Obama and His Misguided Minister: Should I Stay or Should I Go?
In point of fact, if he were not running for President, Senator Barack Obama would have stayed.
From the AP:
Obama discussed his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright on ABC’s “The View,” which was taped Thursday and aired Friday.
Had the reverend not retired and had he not acknowledged that what he had said had deeply offended people and were inappropriate and mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of this country, for all its flaws, then I wouldn’t have felt comfortable staying there at the church,” Obama said.
But Reverend Wright would not have retired over his own remarks if they had not been spotlighted by Senator Obama’s candidacy. Nor would Senator Obama have objected to or distanced himself from the Reverend’s remarks if he were not running for president. He would, to this day, have continued attending the church and endorsing Reverend Wright’s odious remarks with his presence and even financial support. Only because the Reverend’s remarks drew publicity followed by condemnation did Senator Obama distance himself from the remarks.
Barack Obama seems like a nice guy. But it is troubling that he has one set of standards as a private citizen and another as a candidate, especially when it comes to a serious mis-characterization of the country he wishes to lead.