Reactions to Obama's speech
Reaction to Obama's speech.
Newsbusters points out we still don't know if he told the truth when he initially said he wasn't present in church when Wright made those type of comments.
Obama's bottom line: Everyone's a victim. You're part of the problem if you keep talking about Jeremiah Wright. Everyone's churches have crazy demagogues. Schools need more money. Leave illegal aliens alone. Never mind all the black grievance-mongers who have built careers sowing seeds of divisions. Look at all the talk show hosts and conservative commentators! Elect Obama. Fixer of souls.
Obama, the "uniter" is dividing. It is painfully clear to me that Obama believes that half of America agrees with G-d damn America Jeremiah Wright and he intends to exploit that hate and play on these terrible, imagine fears. I do not believe he is right. But he is going down the hate mongering ship. Separatism, not inclusion. What unites us is we are Americans, and frankly he just doesn't get it.
It's essentially a non-distancing distancing, akin to the non-apology apology. He excuses Wright's anti-American rhetoric with a mixture of rationalizations. Wright gets a pass because he served in the military, because he grew up in another generation that apparently hated America, and because he does good work in other areas.
Obama claims that he "strongly disagree[d] with many of [Wright's] political views" that he heard "while I sat in church"? This invites the question what, if anything, he did to express his strong disagreement. Did he cut back contributions? Or did he just have the audacity to hope Wright would hush up and burn the tapes before long?
And from the left, well, just big wet, sloppy kisses.
Hotline: "His is a battle cry for a new generation."
And mulitple wet ones at First Read