Reverend Jeremiah Wright's beliefs about the government producing AIDS to kill black people and so forth has been known to me for several weeks now. I've never even seen Trinity United Church of Christ, much less attended services there. Nor have I been a member there, been married there, nor had its pastor on my campaign staff as an advisor.
And I'm not running for President of these United States, with a staff of people with unlimited funding tasked solely with finding anything I've ever said or done which could hurt my chances to win the Prize.
Barack Obama knew what Jeremiah Wright was like. He's been like that all along, and he has not changed. The conspiracy theories and fiery sermons are part-and-parcel of Wright's game.
After having tried first to justify Wright, Obama read the writing on the wall, understanding its meaning: to have any shot at winning the Democratic nomination, much less the White House, he had to put as much distance between himself and Reverend Wright as possible.
But Wright is no more outrageous now than he was a month ago, last year, or on September 12, 2001.
If Obama were truly outraged by Wright, it would have shown at those times. Instead, Obama's outrage only flared when Wright tried to steal some of Obama's limelight, putting Obama's campaign at risk. Obama said the thing that made him the maddest was that Wright said Obama threw him under the bus just for politics, not for what he really believed.
So it is ironic that Obama, in a fit of transparent political expediency, denounced Wright for labelling his actions political expediency.
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