Obama is Confronted About Rev. Jeremiah Wright Comments Once Again
Most of us probably remember the remarks that were made by Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the controversy that was stirred up about him.
But it wasn’t about him necessarily, it was an attack on then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Wright was supposedly Obama’s pastor for some time in Chicago. What that likely means is that the couple of times that he went to church, he probably went there.
Obama was speaking to the Breakfast Club about his new book and he was asked about the incident because apparently he wrote about it in his book.
“I wanted to ask you something about Rev. Jeremiah Wright from in your book — ‘cause you’ve addressed it, Michelle Obama has addressed it. Do you think that in today’s climate, the comments and the speeches that Jeremiah Wright gave would still be looked at the same way where you would have had to distance yourself from him today?” co-host Angela Yee asked Obama.
Obama said this in defense of Wright’s controversial sermon and the language that he used.
“It’s an interesting thing, as I write about in the book, Rev. Wright is an example of somebody who – supremely gifted preacher, Trinity United Church of Christ on the South Side of Chicago had amazing ministry, still does. And I was very close to a lot of people in that congregation as well as Rev. Wright.”
“In national politics, if you can take out a bunch of sound bites that say ‘God d*** America,’ even if the context of it is prophetic and biblical and he’s trying to describe, you know, how somebody might feel – he wasn’t promoting the notion that God was damning America. He was making the point that if you looked at slavery and discrimination, you could see the conclusion of people feeling that there was not an alignment with Christian values and America. But if you’d see a two-minute soundbite, trying to explain that is too complicated.”
While I’ll admit, that’s close and unless you listen closely, that would seem like a reasonable explanation. But it’s not the truth, when you listen to the sermon, he is actually saying God was damning America. He says it multiple times and it’s not too difficult to figure out what he’s talking about.