Skip to comments.Contrary to Claims, Obama Very Close With Racist Preacher, Wright
Posted on 03/16/2008 1:40:18 PM PDT by ricks_place
Many in the newsmedia are reacting with quite restraint to the revelations of comments by Obam's racist "spiritual mentor," Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. Imagine if this were a Republican politician linked to such outrageous talk and you'll realize how the MSM has been studiously underplaying this controversy. A benefit of the doubt seems to be the rule of thumb for how the media is treating Obama, a benefit that would be denied a GOP candidate.
But, as ABC's Jake Tapper asked concerning Obama's knowledge of Wright's racist rants: What did Obama know and when did he know it? In this posting Tapper finds that Obama was distancing himself from Wright a year ago causing the question to be raised if Obama long ago wondered if Wright would be a liability? But, there is video of Obama lovingly introducing Wright even after that proving not only that Obama is very, very close to Rev. Wright, but also that he was not distancing himself from the man at all.
On June 5th, 2007, Senator Barack Obama spoke before 8,000 people gathered in Hampton University's Convocation Center. Most of them were pastors and ministers attending a conference there.
He was there to speak on mostly post Katrina issues and to criticize the Bush administration's efforts during that natural disaster. Obama tried his catch phrase of the moment, saying that a "quiet riot" might be occurring in America and he affirmed that he felt that America was a racist nation, that the reaction to Katrina had just "pulled back the screen" on America's racism. Obama also used rhetoric heavily doused with religious symbolism.
But, that boiler plate aside, there was two very interesting segments in Obama's remarks concerning his racist "spiritual mentor," Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. that are not getting the press it deserves. (See the video at Channel 2 News Chicago)
He was effusive in his praise and admiration for Wright, this foaming at the mouth, hate monger. This runs contrary to his late claims that he is somehow shocked by Wright's racism, or that he now disagrees with him as well as his claim that he was not familiar enough with Wright to know of his point of view.
As the speech kicked off (at 1:07 into the video), Obama introduced the Rev. Wright to the audience with these glowing and highly personal words:
And then I've got to give a special shout out to my Pastor. The guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife complain about me. He's a friend and a great leader not just in Chicago but all across the country, so please everybody give an extraordinary welcome to my pastor Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., Trinity United Church of Christ.
Where's he at? There he is. That's him, that's him right there.
You wearing a suit today, right?
This reveals a very intimate portrait of Obama and Wright's relationship. Notice the last bit where Obama jokes about Wright's penchant for wearing an Afrocentric style of dress and that his wearing of a suit at that event was uncommon. These are the remarks of a close friend to another loved intimate, not the words of a man making perfunctory comments.
Later in his comments Obama mentioned Wright again. (At 13:43 in the video)
You know, I've been on a journey trying to get at the truth that question for a long time. I mention Rev. Wright... I first met Rev. Wright when I moved to Chicago after college.
And that's where I met Rev. Wright and started going to Trinity United Church of Christ and he helped me on another journey and introduced me to someone named Jesus Christ. And I learned that my sins could be redeemed. I learned that those things that I was too weak to accomplish myself, maybe he could accomplish them for me if I placed my trust in him. And I learned that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when they believe in him and they come together and are guided by him.
So, we see that Obama obviously had a close, long-term relationship with Wright not a casual one where Obama might have missed the Reverends long-standing agenda.
It is also interesting that Obama's rhetoric was so steeped in evangelical Christian rhetoric. Isn't a fanatic Christianity one of the charges so often leveled by the left against president Bush? Dont they so often say that he is somehow too religious? And, how often did we hear from the MSM how controversial Bush (or any Republican) was for delivering a speech before Bob Jones University?
And remember, Bush just went to make a single speech at Bob Jones University and the media slammed him for months afterward. Yet, Barack has had an intimate, 20-year relationship with Wright who has vehemently called for God to damn America and the media yawns at the news.
In light of the criticism of Bushs injecting too much religion in his presidency or that his administration is just like a Christian Taliban, it is also a legitimate question to ask, where are those same accusers when this 2007 speech by Barack Obama is so filled with religious fervor? Where are the anti-religious left and the so-called separation of Church and Staters at now?
In fact, this entire speech is filled with nothing but class warfare, expansions of social programs, raising the minimum wage, typical great society type junk all couched squarely as a civic responsibility enmeshed with Obama's view of Biblical precepts.
Now, as far as what Obama knew of Rev. Wright's racist comments and when he knew it, ABC's Jake Tapper is right on when he notes that Obama had dis-invited Wright from delivering the public invocation at his candidacy announcement more than a year ago. This obviously reveals that Obama had begun to distance himself from Wright before he announced formally for the presidency. It is plain that Obama knew of Wright's problematic ranting long before his sudden claim that he is shocked by Wright's past rhetoric.
