"The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. 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."
Does the word "disingenuous" come to mind?
So, Obama, who wrote pp. 274-295 about Wright in his 1995 autobiography, had no idea that Wright was an anti-American leftwing crank until early 2007?
Yet, ABC reported yesterday that the "God Damn America" soundbite is from 2003:
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people," he said in a 2003 sermon. "God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."
We know that Obama gave $27,500 to Wright's church in 2005-06 alone. But, maybe Obama really isn't the regular church-goer he claims to be in all those campaign ads and speeches. But, you don't think he ever talked to anybody who heard Rev. Dr. say these things?
C'mon, unlike Obama, Wright is an exhibitionist who likes to leave a paper (and digital) trail. And, unlike Obama, Wright likes to make himself clear.
Obama's oratorical style is a blend of Wright's black preacher man style with David Souter's care not to leave a controversial paper trail.
C'mon, Wright has always been Wright. In 1984 he went with Farrakhan to visit Gadaffi in Libya when the Colonel was the world's leading supporter of terrorism. Wright has always been a leftwing radical and that's a big reason that Obama chose him out of all the dozens of South Side preachers he had known in the 1980s.