McCain's anger management).

I personally like Barack Obama, and find this whole thing very sad. I wouldn't vote for him to be POTUS based on what I know, but I find his views (note, HIS views, not Rev. Wright's) on race to be very responsible.

If the winner turns out to be Hillary, I will probably have to go outside and throw up.

Posted by: Martin | April 28, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Odrady,
Love that denial, it'll cover your wounds - for a lil' while.
Your a clear example of why white America is in a hell-hole. All you do is act without seeing the truth, and you live in denial. Well the truth's coming.

Posted by: J. House | April 28, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

If WaPo enforced the rules they cite, there'd be about eleven posts to this article. I guess someone at WaPo.com likes it that whites and blacks are so openly expressing hatred towards each other. Who benefits from this?

Posted by: gbooksdc | April 28, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

This man is right. You know it, and I know it. But will the western hemisphere admit. 9/11 is self inflicted, just ask one question. "Why the collapse of building 7" ? Your government and leaders are corrupt and sc_um, you have to get rid of them in 2009. And don't forget. Only the United States of America can conquer the world and its problems ahead. You Americans protected Israel, but from what I see, it appeared to be a snake in the grass, causing a lot of unnecessary problems. So before taking on your opponents you should move Israel with all their holly places to America somewhere, let Arab countries write there own history and start working on your real opponents named lazy and easy and get rid of your international debt.

Posted by: jwh | April 28, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey folks,
it's all about Israel. Explanation: Obama has said he'll defend our interests in the Middle East; that was read as lack of unconditionality toward Israel; Clinton passed the Liberman test and showed unconditionality. Therefore, Obama must NOT win according to the Israelites (including those living in the Middle East and here, in our country). Therefore, again, their motto is to keep beating the Wright drum on Obama, and whatever works to bring him down. In this context, D. Milkbank is just doing his part of the job.

Posted by: hereandnow | April 28, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I supported Obama before this bruha created by clinton, and I stand by Obama after. I felt Rev. Wright's interview with Bill Moyers was very impressive. I enjoy everything Bill Moyers does, especially with Joseph Campbell (RIP).

Religion is an odd topic in this country. Long ago, some were suspicious of John F. Kennedy. I guess some folk felt he might be loyal to the Pope. A few years ago, some folk were suspicious of John Kerry, and his Catholic faith. You don't hear much about Hillary Clinton's faith. And then folk got riled up over Mitt Romney practicing his LDS faith. And now we have a new movie with Ben Stein, "Expelled - no intelligence allowed" that turns evolution on its head, and talks about, gasp, "intelligent design". How bizzare.

Everyone should "just chill" says Bill Clinton. He likely unleashed this religion attack on Obama. We all know where Bill did his kneeling a few years ago. He may have cost Al Gore the presidency by staining "that women's" dress with his semen.

The truth is everyone in this country in free to choose whatever religious faith, or none at all. No one is holding a gun to your head, and forcing you to swallow a god pill.

Our constitution and bill of rights mentions separation of church and state. This means the president doesn't have to go to any church, doesn't need to be loyal to a minister, doesn't even need to give money to a "faith based initiative".

The president is supposed to declare an oath. The president recites the following oath, in accordance with Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Now I know some of you might be disturbed that the president "swears on the bible" a christian bible no doubt. But that is just for the camera, a prop of sorts. The oath is about the constitution not the bible.

There is absolutely no evidence that any president has ever used religion to make policy.

Posted by: Richard | April 28, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

THE AMERICAN DREAM IS DEAD.

Asian and Latino Americans stop trying to assimilate. It's not working. No one cares about you. Stop using education as a path to advancement. Do not work hard.

These are no longer the values that white Americans appreciate.

You need to start rioting. Kill white people, rape white woman, rob white people, burn their cars. Blame white people for everything. Do not take accountability for your actions. Everything is the fault of the white man.

THE AMERICAN DREAM IS DEAD. The new path to acceptance is KILL WHITEY.

*nobody cares about Latinos or Asian Americans - I wonder why?

Posted by: National Association for the Advancement of Non-Black Minorities | April 28, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to step aside now. If not, he and every one of the Dem candidates running for office alongside him on the Nov ballot will lose to republicans.

Obamites: please stop defending Wright. Even the majority of you must now see this issue makes your candidate unelectable.

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | April 28, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what else the media has been hiding. Maybe now the media will stop cheerleading and so reporting.

Obama's time is done.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, J. House... talkin' about what he's gonna' DO instead of what he's DONE.

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Milbank and Pianin. This is a field day for the insular political press, which likes nothing better than to blame everything on black people and Christians (here you get two for the price of one). Then your minions in the comment stream pile on, cynically pretending with you that all of this is about Barack Obama. Fortunately, the voters see through your games.

Posted by: jchaney | April 28, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

There is so much to say about today's events. Reading the posts on this blog just makes it all the more painful. The number of harsh and intolerant comments points to just how divisive our society is. Whites don't like blacks. Blacks don't like Jews, blah, blah, blah. Unfortunately, we are so segregated. This segregation has allowed us to live in the same country but not truly know anything about each other. And there is fear of the unknown. Rev. Wright's comments are problematic not because he is correct or incorrect, but because he most certainly represents at least some portion of the black community in America. The non-black community knows so little about the black community that we weren't even aware of the existence of these sentiments until we began to hear from Rev. Wright. (I am NOT suggesting that Rev. Wright represents the entire black community...he can't possibly. But he does have a following so he represents some.) Since Rev. Wright's comments seem so inflammatory to some of us who are less familiar with what goes on in other communities, his comments raise grave concerns about Barack Obama's judgement. (Not for me!) But the real response should be about why his comments seem to resonate with at least some segment of the black community. If what he is saying is at all true, then we as Americans have some work to do to make this country a better place. And that obligates every single one of us. We all need to commit to the idea that anyone who decides that one's religion or skin color or any other physical characteristic has anything to do with a person's value to society or decides that because of these traits, broad generalizations can be made, can only be described as a bigot. (The worst of the posts I read was by Proud Republican who talked of a Jewish conspiracy against Senator Obama.) I, a white Jewish single mother, took my 3 children from the suburbs of Chicago to campaign for Barack Obama this weekend in Indiana, hoping that we could have an impact. I don't know what Senator Obama needs to do at this point about Rev. Wright. But I do know that the citizens of the US seem to want to continue on in a segregated society, afraid of each other, pointing fingers at each other and not really changing much of anything at all...that is what will happen with Senator Clinton, or worse, with Senator McCain. Senator Obama is the one who inspires me with his line "Not this time." Rhetoric only? When was voter registration as explosive as it has been in this campaign? When have the youth of our country ever been this engaged? When have 10 million people EVER watched a debate after 15 months of a campaign? (Even if it was not up to the caliber of a real issues debate.) Who would have predicted a campaign run by Barack Obama that would raise the money he has raised and dethroned the Clinton empire, even if it is only temporary? If we do not heed Senator Obama's words, "Not this time." then we, as Americans will get exactly what those who made that decision deserve. I however, will still be able to relate to Michele Obama's comment about this being the first time in my life to really be proud of America. Never has the choice for President been so clear. McCain's hawkish and not quite as squeeky clean as he wants you to believe past and Clinton's blatant lies (AND staying with an adulterous husband to further her own political aspirations) up against Obama hanging with folks that for some are problematic...seems like a very easy and clear choice. But after hearing folks in Indiana this weekend still saying Obama is a Muslim, (How could anyone possibly STILL even think that???) I am not convince Americans are truly up to making this very sophisticated decision. For the sake of my 3 kids, and everyone else in this country, I have my fingers crossed.

Posted by: Sad white Obama supporter | April 28, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

HA BILLY BEER...We bought some and had it sitting near the kitchen sink. Too bad we didn't keep it.

Perhaps "rev" Wright will market something...
Hmmmmmmmmm...what could that be?

Let me think.

Suggestions?

Posted by: Typical White Person | April 28, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Sad white Obama supporter, you need to hook up with J. House; you're exactly the same!

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

With the finesse of a cat burglar, Rev. Jeremiah Wright delivered his own special verdict on the future of his old parishioner, Barach Obama this morning at the Press Club. Whether one wants to look for blaphemy or anti-Americanism, is their own personal thing. I curse God all the time and yet he's so very important in my life. Notes or no notes, this bright and shrewd crowd- pleaser, loved by many in the audience delivered the white American electorate a message that seemed to caste their values in stone.
Wright was like a Talcott Parsons, with that finite sense of what we would feel and exactly how we would feel it.He was laughing as he exhaled each potential 'sound bite' knowing full well how each media member, like you, Mr. Dana Milbank would react.
As I sat there listening to every word, it dawned on me just how sad a day it was. The successful black men and women of our country are moving into very high places, yet those who haven't made it are as low as they were in 1963 when LBJ took the oath of office on that dreadful November afternoon.
Damn you, Rev. Wright!Yes, damn you! Do you seriously believe we warm -hearted white Americans are as bad as all that? I actually warmed by some of your folksy comments, yet the more you said them, the deeper my wounds felt until I pulled away..
As my guilt grew within me, I came to understand a flaw in your speech, a great big one. You didn't own up to the chronic problems in parenting in the inner city black community.Thank you Bill Cosby! You didn't give an inference to it.Well, hey! Family is the issue,isn't it?.That's all about your Momma, and your Daddy and your Grandma? It sure was for me.
We can't go blaming Mother Country forever, now, can we, Reverend?
There is one thing I believe you said totally right!
This election has gone on so long, it's now in God's hands.
God loves us all.As a man of the cloth, and a believer, do you?

Posted by: And now it's in God's hands. | April 28, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Yoohoo Americans. Your dollar is nosediving, oil is $120 a barrel, cost of food is skyrocketing, jobs are disappearing, but if you want to keep discussing Obama's pastor instead of the issues, just go on ahead. Please don't be surprised, though, if you end up with another loser like Bush.

Posted by: dH | April 28, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

"Why am I speaking out now?" he asked. "If you think I'm going to let you talk about my mama and her religious tradition, and my daddy and his religious tradition and my grandma, you got another thing coming."

Rev Wright sounds bitter and clinging.

Posted by: Wylie | April 28, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, dH... gas is still cheaper here than Europe and we can still defend ourselves (unlike you). By the way, got any more genocide planned? It's been a while since Kosovo...

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Notice how the obama supporters on this page start talking about jews, and money, etc... thank goodness this anti-american, anti-jewish, anti-capitalism, and yes, anti-white, strain of creep in the democratic party is being exposed. Take back the party from these obamas and carters and relativists -- before it too late to ever win a presidential election again.

Posted by: typical white person | April 28, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Dana, I am really surprised by the vehemence of your comments. I can hear your anger, but what is causing it. I feel you misrepresent the tone of Reverend Wright's comments, shockingly misrepresent them. He was tweaking us, he was trying to get people to think. It should not be dangerous for him to step up and say what he thinks, he should not, in a country as great as the United States, be endangered by sharing his thoughts and words. He should be able to tease us and we should be able to be provoked to thought rather than knee jerk hostility. Something really set you off. Was it the comments about the MSM. I recall that the press didn't find Colbert too interesting when he took them to task. Anyway, you sound as it someone stuck your finger in an electric outlet and you're just lashing out aimlessly. I don't get it, I don't like it, and it frankly doesn't sound like the usual urbane, bright and amused fellow I am used to. PS, you do know that Barack Obama is a different person than Reverend Wright?

It must have been like this in Germany when the government, by way of the press started to caricature the jews. Hey it worked then, it'll probably work now. Not too hard to demonize our fellows with feigned outrage, there always those willing to turn their shortcomings into virtue. We see much evidence of that in the response to your blog. Take heed, you have great powers, please use them for the good of us all. Do not besmirch yourself by acting in the way you would have us believe Reverend Wright acted. You do not strike me as a hardened hater, not yet, please God never!

Posted by: Boudica | April 28, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

We need to remember that Rev Wright is also a friend of the Clintons. He was invited to the White House at least once. I read the transcript of the sermon, and watched the Bill Moyer piece. Wright is not so far off the truth - we still have a lot of suppressed racism and classism in this country. I do wish he had not spoken quite so dramatically but the guts of his comments are true -

Posted by: letsbepeaceful | April 28, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The wrighting is on the wall. Time to go home. I'm sure most of the Obamaheads will write it off as racism, he's not the one running for president, or move on to the 'issues'.

News flash folks, the issue is to win in November. If you think middle America will vote for him now you have drank to much from the fountain of Obama.

Posted by: It's over Obama | April 28, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

If Wright represents "doom" for Obama, then it is Obama's own doing. Obama joined Trinity of his own volition; Obama remained a member for 20 years; Obama wrote about Rev. Wright in his biography, and dubbed him his "spiritual advisor"; Obama lifted the title of Wright's sermon for his book.

The point being that: Wright did not attach himself to Obama; Obama attached himself to Wright for his own personal and political ambitions, and now he can't deal with it. Too bad. Wright doesn't have to shut up, sit down, go into hiding, or stop doing what he does or being who he is for someone else's ambitions. Wright had a life and a ministry long before Obama crossed his path, and he will surely have one long after.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Odrady: We didn't elect a loser like Bush though, not only once but twice. I wouldn't be too smug about the price of gas either. You guys just keep nattering about the real important issues like flag pins and it won't be long before you're paying European prices for gasoline too.

Posted by: dH | April 28, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Judge not lest ye be judged, Richard. You aren't man enough to carry Bill Clinton's handkerchief. When men go on and on about Bill, women know you are just jealous. All my women friends, Democrat and Republican, love Bill Clinton, and men like you just can't stand it. Get over it.

Posted by: hettie | April 28, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama chose Rev. Wright Over and Over and Over for over 20 years.

It shows how poor both Obama's judgment and character are.

Its over for Obama.

It couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy.


Obama never takes responsibility for his grave errors in judgment.

According to his supporters, its always someone else's fault.

In the case of Rev. Wright, that excuse is laughable.

Obama chose Rev Wright over and over and over for over 20 years.

He knew what Rev Wright was teaching and he just smiled and went along.

I'm starting to wonder if Obama's an android.

The guy clearly doesn't have a heart or a soul.

He doesn't care about anybody but himself.

If being human is a requirement for being President (and I'm pretty sure it is :-) he should be forced to drop out on that basis alone...

Obama is evil, but he's good looking and he speaks well.

That's the most dangerous kind of person.

That's the problem in life.

Bad people don't always look evil.

You have to look past their words and look at their actions.

Obama's actions show that he has a heart of solid ICE.

The real Barry Obama is a really bad guy.

He doesn't care about anyone but himself.

I feel sorry for his supporters.

He's using them like he's used everyone else in his life.

Lets hope they wake up before they find themselves "under the bus"

And the wheels turn over and over and over on them.

Posted by: Obama chose Rev. Wright over and over and over | April 28, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if this whole thing is absurdly hilarious or just plain sad. I don't think Wright wants Obama to win. Think about it. What will people like Wright have to b*tch about if we have a black president? How can this be the US of KKKA if Obama wins? Railing against the government and accusing whites of outrageous things like inventing the AIDS virus as a genocidal weapon against minorities isn't just what Wright does, it is who he is. He has already insinuated that Obama is just another sleazy politician who just says what he needs to to get elected. I heard the funniest thing at work today. One of the guys was defending Wright by saying how he can't be anti-American if he served in the Marines. Another guy responded by saying so was Lee Harvey Oswald. Not necessarily a good comparison, but it was funny.

Posted by: ssg mathew | April 28, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I can't get over the fact that Rev Wright, a very highly educated man, believes that Aids was invented by the govt for genocide of blacks. I'm aware that rumor circulated several years ago in the black community but on what basis can he claim that now? The media isn't focusing on that point, which I also don't understand.

Posted by: chase123 | April 28, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

dH, maybe you should move to Vichy with the rest of your like-minded friends...

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I GOT IT!

Billy Carter had BILLY BEER...

REV. WRIGHT will have "HATER-ADE"

HAHAHAHHAHAHAAAAAAAAA

GO HILLARY!

Posted by: Typical White Person | April 28, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I saw the Rev on Bill Moyers. He's a smart man, and he is doing this deliberately. If Obama doesnt disabow him, he loses the nomination. If he does disavow, he probably loses his seat in the senate. Yikes.

Posted by: jen hutchin | April 28, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

About the only thing more disgusting than the behavior of the Clintons during this season are journalists of Mr. Milbank's ilk, trying to manufacture our consent/dement in a very ugly attempt to stir up controversy. Years from now, the journalists responsible for this ugly season will be hanging their heads in shame, practitioners of a disreputable vocation.

Posted by: steve clark | April 28, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Typical White Person:

From the way Rev. Wright is talking, it sounds like he is positioning himself to market a cure for AIDS.

Could we see a comeback of Billy Beer???

Posted by: Don, Fairfax, VA | April 28, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Jeremiah Wright served as a marine for six years. Remember Timothy McVeigh? He was an Iraq war veteran too.

Posted by: ing | April 28, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

In this historic election, when for the first time either a woman or a black man will be the nominee of a major political party, what will we end up with? The oldest white guy ever to be President. Sad.

Posted by: Porchnik | April 28, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

The drumbeat call for "change" coming from the campaign of presidential candidate Barack Obama is generating "legitimate concern over the zeitgeist around the campaign," the head of American Jewry's primary umbrella group reportedly said Tuesday.


At a Jerusalem press conference, Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations, voiced worry over the mantra of "change" that he said characterized the presidential race, terming the word's lack of definition "an opening for all kinds of mischief."

http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c36_a4483/News/New_York.html

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Superdelegates need to realize that Obama is not electable in the general.

Here in the Dem party, we can't talk too harshly about Wright or we're racist and not understanding. The Reps don't have that code. Another 4 years (minimum) of Rep Admin if Obama is the Dem nominee.

Posted by: SDug | April 28, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama has not done enough to distance himself from Rev. Wright. Saying that "we are not coordinating with him" and that he is "free to speak his mind" at best reflects indifference.

I suspect that there are growing doubts among Obama's supporters, particularly those who are white, that he is harboring his own anti-Americanism. Wright's comment that Obama is a politician and will "say what he has to say" implies that Obama is masking his true sentiments, that he's a sort of Manchurian Candidate. This confirms whites' deepest fears.

Obama's first reaction was to give a thoughtful, eloquent speech that was the mark of a statesman - many politicians would have simply abandoned Wright. Wright expressed his gratitude by increasing his own profile and political clout, not answering questions by dismissing those asking them, bullying some young press club official ("That nullifies that question.") and making an implied threat - that an attack on him was an attack "on the black church". This is the behavior of a selfish, self-aggrandizing, opportunistic man.

Obama needs to squash this issue right now by completing cutting himself off from Wright in a timely, brief, and brutal fashion. Right now, whites are still unsure about Obama; they're waiting for a response. There is, if you will, a "vacuum of perception". If Obama doesn't fill it immediately by stating unequivocally that he is deeply disappointed with Wright, disagrees with him completely, and wants nothing more to do with him, the Republicans and the Clinton campaign are going to fill that vacuum with their own interpretations.

And no more speeches. Say it in a sound bite that hopefully will be broadcast as frequently as the "God Damn America" clip.

Posted by: Bill | April 28, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

What all this tells us is that Senator Obama is a weak man. His associations with smart men and women (Wright, Ayers, and his own wife) suck him in and it seems he doesn't know who he really is. He's shown no inclination to take a stand on his own convictions when difficult moral situations come up. What would a man like that do on the world stage? There are some very persuasive and brilliant terrorists and dictators. Will he cave-in whenever a good argument is put forth or will an inner integrity (that we've seen no real proof of) kick in? Is it worth the risk of giving him the most powerful position in the world when we don't really know? I don't think so.

Posted by: Ms. Igetitnow | April 28, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I supported Obama before this bruha created by clinton, and I stand by Obama after. I felt Rev. Wright's interview with Bill Moyers was very impressive. I enjoy everything Bill Moyers does, especially with Joseph Campbell (RIP).

