The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, once described as Obama's spiritual mentor, invoked God to damn America after which Obama said the Reverend was just a crazy uncle figure from a different time, he was family that Obama would not toss out. Later, when pressed by the public controversy, Obama threw Wright to the lions. Reverend Wright then lashed out in an insane press conference tirade which shocked Obama into denouncing his spiritual advisor as "divisive and destructive."
Obama was again compelled to denounce another liberal man of the cloth, the white Catholic priest Father Michael Pfleger, long time friend of Rev. Wright and Sen. Obama, and guest preacher at Trinity Church last Sunday.
Pfleger mocked Clinton for appearing to cry days before the New Hampshire primary in January, saying she was on the verge of tears because "there is a black man stealing my show."
"She always thought, 'This is mine. I'm Bill's wife, I'm white and this is mine,' Pfleger said in the dramatic sermon, which now has 100,000 hits on YouTube.
"And then out of nowhere came him, Barack Obama. And she said: 'Damn, where did you come from? I'm white, I'm entitled, there's a black man stealing my show!'"
"She wasn't the only one crying, there was a whole lot of white people crying," said Pfleger, a white Catholic priest.
Pfleger seems to have known he'd gone too far. When he was closing his sermon, he apologized to the congregation, ''Sorry . . . don't want to get you into any more trouble.'' He later issued a statement saying, ''I regret the words I chose on Sunday. These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama's life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them."
I am always skeptical of apologies offered like Pfleger's. "I am deeply sorry if..." is not an apology from an understanding of wrong doing and a desire to set things right. It's a cheap attempt to avoid further trouble.
Obama, however, made it immediately clear he did not like what Pfleger had preached saying he was "deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger's divisive, backward-looking rhetoric, which doesn't reflect the country I see or the desire of people across America to come together in common cause."
Is this the change we can believe in -- offend, deny, apologize, denounce and renounce? What kind of domestic and foreign policy is that? Certainly not a policy which anyone will long endure.
Barack Obama is, I believe, sincere in his new found outrage at discovering his close friends are divisive and destructive elements in this campaign cycle. In the 21st Century, racism and stupid comments do not play well before the You Tube unblinking eye, except to the parishioners of Trinity United Church of Christ who cannot see the mote in their own eye.
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