Friday, March 14, 2008

Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright 

By now everyone who's politically aware and not lost in a jungle somewhere has seen the videos of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's anti-American racist preaching at the church Sen. Obama has attended for 20 years. Wright recently retired as Senior Pastor of that church after a career of some 36 years there. Wright presided at Obama's wedding, and baptized Obama's children. A short bio of Rev. Wright can be found here.

I have rarely heard more vile remarks from any public figure, and Rev. Wright's rants rival those of the more rabid Wahabist imams in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Palestinian territories for pure bile and hatred.

To date, Obama has failed to distance himself from his former pastor, likening Wright's diatribes to those of a family member, like a strange uncle, that he (Obama) doesn't always agree with. Until the videos of Wright's preaching hit the MSM and Internet, that didn't bother folks too much, but now that they've seen the venom that the man spits out, many are concerned about how much of it Obama does agree with.

Obama's defenders caution against assigning guilt by association. OK, fine--I'm not going to accuse Sen. Obama of being a racist hate monger. But there is that old adage about how a man's character is revealed by the company he keeps. To paraphrase Desi Arnaz, Obama has some 'splainin' to do.

UPDATE 20070314:2013PDT: Damn! Roger L. Simon beat me to the punch, much more eloquently (and he has video).

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