Religion is an odd topic in this country. Long ago, some were suspicious of John F. Kennedy. I guess some folk felt he might be loyal to the Pope. A few years ago, some folk were suspicious of John Kerry, and his Catholic faith. You don't hear much about Hillary Clinton's faith. And then folk got riled up over Mitt Romney practicing his LDS faith. And now we have a new movie with Ben Stein, "Expelled - no intelligence allowed" that turns evolution on its head, and talks about, gasp, "intelligent design". How bizzare.

Everyone should "just chill" says Bill Clinton. He likely unleashed this religion attack on Obama. We all know where Bill did his kneeling a few years ago. He may have cost Al Gore the presidency by staining "that women's" dress with his semen.

The truth is everyone in this country in free to choose whatever religious faith, or none at all. No one is holding a gun to your head, and forcing you to swallow a god pill.

Our constitution and bill of rights mentions separation of church and state. This means the president doesn't have to go to any church, doesn't need to be loyal to a minister, doesn't even need to give money to a "faith based initiative".

The president is supposed to declare an oath. The president recites the following oath, in accordance with Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Now I know some of you might be disturbed that the president "swears on the bible" a christian bible no doubt. But that is just for the camera, a prop of sorts. The oath is about the constitution not the bible.

There is absolutely no evidence that any president has ever used religion to make policy.

Posted by: Richard | April 28, 2008 7:32 PM
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Richard:
Even though separation of church and state is a rule in our government we cannot expect to separate creed from the spirit within a human being. And creed does play a part in deciding policy whether seen or unseen.

Posted by: seedobecome | April 28, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright is incredible in his speeches. My first thought is wondering if he was on drugs. As Obama's mentor and friend of 20 years, he is an albatross on Obama that dooms him. Obama cannot run from him fast enough, though he should surely try. I am waiting to hear denunciations of Wright by all political and religious leaders of moral stature.

It is offensive to hear Wright equate himself to King and others. Wright is a two-bit hate and racist filled preacher.

Matthew
TheProblemWithObama.com

Posted by: Matthew Weaver | April 28, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Okay so face it Barack Hussein Obama's long
standing personal relationship with this
racist black preacher Rev Wright has again
raised questions about Obama's judgement and character. So let me solve this problem
this way now then,as I can prove Obama
uses poor judgement in everything that he,
Barack Hussein Obama does,by simply pointing out,that Barack Obama did marry
that psycho white people hating black racist Michelle Obama didn't he now?
So how much proof of poor judgement do
you need here now? Enough Said! NOBAMA!

Posted by: Sandy5274 | April 28, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

it's nice to hear finally the true black american perspective. in canada blacks make up about half their percentage as in the us, but a disproportionately large number live in my city of toronto. canada never had the same discriminatory policies and in fact was a safe harbour for slaves transported via the underground railroad.

yet the blacks here likewise share the virulent anti-semitic attitudes as their southern brethren. they also lay claim to most of the gang activity and murders in our city.

i'm not making any argument here or proposing any predisposition of any kind, i'm just stating the facts like the good minister does.

the reason behind the irrational reason for anti-white and more insidious anti-jew mentality is simple. black communities fail. they demand special treatment because they claim they are victims and they are owed compensation. they hate jews because jews have suffered much worse atrocities for much longer and yet they survive and indeed thrive. black's can't explain the results so they have this knee jerk scapegoat position.

Posted by: canadian guy | April 28, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

SDug- Dems can still win... with Hillary. Remember, Bill still had a 70% approval rating whilst under impeachment. But you've GOT to stop pandering to bigots, racists, and anti-semites, i.e. anyone associated with or supporting Mullah Obama

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA, CLINTON, McCAIN ... SEE THE BIG PICTURE!
During the last campaign, we watched Bush and Gore square off. I can remember the queasy feeling I had when I thought about how I was going to vote. For the first time in my voting life, I realized that neither candidate had said anything that made him a true forerunner as I defined it. In the end, I remember deciding that I'd vote for Gore, not because I felt strongly that he was the best candidate. He got my vote because there was something about Bush that made me feel afraid.

After we went through the fiasco of re-counting votes, the chads, the delegate votes, etc., I suddenly realized that really, Gore had been spared from being in danger from the pressure of having to handle some kind of horror that had yet to come. I didn't know what it was, but the fear I felt was so tangible to me, and I couldn't shake it - not even with a bowl of tapioca pudding (my favorite comfort food)!

Then came 911, that poison (name?) that had certain people's mail being checked, the war in Iraq, etc. America had come to realize that we weren't as invincible as we had been taught to believe we were! I realized the fear I had been feeling at election time maybe had something to do with the negative energy coming toward us from the horrific things that had happened to us. I'm no psychic or anything (ROFLOL), thank God! But, sometimes I get a feeling about things. Nothing I can identify - just a feeling about things.

Now, we have the campaigns of Obama, Clinton, and McCain. I KNOW America because it is the country of my birth. I know America from the perspective of being Black and from being a woman. I haven't seen any big changes in how Americans want to be portrayed to ourselves and to the world. I know that America will feel 'safest' under the leadership of a White man.

Right now, I'm feeling that same feeling I had from the last election, only it has come earlier in the campaign than last time. I knew Obama was going to be in trouble sooner or later. Then the Rev. Wright thing came up. On the surface, I couldn't believe people were serious about changing their vote for Obama because of the words coming from the pastor of a church that Obama's family had joined over 20 years ago! Then, I heard people talking about whether Obama was a Christian or a Muslim and could he be seen as being in collusion with the enemy. I even heard of some people comparing his name with bin Laden's - Obama vs. Osama! Then I realized that these changes in attitude were not as they seemed. The changed attitudes were probably more based in the fears that many people had about Obama as president from the beginning. They liked the guy, but they needed an 'out' for the real concern they'd feared, but not verbalized. They feared that Obama might just win and they weren't really ready for a Black president yet. Obama is going to be damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

Let's look at the case for Mrs. Clinton. Everyone can see that she'd do just about anything to win this election. She's drunk with the mere thought of it, not just from those shots of whiskey she downed and chased with the beer. She got the blue-collar male vote in PA over Obama and that gave her the breakthrough she needed for her campaign. But, I grew up in and went to college in PA. Those blue-collar men don't want her for president! On the other hand, many of the women across the nation who will vote for her will do so just because they want to see Bill come back. Many men and women, Black and White, will also hope that when the tough issues come up, she'll have Bill to help guide her decisions. However, although she's White, she's also a WOMAN. America doesn't want a woman for president, either! Maybe they weren't comfortable about publicly revealing their feelings on that, but the idea of having a Woman leading this country is something America just isn't ready for either.

The competition game between Clinton and Obama now has the capacity to get even dirtier than it had to be. Personally, I just don't see Obama winning this one. First of all, his character and his manly convictions won't allow him to go that way. Even if he does, Clinton still wins because she'll be portrayed as 'the victim.' America doesn't go for public attacks on women by politicians. Clinton could claw Obama's eyes out, but America won't let Obama get away with doing that to her! Later, Clinton will eventually be accused of "doing what women do best - fight dirty - Yep! That's what women do!" So, I hope that Obama learns a lot from this experience and that he will go on to learn from even more experiences that will benefit him and our country in future endeavors.

Let's not forget about McCain, whose personality is about exciting as a cold doorknob - that is, until he gets angry! If not for the system of checks and balances, we'd be in big trouble with the decisions he may make based on his emotions and what he sees as being 'good for the Party'. He also scares me, but again, I don't know why. Anyway, all he has to do is watch Obama and Clinton 'duke it out' before he makes his move - if he has to make any move at all.

What we should be most concerned about, my fellow Americans, is the fact that America doesn't really have any true leaders right now! No one is viewed as 'the leader of the pack' in any political party! You can bet that other nations around the world can see this, too. They think it is funny that we're still bickering over racism. They're not afraid to express their opinions about us either. Worse, those people that my generation used to call the "Establishment" are still very much alive and well. They are still 'running things'! Sadly some of my generation became members of that elitist group that they formerly scorned. Well, all I can hope to control is what exists in my own universe. I care about what others can control in theirs, too - "... but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep."

Peace!

Posted by: adelegirl | April 28, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the new NIXON.

According to his supporters --

"If Obama does it, that means it is not a crime"

The rest of us feel differently.

We feel that Obama should stand up like a man, apologise for what he has done, resign from Senate and drop out of the race.

Obama has betrayed the trust of everyone he's ever been involved with.

He's a real jerk.

He doesn't deserve anyone's support, especially not young idealists.

Posted by: Obama is the new NIXON | April 28, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I think that is enough discussion about Pastor Wright, let's discuss the do's and don'ts of wearing an American flag lapel pin. By the way, the NYTimes announced that GM is laying off 3550 workers in four plants (three in the States and one in Canada). Now let's get back to discussing the really important things like when a candidate must wear a flag pin.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I didn't think it possible, but I actually feel sorry for Obama.

Why is Rev. Wright bent on destroying Obama's candidacy?

Posted by: WylieD | April 28, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Friends, we've got trouble in ObamaVille. The 'Bama campaign needs to put a zipper on that crazy, old fool and deep six the man until this election is over. Do whatever you have to do. Shove him into his 10,000 square foot mansion and throw away the key. Sure, I agree that a lot of what Reverend Wrong has said has been taken out of context. And sure, he's not the Big Bad Wolf, coming to get Whitey like Fox News would have us believe. But, my fellow ObamaNuts, this ain't good for Bama's campaign, particularly at this crucial junction. Here's the trouble: never underestimate the lack of intelligence of your average voter. Those hicks in fly-over country aren't into equivocating and parsing sentences to get a more refined meaning, a context, for when that wackadoodle opens his mouth. No, they, and their press enablers, will have Wright and Obama burning flags and singing God D**m America from the top of every hick hilltop in RedVille. And most white voters and people outside chardonnay country will be running to vote for Johnny Mac quicker than you can say, Run, Whitey, Run, cause Obama's comin'!

Posted by: ObamaNation | April 28, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

After reading some of these posts,I have one suggestion for all you people who agree with this antiamerican,bigot,idiot.If you hate living here so damned much,why dont you leave.If you think you have it so lousy here try going to the beloved continet of Africa.This whole campaign of the wright idiot is to say to the idiots here in this country"if you dont vote for Obama,you are a racist".End of discussion.Either you are too smart to fall for this crap or you are an idiot and go ahead and vote for him based on that premise.

Posted by: Nannie Turner | April 28, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Racist attacks against a black American candidate could cause Israel and American Jews a great deal of damage - not to mention shame and disgrace. Obama has been forced to defend himself over things such as nonexistent ties with elements hostile to Israel, an appearance at an event at which Edward Said spoke, and praying at one church rather than another.

Great damage has already been caused because Obama announced that an ugly campaign was being waged against him in the Jewish community. That alone ought to be enough at least to make Israel's leaders say something about Jews who preach against anti-Semitism while employing similar tactics against other minorities.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/949364.html


Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Copyright Reverend Irving Wright with twenty years of Amens from Barry Obama

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us repudiate a land that's so called free,
Let us all be hateful for a land that's so called fair,
As we raise our bitter voices in a solemn prayer.

God Da-mn America,
Land that I loathe.
Stand astride her, yet despise her
With a chip on a shoulder from above.
From the plantations, up to Harvard
To the Jews rich from our blood
God Da-am America, keepin' us down down down.

Posted by: Louis F | April 28, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

President McCain.

Posted by: Jim T. | April 28, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey, ObamaNation, those "hicks in flyover country" supply your food, fuel, and housing. Keep talking, your bigotry is palpable..

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Dana Milbank: ever at the ready to defend Israel and denounce all who question it. Keep up the good work, Dana; the boys at AIPAC are keeping a boardroom seat warm for you.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Everyone should "just chill" says Bill Clinton. He likely unleashed this religion attack on Obama. We all know where Bill did his kneeling a few years ago. He may have cost Al Gore the presidency by staining "that women's" dress with his semen.

...

There is absolutely no evidence that any president has ever used religion to make policy.

Posted by: Richard | April 28, 2008 7:32 PM


WOW! How soon we forget! In their new found hatred for Bill and Hillary they have absolved the current guy, one who admits to consulting a Higher Power in his daily job. For all the Clinton haters out there, here's a lesson in history. The Democratic Party has lost seven out of the last ten presidential elections. Without Bill Clinton it would have been nine out of ten. Ponder that!

Posted by: Choo Choo | April 28, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

"It's night-time again in America"

Barack and Michelle

Posted by: Ronnie | April 28, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Choo Choo gets it...

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Scarey...

Best site for information on the below letter: http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/kenya.asp

WEBSITE of home page for author of the following letter: http://www.lorendavis.com/index.html Celeste and Loren Davis are Missionaries in Africa and can shed some light on one of our Presidential candidates.

"Thanks for sending out an alert about Obama. We are living and working in Kenya for almost twelve years now and know his family (tribe) well. They are the ones who were behind the recent Presidential election chaos here. Thousands of people have been displaced by election violence (over 350,000) and I don't know the last count of the dead. Obama under "friends of Obama" gave almost a million dollars to the opposition campaign who just happened to be his cousin, Raila Odinga, who is a socialist trained in East Germany . He has been trying to bring Kenya down for years and the last president threw him in prison for trying to subvert this country! December 27th elections brought cries from ODM (Odinga Camp) of rigged election. Obama and Raila speak daily. As we watch Obama rise in the US we are sure that whatever happens, he will use the same tactic, crying rigged election if he doesn't win and possibly cause a race war in America.

"What we would like you to know is what the American press has been keeping a dirty little secret. Obama IS a muslim and he IS a racist and this is a fulfillment of the 9/11 threat that was just the beginning. Jihad is the only true muslim way. We have been working with them for 20 years this July! He is not an American as we know it. Please encourage your friends and associates not to be taken in by those that are promoting him. It is world wide jihad. All our friends in Europe are very disturbed by the muslim infiltration into their countries. By the way, his true name is Barak Hussein Muhammed Obama. Won't that sound sweet to our enemies as they swear him in on the Koran! God Bless you.

"Pray for us here in Kenya . We are still fighting for our nation to withstand the same kind of assault that every nation, including America, is fighting. Takeover from the outside to fit the new world order. As believers, this means we will be the first targets. Here in Kenya, not one mosque was burned down, but hundreds of churches were burned down, some with people in them, burned alive.

Jesus Christ is our peace but the new world order of Globalism has infiltrated the church and confused believers into thinking that they can compromise and survive. It won't be so. I will send you a newsletter we sent out in February documenting in a more cohesive manner what I've tried to say in a few paragraphs.

Posted by: bar-none-deck | April 28, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

What are Obama's legislative accomplishments? What is his executive resume?

Answer: he has none!

What a fraud!

America will eventually elect a black man to the presidency but it should not be this empty suit Obama. No, not this faker with his socialist/collectivist philosophical background, who gives us his phony, sweet-sounding speeches stuffed with platitudes (talk is cheap) but who has NO political accomplishments other than to play up his rock-star appeal as a campaigner.

There's nothing behind the curtain for Obama!

Since he has NO experience, he's been running on approving him based on his character! And Wright just told us DIRECTLY about Obama's character -- that Obama's been pulling the wool over everyone's eyes because Obama is a politician "and that's what politicians do."

Now can you imagine Obama as president having to get down to business with Putin of Russia, or Hu Jintao of China? Obama will be TOTALLY overmatched defending America's interests against those guys!

Who here thinks he won't merely cave in to any stern demands made by Ahmadinejad of Iran or Chavez of Venezuela? With his Marxist philosophical background and his complete lack of experience as an over-the-table dealmaker, you just know Obama's going to sell our butts right down the river to those guys, who can't wait to have an American president they can easily kick around at will! All those guys would eat him for breakfast and spit him out before lunch!

Just say no to Mr Smoke-and-Mirrors Obama!

Posted by: Ed | April 28, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I AM ASHAMED OF BARACK OBAMA AND HIS PASTOR WHO PROFESSES TO BE A CHRISTIAN. I FIND IT FUNNY THAT REV. WRIGHT SPOKE IN A HORRIBLE WAY ABOUT THE MISSIONARIES THAT WENT TO AFRICA AND FORCED THE AFRICANS TO BELIEVE IN THEIR GOD BY DEMEANING THEIR OWN GODS BUT IF THESE MISSIONARIES WERE SO BAD, THEN HOW AND WHY DID HE CHOOSE JESUS CHRIST AS HIS GOD IF THE 'WHITE DEVIL' WAS THE ONE WHO INTRODUCED JESUS TO HIS ANCESTORS? I AM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN AND I SUPPORT HILLARY AND I ALSO FIND IT DISTURBING THAT THE BLACK EXPERTS ON TV ARE ALL SINGLEMINDED IN THEIR DEFENSE OF REVEREND WRIGHT EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW THAT WRIGHT IS WRONG AND THAT OBAMA IS TRULY A DIRTY POLITICIAN WHO WILL USE ANYONE TO FURTHER HIS CAMPAIGN AND IN MY OPINION OBAMA IS NOT A UNITER BUT A DIVIDER AND SEEING WHAT HAS HAPPENDED WITH JUST THIS ONE SUBJECT, I AM A AFRAID OF WHAT ELSE THEIR IS THAT WILL DESTROY OBAMA. I AM AWARE THOUGH OF A LAWSUIT PENDING AGAINST OBAMA INVOLVING LARRY SINCLAIR AND DONALD YOUNG WHEREAS OBAMA ALLEGEDLY HAD GAY SEX AND DID DRUGS WITH THE FORMER IN 1999 AND THAT HE HAD A HAND IN THE MURDER OF THE FORMER LAST YEAR WHO WAS A CHIOR DIRECTOR AT HIS CHURCH. THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS KNOWN ABOUT THIS FOR OVER A YEAR AND SO FAR HAS DECIDED THAT THIS IS NOT WORTHY TO BE REPORTED ON AND THAT WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T DESERVE TO ATLEAST HEAR THE FACTS AND SO FAR ONLY PUERTO RICO HAS BEEN THE ONLY NETWORK TO REPORT THIS OFFICIALLY.

Posted by: JENNIFER | April 28, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I have viewed the entire 28 minute speech from Rev. Right that Mike posted early on. It was quite some talk. Many of the themes from Obama's speech on race could be identified in Wright's talk. The need for transformational change; change that comes from the bottom up; Black worship is not like White people's worship, it is different. The theme of difference not deficiency and the need for reconciliation.

It is all there as if Wright had written Obama's speech. Its no wonder that Obama can't separate himself from Wright, it is true that Wright is Obama's mentor.

There is a fatal flaw in all of this. Wright works from an operating assumption that Slavery in America ended in 2006 rather than in 1866. The racial divide that Wright sees and bases his theology on is something from the distant past that he is bringing back to life on steroids.

We are not nearly there on racial reconciliation in this country, but we are not as distant as Wright assumes, the remedy is not quite as drastic as he proposes, we are moving in the right direction.

What Wright is doing is digging a knife into an old wound to make it bleed. It is the theology of oppression that one hears in Shiite religious services. It is very much resentful of the "dominant culture" and it is from this position of righteous indignation against the dominant culture that it seeks to put the dominant culture in sack cloth and ashes and demand repentence.

I just don't know that people are ready for this and surely not from one who seeks to be President of the country.

Posted by: Beiruti | April 28, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I have viewed the entire 28 minute speech from Rev. Right that Mike posted early on. It was quite some talk. Many of the themes from Obama's speech on race could be identified in Wright's talk. The need for transformational change; change that comes from the bottom up; Black worship is not like White people's worship, it is different. The theme of difference not deficiency and the need for reconciliation.

It is all there as if Wright had written Obama's speech. Its no wonder that Obama can't separate himself from Wright, it is true that Wright is Obama's mentor.

There is a fatal flaw in all of this. Wright works from an operating assumption that Slavery in America ended in 2006 rather than in 1866. The racial divide that Wright sees and bases his theology on is something from the distant past that he is bringing back to life on steroids.

We are not nearly there on racial reconciliation in this country, but we are not as distant as Wright assumes, the remedy is not quite as drastic as he proposes, we are moving in the right direction.

