Did Obama Do The Right Thing?

When Senator Barack Obama publicly announced his ‘appalled’ reaction to the statements made by his former pastor and “spiritual adviser,” Rev. Jeremiah Wright on Tuesday, did he do so because he felt political pressures forcing him to react, or was his response a heartfelt and sincere one?

By distancing himself from the public remarks given by Rev. Jeremiah Wright in Detroit over the weekend and then at the National Press Club, Senator Obama set himself up for another media sound-bite, roller-coaster. All the major cable news channels, with their so-called election ‘experts’ and ‘analysts’, still continued their angry mob rants and raves against Senator Obama and questioned his sincerity and honesty.

So, by coming out against his ‘family friend’ and ‘spiritual adviser’ and presenting the face of shock at Tuesday’s press conference, Senator Obama opened himself up to more criticism and debate. Now, the question is: Why didn’t Barack distance himself from Rev. Wright years ago? Why did he see it necessary at this point to end a relationship with Rev. Wright, a man that Obama himself labeled an ‘Uncle’?

As Rev. Wright mentioned at the National Press Club, he believed that Senator Obama is guilty of ‘political posturing.’ It would seem that even though Senator Obama took offense of this critique on his persona, in all likelihood, this is the case. How do you end a relationship with such an important person in your life simply because you don’t agree with their politics?

Another key issue to note is that the Obama campaign did not have to dignify or signify anything that Rev. Wright mentioned in either of his speeches. An issue that doesn’t hold merit should not be quantified. This is where the Obama campaign made their fatal error. Believe it or not, Senator Obama lost a significant amount of the African American vote when he denounced Rev. Wright. His ‘political postering’ was evident in his denouncement. To gain the vote of White America, Senator Obama ‘postured’ brightly and radiantly.

But will that be enough? And will African American voters whom supported Obama up until yesterday, throw their weight over to Hillary Clinton’s campaign?

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3 comments on “Did Obama Do The Right Thing?
  1. lucy says:

    I am still supporting Barack Obama. He did what he had to do. What is wrong with that? It is not ‘political posturing’ like you have refered. It is called doing what is right.

  2. huntingdonpost says:

    I am not black, but i bet I share some of the same values: never drop your friends for some personal gain; never deny your faith. Politically Obama was in something of a no-win situation with some white voters, but I think if you say you are sticking by someone then you do it, come hell or high water. Rev. Wright didn’t suddenly turn into someone Obama didn’t know. No one accused Wright of being a criminal or having a secret life. He is who always was. So I agree it doesn’t sit well. It’s about character.

  3. Connie Kay says:

    These are certainly interesting times to say the least. White, republican, mother of five nurse here. I like Barack. Not because he made a call about the Rev. but because he has a long history of standing tall in my book. I would be proud to support him as our president. This is not really about Barack sacraficing white or black votes. It is really about being in the same place that many of us have in our lives when someone we love or cared about very much parted direction with us in a way that caused us so much disappointment that we needed to protect ourselves and our families from the negativity or bad situation. One of the things I have been wondering though is whether the Rev is suffering a bit of dementia or other illness? Has anyone considered that? Certainly the experiments related to syphillus are appalling and should never have been condoned by anyone on the planet. AIDS however has well documented origins with a transmission from a monkey to a human on another continent. So is this paranoia on the Rev’s part and has anyone checked into whether some of the grandiose thought has some clinical basis? I know there is one thing we can agree on irrespective of our beliefs or race. This is America-and worth fighting for. People need more chances to be what they can be and a leader that can take us there at least part way.

    Oh and about the post above regarding never deny your faith or your friends I think people are free in that regard in the US and what the Catholic Church issues have told us is that we should not be subservient in our minds to the clergy-sometimes they are just not quite all there. While this is a different situation, that cloth or collar does not give the power to say everyone follow me regardless of what I become.

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