Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Obama condemns Jeremiah Wright's statements then lets Wright off the hook by explaining why Wright is so angry

I just read the transcript of Barack Obama's race speech at Drudge's site.

Initial impression: Obama hasn't put the Jeremiah Wright issue to bed, despite spending several paragraphs talking about Wright. Obama denounced Jeremiah Wright's comments but then devoted several paragraphs to explain why Wright was driven to such rage and anti-US anger. Obama claimed Wright's fault was not that he was paranoid or anti-US or hate-filled; Wright's fault was thinking the US couldn't get better.
The profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. It’s that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made; as if this country – a country that has made it possible for one of his own members to run for the highest office in the land and build a coalition of white and black; Latino and Asian, rich and poor, young and old -- is still irrevocably bound to a tragic past. But what we know -- what we have seen – is that America can change. That is true genius of this nation. What we have already achieved gives us hope – the audacity to hope – for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

So it's not that Wright was divisive or wrong about the US. It's just that Wright didn't have hope that the country could change. So give the poor, retired biblical scholar a break, people!

The Wright issue isn't over, because people will not understand why Obama would belong to this vile man's church for 2 decades. The above photo (credit: AP) shows Obama delivering his speech in Philadelphia. Gateway Pundit doesn't think Obama put this issue to rest. The commenters at Michelle Malkin weren't exactly impressed, either.