Unfortunately for the truth, when the questions were finally put to him on March 14th, Obama played dumb saying, "I wasn't in church during the time that these statement were made. I did not hear such incendiary language myself, personally. Either in conversations with him or when I was in the pew, he always preached the social gospel. ... If I had heard them repeated, I would have quit. ... If I thought that was the repeated tenor of the church, then I wouldnt feel comfortable there."
Even back in April of 2007 The New York Times quoted Wright that he'd already talked with Barack about his controversial relationship with the ranting Reverend.
"If Barack gets past the primary, he might have to publicly distance himself from me," Mr. Wright said with a shrug. "I said it to Barack personally, and he said yeah, that might have to happen."
This fully reveals that Wright understands that his views are controversial, that Barack was fully aware of them, and that they are both complicit in trying to cover up these facts in order to fool people into a false perception of the truth.
But, as the video from Chicagos Channel 2 shows that, until recently, Obama never did fully separate himself from Rev. Wright.
With all the proof of how Barack Obama has been so close to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. for the last 20 years, it stretches credulity to imagine that Obama never heard of Wright's hatespeech before. And as Wright blames whites for all the ills of the black community, while Wright claims that America deserved 9/11 and that whites created AIDS to kill blacks, Obama has the gall to claim that its everyone else stirring the racial rhetoric.
Watch this speech by Obama and see who is stirring the racial rhetoric. During his own campaign, Obama has cleaned up Wright's racist hate but make no mistake that the message that Wright has so often bellowed from the pulpit is nearly identical to Obamas on the campaign trail. Obama has learned well from Rev. Wright. Hes learned well, indeed.
The conservative blogosphere is aflame with Obamas links to Wright. But the biggest question is: will the Mainstream Media let this controversy die, will they decide its old news like they do so very often, or will they pursue it, connecting the dots, like they should?
What do you think?
Hypocrisy and lying about this issue is going to bring Barack down, either before the convention, or after it.
Hopefully, after he has the nomination.
Because he's preachin' to the choir.
No matter what anybody says about Hillary, no one can say that she is a racist, like Obama. Hillary is a radical marxist. Obama is a black supremacist.
...the same people who “uncovered” Obama’s early drug usage also uncover the bigoted, hateful Reverend.
And it ain’t us conservatives.
if that had been a white church--with a white Presidential candidate in attendance???
Yep; all this time, I thought that Hillary would be the easiest of the two to defeat. WRONG!! I believe the empty suit, Marxist, Muslim will be easier to take down in November.
What say ye?
Senator B. (whose middle name must NEVER be spoken) is a black supremacist (along with his anti-American, bitter and angry wife),,,
is ALSO a radical Marxist.
I guess THAT'S what he means by "CHANGE".
In that speech, "O" refers to the "quiet riot" and reminds people that that is what was going on just before the Rodney King riots - and then says it's still going on - a thinly veiled warning.
In his Katrina/N.O. references, he says the poverty and inequality of the blacks there were going on long before Katrina...and in his true style of half-truths, doesn't mention that the city had been ruled by BLACK DEMOCRATS for decades.
And he praises the black churches generosity in sending help after Katrina. Not a whisper about all the white churches who donated hundreds of millions nor all the whites who went there and volunteered months of labor in cleanup and rebuilding.
This is one forked tongue snake...He believes everything his "good friend and mentor" and the church does...BLACK POWER and making whitey pay.
take wright out and put in DUKE...take Obama out and put in McCain....how do you think the media would treat this story then?
The church would've been torched = with the candidate inside. And the media would be lamenting that they were driven to this understandable act.
We are being given a heads up, folks.
We stop this man now - or there will be Rodney Kings riots in every city of this country
I say no.
I think that is "O" is beat out of the race, the blacks are going to blame the hilderbeast and not vote for her. In addition, the young folk who worship him like some rock star, won't bother to come out to vote at all. (Conversely, if he IS the candidate, they will understand so little of the real issues, they'll flock, swooning, to the polls.
Also, there are many dimRats that are beginning to see the light: "If this is how they run a campaign, do we trust them to run the country?"
It looks like Barrack Obama has been exposed. I can’t imagine what he could say that would justify/excuse his 20+ years in Rev. Wright’s tutelage. More and more, it looks like Barrack Obama is the stealth candidate in this election.
lets tone it down until he takes hillary out.
The pic should be titled,,,”THE AUDACITY OF ARROGANCE”!
Either that, or declare him done and move on to Hillary.
If Barack Obama were a white Republican and attended a church that preached white supremacy he would have already been forced to quit the race.
What a nut job Obama is influenced by. I can see why his wife routinely makes anti-american statements..Just think people if this Obama ever got into the White hOuse we would be history..they would think of any and ever excuse to get rid of all the whities..
