March 16, 2008

RADICAL DUDE:

Obama and the Minister (RONALD KESSLER, March 14, 2008, Wall Street Journal)

Hearing Mr. Wright's venomous and paranoid denunciations of this country, the vast majority of Americans would walk out. Instead, Mr. Obama and his wife Michelle have presumably sat through numerous similar sermons by Mr. Wright.

Indeed, Mr. Obama has described Mr. Wright as his "sounding board" during the two decades he has known him. Mr. Obama has said he found religion through the minister in the 1980s. He joined the church in 1991 and walked down the aisle in a formal commitment of faith.

The title of Mr. Obama's bestseller "The Audacity of Hope" comes from one of Wright's sermons. Mr. Wright is one of the first people Mr. Obama thanked after his election to the Senate in 2004. Mr. Obama consulted Mr. Wright before deciding to run for president. He prayed privately with Mr. Wright before announcing his candidacy last year.

Mr. Obama obviously would not choose to belong to Mr. Wright's church and seek his advice unless he agreed with at least some of his views. In light of Mr. Wright's perspective, Michelle Obama's comment that she feels proud of America for the first time in her adult life makes perfect sense.

Much as most of us would appreciate the symbolism of a black man ascending to the presidency, what we have in Barack Obama is a politician whose closeness to Mr. Wright underscores his radical record.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2008 4:06 PM
Comments

Getting yourself pastored by a radical hater shows bad judgment. Lying about it when asked by the media shows dishonesty. Request for presidency denied.


--klqtzz

Posted by: poetryman69 at March 16, 2008 6:55 PM

This article is too timid.

This one isn't

Posted by: Bruno at March 16, 2008 6:59 PM

White? Black? Muslim? Christian? Anti-American? Patriot? Hopeful? Hopeless? Change? Changeling? Powerful? Power-less?

It's time (once again) to think outside the box.

In fact, Barack Obama is left with only one option.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at March 17, 2008 3:20 AM

After the past few weeks, I don't think of Obama as a radical - he's just a mushier than usual lefty opportunistic fool.

Posted by: ratbert at March 17, 2008 6:45 AM

I wonder if the LATimes columnist who wrote of Obama as "Barack the Magic Negro" is having second thoughts.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 17, 2008 7:19 AM
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