Because Barack Obama asked for it, Jim Hoft delivers (nice album cover, Jim!):
– God Damn America
– Hillary Aint No N*gger
– Bill Treated Me Like Monica
– God Damn America (Remix)
– Racism is How this Country was Founded
– Chickens Come Home to Roost
– We’re the Same as Al-Qaeda
– We bombed Nagasaki & Didn’t bat an eye
– God’s Sick of this Sh*t!
Watch Obama lavish praise on his crazy uncle.
Otis Moss III, the current pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, used his pulpit to defend his congregation and its past minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., from a wave of controversy stemming from inflammatory statements made by Wright.
“We have listened and watched as the wonderful work of our church has been vilified this week,” he told about 3,000 congregants on Palm Sunday morning. “This week should be special for us because I guess we know a little something about crucifixion.”
The church also released a statement that began: “Nearly three weeks before the 40th commemorative anniversary of the murder of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.’s character is being assassinated in the public sphere because he has preached a social gospel on behalf of oppressed women, children and men in America and around the globe.”
Bill Kristol distills the essence of Obama:
The more you learn about him, the more Obama seems to be a conventionally opportunistic politician, impressively smart and disciplined, who has put together a good political career and a terrific presidential campaign. But there’s not much audacity of hope there. There’s the calculation of ambition, and the construction of artifice, mixed in with a dash of deceit — all covered over with the great conceit that this campaign, and this candidate, are different.
Juan Williams agrees.
More on Obama’s reported attendance at one of Wright’s Hate America sermons from Ronald Kessler. If the report is accurate, Obama needs to be pressed on it.
If it isn’t accurate, Kessler and Newsmax need to correct and retract it.
Scott at Power Line has more:
The Los Angeles Times blog reports the Obama campaign’s denial that Obama attended the July 22 service; it states that Obama was in Miami that day. (Davis’s story was originally posted in August 2007; the Obama campaign apparently did not take notice of it until yesterday.) In fact, according to a Washington Post listing, Obama was scheduled to address the national council of La Raza’s annual conference on July 22, 2007. The time of Obama’s scheduled appearance is listed as “n/a.” Mickey Kaus has posted a La Raza press release listing Obama’s scheduled appearance at 1:30 p.m. There is also video of Obama’s appearance. As Kaus says, the ball is in Kessler’s court.
Allahpundit weighs in.
More from Bob Owens:
I’ve contacted the Secret Service Public Affairs Office to see if they will be able to confirm or deny a protective detail guarding Obama at TUCC in Chicago on July 22, 2007 as they seem to be in the most credible position to resolve these claims, but I do not know if they are able to address such concerns, and even if they are about to confirm of deny Obama’s attendance, I’m not sure that playing a game of “gotcha” pinning down Obama as an attendee at one of Wright’s more explosive sermons is even of major relevance.
Certainly, confirming Obama’s attendance would be a huge blow to his credibility as he stated categorically that he never attended church on days where Wright delivered one of his more inflammatory sermons, but that almost seems beside the point.
Whether or not he was there for one of “those” sermons, Barack Obama attended Wright’s church for 20 years, and it is implausible that he was completely unaware of his rhetoric and radicalism during that entire time period.
Barack Obama is forcing us to chose between one of two narratives. Either he:
1. attended a church for two decades that featured a radical minister preaching a seemingly separatist and occasionally anti-American “Black Value System” (which curiously, was scrubbed from the church’s web site over the weekend), considered Wright a mentor, was married by him, has his children baptized by him, and added him in an official capacity to his Presidential campaign (though in a largely ceremonial role), without ever really knowing anything about him or his beliefs, or;
2. Barack was aware of Wright’s pronouncements and beliefs and agreed with him enough that he was a member of Wright’s congregation for 20 years, only to then see Obama threw Wright “under the bus” when those beliefs became a threat to Obama’s presidential campaign.
Which is it?
The latter seems far more plausible than the former, with or without the media being able to pin down Obama as having attended Wright’s more bombastic recorded sermons.
Obama either displays a Gumpish cluelessness and a lack of self-awareness as a human being (not exactly sought-after traits in a President), or he agrees with the teaching of Wright to the extent that he became a member of his church and spent the last two decades as part of a congregation that was captured loudly applauding during extremist and conspiracy theory-laced sermons.