Skip to comments.LIVE THREAD - Under Pressure, Obama Prepares for Race and Unity Speech
Posted on 03/18/2008 6:12:13 AM PDT by SE Mom
Barack Obama is preparing to deliver a major address Tuesday on race, politics and unifying the country after being hounded by questions about his relationship to a pastor whose sermons have been laced with anti-American invective.
In a speech whose religious significance could compare to one given in December by former GOP presidential hopeful and Mormon Mitt Romney, Obama may be forced to explain the philosophy of the 8,000-strong Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where the Democratic presidential candidate has been a congregant for 20 years.
In announcing the morning address, to be delivered in Philadelphia, Obama would not say specifically what he will discuss, but suggested he wants to cool down the atmosphere after incendiary remarks by his pastor, retired Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., blanketed the airwaves over the past week.
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Mornin’ Chuck:) The speech is scheduled to last 30 mins..and apparently there will be questions afterwards...
What’s Obama going to do, totally condemn this minister and sayhe wants nothing to do with him anymore? That is the only thing that might satisfy some people but it would ring entirely hollow after he has been in the congregation for 20 years!
Sadly Wright has a following his own self, and supposedly he speaks for a lot of people. God help us all. But if that is the case and Obama suddenly snubs him, is this going to cost Obama some support from more radical quarters? Hmmm....
My guess is that The Obomination will cite Martin Luther King a minimum of 12 times.
He will say his beliefs are the same as Dr. King’s and that he rejects Wright’s wrongs.
He can ramble on about the history of the black church until hell freezes over.
HATE SPEECH IS HATE SPEECH!
Obama is different because:
1) He does need to apologize for his association with a purveyor of race hatred
2) He and his wife don't especially feel proud of this country
3) By using Alinksy ju-jitsu and turning the race issue back against whitey, he is not transcending racial politics but merely using it to his advantage -- and I don't think that will work in this situation.
Obama cannot win the general elections but Hillary Clinton can and probably will. As I said, enjoy the butt kicking again by the Clintons. They shall be your masters and you shall be their slaves.
You owe me (another) keyboard!
Obama tried an oft-used Clinton tactic...putting out bad news on a Friday evening. It didn't work, Barry.
I want him to explain to the country just what "Black Liberation Theology" really is !!!
Just what in He77 are they wanting to be liberated from???
The most Free country in the world??
Aid to Dependant Children??
Low Cost Housing ?
They don't need to be liberated.. they just need to get the He77 out.. Ungrateful ^&%&*%^
Agreed. I think he’s finished too- but am fascinated to watch the fallout and how it will change the American perceptions of race...
Of course you are right. Pass the barf bags.
Good morning to you, Good morning to you!
The keyboard’s in the mail....
Thanks, I was wondering what time it was scheduled.
I’m not underestimating his speech abilities and ‘slickness’ quotient. He’s got Bill beat when it comes to acting honest & sincere.
Hillary cannot win the general election without the black vote, and if Hillary is the rat nominee, she will NOT get the black vote, because she will have stolen the nomination from the big ‘O’.
BTTT- lots of insight there.
That’s only because he’s still new and people haven’t “peeled the Obama onion”. Stay tuned.
You ought to hear the story of the Exodus from the perspective of that perverse theology.
I once heard a pastor say that Pharoah allowed the Jews to leave with all of their possessions, but when slaves got kicked off the plantations, they couldn't take anything with them. He equated the two and used that logic to argue for reparations.
I think that the only honorable thing he can do is admit to 1) being influenced by Wright but he’s better now; 2) not paying close enough attention; 3) apologizing to us whities; 4) severing ties with that church - wife and children too; 5) hit the lights and go into his hope and change speech. He won’t do that but that’s what he should do. I want an apology. I look at the black people I encounter now and feel like the racial divide has widened and is too wide to cross in my generation. It makes me very sad.
Major damage control. I suspect it will be to little to late. He should have hit the ground divesting himself of this idiot. Instead he tried to finesse this past the fawning MSM. If he had come out claiming he had had an epiphany and was suddenly struck with the evil of the message it would have been defused. Of course that would have been a lie just like what he said after it came out. I believe he not only was present when this tripe was being spoken but was nodding his head in approval, if not standing and applauding.
“Thats only because hes still new and people havent peeled the Obama onion. “
Maybe, but I’m not sure they’re going to be peeling much of the onion today either.
Vote for me! Just because I'm a corrupt,socialist racist is no reason I shouldn't be President. Quick somebody hand me a hankie!!
People need to probe the connection between Liberation Theology in general and Marxism, and it’s relationship to sometimes violent movements in Latin America.
But no one in the media will.
Juan Williams, who otherwise was making sense on this Obama pastor issue, was talking about how wonderful it all was.
His reaction to this mess has been telling, indeed. He’s in a spot he created- but a tough spot nevertheless. If he truly distances himself from Jeremiah Wright and Trinity Church, many blacks will be furious- if he doesn’t- many non-blacks will be furious.
