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"All of the statements that have been the subject of controversy are ones that I vehemently condemn." --Barack Obama
No kidding. And here I expected Obama to say "Yes, america DID start the AIDS crisis in Africa ! America IS exactly the same as Al Qaeda !"
But I'm very heartened that Barack vehemently condemns controversy. Let me say, I vehemently condemn controversy also. And I denounce it. And repudiate it. I'd also like to kick controversy's butt. I want to condemn cancer too, and repudiate that. I'm firmly of the opinion that cancer is bad, and that is my firmly held conviction. Always has been.
Barack Obama wrote to the Huffington Post about his pastor Jeremiah Wright's racist and hateful rhetoric. Read Obama's entire statement here.
Obama does what you'd expect anybody this close to the presidency to do when confronted with a similar situation - he denounces his pastor's comments. And condems them, repudiates them, etc, etc, blah, blah. There was really nothing else he could do, unless he wanted to pack in his political career.
But there's a part of Obama's statement that is very difficult, if not impossible, to believe. Here's Obama:
"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. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church."
Obama went to Wright's chuch for 20 years, engaged in numerous private conversations with the man who was his advisor, and he NEVER heard him make any of these racist, anti-semitic, anti-american, or just downright crazy statements ????
Right. And I've gone to 20 Cleveland Cavaliers games the past three years, but I've never seen Lebron James make a basket (I was always in the restroom every time he scored. Darn that iced tea). Give me a break already.
And even if we are gullible enough to believe that much, Obama goes on to say that Wright's racist and extremist comments first came to his attention "at the beginning of [his] presidential campaign," and Obama indicates he may have left the church had Wright not been "on the verge of retirement." Okay then...if Obama so condemned Wright's comments, then why did Obama appoint Wright to his campaign's African American Religious Leadership Council after he knew about the comments, a position that Wright has just now left ? Why has the Rev. Wright remained Obama's advisor until now, when this firestorm erupted ? Obama didn't seem like he was all that offended by Wright's comments until they were being splashed all over television screens across america.
Somebody's nose is growing.