March 15, 2008

Barack uses the Bill Clinton excuse

But instead of "I didn't inhale," it's "I don't recall him [Jeremiah Wright] using that sort of rhetoric" while I was in church. Does it wash? Jake Tapper wonders:

Obama told CNN that he "didn't know about all these statements. I knew about one or two of these statements that had been made. One or two statements would not lead me to distance myself from either my church or my pastor. ... If I had thought that was the tenor or tone on an ongoing basis, then yes, I don't think it would have been reflective of my values."

But according to a New York Times story from a year ago, the Obama campaign dis-invited Wright from delivering a public invocation at Obama's candidacy announcement.

“Fifteen minutes before Shabbos I get a call from Barack,” Wright told the Times. “One of his members had talked him into uninviting me."

In a phone call with Wright, Obama cited a Rolling Stone story, “The Radical Roots of Barack Obama," (the name of which has curiously been changed on the RS website) and told him, according to Wright, “You can get kind of rough in the sermons, so what we’ve decided is that it’s best for you not to be out there in public.”

That was a year ago. So, obviously Obama did know about "how rough" Wright's sermons could get. This isn't some sort of "revelation" for him.

Obama supporters are getting even nuttier. The LA Times' Rosa Brooks suggested that Obama was "probably sitting in church and not listening" during all those years attending Wright's sermons.

'Ya gotta love liberals, I tell 'ya. First, Obama is this ultra-intelligent, charismatic Jesus-like figure. Now, he's some half asleep, ADD suffering fop. But that's just like how liberals view George Bush! First he was this super-conniving, cunning swashbuckler; the next he's the pinnacle of a doltish bungler.

Posted by Felix at March 15, 2008 08:03 PM | TrackBack

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