What Wright is doing is digging a knife into an old wound to make it bleed. It is the theology of oppression that one hears in Shiite religious services. It is very much resentful of the "dominant culture" and it is from this position of righteous indignation against the dominant culture that it seeks to put the dominant culture in sack cloth and ashes and demand repentence.

I just don't know that people are ready for this and surely not from one who seeks to be President of the country.

Posted by: Beiruti | April 28, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I AM ASHAMED OF BARACK OBAMA AND HIS PASTOR WHO PROFESSES TO BE A CHRISTIAN. I FIND IT FUNNY THAT REV. WRIGHT SPOKE IN A HORRIBLE WAY ABOUT THE MISSIONARIES THAT WENT TO AFRICA AND FORCED THE AFRICANS TO BELIEVE IN THEIR GOD BY DEMEANING THEIR OWN GODS BUT IF THESE MISSIONARIES WERE SO BAD, THEN HOW AND WHY DID HE CHOOSE JESUS CHRIST AS HIS GOD IF THE 'WHITE DEVIL' WAS THE ONE WHO INTRODUCED JESUS TO HIS ANCESTORS? I AM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN AND I SUPPORT HILLARY AND I ALSO FIND IT DISTURBING THAT THE BLACK EXPERTS ON TV ARE ALL SINGLEMINDED IN THEIR DEFENSE OF REVEREND WRIGHT EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW THAT WRIGHT IS WRONG AND THAT OBAMA IS TRULY A DIRTY POLITICIAN WHO WILL USE ANYONE TO FURTHER HIS CAMPAIGN AND IN MY OPINION OBAMA IS NOT A UNITER BUT A DIVIDER AND SEEING WHAT HAS HAPPENDED WITH JUST THIS ONE SUBJECT, I AM A AFRAID OF WHAT ELSE THEIR IS THAT WILL DESTROY OBAMA. I AM AWARE THOUGH OF A LAWSUIT PENDING AGAINST OBAMA INVOLVING LARRY SINCLAIR AND DONALD YOUNG WHEREAS OBAMA ALLEGEDLY HAD GAY SEX AND DID DRUGS WITH THE FORMER IN 1999 AND THAT HE HAD A HAND IN THE MURDER OF THE FORMER LAST YEAR WHO WAS A CHIOR DIRECTOR AT HIS CHURCH. THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS KNOWN ABOUT THIS FOR OVER A YEAR AND SO FAR HAS DECIDED THAT THIS IS NOT WORTHY TO BE REPORTED ON AND THAT WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T DESERVE TO ATLEAST HEAR THE FACTS AND SO FAR ONLY PUERTO RICO HAS BEEN THE ONLY NETWORK TO REPORT THIS OFFICIALLY.

Posted by: JENNIFER | April 28, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I AM ASHAMED OF BARACK OBAMA AND HIS PASTOR WHO PROFESSES TO BE A CHRISTIAN. I FIND IT FUNNY THAT REV. WRIGHT SPOKE IN A HORRIBLE WAY ABOUT THE MISSIONARIES THAT WENT TO AFRICA AND FORCED THE AFRICANS TO BELIEVE IN THEIR GOD BY DEMEANING THEIR OWN GODS BUT IF THESE MISSIONARIES WERE SO BAD, THEN HOW AND WHY DID HE CHOOSE JESUS CHRIST AS HIS GOD IF THE 'WHITE DEVIL' WAS THE ONE WHO INTRODUCED JESUS TO HIS ANCESTORS? I AM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN AND I SUPPORT HILLARY AND I ALSO FIND IT DISTURBING THAT THE BLACK EXPERTS ON TV ARE ALL SINGLEMINDED IN THEIR DEFENSE OF REVEREND WRIGHT EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW THAT WRIGHT IS WRONG AND THAT OBAMA IS TRULY A DIRTY POLITICIAN WHO WILL USE ANYONE TO FURTHER HIS CAMPAIGN AND IN MY OPINION OBAMA IS NOT A UNITER BUT A DIVIDER AND SEEING WHAT HAS HAPPENDED WITH JUST THIS ONE SUBJECT, I AM A AFRAID OF WHAT ELSE THEIR IS THAT WILL DESTROY OBAMA. I AM AWARE THOUGH OF A LAWSUIT PENDING AGAINST OBAMA INVOLVING LARRY SINCLAIR AND DONALD YOUNG WHEREAS OBAMA ALLEGEDLY HAD GAY SEX AND DID DRUGS WITH THE FORMER IN 1999 AND THAT HE HAD A HAND IN THE MURDER OF THE FORMER LAST YEAR WHO WAS A CHIOR DIRECTOR AT HIS CHURCH. THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS KNOWN ABOUT THIS FOR OVER A YEAR AND SO FAR HAS DECIDED THAT THIS IS NOT WORTHY TO BE REPORTED ON AND THAT WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T DESERVE TO ATLEAST HEAR THE FACTS AND SO FAR ONLY PUERTO RICO HAS BEEN THE ONLY NETWORK TO REPORT THIS OFFICIALLY.

Posted by: JENNIFER | April 28, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Washington Post. You've now become a major resting stop for those who prowl the depths of the Internet, looking for places that they can repeatedly put the name Hussein in Caps Lock. As the saying goes, water finds its own level.

Posted by: steve clark | April 28, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

The racists are exposed. The only problem I have with Rev. Wright was he tailored his speech to a white audience. We cannot bring about change if we keep censoring our message.
D*mn right we have a right to be angry. Why is it there are more black males incaerated than in college. Why are 1 in 2 black teens infected with STDs. Why is AIDS and HIV so endemic in the black community. Why is Africa the most AIDs-ridden place in the world.
The answer is white America, its racist agenda and its control of global politics.
I also applaud the terrorists for bringing down the real "evil empire." What comes around goes around, and payback is a b*tch. And white America your time is over. It's our time NOW.

Posted by: 2ndPanther | April 28, 2008 5:02 PM
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Black liberation theology is poisonous to all Americans. I doesn't call for change for all of us, no way. Read about it, rather than just listen to Rev. Wright. It's no different than any other lunatic fringe hate group, such as KKK or Aryan Brotherhood. And to elect ANYONE connected to such a philosophy is bad for all of us, and the rest of the world, too. We don't need hate!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

The link you provided for the story does not show the speech you refer to. Where is all of this support for Farrakhan and the like? Provide the link and I'll watch it. But right now, you are lacking evidence. I guess I'll have to the search myself.

Posted by: Laura F | April 28, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama speaks for Obama, Reverend Wright speaks for himself.
I don't care howmany time, how loud, how blunt Obama says he disagrees with Wright,the media will continue to make it sound like Obama condones these staements. Actually I don't see what he said that was untrue. The same has been said, and much more by other public figures with little or no fanfare.

Posted by: Baji | April 28, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

EXCUSE ME BUT THOSE OF US WHO SUPPORT SENTAOR CLINTON DID NOT ASK KOOLAID DRINKING CNN TO RUN THIS SPEECH OVER AND OVER AND OVER! ONCE WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH ANYONE WHO THINKS THE CHIP ON MRS. OBAMA'S SHOULDER THAT IS THE SIZE OF AN ICEBERG ISN'T DUE TO 20 YEARS WITH WRIGHT AS HER PASTOR IS AN IDIOT. GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT LISTENING TO THE CRAP THAT CAME OUT OF WRIGHT'S MOUTH FOR 20 YEARS DID TO MR. OBAMA. FOR YEARS ONLY WHITE BIGOTS SAID AA'S BRAINS WERE WIRED DIFFERENTLY NOW WE HAVE BLACK BIGOTS SAYING IT UNBELIEVABLE!! MAYBE THAT IS WHY MR. OBAMA STUTTER'S SO MUCH HE CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHICH SIDE OF HIS BRAIN HE IS TALKING FROM.

Posted by: Clintonista | April 28, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey, steve clark, Hussein is B.O.'s middle name; you know, like "W". Turnabout is fair play...

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

To Steve Clark: Time to leave this board. No intelligent discussion here. Just a bunch of people trolling for Clinton.

Posted by: dH | April 28, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, just like the rest of Europe, dH is waving the white flag...

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

ObamaNation wrote:

Friends, we've got trouble in ObamaVille. The 'Bama campaign needs to put a zipper on that crazy, old fool and deep six the man until this election is over. Do whatever you have to do. Shove him into his 10,000 square foot mansion and throw away the key. Sure, I agree that a lot of what Reverend Wrong has said has been taken out of context. And sure, he's not the Big Bad Wolf, coming to get Whitey like Fox News would have us believe. But, my fellow ObamaNuts, this ain't good for Bama's campaign, particularly at this crucial junction. Here's the trouble: never underestimate the lack of intelligence of your average voter. Those hicks in fly-over country aren't into equivocating and parsing sentences to get a more refined meaning, a context, for when that wackadoodle opens his mouth. No, they, and their press enablers, will have Wright and Obama burning flags and singing God D**m America from the top of every hick hilltop in RedVille. And most white voters and people outside chardonnay country will be running to vote for Johnny Mac quicker than you can say, Run, Whitey, Run, cause Obama's comin'!

Posted by: ObamaNation | April 28, 2008 8:09 PM
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And that kind of thinking is exactly why Obama won't win. You loathe people from "flyover country" and denigrate them because you think they aren't as sophisticated or intelligent as you. You don't understand how it could be possible that someone be intelligent, yet disagree with you at the same time. But do not fret, all of us hicks in "flyover country" loathe you and your arrogance just as much. Gotta go, I'm gonna go shoot me some dinner, but not before I pray some and hate people who aren't like me.

Posted by: ssg mathew | April 28, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama has no one to blame but himself for his falling poll numbers. Wright, "clinggate", Razko and Ayers are all adding up. The accumulating load takes its toll. He is rapidly approaching unelectability, and he cannot win the Democratic base.

Polls show he is within the margin of error with McCain nationally, while Hillary leads by 9, 50-41.
Hillary is leading in Indiana. North Carolina is getting closer, with the popular Governor endorsing her.

Posted by: SAS | April 28, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Thank you , dH. It is time to leave this board.

Posted by: steve clark | April 28, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Steve Clark and dH are exposed for the cowards they are...

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mark | April 28, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Someone mentioned earlier that this whole Wright issue is just a cover for Mr. Obama's real problem: his close connection to many of the indicted influence and money boys of the Chicago political machine. And whoever said that was right on the mark. Mr. Obama's, and Michelle Obama's, political and financial connections in Chicago are very nearly all under federal investigation or are already indicted or convicted. A few are even on his campaign finance committee. Why doesn't the MSM cover that story?

Do you really want a man like that, with such poor judgement (at the very least) to be President of the USA?

Posted by: Lassair | April 28, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

STOP EVERYTHING: The Democratic party and ALL superdeligates have to seriously reconsider nominating Barack Obama IMMEDIATELY. This isn't about if you like or dislike Hillary Clinton, nominating Obama at this point is CERTAIN DEFEAT in November. He has taken on so much damage in just recent weeks there is no way he can make it in the General Election.

Posted by: Ryan Healey | April 28, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

test time, everyone.

Bill is to Hillary as Reverend Wright is to (????)

Posted by: student 41 | April 28, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

"Life is a tale told by an idiot -- full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Macbeth said that. Benjy Compson told the tale. This board is right in the middle of it. Sayonara!

Odrady: cowards are those who don't have a name as they hide behind a computer keyboard.

Posted by: steve clark | April 28, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

By all means Steve Clark, take your bigotry and hatred somewhere else...

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of maroons. No one with any thinking skills believes that what this pastor says will have any bearing on the conduct of Obama's presidency. It is only the right wing propoganda machine with the ignorant help of the Washington Post and other self-absorbed media outlets that believe this story has any legs. Grow up.

Posted by: Tbird | April 28, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Reverend Wrong = Nutjob!!!!!!!!

Posted by: win | April 28, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

More Kool-Aid for Tbird!

Posted by: Odrady | April 28, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Tbird -- you tell us what qualifies Obama for president. Where are his qualifications? Making his way through the Chicago political machine, is that a qualification?

He has asked us to vote for him based on his character and his judgment (since he has no qualifications).

He has called Wright his spiritual "mentor" (Obama's own word). That means that Wright has had a formative effect on Obama's mind.

If Obama had a longer political resume it might be easier to dismiss Wright. However, since so many are so willing to vote for Obama without knowing anything in depth about his ability to be a chief executive, I think knowing who Obama's "mentor" is and how he thinks absolutely has a bearing on figuring out this enigma of a candidate.

I say Obama must be rejected firmly.

Posted by: Ed | April 28, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Wright represents himself, and certainly doesn't represent the black church, or black people. He needs to shut. He deserves no more press. Barack Obama will need to address this issue again sometime in the near future.

Posted by: Hazel | April 28, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

As old Abe said, "You can fool some of the people some of the time ...."

Wright's hate-filled diatribe is a part, and a healthful part, of our democratic process. We shall know Obama by the company he has kept (and "cannot disown"). Barack's chickens are coming home to roost. They may ruin him, but they will also strengthen our democratic process.

Posted by: G.E.M. Anscombe | April 28, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

As I continue to hear the hate spew from Obama's pastor of 20 YEARS and read many of the comments to this article, I realize that, sadly, racism is still alive and thriving in the US. It is also enlightening to discover that quite a few racists inhabit the black community. Whites do not have a monopoly on racism. Stupidity does not discriminate.

Posted by: AHS | April 28, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

"it sure looks to me like the Republicans must be the ones making sure that the press' microphones and cameras keep snapping back to this lunatic."

Who knew Bill Moyers was a Republican?

Posted by: tommy | April 28, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

The term "mainstream media" is a misnomer. A more appropriate term would be the "white media" (Eugene Robinson and Bob Herbert not withstanding). I watched Rev. Wright's entire speech and Q&A at the NAACP. He is honest, straightforward and blunt. He doesn't make calculations as to how any statement he will make will poll among the so called "blue collar" (read "regular" or "white" folk) voters.

Mr. Milbank, your presumption is that people lack the ability and/or the capacity to intelligently absorb and reconcile Rev. Wright's rhetoric. Either your logic is flawed or perhaps your perception. For eight years we have had a presidency which constantly trumpeted the imminent coming of the acopalypse. At what point did you or any of your fellow white media commentators stop and say that such rhetoric would "sink" this administration? And now you encourage everybody to run like scared rats whenever anybody yells "Rev. Wright is coming, Rev. Wright is coming"?

For purposes of clarification: my use of the term "white media" is not intended to through fuel on any kind of fire. Its a statement of fact. Turn on the TV and judge for yourself (and then turn it off and throw that set out the nearest window). "White" just means that. White. Not deficient but different, in the words of Rev. Wright. But when the entire media of a country becomes a monolith defined by the very fact that its major representatives are overwhelmingly white, when there is no diversity, no difference between any channel or any commentator, then it ceases to function as an instrument of truth. The same reasoning would hold if instead of white people, the media was dominated by midgets (no offense intended to any little people anywhere), or LGBTA folk or any other single "category".

What Rev. Wright said today was that we should celebrate our differences, not ignore them. For in not doing so we risk becoming blinded in much the same manner as our media. Stop categorizing, start celebrating. And turn off that TV !

Posted by: free_thinker | April 28, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't mean to gloat . . . but some of us have been saying for many many months that Obama has not been vetted. We have been asking the nation to stop the pep rally of vague ideas and ask of him the same types of questions that have been asked of Sen. Clinton for decades. Amazingly, the surface has barely been scratched and we are reading articles like this. I'll say it again, why would you pretend you can trust someone you do not really know based on melodic rhetoric? He is not special - he just gives pretty speeches and has a weird name.

Hillary '08

Posted by: Susie | April 28, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

So wait...if the whole point of this "scandal" is that Rev. Wright secretly speaks for Obama, and if Rev. Wright is trying to doom Obama's candidacy, are you trying to say that Obama is trying to doom his own candidacy? I'm so confused.

Meanwhile, my health care is still too expensive, violence in Iraq is up, and the damn gas price is $3.85 a gallon.

Posted by: Vito | April 28, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright's arrogance has doomed the chances of the first Black man in two centuries of our history of ever becoming President.

Posted by: A. Llincoln | April 28, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright was correct in the theme of his remarks to the Detroit NAACP: "different is not deficient." Unfortunately, this allows and even implies a lazy non sequitur that what is deficient is always to be excused and tolerated as merely "different."

My observation is that the good reverend is different and perhaps even entertaining. But as a scholar and intellectual resource, he is clearly deficient.

Posted by: Cincinnati Rick | April 28, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Dana Milback...hope you cashed your AIPAC check before writing drivel. Zionist spies like you planted in the media are confusing the american people.

Posted by: Playa | April 28, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright believes in respecting people, not hating them. Weren't you listening? He is not a nut. He is a true Christian. He said we should all be working together, not creating a firestorm over nothing. That is what this is Much ado about nothing. Sen. Obama is lucky to have him as his paster. I admire this straight talker. I bet you anti-Wright people would be the first to set fire to Joan of Arc. I agree with Greg.

Posted by: Mainegal | April 28, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering if Obama become President, how influential this pastor would be in an Obama Presidency? He hinted at that today - saying he would come for Obama. If this pastor is close to Obama, married he and Michele, baptised their kids, then I'm sure he would have great access and Obama's ear in the white house. With his extreme thinking and anti-American views, I don't think an Obama presidency, with this possibility, would be a good idea.

Posted by: Jenny | April 28, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

When the Wright controversy first broke, the super liberal lunatics tried to justify the Reverend's sermons by saying that America does not understand the black church and how it operates (the cadences, the outrage, the 'amens', etc.). Now, today, Obama supporters are trying to say that Reverend Wright and his style of preaching is only ONE REPRESENTATION of the black church, and that there are dozens and dozens of other "types" of black churches in America. Good luck with that one....

Posted by: jmg | April 28, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Operation Chaos...

Posted by: Bulletinizer | April 28, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

"We have enough problems as a nation without this idiot opening his yapper, and trashing Obama's 'middle of the road image' even more!"
On the contrary; Jeremiah Wright has said more about who Obama really is than a thousand repetitions of "Yes We Can!"

Posted by: Laika's Last Woof | April 28, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me this is the end of Barack Obama, who seems to be a magnet for every kind of scummy leftist America-hater in the world. Seriously, does he have ANY close associates who aren't anti-American, criminals, racists or terrorists?

I believe in the saying, "You are judged by the company you keep." Obama is GUILTY of bad judgment and should not be elected president.

Posted by: Nancy | April 28, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

to the idiot who posted
lesbians for hillary

silly boy

it's lesbians for bush!

Posted by: get real | April 28, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

WOW--If I was a black church goer, I would be royally pissed off!!

I believe everyone has a right to describe something the way they see it, but he seems to think he speaks for all black Americans on every topic, which is horrible!

I would NOT want this grandstanding moron to be representing me, that is 4 SURE! Very sad for Obama--

Posted by: Janedoe | April 28, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Ayalon is not alone. Jewish advisers and non-Jewish supporters are almost obsessively occupied with searching for skeletons in the black candidate's past.

Obama is working hard to allay the fears of "Israel's friends," a description reserved mainly for activists of the pro-Israeli lobby AIPAC and for Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents. As far as they're concerned, whoever doesn't support the Israeli government's policy 100 percent is unfit for leadership.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintArticleEn.jhtml?itemNo=954434


Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Vito -- Your logic is off.

No one says that Wright speaks for Obama.

Obama called Wright his "mentor."

Obama speaks for himself but with a mind at least partly formed by his association with Wright, by Obama's own admission.

Obama's disturbing background of approving comments about Marxist & collectivist philosophy, combined with Wright's loose cannon views about American power -- and we should give the reins of this same American power to that man who has that mentor?

You trust Obama not to sell America down the river to those who oppose America or wish to take undue advantage of America?

I absolutely do not. We are playing a dangerous game, fooling around a little too much with giving this man whom we have examined not even close to adequately the executive seat of this country.

What we HAVE examined about his background, philosophy, and choice of advisors should make us all very uneasy indeed.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

--Too much drama, too many mounting questions....

