May 31, 2008


Obama Resigns Church Membership (Keith Richburg, 5/31/08, The Trail)

Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, resigned their membership in the South Side Chicago church that had been their spiritual home for two decades but which, in recent months, had become a political liability in Obama's campaign for the presidency.

The Obamas announced their decision in a letter to Trinity United Church of Christ's Rev. Otis Moss III on Friday, saying, "We are writing to make official our decision to end our membership at Trinity."

...that you have to pretend not to hold for political reasons.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 31, 2008 9:13 PM

The nutroots won't care (they don't do church), but who will be the first to accuse Obama of kneeling before whitey?

Perhaps Wright himself (or James Meeks, who seems a bit more hateful).

And has Calypso Louie weighed in on Obama? I imagine he would be excited about a black candidate, but Obama's pushback against his Muslim experiences must grate. Of course, any type of inflammatory statement by Farrakhan that mention Obama would be radioactive.

Posted by: ratbert at May 31, 2008 10:30 PM


This is a fully manufactured "Sister Souljah" moment. Both "outbursts" by pastors Pfleger and Wright were orchestrated.

Similar outbursts, where Obama gets to 'repudiate' Ayers, ACORN, Dohrn, Farrakan, et. al. are all likely on the drawing board.

Obama's poor debate performances, his "clinging" gaffes, and his "can't I just eat waffle" outbursts are the mark of an amateur.

Wright and Pfleger are scripted. We will get a lot of practice over the next few months in trying to spot the difference between the mistakes and the planned events.

Posted by: Bruno at May 31, 2008 11:25 PM

you fail to comprehend Bill Clinton. He was distancing himself from blacks. Obama can't.

Posted by: oj at June 1, 2008 6:26 AM


Don't get carried away - the US of A isn't the South Side, and Obama isn't FDR.

Ayers hasn't been explored yet, and neither has ACORN, Rezko, or any possible ties to Farrakhan.

And Obama's love of abortion is just a blip on the horizon. Who is going to rescue him from that?

And how will he reconcile himself to "meeting" with David Petraeus and seeing progress in Iraq? He can't outright lie, like Pelosi did this past week. If he is going to have a Souljah moment, it will have to be here (on the war), but does he dare tell the Democrat party that the surge has worked and that politics in Iraq are working, too. McCain has him by the testicles here, and everyone from George Bush to Joe Lieberman to probably a third of the House Democrats do, too.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 1, 2008 8:34 AM

In addition to the exposure of Obama's character on this issue, there is also the embarassment for all his media worshipers (who prostrated themselves over his speech in Philadelphia on race, comparing him to JFK and even Lincoln). See Powerline for the specifics.

Andrew and Garry Wills should be in hiding for the rest of the campaign. I know I would be.

Posted by: ratbert at June 1, 2008 9:03 AM

Sister Souljah had no connection to Bill Clinton, he used the opportunity given to him to say that he wasn't that kind of person, and that as a Democrat he didn't agree with that.

Sen. Obama is in the jam he is because he is connected to these people, and each rejection during this campaign raises the question again of why he was connected to these people in the first place, why would a man who wants to be president of the United States associate for so many years with people who hate the United States and the bulk of its population?

That is the curse of the media providing a free ride to so many of these people and their beliefs for so long - they never thought they would ever be called out for them, and now that they have, they have no plausible answer to their critics.

Posted by: Mikey at June 1, 2008 12:09 PM

He needs to get all these things out now, so he can play the "that's old news" response come October, when most voters are finally paying attention to his campaign. He's counting on them shrugging it all off as "politics as usual" and not noticing how at odds it is with his campaigning as a secular messiah. He's also counting on the press in October to keep their collective yaps shut, and play along. He knows his buddies in the media are gonna drag this dead horse across the finish line no matter what, as they've bet their entire industry on him. (And I betcha he's also got some idea that Chicago-style politics, which his mastery has got him to where he's at, will continue to work its miracles even nationally.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 1, 2008 12:56 PM