Skip to comments.Obama struggles to limit damage in pastor row as white voters slip away
Posted on 03/21/2008 7:53:03 PM PDT by Red Steel
Listen for a few minutes to Joey Vento, owner of a south Philadelphia institution that serves gut-busting sandwiches through a takeaway hatch, and the scale of Barack Obama's problems become apparent. Obama is having the worst week of his campaign. It is, some believe, a week that threatens his chances of becoming president.
"That minister, that was terrible, all his sayings. He's preaching hatred," Vento said. "The thing I didn't like about Obama; you're telling me for 20 years you been going to that church and you never heard that?"
Vento, 68, was speaking about Obama's former pastor and spiritual adviser, Jeremiah Wright, whose sermons have been aired repeatedly on US television denouncing the US as racist.
The clips have alienated the white voters, such as Vento, that Obama needs in his next contest with Hillary Clinton, to be held in Philadephia and the other towns and cities of Pennsylvania on April 22. But it goes further than that. The danger for Obama is not just that he could lose badly in Pennsylvania but that senior Democrats will wonder whether the loss of white votes could cost him the November general election.
Phil Singer, spokesman for Clinton, told reporters: "It's no secret that the Obama campaign is in political hot water."
Obama attempted to defuse the escalating row with a speech on Tuesday in Philadelphia in which he spoke in detail about his relationship with Wright and race in the US. It was widely acknowledged as one of his best. He wrote it on Monday night after his wife, Michelle, and their children had gone to bed. Although acclaimed by the media and political activists, his speech has failed to win over voters such as Vento.
Obama has since redoubled his efforts. Usually reluctant to offer himself up for interview,
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I can hear the vile screeds from “Pastor” Wright now if the DNC doesn’t pick B.H.O. in August or the Nation doesn’t pick B.H.O. in November.
“white voters slip away”
Blaming the voters never gets you elected.
We’d hear vile screed from Wright regardless. Even if Barry wins the nomination or the national election, Wright will spew some kind of rabid, racist, conspiratorial crap - he is off his nut.
Those typical white voters are just racists.
He wrote his own speech? I do not believe that. No politician on the campaign trail writes his own speeches.
Well, there is one problem with all of these campaigns. They have divvied and parceled up all the fragments of the American population except one which they have all neglected and taken for granted. The one that is most discriminated against. The one that is the most hated and reviled. The one to which they all owe their success. Which one? The White American Male.
Are any Freepers screen printing ‘TYPICAL WHITE PERSON’ t-shirts yet?
It would be entertaining for a cast of thousands to show up at all Obama rallies wearing them. Think we’d make the evening news?
If this was the greatest speech of all time, why does he keep falling? Perhaps the media is out of touch, what inspires people.
very little instant polling on the speech that I’ve seen. They don’t want to know.
I think it’s time to change my tagline, for a while.
I’d get a t-shirt made up, if I had some good places to wear it.
Hey, check out my new tagline.