America needs leadership to pull us from complete economic RUIN right now, not this kind of circus side show--Save it for Jerry Springer, not the oval office.

Night Night-

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Jeremiah Wright does NOT speak for the "Black Church." NOR do I.

I am white.

I do, however, have many black friends, some of whom, due to their religious convictions, vote Republican, and YES, even Bush...TWICE!!!

I did not agree with their decision, but I respect that they vote against abortion, foresaking not only for their own political voice, their "people's" economic access, but even their nation's best interest.

They have different priorities. They want Abortion ended, at any cost.

Reverend Wright is expressing the same singular focus, the same "one issue" preoccupation. For Wright, it's 1968. Not to say that blacks are equal citizens, despite their skin color, they are not, but they ARE getting there.

Obama wants to focus on economic inequality, on the false promise made, not just to blacks and other minorities, but to ALL Americans who have been ignored due to lack of economic strength, and therefore, political voice.

Obama's words echo those within my white head. The idea that hard work and keeping your nose clean will get you somewhere is a lie. It may work for a few, but millions of Americans work hard, obey the law, "buy into" the system, and end up with nothing. No Retirement. No Home of their own. No College for their kids. No political voice that truly represents them. This may work for a generation or two, but 4 or 5 generations in, and the younger generation is schooled that this does not work.

My mother's advice to me: "Learn to do something that the super-rich will want. Forget about working hard, breaking your back. That's stupid, that's what I did.
Make Marble bathtubs with gold faucets, because soon, there will be no "middle class," just super rich and poor. And you don't want to be the one cleaning their toilets."

Obama should explain how he sees things Differently than Wright, if not to earn the White House, than to break this notion that he is a "racial candidate."

When Hillary Clinton says she wants the next generation to have the 'same opportunities we had,' I cringe. What opportunities does she speak of? The divide in this country is Economic. Race plays a large role, but the root (of all...) is Money.

Look at OJ. He bought his way out of a double murder. People like Bush, many of whom remain anonymous, "get away with murder" every day. We call them entrepreneurs, CEOs, Business Gurus.

Those with the gold are making these rules. The ones everyone agrees are not good. Follow the money. You will find the culprit.

Wright follows the money and sees a White Face.

I see a Greedy, Unpatriotic, Traitorous, Murdering Sell Out in a tie.

Posted by: LeftWithNoChoice | April 28, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

This over-the-top reverend who exploits race for financial gain just set race relations back 40 years.

What an idiot.

Posted by: joyce | April 28, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that Wright didn't ask for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Philly cop killer, to be released from death row. Maybe that'll be next week's rant.

Why wasn't Ward Churchill in the audience? Another oversight?

Posted by: daveinboca | April 28, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

This guy is arsenic for Obama's campaign. I had been emailing back and forth last week with Roland Martin, the CNN political analyst.
I saw him defending Wright last week and I suggested to him that he is defending a black segregationist,(I am black) and that Obama is trying to run an inclusive campaign. Hey Roland, ya still want to defend this arrogant ass?

Posted by: Shag | April 28, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Nonsense. People who support Obama will continue to support Obama regardless what his Pastor says or does not say. There are much more important issue to consider now.

Posted by: Bob, DC | April 28, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

All I've read is how Wright is a nut case.Why Obama hasn't distanced himself further from Rev. Wright. Well, the truth hurts and unfortunately it is America that will bear the cross. We are in a recession with China and Saudi Arabia owning a substantial stake in our country. We are fighting an immoral war. We have innocent blood on our hands. We are a country full of hate. If we don't reverse this trend soon and I mean very soon there won't be any resemblance of the America we are ripping apart. STOP THE HATE!!!

Posted by: THE TRUTH | April 28, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Native Americans suffered at the hands of U.S. policy two hundred years ago and even as recently as the 70s, but in NO WAY does Rev. Wright need to take us under his wing to protect us, claiming that we too have suffered and should be angry. We stand against his hateful, disgusting comments. To the contrary, we are proud to be Americans, we honor our veterans, and we vote. Most of us won't be voting for Obama.

Posted by: Kate | April 28, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

It is clear that Retired-pastor Wright is in need of a new occupation, and has chosen the lecture circuit as a substitute for the now-defunct job at Trinity Church. As millions of viewers watch, Wright is framing Barack Obama's image, and has in so doing destroyed any opportunity in mainstream America for that campaigner to be trusted. Most People are fearful of the exotic quality of Obama's unusual background already, and when you add the wild religiosity, that does it. "God damn America" and "Hail To The Chief" do not go together.

Posted by: Zaney8 | April 28, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

The people of Indiana vote on May 6. They know that GUILT BY ASSOCIATION IS ILLOGICAL, IRRATIONAL, AND INDECENT.

In a State university in Indiana in the 90s, there was a Chairperson of a Department who regularly attended the weekly meetings of the Chairs' Council with 25 other chairs, presided by the Dean.

One morning people read in the local newspaper that this chairperson was arrested along with another person (not associated with faculty) for murdering a teen age boy in sexually related crime.

Neither the Dean nor the other 25 chairs, who sat with this guy in weekly chair's council meeting, knew about this arrested chairperson. It is possible that some people knew that this person was gay, but no one knew that he had the potential for murder.

Were the Dean or other chairs somehow responsible for the alleged crime committed by this chairperson? Were the entire chair's council guilty by association?

I think we all know the answer to the above question.

How can Obama be responsible for Reverend Wright's utterances.

Again, guilt by association is illogical, irrational, and indecent.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

It's not that Wright's ideas are all bad, but his timing and delivery are horrible.

I think more Americans would be willing to hear what he had to say if he could do it in a constructive way, vs. a destructive, polarizing, divisive way, and in this case, knowing he is costing a very promising man the presidency, all so he can book a few more speaking engagements....

Talk about SHAMELESS and STUPID. Is this the kind of voice you want speaking for the Black Church??!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Yet ANOTHER example of the crab pot phenomena. In case you don't know about it: you need not put a lid on the pot of crabs you just caught; as soon as one crab manages to climb halfway out, the other crabs pull him back in. Who has torpedoed Hussein Obama's aspirations for the Presidency? Not any "white" but another BLACK, the man Obama describes as his mentor "Reverend" Wright. LOLOLOL!

Posted by: Texan | April 28, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

This is the end of the Obama campaign. \

Operation Chaos continues.

MCCAIN 08!!

Posted by: Gordon | April 28, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

It is simply wrong and shows that you did not listen to the sppech to say that: "He renewed his belief that the government created AIDS as a means of genocide against people of color ("I believe our government is capable of doing anything")." Look at the part that is quoted. He said the government is CAPABLE [empahsis mine] of doing anything. He did not say the US government did it.

Posted by: Bill Gottschall | April 28, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

To "THE TRUTH" -- You think Obama has even a prayer of stopping those problems? Not a chance. Obama will be an inept president. He keeps evading the question about his lack of experience. What is Obama going to actually do about the Saudis and the Chinese? He's going to be yesterday's roadkill when he sits across the table from the Saudis, the Chinese, the Russians and on and on and on. He already said that he'd bomb Pakistan.

Obama has no understanding of Realpolitik and absolutely no foreign policy tactical sense -- none -- and guys like Putin & Hu Jintao will have his cojones in a vice in no time flat.

Posted by: Ed | April 28, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Since Obama's handling of the disclosure of his pastor's beliefs and theories has surfaced, he's vacillated, flip-flopped and prevaricated with half-hearted half-truths.

I seriously doubt that Obama has any "cred" left on this issue should he finally come out with some kind of statement about it. Obama's record on Wright is already so inconsistent and lame that clips of his voice making these various comments could form the basis for good Republican attack ad.

Posted by: Annette Keller | April 28, 2008 2:18 PM
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Well said. While haters here try to paint us all as racist because we are wary of the Obama-Wright tie, it is not because we believe Obama feels the same, but rather how Obama has handled the issue. As with every other controversy in his campaign he has tried to have it both ways, tried to handle it with a speech, and tried to make it a racial issue. If Obama does not know how to decisively handle the Wright controversy, how we he handle the more powerful things thrown at him in the White House? No it is not Wright or the racists that have undone Obama, it is Obama's lack of leadership and his ever-changing story that have cost him support and credibility.

Notice, too, that as soon as Wright reemerged Obama had a surrogate bring up Bill Clinton's months old South Carolina remarks (which were not then and are not now racist thedemocraticdaily.com/2008/02/28/its-about-time-sean-wilentz-on-obama-playing-the-race-card/
) Trying to paint the Clintons as racist is simply ludicrous and Obama is feeling the backlash.

Posted by: Lana | April 28, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama is so over!! we will be foolish to have him as our nominee. Thanks God it happened before the general election.

Posted by: Nancy Sabet | April 28, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

"GUILT BY ASSOCIATION IS ILLOGICAL, IRRATIONAL, AND INDECENT"

That's what you wish this was all about. Sorry -- there's more to it than that!

Obama called Wright his spiritual "mentor," and since we have nothing else to go on because Obama has the absolute shortest resume in presidential campaign history, we HAVE to know who this man Wright is, who has had by Obama's own admission a formative effect on Obama's mind.

How else are we going to know who this non-entity Obama is, prior to handing over the entire country into his grasp?

Posted by: Ed | April 28, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Gee, McCain's biggest daily dillema is what kind of high fiber cereal he is going to eat...

Predictability is KING.......

Posted by: chasem | April 28, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

it's not what Obama has to say now to clear a path from Wright- Americans are not that shallow to buy it. its the fact that he spent so much time listening to this guy that troubles most Americans.
When I strongly disagreed with some of the hate filled words used by my pastor I left the church. I had enough sense to do that at 17 years old.

Posted by: dcda | April 28, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Who is peddling the Wright stories? Read on:

"A little while ago, I told Mort Klein, president of the influential Zionist Organization of America, that I was writing an article about Barack Obama.

"You mean Barack Mohammed Hussein Obama?" he asked, laughing.

Klein quickly stressed that he was joking, and that he didn't put any stock in the anonymous e-mail circulating that claims Obama is not only a closet Muslim--and that his middle name is Mohammed--but also that the senator from Illinois is part of an Islamic conspiracy to destroy the U.S. by winning its highest office. He had, however, certainly received the defamatory e-mail, as well as another that alleges that Obama's church is a racist and anti-Semitic institution that is more committed to Africa than to the United States."

http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=c8121487-b30e-478d-b2fd-119b0feeefcd

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Shine perishing republic shine!

I listened to the Rev's speech live and I didn't hear what Dana did. Rev. Wright seemed reasonable to me and I don't know why Dana reacted the way he did.

It seems obvious to me that many Americans have a hard time dealing with the fact that their country isn't perfect.

Somehow race is a kind of force multiplier in all of this and when black people point out American flaws, there is general hysteria.

The poster dh is right, it seems likely that we will end up with another loser like Bush and the republic will go further into the tank. Indeed the inability of the political class to put forward policy reminds us that Bush is not the only idiot in politics. It's hard to feel pity for the political class or k street, but you do pity the poor bastards who happen to be standing in the path of this colossus when it falls!

Sell dollars, buy euros.

Posted by: jfp | April 28, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Here is piece of white literature from an insignificant author irrelevant to the moder black experience. Mr. Obama can quote it to his friend the Rev. Wright the next time he sees him. "Et tu, Brute?"

Posted by: Redman | April 28, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

RUN AN AUDIT ON THE CHURCH'S BOOKS. LEAN ON THE PEOPLE WHO COUNT THE OFFERINGS TO SEE IF THERE IS A SKIM. CHECK MR. WRIGHTS' PRIVATE BANK ACCOUNTS. CHECK ACCOUNTS OF FAMILY. CHECK PROPERTY RECORDS FOR MR. WRIGHT AND FAMILY TO SEE WHAT IS OWNED. CHECK IRS RECORDS FOR LAST SEVEN YEARS. THEN CHECK ALL PHONE RECORDS TO SEE WHO'S BEEN TALKING TO HIM. SOMEONE HAS MADE THIS IDIOT FEEL IMPORTANT. HE LIKES THE SPOTLIGHT. MAYBE IF SOMEONE INVESTIGATED HIM HE WOULD COME OUT OF THIS LOOKING LIKE A DEER CAUGHT IN THE HEADLIGHTS.
WHERE THE HELL'S SHARPTON? HE'S VERY QUIET ON THIS ONE.

Posted by: BADGE 544 | April 28, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Dana, spend some time on Hillary's relationship to Rev. Wright. She called him into the Whitehouse for "spiritual counseling" during the Monica situation.

'On Thursday night, the Obama campaign, in an effort to shift the spotlight to the Clintons, provided The New York Times with a picture of Wright and President Bill Clinton at the White House in 1998 at a breakfast meeting with religious leaders just hours before the Starr report on the Monica Lewinsky scandal was made public.'

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

This guy is clearly reveling in all the media attention without regard to the impact on Obama or his black parishioners. He obviously has no self-control and it would be hard for anyone to imagine that Obama was not fully aware and therefore supportive of his views over the years. There's only so much damage control Obama can do at this point.

Posted by: Tony | April 28, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Today, Obama said that people should look to how he has raised his children, etc. and not to his former pastor. Yet, as a mother, when I see a man who would take his children to a church pastored by a man who preached such stuff, I cannot help but be concerned. I am also a teacher and I know from some 30+ years of experience that children learn from those whom they and their family respect. I know how much Black Americans respect their pastors. Thus, how can Obama say he wants to unify this country when he did not even bring his children up with a unifying philosophy from his religion? To me, there is one thing his pastor said which is correct: Obama is a politician who says what he thinks he has to say to get elected.

Posted by: Cheryl Morris | April 28, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Its not Obama's fault. It was the cocaine.

Posted by: At least Bush DIDN'T write a book bragging about his felonies | April 28, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I used to think Dana Milbank was merely shallow and lame. Occasionally funny, he gets his kicks from 'reporting' on various political events by chopping out bits and pieces that fit most neatly into smirky, inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom stereotypes. Among the DC politico elite, he is the Court Jester.

This column, however, crosses the line into malice. I watched the news conference. I encourage everyone to do so, because THIS article is an outright LIE. Mr. Milbank should hang his head in shame for what he has done here, which is to take a great deal of wisdom and insight and, yes, real patriotism expressed by Rev. Wright, and twist it and distill it horribly down into some kind of jet fuel accelerant, which he sprays gleefully over the flickering flames of racial tension so evident in this online forum. I am so angry right now that I'm actually shaking. Mr. Milbank, you, sir, represent all that is wrong with American mainstream journalism, which is now a hideous joke. You don't report the news, or even offer analysis of it -- you inject yourselves into it, making it fit the storyline you and your craven masters wish us to believe. Well, I'm turning you off, now.

This mid-forties, white, non-religious man is voting for Barack Obama, because I love my country, and we deserve better than this.

Posted by: psyberian | April 28, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I thought Rev. Wright did well with Bill Moyers, but not so well at the National Press Club. While I actually agree with some of his positions and explanations, I found him this morning to be unnecessarily combative and, at times, careless in his logic. For example, the US having done similar experiments with drugs and other diseases, and its having the capability of creating something like the AIDS virus, does not logically lead to the conclusion the the US actually did create the AIDS virus, but in Rev. Wright's mind, it apparently does.

Another example of Wright's failed logic, which also marred his otherwise sane performance on Bill Moyers, is his explanation for the "God Damn America" sermon. He says it has to do with America committing offenses against God, such as killing innocent people and killing children. I agree that such acts should be condemned by all civilized people. But using the Biblical God to condemn them is illogical, since, in said work, God repeatedly kills, and approves of killing, innocent people, including children.

But the moment this morning that really made my jaw drop was when Rev. Wright drew an analogy between his refusal to denounce Louis Farrakhan and Nelson Mandela's refusal to denounce Fidel Castro.

Posted by: Sam | April 28, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I am not a Sen. Obama supporter but what Rev. Wright is doing to his campaign is totally wrong. I guess it is time for Sen. Obama to totally disown him and tell America such thoughts are not going to do anything to unify this nation and to get us beyond the past. In his speech he asked that all Americans overcome their "issues", so he needs to ask Rev. Wright right out, does he stand beside him or against him in his path to the presidency and in leading this country.

Posted by: Genevieve | April 28, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his "spiritual advisor" Wright are wrong for AMERICA!!!

Posted by: Obama and his "spiritual advisor" Wright are wrong for AMERICA!!! | April 28, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

There is NOTHING Obama can say or do to salvage his career at this point.

Obama chose Wright as his "spiritual advisor" for cripes sake.

What's next?

"Its not Obama's fault he sat there for 20 years, it was the Cocaine?"

Obama is OVER.

It couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.

Posted by: Obama is OVER | April 28, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Clearly Wright is a racist, anti-Semitic and more than a little confused about the Bible. And by association of Church membership and friendship so must Obama be the same. When will you Americans see the madness that is Obama, he stands for nothing and has no idea of policy, international relations and is a closet Muslim. Surely a fatal mix for the post of President and the Democratic nomination as well. In fact what is the party thinking as its a no win situation with Hilary as well?

Posted by: Tim | April 28, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I love the democrat infighting! Got a little buyers remorse there dems?! You've got a couple of losers to choose from. Keep fighting!

Re-create '68 !

Posted by: Moonbats on parade | April 28, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

http://www.suntimes .com/news/ otherviews/ 825571,CST- EDT-open05. article

Obama's middle name -- my last name -- is 'Hussein.' So?

March 5, 2008

BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Who says someone named "Hussein" can't be president of the United States? I was. Granted, it was only a school play, and I spell my name "Hussain." But I thought I did a pretty good job as the commander in chief, even if my wardrobe consisted of an old tweed jacket from Sears.
As a Muslim woman, I'd have an easier time climbing the Himalayas in my bare feet than landing in the Oval Office. I'm aware, post 9/11, why a presidential candidate's real or perceived ties to the Islamic faith translates to campaign kryptonite. Still, that doesn't mean I'm cool with the sinister insinuations that all Muslims are suspect and therefore, unfit to lead the country.
I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry a few days back listening to radio talk show host Bill Cunningham repeatedly scream Barack Obama's middle name -- my last name -- as if he had anti-Muslim Tourette's. "Hussein," Cunningham hissed like he was beckoning Satan when shouting the Arabic word for "good," "handsome" or "beautiful."
No matter how many times Obama insists he's a Christian, bigots' panties get twisted tighter than the turban in that recent photo intended to "slander" the Democratic presidential hopeful. Wake up. A lot of African-American Christians have Muslim names. Obama happens to be one of them.
When I was growing up, "Hussein" was simply code for "foreigner," despite my birth in a North Side hospital. The stares and smirks started only after the Persian Gulf War. At the beginning of every semester in college, my classmates practically got whiplash, straining to glimpse a Saddam Hussein look-alike only to spot a 5-foot-2 pseudo-hippie wearing Chuck Taylors.
My parents viewed the demonization of our surname as a blessing in disguise. No newspaper would welcome a "Hussain" byline, they decided, coaxing me toward medicine, the only acceptable career for "obedient" children of most South Asian immigrants. (They were glad I proved them wrong.)
Honestly, my last name's shock value has diminished over the years, a testament, I believe, to our country's growing diversity. Many Americans understand that common names don't only come in the form of a "Smith" or a "Johnson." Perhaps, they have a neighbor, mechanic or teacher named Hussein. Or maybe they've seen fashion designer Hussein Chalayan in the pages of Vogue or recall King Hussein, our ally in the Middle East.
Sure, I occasionally elicit nervous giggles when I introduce myself, but nobody runs for their lives. Some, in an effort to be polite, tip toe around the pronunciation of "Hussein/Hussain. " "Ms. Huh ... Huh . . . Huh . . . Hassan." "No it's Hussain," I correct them, wondering if they have a stutter.
Strangely enough, my last name is more exotic overseas. I got an "uh-oh" in South America. And in Rome, a pair of cops got their jollies by addressing me with a "Ciao Saddam."
Incidentally, "Hussain" isn't really much of an ancestral name. There were no surnames in my late father's Indian village, so when he emigrated to the United States, he designated his middle name as his American family's last name.
Now that my father is gone, my siblings and I cherish every intangible heirloom he left behind.
I'm sure Obama is just as proud of the name passed on by his Kenyan grandfather.
Those Americans who have a problem with that might as well pledge their loyalty to that infamous mustachioed dictator whose last name also begins with an "H." And no, I'm not talking about Saddam.
Rummana Hussain is a general assignment reporter at the Sun-Times

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Yet another example of the media playing everyone for fools.

