Did Barack Obama Do The Right Thing By Denouncing Reverend Wright?


One can understand the political needs that Barack Obama faces as he runs for the Democratic Party nomination, while at the same time understanding the desire of Reverend Wright to publicly defend himself.  The right-wing use of Wright’s comments, often out of context, is not a new tactic for the GOP.  Contortions and confusion is a game plan they use often.  Sadly it works.

As CNN reports Obama made it clear today that he was “outraged” with Reverend Wright over comments made in the past couple of days.

“I have been a member of Trinity Church since 1992. I have known Rev. Wright for almost 20 years,” he said at a news conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “The person I saw yesterday is not the person I met 20 years ago.”

What particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing,” Obama said, adding that Wright had shown “little regard for me” and seemed more concerned with “taking center stage.”

I cannot prevent him from making these remarks,” but “when I say I find these comments appalling, I mean it. It contradicts what I’m about and who I am. … It is completely opposed to what I stand for and where I want to take this country.”

In a break with previous comments, Obama focused his criticism on Wright the man, and not simply his remarks.

Obama had at the center of his campaign the idea that the old ways of ‘doing’ politics was not in the best interest of the national needs.  Many agreed and cheered him on.   More importantly they voted in large numbers for him.  When confronted with the Wright matter I had hoped that Obama would speak to the larger themes of not allowing the conservative’s rant on Wright, which was amplified by the media, to deflect from the larger issues, and thereby drive the race for the White House.  By denouncing his pastor in the fashion that he did, Obama gave in to the basic premise that the conservatives had laid out when they started their constant barrage of Wright.  The GOP playbook worked again.  And the public gets the shaft.

What Obama should have done is attack this style of campaigning by the Republicans.  These types of political attacks on Barack Obama about his pastor are aimed at playing politics with the lowest common denominators.  Again.  Will the Wright matter effect the price of gasoline or improve health care coverage for working Americans?

The GOP has a bloody war on their hands and an economy that has soured into a recession.  So they needed to have a diversion that affects the strongest person who could kick their ass in November. 

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10 thoughts on “Did Barack Obama Do The Right Thing By Denouncing Reverend Wright?

  1. Human Liberation theology

    Wow, all of this recent so called news shows that America is still the same, despite all of the Civil Right Struggles. Here’s the honest to God truth. This is more about total assimilation ( sell out your culture & views ) into the WASP Klan. An African-American presidential candidate is suppose to erase all of Americas past and present abuse to African-Americans to be accepted. All of this recent news is how much can we get Obama to sell-out. I say this because America is suppose to operate under the premise of separation of church and State, but it calls into Obama religion and belief system. I saw the Rev. Wright interview and was not shocked at all about any of his remarks, because most not all African-Americans can and do relate to all that was stated. For example the remarks he made about Aids. We know America is capable of such a thing, because they did it to native Americans with small Pox filled blankets and the Tuskegee experiment where blacks were given syphilis, so yes Rev. Wright and most African-Americans have every right to think and be cautious of Govt, that continues to alienate Blacks. I feel for Obama, because I can sense that he knows that the media is playing him and the bitter taste of selling-out to please whites is getting to him. Maybe in our children’s lifetime color won’t matter but today it’s just not so. God bless all Nations and all people and may Christ’s kingdom come so we can see true democracy. Peace ya’ll!!!

  2. sharon

    Just goes to the awful character of Obama. He will demounce anyone now, and say anything, to get the nomination. He disgusts me.

  3. If Obama was not a threat to Hillary’s campaign or to the repulican party, these issues would not matter at all. Unlike Hillary, I think Obama has a great deal of character, loyalty and professionalism. Anyone who can’t see his integrity and character may need to re-visit the dictionary and re-evaluate their own morale beleifs. Has anyone seen the article on Hillary’s former pastor who was convicted of inapproapriately touching a 7 year old????? Please see the following email that I receive on her pastor! Now what do you have to say????
    …………………..

    It is clear that the Media is BIASED and has no intention of
    dealing with the truth. We have to expose these kinds of things
    ourselves.

    IF A PASTOR IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY THEY KEEP!

    When the Rev. William Procanick put his hand on the Bible during his
    sex-abuse
    trial
    in Oneida County Court earlier this year, he swore to tell the whole truth
    and
    nothing
    but the truth. But as the former Clinton pastor was sentenced Friday to
    three
    years in
    prison for inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl at his home last
    March,
    Judge
    Michael L. Dwyer said Procanick sacrificed his honesty the day he
    testified.

