Obama said what you would expect about Rev. Wright after the uproar over the offensive remarks -- he said he disagreed with many of Wright's statements on the videos but would not "repudiate" the man entirely. But he then went a little beyond that, stating that he had not heard the reverend saying those things -- or anything like them, ever -- himself while in "the pew." And he added that he would have objected if he did hear any remarks he strongly disagreed with -- not just the ones that have surfaced -- and taken them up with Wright.
But the problem is: Obama was a fairly regular church goer in those 17 years. And even if he was not in church for the now-famous video remarks -- audio tapes or transcripts will no doubt surface of other sermons, as Jon Alter pointed out. Was Obama present for other offensive remarks and did he in fact object? Will Wright say he objected? Or perhaps there are not that many controversial remarks to worry about and we have already seen the "greatest hits" on the videos. Again: the problem is only that Obama said he had "never" heard these kinds of statements in all those years "in the pew." Not just the ones in the videos, but any truly offensive remarks. It's always a problem when you make such a categorical denial, and he didn't have to go that far at all.
To be continued, unfortunately.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Obama on Olbermann may have goofed
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