Note, the full "chickens coming home to roost" quote is as follows:

"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...and now we are indignant, because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost."

It has been abbreviated immensely for the convenience of hype, spin and ratings.

This was quoted from Edward Peck whose credentials are as follows:

Served in the US Army as a paratrooper.

Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (U. Alexis Johnson), Nixon Administration, January 1971.

Edward Peck served as Chief of Mission in Baghdad (Iraq 1977 to 1980) in the Carter Administration and later held senior posts in Washington and abroad. He also served as a Foreign Service Officer in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt, and as Ambassador in Mauritania. At the State Department he served as Deputy Director of Covert Intelligence Programs, Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs and as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. He served as deputy director of the White House Task Force on Terrorism in the Reagan Administration. He is president of Foreign Services International, a consulting firm that works with governments, businesses and educational institutions across the world.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Peck

Posted by: Frank Stovicek | April 28, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

BARRY OBAMA'S NO FRIEND OF PEOPLE OF COLOR

Obama supporters, like Obama himself, try to mislead people.

I'm reposting this so that readers can see that the information I posted came from NBC news and the Chicago Sun Times.

Please take a look at them both.

Obama supporters try to confuse the issue.

Its not about Obama's house, its about "Obama's Slums"

How can anyone support Barry Obama when he let the poorest of the poor who elected him in Chicago freeze in slums in his district his friend and campaign contributor Rezok got $100M to repair or replace?

Obama knew, but did nothing.

That says everything.

Before you send any more of your, or your parent's, hard earned money to Barry Obama --

Please Watch this report on Obama, Obama's slums, Rezko, and $100M of wasted taxpayer money, from Channel 5, NBC news, Chicago's most respected TV news program.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDHsHM0laT8&feature=related

How do you explain away the fact that Barry Obama never followed up on the 11 slums that his friend Rezko was supposed to repair in Obama's district in Chicago, and continued to do nothing about the 40 slums that Rezko was supposed to repair or replace in Chicago, even after Obama joined the US Senate?

From the Chicago Sun Times:

For more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997, tenants shivered without heat in a government-subsidized apartment building on Chicago's South Side.

It was just four years after the landlords -- Antoin "Tony'' Rezko and his partner Daniel Mahru -- had rehabbed the 31-unit building in Englewood with a loan from Chicago taxpayers.

Rezko and Mahru couldn't find money to get the heat back on.

But their company, Rezmar Corp., did come up with $1,000 to give to the political campaign fund of Barack Obama, the newly elected state senator whose district included the unheated building....

The building in Englewood was one of 30 Rezmar rehabbed in a series of troubled deals largely financed by taxpayers. Every project ran into financial difficulty. More than half went into foreclosure, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found.

"Their buildings were falling apart,'' said a former city official. "They just didn't pay attention to the condition of these buildings.''

Eleven of Rezko's buildings were in Obama's state Senate district....

Rezko and Mahru had no construction experience when they created Rezmar in 1989 to rehabilitate apartments for the poor under the Daley administration. Between 1989 and 1998, Rezmar made deals to rehab 30 buildings, a total of 1,025 apartments. The last 15 buildings involved Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland during Obama's time with the firm.

Rezko and Mahru also managed the buildings, which were supposed to provide homes for poor people for 30 years. Every one of the projects ran into trouble:

* Seventeen buildings -- many beset with code violations, including a lack of heat -- ended up in foreclosure.

* Six buildings are currently boarded up.

* Hundreds of the apartments are vacant, in need of major repairs.

* Taxpayers have been stuck with millions in unpaid loans.

Posted by: Obama's no friend of people of color | April 28, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I just do not understand black american values. They rejoice when a killer like O.J. is acquitted, the U.S. Representative for Watts applauds when black thugs pull a white trucker from his rig and beat him with bricks an act filmed and the thugs identified yet were tried and acquitted by a black jury. Now the black community is supporting a radical militant like Wright and will ultimately vote for Barak Hussein Obama Jr. because he is black.

Posted by: Melvin McComick | April 28, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I think it is very clear that a majority of democrats agree with Rev Wright that America is to blame for 9/11 and that white people are keeping the black man down.

It is not surprising that Obama will be the democratic nominee since he also agrees with Rev Wright politics witnessed by his 20 years in the pews.

In fact according to Wright,

"We both know that if Senator Obama did not say what he said, he would never get elected. Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls."

No doubt Obama is a believer in Wright. And a majority of democrats agee with their politics.

Posted by: bri the Great | April 28, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Calling Sister Souljah!

Posted by: Alan | April 28, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

When was Wright a slave? What a lying piece of you know what. This little millionaire is nuthin more than a race hustler. I have more respect for the pimps and girls who work the streets.

Posted by: WrightisWrong | April 28, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

If the superdelegates continue to jump onto Sen Obama's bandwagon now, the Dems DESERVE to lose. Rev Wright is POISON. The media is entirely to blame for the Dems getting this close to installing Obama as the nominee. Obama's association w/ Wright has been known since Obama announced his candidacy. Why did it take so long for this garbage to surface? Because the media was swooning over some meaningless, but pretty words and because it fit perfectly with their irrational hatred for the Clintons. Now if the media will just start doing their job--and not counting on the Clintons to do it for them--maybe it's not too late to turn this debacle around.

Posted by: Yellow Dog | April 28, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Reading all these comments have proven 1 thing to me which is all those of you Obama lovers and supporters from all walks of life and all races are the most ignorant and the stupidest of the kind. I feel sorry for the course this country is taking and the fact that there is a big pile of waste occupying our precious planet in the name of "liberal goons & Obama supporters and lovers" who look into his every word coming out from his mouth as like is coming from Messiah! You all people deserve what will be coming to you: Evil islamists, a precious gift from your messiah Obama Hussein!!!

Posted by: shirley | April 28, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Please, Frank Stovicek -- the context for Wright's use of that "chickens coming home to roost" phrase is his hatred of America's supposed criminality, detesting America for all the wrongs it has committed. To Wright, America is so bad in its litany of sins that it appears unredeemable. Whether he originated the phrase or not is completely immaterial and a red herring in the debate.

Obama has called this man his "mentor". If Obama becomes President, will he, like his mentor Wright, operate from a position of believing that America commits crimes and wrongs constantly?

Will he preside over our great country by believing we must grovel before the world and repeatedly encounter the world by making amends for our purportedly greedy, criminal soul, forsaking our strategic strengths in favor of abjectness?

I suspect that Obama actually does think somewhere along those lines. I deplore categorically any candidate for president who harbors anything close to such a nasty blame-America-first mentality as Obama's mentor Wright espouses.

Posted by: Ed | April 28, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Wright said? He's a retiring pastor. Obama said he would have left the church, had Wright not been retiring.


Obama has distanced himself. It's time to solve this countries problems, and Wright is totally insignificant.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Wright is a racist. His Black Liberation Theology seems to focus on blaming black poverty on the past,ie, let's blame whites for their suffering. When you see Vietnamese immigrants come to this county with nothing and in one generation, their children are doctors, lawyers, engineers and successful, you can't blame whites for reoccurring generational poverty among blacks, with high dropout rates. This is nothing but extremist hate being spewed here. Liberation Theology, from Latin America, is political in nature, and communist. Does anyone remember how pissed of John Paul was with Latin priests for being political, telling them to stop being political and quit getting in bed with the communists. The nature and mission of the church is care of people, not politics. Jesus didn't care about Roman domination, his mission was spiritual renewal, not over throwing Roman occupation.

Posted by: Jim | April 28, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

(To the Anon commenter at 10:43) "Who cares what Wright said? He's a retiring pastor. Obama said he would have left the church, had Wright not been retiring.

Obama has distanced himself. It's time to solve this countries problems, and Wright is totally insignificant."

Obama's distancing is wishy-washy and more than a little problematic -- because Obama has NOT DISAVOWED Wright -- remember? Obama "cannot" do so, he said so in his vaunted "Great Race Speech". Wright is his "spiritual mentor." Since Obama is nothing but an empty suit, he can be whoever you want him to be, but many of us want to know more about this faker of a candidate. Since Obama himself called Wright his "mentor", insight into Wright's mind holds critical keys into the undisclosed REAL mind of Barack Obama.

After all, as Wright told us, Obama is not really telling us the truth but is just "doing what politicians do" (i.e. pull the wool over everyone's eyes and obfuscate the truth.)

Posted by: Ed | April 28, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

THE AUDACITY OF EGO!

This man who was for years called a Reverend just couldn't stand to see someone rise above him and his church. Well, as we can all see he is the center of attention. His calling was always this, to be the center of attention contrary to truly doing God's work.

He had a chance to retire and take pride that a contemporary of his could possibly be the next President Of The United States and effect the change he desired.

The selfish Mr. Wright would prefer to make the media tours and torpedo a chance for a bright young man to reach HIS calling.

Frankly it gets me sick!!

I am so angry, but this seems like a strong example of Black on Black crime. Forgive me if I am wrong, but this is the only thing that makes sense. He has put his pride over his congregation, one of his loyal students and just maybe if this was the right man for the right time the rest of the country to.

So GD HIM!

Posted by: Dan | April 28, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

"Pride goeth before Barack's fall"

Posted by: Fran | April 28, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

TOAST..wet or dry???

Posted by: Steve | April 28, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

I cannot understand how someone could not find anything wrong with Reverend Wright's comments; on so many levels, teachings of Christianity, denegrating Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, I could go on and on. I think that you may be correct, Dana. Today will be the day Obama's campaign imploded. Senator Obama should have disavowed Reverend Wright, and the Reverend's Church, before he decided to run for President. His lack of judgement is mind-boggling.

Posted by: sydney5 | April 28, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

All you Obama followers are all the same. You blame Hillary for everything!
Hillary didn't sit in that pew and say nothing for 20 years!
Hillary didn't call decent white Americans "bitter"!
Hillary didn't have a shady land deal and associate with Rezko and others!
Why is it that whenever Obama gets in trouble you immediately blame Hillary?
Face it! your guy is going to lose it all by himself.

Posted by: Casey | April 28, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's campaign is effectively dead and Obama WILL be the nominee. Instead of worrying about Pastor Wright, we need to focus our attention on

http://truth-about-mccain.blogspot.com/

so that we can elect a Democratic president in the fall.

Posted by: Francis L. Holland, Esq. | April 28, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Dem's, with Obama's judgment on who to listen to, how in the world can he be trusted with nukes?

Posted by: MM | April 28, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

If Obama supporters over on places like the Daily Kos could turn down the volume of all that thunder and damnation aimed at Hillary Clinton and just think, for a second, about what it means not simply to Barack Obama, but to the Democratic party, now and forever, to have Reverend Wright out there now giving interviews... if they could just think about this rationally and outside of the context of the pitched primary battle between their candidate and Mrs. Clinton, they just might take note of a quite grim long term political reality.

http://jammerbirdi.wordpress.com/2008/04/28/the-wright-attachment/

Posted by: jammerbirdi | April 28, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Proud Republican. I bet the ovens in your house are all greased up. You have it on good authority....! Ha, the only think you have is a pea brain.

Posted by: steve | April 28, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

WashingtonPost, where is the fair journalism? I have read comments posted by readers nationwide on Wright's comments. At the least, people are split 50-50. Among those that claim to have watched the speech, they are split 60-40 in favor of Wright!

So why are there any op-eds in defense of Rev. Wright? Why are the news articles so slanted? Why are so many people mis-quoting him? I normally don't accuse the media of bias, but this time it is blatant and clear.

Posted by: Chris Stewart | April 28, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey 2nd Panther. Here are some answers.

More blacks are in prison or infected with HIV and STD's because African Americans glorify a crime-loving, pimps and ho's, thug "gangsta" culture that breeds irresponsible criminal and sexual behavior.

This is truly the "chickens coming home to roost."

The future of this country is brown and, to a lesser extent, white and yellow.

Posted by: White Mexican | April 28, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't know whats funnier, reading the desperate statements made by Obama supporters or watching this kook Rev White simultaneously destroy race relations and Obama's campaign. Obama is an empty suit that talks in platitudes but yet maintains support via an irresponsible media and Jim Jones style punch drinking morons.

Posted by: John | April 28, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

The Wright issue brings up serious questions a about Obama's judgment and veracity. There is no way Obama should be president now. Thank god it's over.

Posted by: Brian | April 28, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Barack definitely needs to distance himself from Wright. But I have to admit I'm confused as to why the comments of a minister are deemed so important to Barack's own personal judgment. I am friends with many people who hold different opinions from myself and at times what some may consider radical views. I can still respect people for qualities that they have, while realizing that other qualities are not as admirable. I guess when you're a politician you no longer have the privilege of maintaining a friendship with someone whose words and speech can't be controlled. However, I still see little reason to believe that Wright's opinions are Obama's. If one were to judge me based on what a past minister has preached in my church, I would think the logic was ludicrous. Being in a church is not like joining a political party. It's more like a family, where you have to put up with a dysfunctional, crazy unclke, but you still love and respect him because he's a family member. The need for fellowship and community is usually most important for a church goer. We're often falling asleep during the sermon. I would like to see Obama criticizers come up with something he actually said or did rather than what Wright said or did. If anything, the stress on Wright, is proof of what a solid candidate Obama is in so many ways, that this is the biggest scandal that can be dredged up. In any case, I hope voters have the sense to see it, but I've often been disappointed at how easily voters are swayed by a puffed up story.

Posted by: Deborah | April 28, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Ed Rendell praised Farakkan. Should Hillary distance herself from Rendell

Posted by: james | April 28, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

What most people are missing has more to do with Obama's judgment regarding his children.

I would like a few of the Obama supporters to explain to me the logic behind bringing up your children under the good Rev's anti-american hate doctrine.

You could never convince me that Obama knew nothing of the Anti-Americanism that seems to fester in Wright's speeches.

In a nut shell, this is Obama's biggest problem--

because if he said that he didn't know he was so controversial-- then he isn't a very good father, since he doesn't seem to know about what the church believes--and subjects his children to extremism.

If he said he knows-- then it's obvious that he has to hold at least some of these beliefs- for why else bring your family to hear it weekend and week out?

Either way, he is what he is-- not fit to be running for the highest office in the land--

IT'S TIME FOR OBAMA TO STEP ASIDE FOR THE GOOD OF THE PARTY AND THE COUNTRY.

Posted by: Dennis | April 28, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

"Francis L. Holland, Esq" is gleeful that Obama and supporters messed up Hillary's chances and therefore sabotaged the Democratic chances in 08. The only option now is to vote McCain to keep the Reverend Wrights, Farrakhans, and the Hollands out of the oval office where they would turn the USA into another Mugabe's Zimbabwe.

Vote McCain '08

Posted by: Brian | April 28, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

When are we going to get good candidates for president? Hillary is no better a choice than Obama. McCain is acceptable, but certainly not loved by or particularly loyal to his own party.

Where are the JFKs, the Reagans, the Teddy Roosevelts?

Not to be found anywhere lately.

Is it any surprise that an untested freshman senator from Illinois would have such baggage?

What did anyone know about Obama beofre his stellar skills of oration were exposed at the 2004 democratic convention?

We know now. At very best he is a naive inexperienced tool of characters such as the obnoxious Rev Wright. At worst he privately agrees with him and tries to hide it from the American people.

I must however go on record on one point:
Zionism is a form of racism. I know many Jews who are anti Zionists because they are good Jews with noble hearts and minds.

To be anti Zionist is the same thing as anti Nazi, anti bigot, anti KKK.

Rev Wright is not just an anti Zionist. He seeks to paint all Jews as Zionists while he exploits the words of Moses, the prophets and Jesus (all Jews) to justify his personal hatred.

Obama has ruined his own chance of winning the presidency for himself because of his foolish association with this man.

The wait for a great black president continues....

Posted by: More weak candidates | April 28, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Uhhh Deborah,
He sat in Rev Whites church for twenty years being converted, baptized, married, and mentored and then said that he never heard any crazy statements. Seems curious to me. If my 'crazy uncle' was my pastor I would demonstrate sound judgment and find a new church. Ironically, Obama probably has never said or done anything related to the reasons you support him.

Posted by: John | April 28, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

This is good for America - we need a conversation about race, about education about OUR future. Change is coming & this is what WE need for ALL of our own good. WE all need to wake up, LIFE is not all that it can be, America is not all that IT can be. Barack Obama represents that CHANGE. I applaud Mr. Wright, I wish we ALL had that type of courage to BELIEVE in something. to be able to articulate a view, a belief. Thank You for speaking, I truly appreciate YOU & the human spirit. We are way past Politics people - we need to unite as AMERICANS.

Posted by: ryno | April 28, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan, beloved of Republicans, supported the vicious and murderous Apartheid Regime in South AFrica.

So did Israel. Israel tried to sell nuclear weapons to the Apartheid Regime. After the racist, murderous whites' Apartheid was disbanded, the black Africans graciously allowed them to repent and be accepted into the new country.

I don't remember either Reagan or any Israelis getting interrogated by manipulative celebrities about that.

I wonder why.

Nobody who has been whacking Wright seems to come up with any actual racist things he said. Fox watchers see only snippets deliberately taken out of context to make it look bad.

Rev Wright, unlike so many Republican Chickenhawks, gave up his student deferment and went into the Marines in 1963. He was a Marine for 2 years and then volunteered for the Navy.

Meanwhile the socalled patriot Cheney used 3 college deferments although he flunked out of college twice. When those ran out, he quickly got his wife pregnant so he wouldn't have to fight for his country.

This is what the Republicans think is noble: finding endless way to not defend their country while sending our best and brightest to be killed in Republican wars.

No wonder the Republicans are so angry: Wright has shown them to be unpatriotic, over-the-top crazies who will stop at nothing to smear yet another of our troops while continuing to avoid standing up for America themselves.

Wright is right that America has never apologized for slavery or segregation. Reagan had the guts to pay $20,000 to every Japanese American who was sent to a confinement camp during WWII. Germany has profoundly apologized to Jews after the Holcaust and made sure the remaining victims got back what was stolen from them.

But white America still prefers to close our eyes and pretend that we never killed millions of native Americans and took their land, or enslaved millions of Africans despite declaring that "all men are created equal".

Wright said that it was white liberal churches that worked the hardest to end black slavery. If he were racist he would never ever said that. It's sad that after African Americans have been in the Americas since Columbus started the slave trade in 1493, but us whites still don't have the morals to even talk about it. Even our school textbooks about our history minimizes the atrocities.

Are we too ashamed to face the truth? Other countries have made efforts to admit and fix the past. Why is white America so unwilling to do the same?

Posted by: Marcia | April 28, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Dear Superdelegates:

DUMP OBAMA! before the whole Democratic Party crashes and burns. Hillary won't win in 2008 but neither will Obama. At least with Hillary there will be no more surprises in Nov. In 2012 we can then find a candidate worthy of the presidency.

Posted by: Bob | April 28, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Man, Reverend Wright's campaign is sunk, now. He doesn't have a chance to win the presidential election.

Oh, wait. He's not running for President. Some other guy is.

Why does this matter again? Does anyone actually think Obama gets input from this guy?

When did this country get so stupid? I blame "The Hills".

Posted by: workmonkey | April 28, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama represents Change....

...yes, but for the worse.

Obama can't even own up to or keep the many skeletons in the closet. Obama is a joke and the media is too blind to see it.

Vote McCain 08

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama and Wright are joined at the hip.

Obama named his book after one of Wright's sermons.

Obama went to Wright's church for 20 years.

Obama called Wright his "Spiritual Advisor"

Obama hired Wright to work on his campaign as his "religious advisor'

OBAMA IS REV WRIGHT AND REV WRIGHT IS OBAMA.

