Apr 30 2008
Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Barack Obama Disowns Rev. Jeremiah Wright: Don’t Know Him. Don’t Care What He Says.

When the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy exploded, Barack Obama mentioned that Reverend Wright had taken a sabbatical. Everyone seemed to understand what that meant: he would stay on the low until the election was over. The past three days, Reverend Wright has shattered any thought of him standing down for Barack’s benefit.

On Friday, Reverend Wright had his first post-controversy interview on Bill Moyer’s Journal. He was asked about Barack Obama condemning his statements. Wright passed it off as Barack Obama saying what politicians have to say. On Sunday, he made an appearance at a NAACP function. Got a standing ovation, as he talked about John F. Kennedy’s Irish accent and things that a Comicview comedian would say, like, black people’s clapping style vs. white people’s off beat style.

On Monday, Reverend Wright made a stop at a National Press Club event. Where he praised Louis Farrakahn as one of the most important voices of the 20th century; repeated his claim that the government created AIDS; and joked about being available for a vice-candidate spot; all while defending the black church’s traditions.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright at the National Press Club

Actually, fending off attacks on the church is why he chose to return from.. “sabbatical”.. “Why I am speaking out now? In our community, we have something called playing the dozens. If you think I’m going to let you talk about my mama—(laughter)—and her religious tradition and my daddy and his religious tradition and my grandma, you got another thing coming. (Applause.)”

Somewhere in there, Reverend Wright said he was never Barack Obama’s spiritual advisor and if Barack Obama is to become president, then it would be God’s will. Implying that anything he says or does isn’t going to to change Barack Obama’s chances.

Surf those transcripts. Reverend Wright’s comments are lifted completely out of context, but that’s how we got here in the first place. By providing the media with fresh material to pick through, it’s completely short-sighted and self-destructive for Reverend Wright to handicap someone you would think he cared for. Barack Obama said Wright was like an uncle to him. And that crazy ol uncle just stabbed him in the back. And for what? If the black church is on fire, it’s because he’s standing in the aisle with gasoline draws on. Jump in the water, take a bath. >> Help a brother out.

Yesterday, Barack Obama disowned Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Looking sad, uncomfortable, and at times, angry, Barack Obama cut the umbilical cord..

“The person that I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate, and I believe that they do not portray accurately the perspective of the black church.

They certainly don’t portray accurately my values and beliefs.

If Reverend Wright thinks that’s political posturing, as he put it, then he doesn’t know me very well and based on his remarks yesterday, I may not know him as well as I thought either.

I gave him the benefit of the doubt in my speech in Philadelphia, explaining that he has done enormous good in the church. But when he states and then amplifies such ridiculous propositions as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS; when he suggests that Minister Farrakhan somehow represents one of the greatest voices of the 20th and 21st century; when he equates the U.S. wartime efforts with terrorism – then there are no excuses. They offend me. They rightly offend all Americans. And they should be denounced, and that’s what I’m doing very clearly and unequivocally here today.

It is antithetical to my campaign. It is antithetical to what I’m about. It is not what I think America stands for.”

☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 TO EVERYONE Wed, Apr 30, 2008 - 9:49 am

Anyone that thinks that AIDS wasn’t put out there by the government is a fool. Why do you think that there hasn’t been a cure for anything in about 40 years? Answer: because you can make more money treating it than you can curing it. THINK ABOUT THAT PEOPLE.

2 This may be true Wed, Apr 30, 2008 - 10:12 am

however, Wright needs to sit his butt down!!!

3 hmmmm Wed, Apr 30, 2008 - 10:14 am

is this a crab in a barrel moment

4 DAMN SHAME Wed, Apr 30, 2008 - 11:41 am

Rev. Wright is so caught up in being in the limelight that he probably doesn’t even realize the damage he’s done. By now we should ALL know that Rev. Wright’s approach is the ABSOLUTE WRONG way to fight this battle. His egotistical, hate filled comments and conspiracy theories may have cost this country the best presidential candidate in the race. Rev. Wright may think he’s telling the truth and that he’s speaking up for his people, but the truth is that no-one with any real power, political clout, or common sense is listening to an angry black man.

5 Stymuli Wed, Apr 30, 2008 - 4:17 pm

For as many times as I’ve heard growing up, that as a black person, I have to be twice as good…

You would expect that a reverend would know to simply “turn the other cheek,” let bygones be bygones and put aside his “truth” for the better welfare of his fellow man under God.

What an (every expletive adjective in the book)!

Hopefully he can rebound as gracefully from this as he has from all the other mud-slinging.

6 Stymuli Wed, Apr 30, 2008 - 4:18 pm

Oh, BTW, by “...he can rebound….” I was referring to Obama.  Rev. Wrong can eat a fat one.

I’m sorry, that’s just how I feel.

7 MsMoni Wed, Apr 30, 2008 - 6:48 pm

I think I’m more saddened for Obama than anything. He tried to not to get caught up in the controversy, however Rev. Wright is making hard for him. In that clip you could see that he was bothered and was upset that he had to part ways with him the for good of his campaign.  He’s trying to do something bigger than I believe Rev. Wright can handle.  Now is not the time to become an ego maniac.  Now Barack is having to double back and explain a situation he already eloquently explained.  Rev. Wright just needed to be quiet, live and let live.
On another more serious note, I am so tired of the elite media taking everything a that its not.  Does anyone do real journalism anymore? The news is a joke these days.  News coverage is more for other media outlets than it is for the public.  I don’t think most people even care about what Rev. Wright has to say, I would like to think most americans are smart enough to form opinions about this situation one way or the other.  I want the media to get back to what they do which is OBJECTIVELY reporting the news. Does that even happen anymore? If you know a place PLEASE let me know!