Pure poetry :-)
Thanks for the chuckle
BO’s “I have a damn!” speech.
1) My judgement wasn't very good
2) I'm not a good judge of other people's character
3) I often don't pay attention to what people say to me
4) I am easily misled
These are not good defenses for a misstep in a presidential campaign. But what else does he have??
I think the problem for Obama is that he has been preaching one message inside the African American community, and a different one to the broader American public.
As another FReeper commented once, it’s very much like Arafat saying one thing to his followers in Arabic and another thing entirely to the world media in English.
It looks that way, doesn’t it? Lots of wink-wink, nod-nod going on..
He deserves to be in this spot, if he thinks he can float thru to the WH Obama is deluded as well as his supporters.
Someone needs to ask BHO about the FALN and the TUCC.
There is a lot more coming that will have a bearing on BHO’s judgement besides Wright’s hate sermons.
Just read BHO’s first book.
Reading CNN online(while holding my nose), it appears that Obama has consulted with up to 50 black church leaders over the weekend for help with his speech.
I’m not sure what Sista Soulja means although I’ve seen it referred to on other Freeper threads.
I will, however, take this opportunity to make my most profound announcement. Bearing in mind here that I am more accurate in my prognostications than, say, Dick Morris.
I hereby declare Barack Hussein Obama UNELECTABLE.
Which is not to say that he couldn’t win the Dem primary but I have my doubts on even that. But there is no way, Jose, nada, zero, zip...that Obama will EVER be elected this country’s president.
Yes I know it’s a daring prediction but remember again, I am way better than Dick Morris in my predictions, you should be impressed.
The people in this country are simply not going to elect a man our president who has associated with a church of such vehemence and rancor. Those sound and sight bytes are killers. Remembering that in cinematic America, these are not wordy transcripts released on the un-reading populace. These are videos, loud and brutal, that we see with our collective lying eyes and lying ears.
The ladies at the beauty parlor will remove the hairdryers and take notice. Not even the beauty of Barack’s speech can chase this away. Add to it the little “clues” he’s dropped along the way like ET’s Reesie’s Piecies. Like his refusal to wear an American flag lapel pin. Like that infamous pic without his hand over his heart, something that the American public might have overlooked on its own but coupled with the fine and lovable Reverund Wright...heh.
Then there’s the personable Michele Obama who hasn’t been proud of her country until she’s almost in her mid-40’s and her constant harangue that it is US who are damn mean...
....the unions across the fruited plains might support the Dems but those unions are composed of ordinary folks who don’t like knowing that serreptiously there’s a sub-culture of so-called black “Christians” who beat white people up to hell and back for alleged causasion racism while shouting this fire and brimstone hatred from the pulpits. A lot of white folk in this country were not aware such a sub-culture existed but, now they do.
Yon average middle class American is not going to elect a man so filled with hate for this country as its President. Not so long as white people are the majority and as of this date, we still are.
I’ll end with the thought that those alleged “super-delegates” that the Dems so adore supposedly place their votes on the candidate’s “electability”.
It’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
And don’t forget my track record versus Dick Morris.
I haven’t read either of his books- but here’s something interesting from this morning:
In before the speech.
Thanks SE Mom for the thread.
No speech can dig Obama out of the racist hole he’s been living in for most of his adult life. Pastor Wright is a hate-mongering racist, and he was Obama’s spiritual advisor, what else does anyone need to know?
So I must add a needed caveat.
I have heard plenty of African-Americans over the past few days disavow Reverund Wright’s vitriol and I have been in a few majority black churchs in my life. Not often, but a few.
I never saw such a spectacle as Rev. Wright but my shocked eyes can’t get over the sight of that HAPPY CONGREGATION. Rev Wright could well be the batty uncle in the attic but he sure has a lot of supporters.
Including Barack Obama which he can’t weasle out of.
These are the real issues which should decide this campaign. And they are not religious/racial issues—for war and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious/racial barriers.
But because I am a Catholic,/black man and no Catholic/black man has ever been elected President, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured—perhaps deliberately, in some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again—not what kind of church I believe in, for that should be important only to me—but what kind of America I believe in.
I won’t be watching it as I cannot stand to see someone tell lies.
Tanks for the PING!
Al Sharpton now on FOX saying he’s starting to question the political motivation ..why is this in the news cycle so long...
As usual- it’s damned hard to understand EXACTLY what Sharpton is saying- but it SOUNDS like he’s blaming Hillary...
--Obama will be the last African-American to run for president in the US.
--There will be no formal democrat convention this year.
I’m watching Sharpton. Talk about your verbal dance.
But it does seem that he’s casting aspersions on Hillary.
“I wont be watching it as I cannot stand to see someone tell lies.”
Also, it is hard to explain why that televion has a big hole in its screen to the shrieking spouse.
Did he really say?
G*# D*## NASCAR