BOTH ARE WRONG FOR AMERICA!!!

SAY NO TO RACISM.

SAY NO TO COCAINE.

SAY NO TO OBAMA!!!!

Posted by: BARRY OBAMA IS REV. WRIGHT. BOTH ARE WRONG FOR AMERICA!!! | April 28, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Marcia

With all due respect--

Many of us who are outraged about the Rev Wright know all about our history.

The point we make is that Rev wright never has anything good to say about our government--in fact he has even lied about what our government has done in the past.

What about America's work during WWII to end fascism-- or the end of communism a number of years later--the point is that if you are going to criticize what this country has done in the past-- at least be honest and level minded and point out some of the good things-- if all you do is criticize and then talk fables about the government being responsible for 911 or the government creating aids to kill blacks-- that by definition is anti-Americanism and there is plenty of it all around the world.

This isn't change the country will be interested in

Posted by: Dennis | April 28, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama is done. Truthfully, I don't know why people supported him in the first place. He has no experience at anything. He didn't even have an opponent in his race for the Senate seat. Now we know what nonsense he listens to when he goes to church. Obama should drop out of the race for the good of the country and the democratic party.

Posted by: atomic | April 28, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Aside from the fact that Obama is running for office; that you all took snippets and judged this man and now he has come out to defend his character and you all still want to have the last word, because none of you are man enough to admit that you prejudged him. Now, you change the tune and call him an "albatross" around Obama's neck to avoid the fact that you all have egg on your face.

Obama, whatever, this man had the right to face his accusers and respond - which he has done and you all deserve it - if Obama cannot weather this, than Americans get precisely what they deserve. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

gbooksdc

America has a special day for honoring Columbus, who never set foot in America. He "discovered" continents that had some 10 milion people. He was greeted in a friendly way by the natives, but he soon started enslaving them to get their gold. Soon, he had killed entire tribes of native Americans. So he started important black AFrican to be his slaves way back in 1495. That was the beginning of almost 400 years of slavery of blacks in the Americas that killed millions of Africans.

Yet we white Americans have no problem celebrating that mass murder and slave trader and slave owners like George Washington - who enshrined black slavery in our Constitution. And the legalization of black slavery is still in our Constitution.

Imagine if America had a government holiday for Hitler - the equivalent of Columbus to native Aemrican and blacks.

What if Jewish Americans were required to accept that. What would they say? How would they feel?

Would they damn America? I would say yes and they'd be right to do so.

But you say black Americans, who were in America before 99% of white Americans, should just accept that the murderer and enslaver of their ancestors be praised by white Americans every year.

What would you say about that if you were black? What would you say about a holiday for Columbus if you were native American?

Posted by: MsTer | April 28, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

You all have it backwards. Every time Wright speaks he becomes more and more his own voice. Obama gets another chance to say he USED to be my pastor. I am OFFENDED, but he's got nothing to do with my campaign. He get further and further away and long before the general people will say this is old news and has nothing to do the Obama. People who oppose him would do best to shut up and leave this alone. They are helping him every time they bring Wright up.

Posted by: moronpolitics | April 28, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

The only change Obama is brought so far is his community's dysfunction info mainstream America so that we have to be part of it too. That is toxic to us in the same way the Jerry Springer Show was. If you think this is bad, wait until he becomes president and brings the USA on a fast and steep spiral downward.

If Obama gets elected, I'm leaving the USA. This Howard Dean Democratic Party has become a joke. Vote McCain.

Posted by: Tom | April 28, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

gbooksdc

America has a special day for honoring Columbus, who never set foot in America. He "discovered" continents that had some 10 milion people. He was greeted in a friendly way by the natives, but he soon started enslaving them to get their gold. Soon, he had killed entire tribes of native Americans. So he started important black AFrican to be his slaves way back in 1495. That was the beginning of almost 400 years of slavery of blacks in the Americas that killed millions of Africans.

Yet we white Americans have no problem celebrating that mass murder and slave trader and slave owners like George Washington - who enshrined black slavery in our Constitution. And the legalization of black slavery is still in our Constitution.

Imagine if America had a government holiday for Hitler - the equivalent of Columbus to native Aemrican and blacks.

What if Jewish Americans were required to accept that. What would they say? How would they feel?

Would they damn America? I would say yes and they'd be right to do so.

But you say black Americans, who were in America before 99% of white Americans, should just accept that the murderer and enslaver of their ancestors be praised by white Americans every year.

What would you say about that if you were black? What would you say about a holiday for Columbus if you were native American?

Posted by: MsTer | April 28, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

There is no way that I, a life long Democrat for more than 30+ years, will vote for Obama KNOWING that he MUST have heard not one or two of these crazy speeches but dozens or hundreds of the kinds of speeches that only recently, and unfortunately I believe too late to matter, that this Reverend must to have made during the years Obama attended his church.

Add to this the "bitter" statements by Obama and the attitude of Mrs. Obama going all the way back when she mocked Senator Clinton when she made the personal attacks toward Mrs. Clinton about not being able to handle her own house how can she handle the White House.

People like the nutty Chris Matthews of MSNBC may get a "thrill going up his leg" when Obama speaks but I get sick to my stomach.

Obama will most likely to win the Democrat nomination and John McCain is a "bitter" pill to swallow but come November I will either write in Hillary Clinton's name or just skip the Presidential race all together.

I always thought that Obama was about 4 years shy of being a good Democrat candidate but as each day passes he looks more and more out of touch with the average American and his personal associations with certain people, that he still won't distant himself from, makes me doubt his judgments.

If Obama wins the nomination, and barring a withdrawal by Obama he will be the nominee, we will either have a Bush clone or an inexperienced Senator with extremely poor judgment as our next President.

The future leader of this country is beginning to look no better than George Bush; the worst President in our lifetime.

Posted by: Hornsby | April 28, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Sounds to me like Charley Manson was about 50 years ahead of his time. May God Save these Divided States of America.

Posted by: Joe Blow | April 28, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Only Losers spend their time angry over wrongs done long ago to their ancestors. How many generations does it take to heal? If it hasn't happened now it never will. I see no reason to vote for somebody of a race that has so much baggage....anyway, African Americans are only 12% of the electorate, why should the rest of the 88% be governed by them. It would be American Apartheid.

Posted by: John K | April 28, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

The idea that Wright will hurt Obama is fantasy. This has been in the news for weeks and superdelegates are still moving to him. The best thing that Clinton supporters can now do is to go through the four stages of grief as the day approaches when mathematics will give the nomination to Obama. Some Clinton supporters will then go to Obama, others to McCain, but Obama will still win in November. He's the most brillant politician of his generation.

Posted by: Constantine | April 28, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright and America's Chickens: http://angrymanusa.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Fabozzi | April 28, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama is too inexperienced at this point in time to hold the office of President. Some of us have held this up as our prime reason for not supporting him only to be labeled racist. It appears that he and Rev. Wright are in some crazy dance to outshine the other and the only reason I can think of is when Obama disavowed him, even going so far to say he was not conveniently attending church the days of those incindiary comments, Wright knew better. And the disavowal got under his skin and he decided to play war. Because he certainly is not doing his candidacy any good by also appearing in the company of Farrakhan security guards. Something is up here and I don't know what.

Posted by: pat j | April 28, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

I knew Obama was toast when the "Reverend" adressed the NAACP on Saturday. That venue was very receptive, but it made it just that much worse for O. If I believed one word the Wright spoke I would never, repeat never vote for a Black man. Fortunately I know he is just another arrogant ignorant racist bigot. Tell Clarence Thomas, Lynn Swan, Michael Steele and Ken Blackwell about the right side "the subjective side of the brain" the African side? Was it the the right brain sided Black folks that felt it was necessary to throw Oreo cookies at Michael Steele? The Reverend never spoke about Black on Black genocide in the cities. Is Dick Cheney causing that? If I believed in Reverend Wright I wouldn't be a "rich honky" contributor to the National Black Republican Association. What an idiot. Obama needs to pull a Marcy Park on this guy.

Posted by: BelenGadfly | April 28, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

The Obama comments are very funny stuff. Wright is anti white, anti American. That is what Black Liberation Theology is all about. Obama obviously subscribes to liberation theology or he would have left the church.

As Wright has said, "He had to distance himself, because he's a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was anti-American."

It is obvious that most of you who support Obama agree with Wright, Obama and their politics. I would guess that a majority of democrats agree with Wrights politics.

Posted by: bri the Great | April 28, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Really sick and tired of the slavery issue, because on a more positive note Blacks would not have the opportunities "GIVEN" to them by the white people had it not been for their ancestors who were brought over by the DUTCH. Look at Africa today, not much different than it was 2000 years ago eh! Blacks have made achievements through education,affimative actions, etc.. that the white man gave to them. Name one country on this planet today governed by blacks that is not a crap hole.

Posted by: Tencfan | April 28, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

I hope that more Democrats wake up and realize that Obama is a walking disaster area. The superdelegates need to look at the latest elections and polls. In the last 5 elections, all REAL primary elections, not phony caucauses that Obama has wired, Hillary won Texas, by 3.5%, Rhode Island by 12%, Ohio by 9% and Pennsylvania by 9.5%. The only one she lost was ultra-left Vermont, which will vote for the Democrat reliably whoever it is.
The newest poll the AP-Ipsos shows that Hillary would beat McCain by 50% to 41% nationally. Even George Bush and Condoleezza Rice could figure out that that is a 9-point margin. Despite McCain's "100 years in Iraq" pledge, Obama only beats McCain by 2%. And it will get worse.
In a Florida poll, Hillary beats McCain by 1%, McCain beats Obama by 15!
And on and on. Wake up superdelegates! We need to win this one!m

Posted by: R. Fulghami | April 28, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Makes me want to go out and JOIN the KKK. If this is what is being spewed in the Black churches.


Perhaps what the KKK says about " mud peoples " could be true with this level of banal ignorance.

One can tell alot about a man ( obama) by listening to what his friends say...

Posted by: Ron | April 28, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

What the hell is wrong with you Tencfan? That is the most racist and blatantly ignorant thing I have ever heard. Get your head checked before you make a comment.

Posted by: what the hell! | April 29, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for the next shoe to drop in this national drama that Wright has ignited and Barry has inflamed by his inability to call out black racism and allowing Wright to define the "black church in America experience". The truth is Wright's church is just another far left social organization which uses scripture to further a theologically abberant social/political end. This is as common as dirt among white Christian denominations, but not as common among the black church which, as a community, has generally not had the luxury of departing so easily from genuine faith in Christ. Therefore I predict the next step in our little national drama will be spokesmen of the authentic "black church in America" standing up to disavow this focus of Wright and Wright's church and to reaffirm that the authentic black Christian experience is fundamentally the same as the authentic white and brown and every shade inbetween kind of Christian experience and that the simple aim of this faith is the celebration and worship of Jesus Christ the Savior, not vengeance against white people or the US government. Look for this split to emerge which will further fracture both the democratic party and the black community - sad, but also kind of wonderful to see the glorious unification of the body of God.

Posted by: Tstar Mpls | April 29, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Uh, Milbank. That phrase is not from Proverbs, you idiot.

Posted by: Mike F. | April 29, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Listening to Rev. Wright, one would think that America was; (like Iran has stated), "The Great Satan".

America has been the greatest force for bringing; freedom, medicine, food, money and a higher standard of living to all corners of this world for the past 100 years.

I think these hate America people should try another country. Obama is not the change America needs.

America can always be made better, but we are still, THE BEST HOPE FOR MANKIND. God BLESS America !!!!

Posted by: DonW | April 29, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

What an absolute self-serving jerk.

The problem is that the old guard has trouble giving up the stage. Revereand Wright those of his generation and ilk-Marion Barry, Louis Farrakan, Al Sharpton, et al.- Have allowed their anger and paranoia to define them. Now, along comes a young man of their dispositon who rises above them and threatens to unravel the self-seving montra that they cling to.

An Obama Presidency has the potential of doing so much psychological good for our nation, except those who have allowed their lives to be defined by resentment, division and pride.

Sad that what reverend Wright thinks he has spent his life fighting for, he well may have detroyed.

Posted by: swalker3 | April 29, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

What an absolute self-serving jerk.

The problem is that the old guard has trouble giving up the stage. Revereand Wright those of his generation and ilk-Marion Barry, Louis Farrakan, Al Sharpton, et al.- Have allowed their anger and paranoia to define them. Now, along comes a young man of their dispositon who rises above them and threatens to unravel the self-seving montra that they cling to.

An Obama Presidency has the potential of doing so much psychological good for our nation, except those who have allowed their lives to be defined by resentment, division and pride.

Sad that what reverend Wright thinks he has spent his life fighting for, he well may have detroyed.

Posted by: swalker3 | April 29, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Marcia

With all due respect--

"Many of us who are outraged about the Rev Wright know all about our history."

Really? The whole truth isn't even taught in our schools.

"The point we make is that Rev wright never has anything good to say about our government"

How would you know what he "never" said? Have you ever been to his church and listened to his sermons over the last 20 years? The haters at the liars at Fox came up with 3 instances which they took out of context and repeated endlessly over
20 years. Three instances out of 20 years. If they had access to the last 20 yeras of what you have said could they have found a mere 3 instances, taken them out of context and make YOU look crazy, angry, or racist?

Do you complain when white Republicans regularly say that our government is corrupt and evil and far too big? Does that bother you?

Do you get upset when Republicans supported Apartheid? Rush Limbaugh said that black Americans go to prison for drug crimes that whites don't go to prison for when they are caught committing drug crimes.

Is that consistent with our Constitution that says the we are all equal before the law? Obviously not. Black Americans are still being hurt by whites' actions. Whites control the government, and can use their power to harm blacks. Do you want that "special privilege" of being black?

" --in fact he has even lied about what our government has done in the past."

So have most people at some time or another. For example, most whites deny that black people are put in prison for drug crimes that whites don't go to prison for, despite the fact that Rush Limbaugh said so: before he proved it by getting off scott free for his own drug crimes.

As for HIV, in the 50's during the polio epidemic in America, White American scientists used African babies to test their vaccines on. To make sure the vaccines weren't dangerous, didn't kill people and worked.

They did that so white Americans wouldn't get killed by the vaccines. They used the African babies as guinea pigs. They used ground up chimpanzee kidneys to grow the vaccine. There was no good way to make sure that the kidneys weren't contaminated by chimpanzee viruses that could jump to human beings. HIV might well have jumped to the Africans being used as guinea pigs by immoral white Aemrican "scientists".

The time it takes for HIV to get diagnosed correlates with the time elapsed between the the polio vaccination of Africans and the first instance of HIV in Africa.

There is a book about all this called "The River". I suggest your read it. The man who wrote the book notes that while normally samples taken during such tests are reqired to be saved for decades for research. But when he went to find the samples they had all mysteriously disappeared.

A country that put legal black slavery into its constitution and never bothered to remove those words - a country that killed hundreds of thousands of civilian Japanese using nuclear bombs, a country that slaughtered 2 million in Asia and a million Iraqis in the name of "freedom", a country that has used black Americans as guinea pigs for centuries to make life safer for us whites would stop at introducing HIV into AFricans who were used as guinea pigs?

A country where white "scientists" watched black men die of syphilis without telling them they had it or giving them any medicine for it, isn't capable of watching as blacks got HIV?

Why would you think that?

Posted by: Dennis | April 29, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

What an absolute self-serving jerk.

The problem is that the old guard has trouble giving up the stage. Revereand Wright those of his generation and ilk-Marion Barry, Louis Farrakan, Al Sharpton, et al.- Have allowed their anger and paranoia to define them. Now, along comes a young man of their dispositon who rises above them and threatens to unravel the self-seving montra that they cling to.

An Obama Presidency has the potential of doing so much psychological good for our nation, except those who have allowed their lives to be defined by resentment, division and pride.

Sad that what reverend Wright thinks he has spent his life fighting for, he well may have detroyed.

Posted by: swalker3 | April 29, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

I like both Obama and Clinton but am disturbed by a couple of facts. First, the "world view" of Rev. Wright is basically the same as his parishoners and the pastor who replaced him. People do not attend a church which was founded by and served by a pastor (for over 30 years) unless they think, or have come to think, the same way. Barack and his wife are members of this church. I will not try to psychoanalyze the relationship of Barack and Rev. Wright. For me, the issue is Barack attending and supporting a church with this world view. I am realy afraid he agrees with the Reverend more than anyone wants to believe.

Posted by: gordon | April 29, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

It's as if he wants Obama to lose.

I happen to think he DOES want Obama to lose. And here's why

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

What is going on here? I'm not sure is what I understood him to say is what I heard....

Posted by: harrisonsubject | April 29, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Hate to break it to ya', jackass - but Zionism IS racism.

Judaism? Not racism.

Zionism? Definitely racism.

(Lessee if you turds have the balls to publish this post.)

Posted by: John | April 29, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

gbooksdc

America has a special day for honoring Columbus, who never set foot in America. He "discovered" continents that had some 10 milion people. He was greeted in a friendly way by the natives, but he soon started enslaving them to get their gold. Soon, he had killed entire tribes of native Americans. So he started important black AFrican to be his slaves way back in 1495. That was the beginning of almost 400 years of slavery of blacks in the Americas that killed millions of Africans.

Yet we white Americans have no problem celebrating that mass murder and slave trader and slave owners like George Washington - who enshrined black slavery in our Constitution. And the legalization of black slavery is still in our Constitution.

Imagine if America had a government holiday for Hitler - the equivalent of Columbus to native Aemrican and blacks.

What if Jewish Americans were required to accept that. What would they say? How would they feel?

Would they damn America? I would say yes and they'd be right to do so.

But you say black Americans, who were in America before 99% of white Americans, should just accept that the murderer and enslaver of their ancestors be praised by white Americans every year.

What would you say about that if you were black? What would you say about a holiday for Columbus if you were native American?

Posted by: MsTer | April 29, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Comparing Columbus with Hitler is deeply offensive.

Six million Jews were brutally murdered simply because of race.

The Nazi's tried to wipe out every Jewish man, woman and child.

African Americans have been helped more by Jews than any other ethnic or religous group in America.

The first person the KKK lynched wasn't Black, he was Jewish.

Jews have always been at the forefront of the civil rights movement because we know better thsn any other group of people what it is like to lose all your rights, including your right to life itself.

The anti-semitic hatred taught in Black churches of the variety that Rev Wright has is disgraceful, as is all anti-semitism.

any Jewish people are hurt and angry to find out that their love has been returned with hate.

It is disgraceful. There is no other word for it.

It is offensive beyond description.

Posted by: Comparing Columbus with Hitler is deeply offensive | April 29, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

The biggest tragedy here is that because of his stunning narcissism Jeremiah Wrights has silenced the valuable discourse on race that Obama invited us to have.

Posted by: Di | April 29, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

If Obama plows through all the muck and actually wins the Presidency . . . it will only be because Americans are the smartest, most discerning electorate on the planet. What a challenge to rise above all the villification, over simplification and mischaracterizations.

Posted by: Berdou | April 29, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Zionism is the belief in the right of Israel to exist in peace with its neigbors.

It is not racism.

The fact that Blacks choose arab names and take up hatred against Jews is disgraceful.

It is a biblical level crime.

Jews and Blacks are bothers.

It is like Cain killing Abel.

It is a disgrace.

Posted by: Zionism is the belief in the right of Israel to exist in peace with its neigbors | April 29, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Jews were slaves before Blacks were.

Every year, on Passover, we are reminded of the bitterness of slavery.

We know that pain just as strongly as Blacks do.

We were treated even more horribly than they were.

We understand the bitterness of slavery.

We lived in Ghetto's for most of our existance.

For Blacks to turn against Jews is for brother to turn against brother.

It nothing short of Cain and Abel.

It hurts so deeply there are no words to describe it.

Posted by: Jews were slaves before Blacks were | April 29, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

" if they could just think about this rationally and outside of the context of the pitched primary battle between their candidate and Mrs. Clinton, they just might take note of a quite grim long term political reality."

