March 13, 2008


Obama's Pastor: God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11 (BRIAN ROSS and REHAB EL-BURI, March 13, 2008, ABC News)

Sen. Barack Obama's pastor says blacks should not sing "God Bless America" but "God damn America."

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor for the last 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's south side, has a long history of what even Obama's campaign aides concede is "inflammatory rhetoric," including the assertion that the United States brought on the 9/11 attacks with its own "terrorism."

In a campaign appearance earlier this month, Sen. Obama said, "I don't think my church is actually particularly controversial." He said Rev. Wright "is like an old uncle who says things I don't always agree with," telling a Jewish group that everyone has someone like that in their family.

His family ain't like ours.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 13, 2008 9:42 AM

Yeah, but that crank old uncle you only see once or twice a year, and only for the briefest time possible, and only because you got to or mom will be upset. Mr. Obama has been seeing this guy regularly for twenty years.

So not ready for prime-time.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 13, 2008 11:15 AM

Rush was all over this guy today. And apparently Wright has left the pulpit (at his church - as of 1/13), but he formally listed as a religious/cultural advisor to the Obama campaign.

Once again, we have the double standard - any white "preacher" who said stuff like this would be ostracized like Fred Phelps and his crew. Or any conservative who said stuff like this would be demonized all the way home. Liberals can question America (even damn it) because dissent is their highest virtue (except when Democratic sexual activity is involved). But Wright is a big problem for Obama. Voters who don't attend inner-city black churches with hysterical preachers aren't going to understand the genre.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 14, 2008 12:09 AM

What's to not understand about raced based hatred.

Posted by: Perry at March 14, 2008 8:30 AM