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Obama’s Answer To The ‘Wright Question’

Given the apoplexy that George Stephanopoulos’ questions about Reverend Wright during the primary debate caused the members of the JournoList, we thought it might be instructive to revisit Mr. Obama’s and Mrs. Clinton’s responses.

From the archives of ABC News:

(Beginning at 7:45)

Transcript: Obama and Clinton Debate

Full Transcript of the Democrats’ Before Pennsylvania Primary

April 16, 2008

STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator, two questions. Number one, do you think Reverend Wright loves America as much as you do? And, number two, if you get the nomination, what will you do when those sermons are played on television again and again and again?

OBAMA: You know, George, look, if it’s not this, then it would be something else. I promise you, if Senator Clinton got the nomination, there will be a whole bunch of video clips about other things.

Did Mrs. Clinton’s “spiritual mentor” and pastor for 20 years make similar remarks? Whatever you may think of Mrs. Clinton, nothing in her remarkably sordid background quite compares to Obama’s Reverend Wright situation.

In a general election, we know that there are going to be all kinds of attacks launched and leveled. There have been quite a few leveled in this primary campaign.

ABC News published the clips of Reverend Wright’s sermons. Were they attacking Mr. Obama?

And I have confidence in the American people that when you talk to the American people honestly and directly about what I believe in, what my plans are on health care, on energy when they see my track record of the work that I’ve done on behalf of people who really need help, I have absolute confidence that they can rally behind my campaign.

This is remarkably ironic in hindsight. A vast majority of the American people currently disapprove of Mr. Obama’s plans for healthcare and energy – now that they finally know what they are.

As for Mr. Obama’s “track record of the work that [he’s] done on behalf of people who really need help,” – where was it?

All Mr. Obama could ever cite was getting some asbestos removed from the Altgeld Gardens housing project. Which, it turns out, he had very little to do with, in reality.

Perhaps Mr. Obama was thinking about his work with ACORN and Project Vote.

And, you know, the notion that somehow that the American people are going to be distracted once again by comments not made by me, but somebody who is associated with me that I have disowned, I think doesn’t give the American people enough credit.

As always, anything that Mr. Obama does not want to talk about is called a “distraction.”

Actually, in point of fact, the closest that Mr. Obama ever came to disowning Mr. Wright was when he famously said: “I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: You’ve disowned him?

OBAMA: The comments, comments that I’ve disowned. Then that is not something I…

Technically, we don’t believe you can “disown” comments that no have ever claimed you made – that you ever “owned.” But Mr. Obama was trying to make the audience believe that he had disowned his 20 year “spiritual mentor,” Reverend Wright.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you do believe he’s as patriotic as you are?

OBAMA: This is somebody who’s a former marine. So, I believe that he loves this country.

Lee Harvey Oswald was a former Marine. John Murtha was a former Marine. Being a former Marine is no guarantee of patriotism.

But I also believe that he’s somebody who, because of the experiences he’s had over the course of a lifetime, is also angry about the injustices that he’s had.

A cursory look at the biography of Mr. Wright shows that he has led a relatively pampered and privileged life.

GIBSON: I’m getting a little out of balance here. Do you want to take a few seconds or do you want to go to the next question?

Notice that Mr. Gibson does his valiant best to move the discussion away from Reverend Wright. Was he a member of the JournoList group?

CLINTON: I think in addition to the questions about Reverend Wright and what he said and when he said it, and for whatever reason he might have said these things, there were so many different variations on the explanations that we heard.

In other words, Hillary rejected Mr. Obama’s attempts to explain him away.

And it is something that I think deserves further exploration because clearly, what we’ve got to figure out is how we’re going to bring people together in a way that overcomes the anger, overcomes the divisiveness and whatever bitterness there may be out there. You know?

That is to say, Mrs. Clinton wanted Reverend Wright’s musings to be ‘explored’ even more. In order “to bring people together.” You know?

It is clear that, as leaders, we have a choice who we associate with and who we apparently give some kind of seal of approval to.

That’s rich, coming from a Clinton. — Marc Rich, and the countless other miscreants the Clintons happily associated with, many of whom are currently behind bars.

And I think that it wasn’t only the specific remarks but some of the relationships with Reverend Farrakhan, with giving the church bulletin over to the leader of Hamas, to put a message in.

Interestingly, both of these items were first revealed, here and here, on Sweetness & Light. It’s good to know that Mrs. Clinton was – and probably still is — a regular reader.

You know, these are problems. And they raise questions in people’s minds. And, so, this is a legitimate area, as everything is, when we run for office, for people to be exploring and trying to find answers.

And yet both the media and the Clinton campaign basically buried the Wright controversy as soon as they could.

Of course, the Obama people effectively emasculated Hillary (as much as that is possible) with their endless charges of racism.

It’s what they do best.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama’s Answer To The ‘Wright Question’”

  1. proreason says:

    I give the Moron credit for one thing.

    He cetainly absorbed the lessons of 20+ year on how to deflect and mitigate criticisms of his extensive radical views and behaviots. A book could be written on the topic.

    We see a few here:
    – change the topic
    – say the other guy is even worse
    – apologize for something else
    – accuse the questioner of bias
    – answer a different question than what was asked

    And this in just a few words from the clips Steve has provided us.

    There are dozens of these techniques. Most politicians are masters of them. I wouldn’t call Obamy a master because, as always, the Moron has an advantage no other politician has ever had. The msm is so deeply in the tank for the marxist idiot that they won’t press even an association that might as well be a Marching Band at full volumne, like Rev Wright. Not only won’t press it, but now we learned they conspired to cover it up and destroy the people who publicized it.


  2. Tater Salad says:

    I’ll put money on this one that the Democrats will blame GWB………again!


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