Posted by: jammerbirdi | April 28, 2008 11:13 PM

I was willing to support Clinton if she got the nomination until she came out and said that if Iran attacked Israel she would
OBLITERATE Iran.

That's more insane than Bush's killing of a million Iraqis for oil.

There are 67 million Iranians, and Clnton said she would kill them all if Iran "attacked" Israel. In addition to being insane, she insults Israel which is quite able to defend itself.

Talk about worrying abuot a person who will have their fingers on the nuclear button! Yikes!

She's sounding more and more like the senile McCain than ever. She's challenging McCain about who is most like the pyschotic Bush.

throw the bums out!

Posted by: Mike R | April 29, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

I have read most of these posts and have two comments. First, it's remarkable to hear all the Obama supporters complaining about negative press coverage when it's clear the press has been in the tank for Obama for months. Where was the objection to slanted coverage then? Now that the shoe is finally on the other foot, it's too late to have any credibility for these complaints.

Second, to all the posters who believe what Rev. Wright has said is "spot on," or approvals to that effect: without getting into whether your opinion is right or wrong...how many voters do you really think agree with you? You certainly have a right to your views in agreement with Wright, but these views cannot win a national election. I'm not saying that I approve of this fact, just that it is a fact. If Obama were to say he agrees with you (and Wright), his candidacy would collapse overnight. That is why he has distanced himself, and why the posters who suggest he must go further are right and that those who suggest it is too late for him to turn this around may just be right as well.

And to those who are screaming (in CAPS) that Obama is Obama and Wright is Wright and not to conflate the two, you are crying in the wilderness. The association has been made in the mind of the public and will not/cannot be undone.

The polls are now turning toward Hillary and I suspect the result of Wright's recent remarks will be accelerate this process. This probably means the race will end even closer than was predicted and that Hillary may well win the nomination. Either way, I just despair at the vitriol that is being spewed, particularly by the Obama supporters as represented by these posts and others I have read such as on Huffington Post and other sites. We Democrats will need to unite behind our candidate and these overly strident remarks aren't helping.

Posted by: Michael | April 29, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Stick a fork in Barak, he's done.

Posted by: Dan | April 29, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

I've read a number of quotes here, perhaps from African American folks-I don't know-obviously passionate about how much of Wright's speech was spot on, and how it is time to open up a dialogue about racism in the U.S. This also seemed to be part of the gist of what Reverend Wright was saying. I watched much of his speech to the Press Club, and while I agree with a good many of his points, and while I agree with the idea of honestly opening a dialogue about racism in the United States, I did find his attitude to be a little show-offy and self aggrandizing. His interview the day before painted him in a good light, but his speech to the Press Club seemed to indicate him to be more of the fringe-type person his detractors would like to paint him as (not to mention those who would like to use his image as a nut job against Obama).

There seem to be people here who think that those who feel Wright chose to do this at the wrong time either 'didn't get' what he was trying to say, or 'don't know what it's like' to be black. While it's true that white folks don't know what it's like to be black, anyone who thinks that Wright's speech to the Press Club, how he delivered it and his timing of it, was a good idea and couldn't torpedo Obama's chances, whether black or white, needs to get a clue.

For the first time in American history, we have an African American candidate who actually has a legitimate shot at becoming President of the United States (I understand he's only half black, but every other pres has been 100% white, so this is still a huge deal). Obama has been able to put himself in this position by speaking eloquently and intelligently about the issues facing this country. He has won over many people, educated and noneducated, black and non-black, Democrat, Republican, and Independent, by winning over their hearts and minds with his brains, opinions, and personality. In short, he has been able to be judged not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. He has run, not as a black man, but as a typical American who, like almost all Americans, descends from people who came here from all over the world. If we break it down to sheer numbers, this is the only way anyone in his position could reach the presidency. Blacks only make up 15% of the U.S. population (perhaps less), so if he had started out running as an African American, making opening a dialogue about white-on-black racism part of his platform, he never could have gotten this far. Idealistically, this is how it should be in this country to begin with: run on and be judged by your position on the issues, not on your color.

The last thing Obama needed was to be associated with some of the inflammatory comments made by Reverend Wright that were played over YouTube (Even though they were part of larger sermons, Wright still said them). It would paint him in that divisive light, and turn off some on-the-fence voters who might be inclined to abandon him if they feel his racially agnostic position was insincere. Even when this happened the first time though, Obama handled it spectacularly with his speech in Philadelphia. He was able to make the case for all sides of the race debate without offending any one side. In my opinion, Obama's take on it was the perspective we need in this country, not the perspective of loudmouths on the radio or television who care more about drawing attention to themselves (not including Reverend Wright in that group). By framing it in this manner, Obama was able to acknowledge that while he is a black man, and he understands much of the plight of the African American community, he was concerned with the issues of all Americans. This seemed to at least minimize this issue, until Reverend Wright brought it up again.

Those in the black community who believe that Wright was making noise about this again at the right time need to realize that he picked a time in Obama's campaign when he is in a tight race, and has just a few states left to secure the nomination. Obama needs every vote he can get, and needs to be seen as a candidate for all people. Reverend Wright's speech at the Press Club did nothing but reassociate himself and those soundbites with Obama in people's minds at a time when Obama will have very little time to control the damage done. Whether or not it's accurate or right doesn't matter. Anyone who has watched politics in this country with even a passing amount of interest over the past 20 years should know that this is how the game goes. It's not about race, it's about ratings, and the soundbites will get played no matter what. It astounds me that a person as educated, experienced, and supposedly wise and mature as Reverend Wright is didn't figure this out on his own. It's puzzling to me and actually infuriating to me that Wright didn't seem to think that bringing this up now could kill Obama's chances of getting the Democratic nomination, or the general election if he is still lucky enough to get the nomination.

The greatest victory for the African American Community in the history of this country would be for a black man to be elected president. Once you have that breakthrough and set that precedent, you open up the belief in the black community and other minority community that they too can actually rise to such a level of prominence in this country. You also get other people (i.e. white folks) comfortable with the idea of having someone other than a white male as president. This type of event can do far more for people than any sermon can. The only way for this to happen in this instance would be for Obama to appeal to all Americans, and the best way for him to appeal to all Americans in this instance would have been for Reverend Wright to excercise some judgement in reigniting this story at this point in Obama's campaign. He should have kept his mouth shut, or at least stopped short of saying Obama made his Philadelphia speech because he's just 'a politician.'

The thing that pisses me off the most about all of this is this: I'm a White Republican Male who's ticked about what the current moron in office has done over the past eight years, and now thanks to Reverend Wright's lapse in judgement in bringing this up now, the most promising and hopeful candidate out of all three (and I don't give a crap if he's black) now won't get the nomination, and then for president I'll be left to decide between a blatant political opportunist from Chicago who moved to Arkansas after law school and then after her husband was president moved to New York just so she could run for Senate there and then be president someday (and I don't give a crap if she's a woman), and a 70-something guy who thinks that this ill-advised crusade we're on in Iraq is still a good idea and that we should stay there for 100 years.

Thanks a lot Wright. You just screwed it up for everyone. I hope you get a big book deal and your own radio show out of this.

Posted by: Christopher | April 29, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Let's face it. Obama is NOT too different from Rev. Wright. He never actually distanced himself from Wright. He delivered a speech (which probably wasn't even written by himself) about race. On the other hand, he did write a book himself where he praised Rev. Wright. When writing his book, he was still an unknown. I really did some soul searching and found Rev. Wright had been his guiding light, thus the title of his book.

Believing in Rev. Wright was the real Obama. Anyone can deliver a speech. Even George Bush delivered some inspiring speeches. What's important is his action. He really hasn't accomplished much in government or legislation. His supporters keeps on citing his work with other people. But he NEVER did accomplished anything by himself. He NEVER took a leading role and championed something important all by himself. All he did was speeches. It is amazing so many people would blindly fall for his speeches.

If you read some of comments by Obama supporters, you easily find these people are blind. They are willing to ignore all of his defects. They claim Obama represents hope and he can bring people together. If anything we learned from this chaotic democratic race is that he has brought division in democratic party. White people vote for Clinton and A-A vote for Obama (by a 9 to 1 margin, a clear sign of division).

Obama doesn't have people's respect to be a uniter. If he is a capable uniter, he would have done signigicantly more to pursuade Rev. Wright not to be so hateful towards our country. Instead, he did nothing and simply sat there! Rev. WRight knows Obama agrees with his speeches. He said as much today. There is no reason to doubt him. They have been friends for over 20 years!

If democrats continue to march Obama towards to nomination, many independents and a significant percentage of democrats will either stay home or vote for McCain. This indeed will be a sad situation for our country. Check out more here at http://ivotemccainifobamaisnominated.blogspot.com/ (I vote for McCain if Obama is nominated).

Posted by: andy | April 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Of course Wright is blunt in expressing himself. He was a Marine. And of course many blacks are angry, and those whites who don't get it must have just fallen off the turnip truck.

Posted by: Jon | April 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

"Comparing Columbus with Hitler is deeply offensive."

What is offensive about it? He was a white Christian.

"Six million Jews were brutally murdered simply because of race."

I know well that Jewish people were instrumental in the end of segregation and support for blacks. Jews and blacks have a history of persecution in common.

At least 6 million Africans were murdered simply because of their race. Millions died or committed suicide in the slave ships.

I brought up a holiday for Hitler to show white "Christians" what they are saying. How it would affect Jewish Americans. How much it would hurt.

I'm not trying to make a competition between the horror of the Holocaust and the history of white Christians horrible actions toward Jews over the centuries.

I'm saying that Jewish people would be rightly outraged if there was a holiday for Hitler. I believe that they would speak loudly about it and keep doing it until the holiday was eliminated and Christians apologized for it. They would not be deterred by nasty slurs against them that they "hated America" by telling the truth.

Just as blacks and native Americas ARE outraged because there is a holiday for the first white Christian invader in the Americas who started the slaughter and /or enslavement of millions of non-whites, both black and native American.

I certainly didn't mean this argument to be taken as an attack against Jews!

I'm sorry if I wasn't clear about that.


Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Of course Wright is blunt in expressing himself. He was a Marine. And of course many blacks are angry, and those whites who don't get it must have just fallen off the turnip truck.

Posted by: Jon | April 29, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

John McCain's White Supremacist Problem

After the media frenzy over Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Sen. John McCain's campaign refused to criticize Obama for the words of his former pastor. Senior campaign adviser Charlie Black said on MSNBC:

...what Sen. McCain has said repeatedly is that these candidates cannot be held accountable for all the views of people who endorse them or people who befriend them
Richard Quinn, who found himself hired as a political advisor by McCain in 2000 (and still is from what I can tell) after openly praising David Duke (he called him a "maverick") selling t-shirts praising the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and writing/editing for a magazine (Southern Partisan) that reminded us that slave masters just really weren't all that bad

http://www.liberaloasis.com/2008/04/mccain_guiltbyassociation_for.php

Posted by: Romey | April 29, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

dana, this article disappoints me. forget about obama for a second. what wright actually said about nicaragua and el salvador don't match up with your summary:

Wright: "Our congregation stood in solidarity with the peasants in El Salvador and Nicaragua, while our government, through Ollie North and the Iran-Contra scandal, was supporting the Contras, who were killing the peasants and the Miskito Indians in those two countries."

Milbank: "He praised the communist Sandinista regime of Nicaragua."

and then there's this Milbankism: "He denounced those who 'can worship God on Sunday morning, wearing a black clergy robe, and kill others on Sunday evening, wearing a white Klan robe.'"

ok, color me bitter if you want, then enlighten me on the problem with that statement.

Posted by: bbebop | April 29, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

It's McCain in 2008. America calls for a timeout.

Posted by: Daedalus | April 29, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse


The repubs made fun of Kerry for being a gigolo, although Kerry had plenty of money of his own and he married Theresa years after his frist wife died.

McCain dumped his first wife whie she was sick, after she had worked hard to get him out of Vietnam. He started having an affair with #2 while still married.

Sounds like the usual rightwinger like Newt, Giuliani and so on (at least they cheated with women!)

McCAin's new wife has $200 million. She was smart an got a pre-nup that doesn't give him any money of hers.

McCAin really is a gigolo! He also doesn't have an HSA that he is always pushing us average Americans to get!

AND he takes SS payments while saying SS is wrong and failing!

Nobody has been paying any attention to the elderly McCAin. The media soon will go after him and he'll have to deal with it
b at the same time the Democrat will have had every tiny issue behind them!

McCAin will be in deep doodoo!

His hateful pastors Hagee and Parsely haven't even been grilled yet!
Hagee says the pope is the antichrist!

McCain instantly loses every single Catholic vote and a lot of others who will be apalled by such an ugly smear of the very powerful Catholic Chruch!

Let MCCAIN be forced to explain away the hatred of HIS pastors. Hagee said that McCain begged him to endorse him!

bye bye McCain!

Posted by: Angela | April 29, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

This bonehead is the spiritual mentor of our next president???? We are dooooomed!

Posted by: East Side Love | April 29, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

A few questions:

1. Why is it that when a white person (Trent Lott and Imus, to name 2 examples) makes an occasional offensive comment, the race hustlers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton launch protests and boycotts, and demand firings...but when a black person makes statements like God damn America, and the outlandish and paranoid claim that the US government launched AIDS as an attack on blacks, why is it that when a black person makes such comments, not only are there no protests and boycotts coming from the race hustlers, but instead we hear righteous indignation about us taking statements out of context, and about a few comments being highlited from within an entire career? As if Trent Lott or Imus or any number of other victims of race hustlers didn't have an entire lifetime and career...

2. If 90% of the white population were voting for Clinton, wouldn't we be hearing all day long about how racists white Americans are? Why do we not hear similar complaints about black Americans now that 90% of them are voting for Obama?

3. Mr. Obama is running as the candidate of hope and change. But if we elect him, what kind of hope and what kind of change can we expect? His far-left voting record as a senator shows anything but a post-partisan approach, and his close affiliation for 20 years with an extremist pastor and culturally bitter church steeped in racial resentment make it clear that he has been imbibing anything but the nectar of post-racial politics. And since he has so little experience to have demonstrated otherwise, exactly why would any person of sound judgment expect Mr. Obama, if elected, to be anything but an extremely liberal, racially bitter president?

Posted by: Michael in the Great Plains | April 29, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Look at all of you silly nuts pissing into the wind, yelling from your little treetops. No is listening, but you're flailing about.

All this discussion proves is that the liberal/progressive movement has gained steam and is pulling farther and farther from common sense, to the point of defending a stooge like Wright and a opporunitist sell-his-grandmother-down-the-river pencil neck like O'Bamba. The USA is finished, going down the same polluted river as Europe.

Osama is right, not Obama, when he says the West is corrupt and needs cleansing. He's not referring to the conservatives who founded this country, but the increasing number of gilded wanna-be-elite kooks who blissfully sail along to the abyss... lol.

Posted by: Joe America | April 29, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Which ones of you folks feel like all they seen today was "sound bites"? I watched the whole 3 day adventure, I seen sound bites alright, set up by Rev Wright to make sure that the timing was right every time he answered a question, He is quite a showman, if Obama had gone to that church a few times I would think interesting commentary, but to have been in Rev Wrights church for 20 years, raising his daughters in that that bigoted, hateful, place tells more than words can express. NO ONE stays around that kind of rhetoric unless they agree with it.

I heard once that if you are in a group and a bigot makes an offensive joke, you should stand up and say that you were offended, that is how we stop bigotry, at what point would Obama have been offended enough to leave that Church. Rev. Wright was brought to our attention by Obama, He couldn't praise him enough, He won't leave him, He will throw his white grandma under the bus, He will tell us about her bigotry, but Rev Wright is a mentor, a friend, He brought him to religion.

People ask what could He say??? NOTHING, there is no explanation for his attachment to Rev Wright, the only one I can figure is, if Obama flat out disowns Rev Wright, he loses the black vote, and without that he has nothing, if He doesn't disown him, he loses the white vote, He doesn't have it to begin with, so there is his dilema.

He should have thought about that in kindergarten when He dreamed of being President, because someone should have told Obama that believe it or not, we all really are judged by the company that we keep. So when he was five he should have told that little boy he was to stay away from people with different agenda's. No one can blame this day on Clinton nor McCain, no matter how hard they try, this man is being done in by his FRIEND, Pastor, Mentor. He made his proverbial bed, not he must lie in it.

Posted by: Lindame13 | April 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Obama has shown every indication that he has the potential to be one of our great presidents.

Unfortunately, his former pastor is a self-serving lunatic.

Clinton cannot possibly overcome Obama's lead at this juncture. So, it is paramount that Democrats circle the wagons around Obama, now.

Posted by: ivs | April 29, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Intelligent, fair minded, and reasonable people have accepted the fact that Obama shouldn't be painted with the same brush as Wright. If this damages him with the so called white, working class, Reagan democrats, they may be lacking in one or more of those adjectives!

Posted by: naperich | April 29, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

The racism of the black church in America is well known to anyone that actually knows anything about them.

The black church is absolutely obsessed with race. It is their ONLY issue. Anything wrong in the lives of their congregation is directly attributable to "rich white people" (i.e. whitey).

I especially like the video taped segment where Reverend Wright repeats the often heard black wisdom of, "why are you black men fighting each other? you're fight the WRONG enemy" (of course the RIGHT enemy would be white men I suppose).

Carry on Reverend Wright. You are bringing attention to the blight of black racism that has infested the black church since its inception. Obama won't be elected and you can go back to preaching about the evils of whitey to "reformed" crack heads and welfare mothers.

Posted by: ateo | April 29, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

"Rev." Wright made another speech over the weekend mocking JFK's "Ask not what your country can do for you" address. It was stunningly childish. Wright mocked Kennedy & Boston accent. If a white person openly & publicly mocked a black orator, there would be Hell to pay. Wright has a double standard.

Posted by: MJ | April 29, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Blacks are, as usual, decades behind whites regarding race and other issues. Wright is living in the past and made a career out of milking the civil rights movement to its last drop.

Bravo sir, bravo.

Posted by: Mike | April 29, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

To paraphrase Mark Twain...Stereotypes do not just happen, it takes repeated behaviors to turn attitudes into stereotypes...Unfortunately, Jeremiah Wright played right into the negative stereotypes that he claims to be unfair and racist, with his behaviors. And by the way, I agree that he is a very bright man who knows alot about history etc. But so were Stalin, Hitler and most of the other tyrants of the world. He is Not a wackadoodle, he is a seriously dangerous man, and it is the rantings of people like him that keep racism alive in America today. I will never believe that the Obamas did not know his perspectives. I think if you start to review both Michelle's statements and Sen. Obamas reactions when he is not being adored, you will clearly see the thinly veiled rage that Rev. Wright has wrought.

Posted by: Pam | April 29, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

A key point mentioned by many writers is slavery. (Which if I'm not mistaken ended more than a century ago. About the time my ancestors came to this country. They weren't slave owners, they were hard workers looking to make a life for themselves. How the blacks arrived and how my ancestors arrived are entirely different, but 100 years later if you and your family are still left behind, it isn't because of slavery. It is because of people like Wright.
Some claim that America has not apologized for and made reparations for slavery. Sure it has; I pay for it every paycheck. It's called welfare.
Many years ago the Rev Al was on Morton Downey Jr. Big Al (Who I actually agree with more than half the time) was whining about the white man keeping the black man down; clearly racist statements. He had Mort simulate holding a knife in his back and stated that was how the white man was with blacks during slavery. Then he had Mort simulate pulling the knife out part way. Al said that was what the white man does; he partially helps. He gives the black man government programs and funds minority programs (Reparations) but doesn't pull the knife out all of the way. Mort, in a genius move, gave Al a gentle push forward and said that if he wanted the knife out all of the way he (Al) had to step forward. Sheer genius and at the same time a sad commentary on the black leadership. They want to be give everything while at the same time complain that they don't have enough. If you want more, go earn it.
Some have said that the hate he (Wright) spews should be forgiven and forgotten because he has done good for the poor and downtrodden. Hitler did l lot for Germany, Stalin did a lot for Russia, Hussein did a lot for Iraq but they were still criminals that spewed hatred and eventually had to pay for their sins. As far as helping the downtrodden, to use Wright's defenders' logic, every harm that the U.S. has ever done should be forgotten since no country has helped the oppressed more than the United States. And Wright's military service, while to be commended, is no defense. Jeffrey Dahmer served in the military honorably. As did hundreds of other criminals. Wright was taught "wright" from wrong in the military. He knew what right looked like, then crawled back into his hate-filled world. He had been taught values and morals, and chose to ignore it.