8 Scooby Snacks Wed, Apr 30, 2008 - 6:49 pm

in the words of DL Hughley “he’s (Wright) f**king it up for everyone…” All of this is suspect like a mu$$a…


9 WE WILLY 1 Thu, May 01, 2008 - 3:13 am

This guy is becoming the Amarosa of Barack Obama’s campaign. I understand that he is a reverend but he needs to shut the f**k up right now. Do this shit later. Some of the stuff that he is saying is legitimate but not now.

10 Concerned Citizen Thu, May 01, 2008 - 7:37 am

He chose to be Baptized by the man and to say nothing.  He chose to be married by the man and to say nothing.  He chose to have the man Baptize his Children and to say nothing.  He chose to bring his Wife and his Children to hear the man preach and to say nothing.  He chose to name a book after a sentence from one of the man’s sermons and to say nothing.  He chose to pray privately with the man before he announced his run for the Presidency of the United States and to say nothing.  And, he chose to make the man a part of his Presidential Campaign and to say nothing.

Finally, when Conservative Commentators like Rush Limbaugh broke the story in the media, he STILL chose to say nothing. 
For more than 20 years, he chose to sit in the man’s Church Pews and to listen to the man spew Anti-American hatred; and, to say nothing.

But, when the MAINSTREAM Media—first ABC News and soon thereafter Fox News, CNN and others—finally began reporting the man’s hate-filled words, one month before the next Presidential Primary, BARACK OBAMA finally stood up, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and, he lectured the American People on race relations. 

But, then, once again, Senator Obama chose to say NOTHING.  That is, he chose to go back to saying nothing until he lost that Primary, the Pennsylvania Primary; and, until the man, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, made three public appearances with three public speeches / statements in the course of just four days with the final public appearance and speech being before the National Press Club in Washington DC; and, with such third public appearance and speech being broadcast by CNN just barely one week before Indiana and North Carolina were set to hold their Primaries.  ONLY THEN, did Barack Obama break his resumed silence on the subject of Jeremiah Wright.  And, ONLY THEN, did he (claim to) disavow and disown Jeremiah Wright and Wright’s statements.

To my way of thinking, Senator Obama’s words and actions are a classic case of too little,
too late.  And, for at least once, Rev. Wright IS RIGHT about SOMETHING, i.e. in disavowing and disowning Jeremiah Wright and Wright’s statements at this very late juncture, Barack Obama is merely speaking as a POLITICIAN:  Obama is saying what he’s now saying merely as a means to an end.  And, in trying to have us believe that Rev. Wright is “not the person that I met 20 years ago” (does he think that Rev. Wright has suddenly come down with Alzheimer’s Disease), Barack Obama is merely trying to insure and lock down his bid for the Democratic Nomination for President; or, to borrow a phrase from his opponent, Senator Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama is TRYING to “close the deal”.  And, to that end, Obama is apparently, willing to say and do anything, even, after all of these many years, to throw his longtime Mentor, Minster, and Friend, Jeremiah Wright, under the bus by trying to convince the American Public that ‘Uncle’ Jeremiah is just “not the person that I met 20 years ago”.

11 To the post above Thu, May 01, 2008 - 12:59 pm

Ok concerned WHITE citizen, you are yet another white person that got up earlier than you usually do just to try to take the black vote into another direction. Why don’t you just vote for who you feel is the best and let us do the same. Obama will win and you can’t brainwash us out of it so stop it fool.

12 STOP IT Thu, May 01, 2008 - 5:17 pm


13 MsMoni Fri, May 02, 2008 - 1:34 am

Yes I listened to what Rev. Wright’s entire speech.  The point of this is that he needs to just hush.  He has a right to say what he wants. But right now he’s doing more harm than he is good.
My issue is with this caustic so called journalism, they call news.  Its yellow journalism at its finest. We don’t get news anymore we get drama, as if we don’t have enough in our own lives we get drama reported to us on a daily.  Its hard to pick a candidate when everything you get about them is molded one way or the other.

14 can't wait Sun, May 04, 2008 - 9:57 am

if obama is half as enthusiastic as mayor marion berry, then it will be on in dc once again!

15 Agree with Stop It Sat, May 17, 2008 - 1:29 am

I couldn’t find anything in what Rev. Wright said that was substantially different from what people like Ghandi and Martin Luther King had said before - or Jesus, for that matter. Does Obama feel moved to disown them, too? I am mystified by the references to Rev. Wright’s supposedly “hate filled comments and conspiracy theories” and “anti-American hatred”; it seems to me that those who talk that way lack the capacity to understand articulate speech. In addition, Rev. Wright is neither Obama’s representative, nor his cat’s paw. Rev. Wright is (or was) merely his pastor, a person responsible for bringing Obama into active Christian faith, conceived very much in the spirit of Jesus, if one bothers to read scripture. Rev. Wright is standing up for what he has always stood up for. He is not a part of the Obama campaign, and I am disappointed in Obama for not having had the courage to merely emphasize that, without “disowning” Rev. Wright.