29 April 2008

Throwing a Flag at Obama

A yellow flag, that is. Fifteen yards for “you gotta be kidding me”. Or better, to use a hockey reference, a five-minute major for bull (which is, incidentally, not a penalty in hockey).

Senator Obama now says, according to numerous sites (CBS News for this one), “I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened by the spectacle that we saw yesterday…what became clear to me was that he was presenting a world view that contradicts what I am and what I stand for.” What was said over the past few days by Mr. Wright didn’t differ much from what has been reported before Mr. Obama’s “historic” speech on the matter – which oddly turned into a speech on lots of things.

Then, Mr. Obama claimed quite clearly and distinctly near the beginning of his race opus, that he could “no more disown [Mr. Wright] than I can disown the black community”. Mr. Obama then went on to make all kinds of excuses for Mr. Wright’s behavior and views. Or perhaps Mr. Obama was making excuses for what he had heard from some news report might be Mr. Wright’s views. After only twenty years in Mr. Wrights congregation, are we really to believe that this was all news to Mr. Obama?

I don’t think so.

If Mr. Obama did not know what his pastor’s views were on a wide range of subjects, then he was either hopelessly naïve or posing for political expedience. Or, he really does share Mr. Wright’s views. Mr. Obama would have the electorate believe that he was naïve. Not a sound quality for a potential president. That Mr. Obama did not speak out about his complete disagreement with Mr. Wright – the same man he could not disown just a month ago – suggests something else.

I agree with commentary on tonight’s “Special Report” program on Fox News. What Mr. Obama is really upset about is Mr. Wright calling him out for being a politician – one who does what is politically expedient. And I find myself in the odd position of agreeing with Mr. Wright on just that matter. As days go by and events transpire, Mr. Obama is an empty suit – or worse, one filled with who knows what – spewing platitudes of “hope” and “change”, but who is really just seeking power.

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