And I always wondered why so many blacks are killing whites and raping women I really think that it has to do with racist preacher like this stupid moron..
Barack HUSSEIN lied. They are supposed to lie to infidels its in their book.
exactly what if Huckster went to the god hates fags baptist church? he would have been gone in january.
Imagine if GWB was close to, or even once in the same room with, a preacher like this in 2000.
The double standards are really starting to strain credibility here.
Hillary has no chance of being elected. Obama, on the other hand, does have a chance, because this country if full of fools and Oprah luvs him. If you want to be preparing your daughters’ burqas in a couple of years, vote Obama.
People who think they’re being cute by voting for Obama are setting themselves up for a serious shock.
"THE AUDACITY OF HATE"
The senators insistence that he was unaware of Wrights bizarre views until just recently has been scoffed at by a spokeswoman for Senator Hillarys campaign. He says hes a regular church-goer, said Naomi Harridan, co-chair of Clintons Pennsylvania campaign. Hes been listening to this crap for 20 years. He cant not have known.
Obama challenged Harridans contention by asserting that like many of my fellow parishioners and, I dare say, many church-goers across America, Ive slept through the vast majority of the sermons.
He definitely has a better chance. Hillary is not popular even with women, as many polls have shown.
Anyone know when was the first time Obama condemned Wright’s statements?
Is there any record prior to April 2007, or is “When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments.” another lie?
Hillary is extremely easy to defeat. Nobody has high negs like her. First Lady experience is not Presidential experience. She hasn’t done anything important in the Senate in 8 years. She’s not a leader by any means.
All I’m saying is that this issue is big enough to take Obama down. We were looking around for something that may be able to cunter the illogical, irrational ‘movement’ for him, this can do it. 20 years in a black racist church (but he doesn’t believe THAT) yet his wife seems to say these things, and they haven’t stopped going there....) is a HUGE issue and he knows it.
This one can’t be schmoozed over or ducked. Race card ain;t gonna save him on this.
Just What Did Obama Know About Wright's Past Sermons? (Plenty)!
Barack Obama either agreed with what was preached from the Trinity pulpit, or he tuned it out and stayed around pretending to for political reasons. To say he stayed for 20 years but doesn't agree with Wright's preaching is incredible denial. It'd be like a man buying White Sox season tickets for 20 years, attending the games, and saying he's not a fan.
Obamas supporters want us to ignore this story just push it under the rug. While theyll align Republicans with any obscure pastor who does or says something controversial, theyre trying to convince us that Obamas 20-year long close relationship with Wright, including his effective endorsement of him, his church and rhetoric with a $22,500 donation in 2006 is irrelevant.
When Obama decided against wearing an American flag pin, we may all have been a bit too quick to accept his rationale, too quick to find that issue unimportant. Now, that American flag pin has gotten a lot bigger for a lot of us, especially in light of what may have been and may still be Obamas deeper, and, perhaps, secret, less than patriotic beliefs about America.
Wright says that blacks cant be expected to sing God Bless America because of racism. Obama doesnt salute the flag during the National Anthem. That sure strikes me as an amazing coincidence since Obama swears he never heard Wright say anything against America.
Okay I meant “counter” before anyone says anything.
Does anyone else have a laptop with a finger controlled mouse that sometimes catches the shadow of a finger or thumb and it totally moves the cursor to a different part of what you already typed? That’s what happened there. I had to delete what I had typed and apparently took the “o” by mistake.
Absolutely! What if McCain attended a church where the pastor was a vehement supporter of the KKK. Imagine McCain saying, “I attended the church for 20 years, yes, I am a member of the church, the pastor baptized my wife and I, my children also. However, I don’t agree with the pastor on everything he has said. I didn’t even know he was a KKK member myself. Where would the media be on this? Their hypocrisy is evident. Like the emperor with no clothes and those who don’t see it, simply don’t want to see it.
If you want to SPLIT THIS COUNTRY even further WIDE OPEN along racial lines,,,,
a bigot like Senator B. (whose name must NOT be spoken out loud) and his nasty, mean-spirited, bitter, angry anti-American wife,,,,
ARE THE RIGHT COUPLE AT THE RIGHT TIME!!!
Which is why we can assume it's Hillary who pulled the plug on the old Rev... and not us.
Also, Hillary's got lots of supporters in Chicago - and liberals know the way to the black community is through large black churches. They knew what they would find.
Calling Dick Morris a f-ing Jew bastard might be a little racist (I know being Jewish is not a race but most bigots consider them one).
I will be sending these pictures to my email lists this afternoon.
BTTT. This article discusses the “shot out” to Reverend Wright in the Hampton University speech.
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