    Okay, so now that Bill and Hillary Clinton’s pastor has been convicted of
    child
    molestation, will we see the same furor directed at Hillary that Obama has
    had
    to endure these last few weeks?

    IF A CANDIDATE IS KNOWN BY THE PASTOR THEY KEEP
    ……
    Then you need to email this article to everyone you know. Here the
    CLINTON ‘S Pastor is convicted of child molestation.

    So, if Obama bears the guilt for his pastor’s comments, then Hillary has
    to be equally tainted by this guy’s crimes.
    http://www.uticaod.com/homepage/x1637676857

  4. Patrick

    I thought that Obama had done an admirable thing by sticking with Wright. Wright was his friend, and not all my friends are the best people–they are human and flawed. By refusing to abandon Wright, Obama demonstrated for a while that he was above the more petty aspects of the scandal. It wasn’t Obama saying God Damn America. Furthermore, the “scandal” would have blown over and then Obama could have at least demonstrated he was loyal and stalwart in his friendships. It was a big mistake to abandon Wright now because it is a completely empty gesture since nothing has changed except the heat. The respect that we could have had for Obama for staying with his friend is gone–and now we can talk about how he renounced his friend for political gain and criticize him further one the continued suspicion he shares those beliefs.

    But it is wrong to suggest this is a republican thing; this is lefty infighting all the way. Clinton and Obama are both too similar on policies for anyone to notice the difference. Character is all that is left to them. In fact, I imagine most Americans would be hard pressed to remember a time when these candidates actually addressed policy. How can one blame that on the Republicans?

    As for HLT’s comments, he makes a good point more clear: the racial divide in America cannot be bridged. Too many people have too much invested in it. Those of us in the KLAN, in his mind, must constantly bear the burden of our assimilationist crimes. Our sins can never be forgiven (despite expressions of peace) and on the other side, if I read correctly, victimhood and suspicion are sacred cows. They provide meaning to the narrative and answer the great question: Why is their suffering in my world. Not even Obama could turn the tide of four hundred years’ narrative.

  5. If he really felt that way, then it is fine. It may or may not have also been motivated politically (which would make it inherently disappointing to his supporters).

    Politically speaking, Obama did do the right thing in denouncing the Reverend because he must stand for the unity of all Americans, not encourage conspiratorial ideas (even if they may be founded on true past events) To build a better tomorrow, we set a foundation from solid ground today.

    I’m not much of an Obama enthusiast myself but I think politically and practically, it is imperative for any public figure to try to shape a world where people are not just living with contempt for one another. He does that at least here, when he dissents against someone for their beliefs alone.

    In the future, one of these candidates will become president. It’s better that Sen. Obama shows right now how he would act when people do not act in his favour all the time. So far, he has not yet had to deal with disagreeing with people that put him in much of a dangerous potion. Most presidents do not stay as popular as they were when they first entered office; America needs to test out his abilities to lead.

  6. 1kings176

    Long story short, I think Obama did the right thing, but at the wrong time. I believe that if he really felt that Wright was a liability to his campaign, he should have distanced himself from his support months ago when the news came out. Now that’s he’s doing, he looks petty and desperate. And oddly enough, I say this as a supporter of Barak Obama.

  7. Tyrone

    Well, Obama had to do what he had to do. I really feel for him. Yeah, the right may have set this up, but does that excuse what Rev. Wright has done? Rev. Wright do not speak for a lot of us (African-Americans). While the history of how this country treated us is shameful, making wild accusations without proof is also shameful. I will pray for both Obama and Rev. Wright

  8. I respectfully and completely disagree. For me it was about the separation of church and state, and a pastor tied to a politician who even Barack says was grabbing the spotlight for himself. If someone religiously tied to either Clinton or McCain tried to do the same thing, I would have the exact same issue. Barack’s speech was not only the right thing to do, It won me over has a possible supporter. A politician cannot allow himself to be a tool in any way shape or form, and Barack showed honesty and toughness with his speech. I especially liked when said, ‘and if Rev. Wright thinks what I said before was political posturing, then he doesn’t know me very well.’ He did exactly what he had to and I don’t see how you could honestly think otherwise.

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