Democratic candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, has been a member of Trinity United Church of Christ for 20 years. This church is where he got his spiritual food on Sunday mornings. It is where he married his wife Michelle and baptized his children. Sen. Barack Obama spoke about his faith and his church, specifically, about the pastor of his church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who preaches fire and brimstone sermons and rails against the U.S. government’s policies and actions. Some of it is racist. Racism can go both ways. In this case, it’s black going against white. He preached strongly against America’s policies and even put down Hillary Clinton as not knowing what it feels like to be called a n_gg_r. Sure that’s true but he how does one say it without denigrating a person’s understanding. No doubt, Obama was probably embarrassed by this. He was quick to denounce the statements made by his pastor, Rev. Wright. Now he is distancing himself from Rev. Wright’s political rhetoric, who preached social justice in this congregation in the south side of Chicago. He still defended him as his pastor but not as his political advisor. Obama says that his views do not reflect his own.
Barack Obama recently stated:
I look forward to continuing a relationship with a church that has done so much good. And while Rev. Wright’s statements have pained and angered me, I believe that Americans will judge me not on the basis of what someone else said, but on the basis of who I am and what I believe in; on my values, judgment and experience to be President of the United States. (Huffington Post, March 14/08)
It doesn’t surprise me he would say that. If he’s going to get out of this tight situation and save his campaign from damage, it will take some nimble oratory manoeuvering. Can he manage it? I think he will.
Rev. Wright sounds like a preacher who preaches with eloquence, power, and conviction. I wonder if this is where Obama got his charisma from. Obama is probably the most eloquent politician we have seen in a long time and will be liked by many in the American public whether we agree with his policies or not (as I previously blogged about).