Posted by: Jim - Normal White Guy | April 29, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Funny.... A preacher, supposedly preaching the bible states that Jesus said "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Jesus didn't say this, in fact, it isn't in the Bible at all. If he believe this, I'm not sure Mr. Wright is an authority on the bible at all. Please Mr. Wright follow your own advice: "It is better to be quiet and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!"

Posted by: DanM | April 29, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

First of all, to "proud republican" and his "jewish lobby" paranoid fantasy, rot in hell pal....

wright is a nut, a sad fool, an illiterate radical. the second i learned that barack chose this man, i wrote barack off forever, and properly so. you can stand up with your orator's voice and say "all the right things", but as we know, actions tell the tale. i hope he's the nominee, because mccain will crush him by november....

Posted by: Sub | April 29, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Many comments are defending Rev Write and saying 'a white person can't understand the Rev' Well if Obama wants to be the President of the USA he shouldn't try to go about it like he is trying to be the head of the NAACP. This will turn Obama into Jesse Jackson Jr or Al Sharpton. Martin Luther King didn't get a Federal holiday named after him because of what he didn't say the day after he died. His 'I have a dream' is what that is acceptable and if he said that the USA was the most criminal country in the world, that was unfortunate. Should those sides of MLK be prompped up MLK day will be taken off the calander.
In one of his speaches over the weekend Rev Write explained about Arabic beaing a language rather than a religion. Yet when Farakhan is excused as being anti-Zionist not anti-Jewish when the quote said 'gutter RELIGION' is pitifful. Zionism is a political manifesto, Judaism is a religion.
Rev Write is a moron and if Obama doesnt distance himself from the Rev then Obama is a moron as well. It was touching to see Obama stand by his pastor it showed a sence of loyalty. But clearly Rev Write is not that loyal to Obama, I don't want a commander in cheif who is a dope or a nieve imbacile. George Bush thought Putin was kosher at first, and said as much. But when Putin showed his true colors Bush made it clear he was wrong. Obama is either too proud or dumb to learn that lesson.

Posted by: Robert T | April 29, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Okay a multiple choice exam:

A) What Wright says does not matter because Obama really does not believe anything Wright believes, even though Obama honors Wright as his spiritual mentor and has a life-long close association with him.

B) Wright is right. Most liberals think like Wright, especially black liberals like Obama. So any criticism of Wright is really an attack on the entire "black church", which also honors Nation of Islam radicals and other America-haters.

I'm gonna go with "B", which means Obama flunks his test to become President.

Obama embraces Wright's vicious beliefs, but is just a typical politician, who must shuck and jive to get us America-loving rubes to vote for him, according to Wright's repeated candid statements.

Here's an irony: When Obama describes middle Americans as bitter folks who cling to God, guns and distrust of people different from them, instead he appears to be projecting the beliefs of Wright's fans cheering from the pews (just like Obama?).

Posted by: Freedom Fan | April 29, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

to Posted by: Proud Republican | April 28, 2008 1:32 PM

you give republicans a bad name, and people like you are exactly why jews have stuck with the democrats for so long.

Posted by: nathan | April 29, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright reminds me of Bill Clinton. He has an insatiable need to be front and center, to be heard and applauded, no matter who it hurts. As a first generation American, am I supposed to be villified for slavery that I had nothing to do with? People seem so angry about the past. What exactly do they want us to do about it? What will make it right? It happened. People scream that George Washington was a slave owner. What exactly can be done about that in 2008? There's anger because of slavery hundreds of years ago, so others have reason to be angry too. Lots of people in this country are victims of one sort or another, rape victims, families of murder victims, abuse victims, so do you let that rule your life and your thinking, namecall and blame the world for your problems or do you try to go on? I noticed people here yell about Cheney not having served in the armed forces. Neither did Bill Clinton. No one ever mentions that. You can go through anyone's record and history and cherrypick comments and occurences to fit your own agenda. Can anyone substantiate that the government created AIDS to harm minorities. Don't talk about Tuskeegee. The question is about AIDS. Wright's words incite people to anger, a short step from violence. His words appear to be making the divide between the races bigger, not smaller...that's obvious with all the anger and namecalling on this site. Too bad. I thought Obama would have been great. Wright just handed Clinton the nomination. And he'll claim it's because we're a racist nation. How can that be true when Obama's been ahead until now? It's Wright's words and divisiveness that have created the firestorm. Until this point, Obama was the frontrunner for the Democrats. And that just happened to include whites AND blacks, and every other color.

Posted by: nickelflipper | April 29, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Separation of Church And State is one of our most important values. Reverend Wright illustrates why this is so important. He is thriving on the Media Spotlight and is basking in his notoriety and the Fortune that comes with it.No worries what so ever about the damage he is inflicting on Senator Obama.
America cannot have a President that is influenced by a religious leader. American cannot afford a president that Panders to one race only. Its time for Progress, Its time for human rights and it is time we move on from Hate mongers who perpetuate the evils from the past like Reverend Wright.

Posted by: Erica | April 29, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Obama attended Reverend Wright's church because the half white Harvard Law School graduate needed to establish some street cred in order to be politically viable in black neighborhoods of Chicago. Now he finds himself embarrassed because most white American voters find Reverend Wright's rhetoric shocking, hateful and repugnant. Blacks who are used to hearing this kind of stuff in church, in their kitchen or on the street corner can protest all they want that it is the TRUTH, most whites will not vote for anybody that they think believes that kind of stuff.

Is it too ironic to say "The chickens are coming home to roost?"

The ghost of Jimmy the Greek is laughing.

Posted by: Mark in Texas | April 29, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Dan M...look in New Testament...Book of Matthew, Chapter 7, verse 12.

Posted by: nickleflipper | April 29, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Just tell me this....if supposed there is a re-run of the primaries all over again,what will be the projections of the results ???? And well...I strongly believe that the Super should reevaluate and save themselves and the Democrates.

Posted by: JustTalk | April 29, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

By the way, folks, the Reverend Wright was invited on this little media tour by Barbara Reynolds, a journalist and minister, AND A SUPPORTER OF HILLARY CLINTON. I'm sure there are high fives all around at the Clinton Headquarters tonight.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

"Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not put me in chains, he did not put me in slavery" Well, dear Rev. Wright, I do not know of ANYBODY who put YOU in chains or slavery. I presume you are blanket accusing evil white people for being responsible for slavery hundreds of years ago. I remind you that it was fellow black Africans who ran down their brother Africans and then sold then to white slavers. As absolutely awful as slavery was (I wish it had never happened), just where would you be today? Where would your new $10 million mansion be...or should I suggest where would your crude shack somewhere in Africa be?

Posted by: Steve S. | April 29, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

The Super Delegates will not dare to give the nomination to Billary, no matter how bleak are Obama's chances.

To do so would cause a permanent riff between the blacks and the Democrat party.

It might even cause riots like after the Rodney King verdict or the Watts riot, except that these riots will be nationwide.

Posted by: Freedom Fan | April 29, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

How often does Obama go to church?
He comes off as a very, very religious fellow.

Posted by: Eddie Bryan | April 29, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

YES WE CAN DIVIDE AMERICA. OBAMA '08.

DIVISION WE CAN BELIEVE IN!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Steve S.,

Perhaps Wright's white side should apologize to his black side. Maybe he could pay himself reparations...

Posted by: Freedom Fan | April 29, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

Just maybe Rev. Wright doesn't really want Obama elected. If Obama is elected he won't be able to complain as much because America will have atoned for it's racists sins by electing Obama. Then what? Then he may just have to face the fact that the black community needs to clean up it's own back yard.

He is going to make a mint of money now and the higher his profile, the more of it he will rake in. It's no wonder he is gung ho to hit the speaking circuit and not keep his mouth shut.

Posted by: Oakley | April 29, 2008 2:13 AM | Report abuse

reading the comments here, i am just flabbergasted by how many obama supporters are obsessed with race. interesting...

for me, i don't care about obama's race, hillary's gender, or mccain's age.

i care about CHARACTER, EXPERIENCE, and POSITIONS ON ISSUES.

that so many other americans care about race or gender more than these things is really disappointing and... scary.

MCCAIN '08!

Posted by: nathan | April 29, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Seriously the only person the good Rev. Wright cares about is himself and as for the racism in america he sees it every day in the mirror. He is not a rep for african american church's in this country sure a segment that is out for its own gain just like the Falwells, Robertsons, and Swaggerts of the white church's. He does no good for America or Obama rather creates the divide that keeps him in the position he has created. To bad for all of us that this idiot got his 15 minutes and before you blame the press why did Obama say it was valid for people to be concerned over him, hes a valid story unfortunately what it takes to get elected in Chicago can cost you the country.

Posted by: michel | April 29, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

i wont vote for barack obama anymore than i would vote for a white politician who attends a racist hate mongering church. character is built by the people you choose to associate with and the person he has chosen to associate with has lost him my vote.

Posted by: indianavoter | April 29, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Why is this narcissistic demagogue all over the media? Is he running for President? This reminds me of the run-up to Iraq, when the MSM kept our eyes off the ball and on the really cool weapons and embeds.
Remember Hillary's REAL negatives, Super Ds? Remember what the Repubs will do to her (without her "base" and the Republicans who were smart enough to 'get' Barack and smart enough to get past this). This media fetishism is grotesque. Turn the cameras off!

Posted by: Marc Eppley | April 29, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

How to singlehandedly set race relations back 50 years as orchestrated by the very Wealthy and Famous Reverend Wright.

I wonder how much of his charity that he brags about goes to helping families and seniors of other races? Or are only black families worthy of his benevolance?

Racism is a very very nasty way to go, and whites are not the only ones guilty.

Posted by: Ted | April 29, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse

Funny.... A preacher, supposedly preaching the bible states that Jesus said "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Jesus didn't say this, in fact, it isn't in the Bible at all. -DanM
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. -Matthew 7:12

Funny indeed.

Posted by: Freedom Fan | April 29, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse


To the person that wrote the post below. Timothy McVey--Oklahoma bomber was a serviceman------we also question his patriotism. Not a valad point, but nice try.


Yea,

The " anti-American " Wright spent six years in the service.Cheney had other priorities.But we know who the mainstream media will attack as being unpatriotic.

What about an apology for slavery ? American politicians are always apoligizing for the Holocaust, and Nazi Germany committed that crime.

Posted by: george | April 28, 2008 1:44 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

The neverend Reverend Wright saga.

Posted by: thecandypoem | April 29, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Ted,

Wright's Trinity Church is building Wright a million dollar home in a 98% white neighborhood.

Meanwhile Wright exhorts his flock to eschew "middle-classness" (just like Wright except he skipped past all the way to "upper-classness".)

Also, Wright solicited members to donate piles of cash to the victims of hurricane Katrina. Problem is, the folks in charge of tracking contributors never seem to have gotten the check.

Posted by: Freedom Fan | April 29, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

MALCOLM EXCEDRIN HAS LEFT THE MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC.

Honestly, have they tested Rev Wrong for STD's yet?

He appears to be a walking talking case of undeclared syphilis if ever there was one.

Posted by: QUESTION HILLARY | April 29, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

The Business of Race Bating is VERY VERY financially profitable for a very few select people. The irony is, most them call themselves preachers.

Rev. Wright When was the last time you helped a Chinese Family? A latino Family? An Indian Family? A White Family?

Oh thats right, not there aren't too many neighbors in you $10 Million dollar neighborhood that need help other than botox.

Posted by: Erica | April 29, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Freedom Fan,
No surprise there - What a hypocrite

Posted by: Ted | April 29, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Pastor Wright?

He's the first white David Duke.

http://obamish.blogspot.com/

Posted by: obamish | April 29, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

What too many people don't realize is that it doesn't matter what black people think. Over 90% of black people will vote for whomever the Democrats tell them to. The decisions will be made by the people who are willing to think for themselves.

I'm curious, though. When did we start saying black again instead of African American?

Posted by: Outabounds | April 29, 2008 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not ... make me this color. -"Reverend" Wright

Hmm. Pointless non-sequitur? Brain fart? Or Freudian slip?

Perhaps Wright is mad at God for making him 95% white because it makes his race-baiting schtick more difficult.

Posted by: Freedom Fan | April 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not ... make me this color. -"Reverend" Wright

Hmm. Pointless non-sequitur? Brain fart? Or Freudian slip?

Perhaps Wright is mad at God for making him 95% white because it makes his race-baiting schtick more difficult.

Posted by: Freedom Fan | April 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats, if they have any brains (and the jury is out on that one), will soon be very glad Hillary didn't drop out. It's just what Abraham Lincoln said: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

Posted by: Diane | April 29, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Wow... Reverend Wright's hate-mongering continues apace. He seems determined to paint Obama as an astute politician who BELIEVES everything Wright SAYS.

Oh what a web we weave...

Posted by: ogrepete | April 29, 2008 3:47 AM | Report abuse

This does seem to be a kind of Rorschach test. If you watch the speech or read the transcripts, he sounds a tad defensive and sarcastic, but otherwise, he is mostly
factual, uplifting, and definitely patriotic. Ed Rendell was certainly more solicitous of Rev. Farrakhan.

This is a new kind of McCarthyism that requires us to order our lives so that we
never encounter anyone whose opinions might be provocative.

Posted by: seance | April 29, 2008 3:47 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone notice the irony here? For those that defend Rev. Wright's criticism of America, he is to be commended for that and dissent is patriotic, blah, blah blah.

However if you DARE criticize or question Rev. Wright (as Dana Milbank does) or Obama for that matter, you are a hater, a racist, a crazy rightwinger.

Gee, I thought according to you Obama/Rev Wright supporters, criticism and questioning something (like America) is a GOOD thing, not a bad thing, right?

Which is it guys? Criticism means you care about something, or does it mean you hate something? You can't have it both ways.

Posted by: Jo | April 29, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse

Lassair;
if you post was a response to mine, you are absolutely correct, and I apologize.

Posted by: RichardS | April 29, 2008 3:55 AM | Report abuse

That's not chickens coming home to roost. It's buzzards.

-NeighborhoodCatLady on HotAir.com

LOL!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 4:02 AM | Report abuse

I think some fail to realize that if Obama loses this race based on the fact that he goes to a black church you will prove the Reverend to be right because in that speech the rev talk about reconciliation and that it is alright to be different.. . I'm black and proud to be black and I'm sure alot of whites are proud to be white but does that mean that I should bow down to you or you should bow down to no it means we are equally prideful of are race but it doesn't mean that i should force my way of life on you and you on me in order for me or you to be successful in this country. If Obama doesn't win the democratic party loses the black vote not because he is black and i am black but because he is the best candidate of the three and would have only lost only becuase he was a black man and half the democratic party jumped ship because he was black man who possesed strong black character traits. I say this because there is no way a democrat should lose to john mccain unless some of its party members jumpship and as far as hillary she is the one who hasn't been vetted so far when it comes to digging up dirt and still people don't like her think about. this is only way she can be president is by him losing the nomination or losing to John Mccain and she knows that.. that why she is running such a republican like campaign because she is desperate to make the history books and those self centered motives are a turn off. She isn't doing it to break the glass ceiling for women she is doing it for name recognition and she knows her clock is ticking. Why team up with your self proclaimed nemisis the republicans to bring a fellow democrat down. I though they were on the same team three swingingat him while she is stabbing him in the back. She is not a fighter the democrats as she claims just for herself. She doesn't care about the people just personal ambitions

Posted by: pm | April 29, 2008 4:21 AM | Report abuse

Dana Milbank is a SUPER IDIOT! REV WRIGHT HAS IT RIGHT!!! YOU PEOPLE SICKEN ME ... OBAMA WILL WIN ... YOU ARE THE BIGOTS... -anonypuss

Another irony is that all the libs who support what Wright believes, just further weaken the case for electing Obama- the most liberal of all senators

It is evident that many Liberals do not see anything fundamentally wrong with the vicious hatred spread by jeremiah wright, and apparently celebrated by Barack Obama.

Why? Because most Libs have the very same core beliefs about the endless litany of alleged evils of America and her somewhat-less-than-utopian race relationships.

What this controversy has exposed is the true view of America by Liberals ... just like Obama.

All that liberals have left is to attempt to smear those who recognize Wright's race hatred and anti-Americanism as ... you guessed it ... bigots and racists.

Well it's best to save that charge for after Obama's defeat; I doubt that insulting someone will make him more likely to vote for your candidate.


Posted by: Freedom Fan | April 29, 2008 4:31 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jose | April 29, 2008 4:40 AM | Report abuse

First let me preface: mid-20's white/native american. Independent

Rev. Wright looks petty and out for attention. It almosts looks like he wants his comments to sink Obama, so he'll have another matyr for his cause.
This quote struck me:
"He did not put me in chains, he did not put me in slavery, and he didn't make me this color."==about Farrakhan
Are white racists now responsible that he is black? Is he ashamed of being black? We are in for some tough days ahead

Posted by: Wow | April 29, 2008 4:46 AM | Report abuse

"Why is this narcissistic demagogue all over the media? Is he running for President? This reminds me of the run-up to Iraq...."

He's all over because he chose to be. He, or someone with him, had to PAY the National Press Club in to give a news conference. Bush didn't put him there. McCain didn't put him there. HE put him there. It says a lot of bad things about Obama's judgement that he didn't kick this guy to the curb a long time ago. What goes over big in black Chicago doesn't play very well in middle America. We actually take offense when someone says "GODDAMN America". No amount of spin can make that mean anything other than what it says.

Posted by: Doug | April 29, 2008 4:52 AM | Report abuse

@Proud Republican - is your good authority the Elders of Zion?

Posted by: Jeremy | April 29, 2008 5:52 AM | Report abuse

Keep talking, Reverend. This guys is Obama's spiritual touchstone. That says it all.

Posted by: Jim P. | April 29, 2008 5:54 AM | Report abuse

None of these people are black, they are light brown. aka mulattos. You have to go to Africa if you want to see black people.

Posted by: Ralph | April 29, 2008 6:11 AM | Report abuse

The bad thing that race can have is, they distroy themself!

Posted by: jacky | April 29, 2008 6:20 AM | Report abuse

I think Wright explaining himself will only help in the long run. It's better than the mainstream media misinforming people with soundbites taken completely out of context. The Bill Moyers interview was good. He's obviously a thoughtful person.

Anyone claiming "Obama is doomed, blah, blah, blah" is most likely a neocon trying to drum up trouble. Most democrats actually have the brain capacity to understand the points Wright was making, whether or not one agrees with him, they are valid points and not at all crazy. I believe that democrats, independents, and (real) conservatives are adult enough to understand and not be brainwashed.

The Clintons had more than their fair share of time, not to mention the time Hillary spent authorizing going to war in Iraq. Obama is trustworthy and able to lead the US out of the neocon hell it's been in.

Posted by: ProudToBeLiberal | April 29, 2008 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Just what chapter and verse of Proverbs is your opening sentence taken from?

Actually, that's just an old philosophical saying. Come on, do some research.

Posted by: Bible Reader | April 29, 2008 6:52 AM | Report abuse

With the amount of gaffs and mishaps coming from the democrat candidates, it seems to me that if John McCain can keep his mouth shut until November, he can win the presidency.

Posted by: Fargin Bastiges | April 29, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Why does Pastor Wright not demand an apology from the Black Slave Traders of Africa. At the time of Christ, the 2nd largest export out of Africa was their Black Brethren, 2nd only to Ivory. White Colonist weren't jumping off boats, rounding up victims, and hauling them away....they were already captured, already penned up, by Black Slavers. When he says Farraqhan didn't put him in chains, he must know he is wrong. Slavery, a despica