I'm not surprised that Michael Pfleger is on tape saying something idiotic, really stupid and sexist, or that Obama had to quickly have his website scrubbed of reference to Pfleger, and that Pfleger had to step down from "Catholics for Obama". It was easy to see, during Wright, that Pfleger was the same sort or hater, and he proves it himself:
I don't really want to make this political, 'cause you know I'm very unpolitical [laughter], but when Hillary was crying, and people said that was put on, I really don't believe it was put on. I really believe that she just always thought: "This is mine." [applause] "I'm Bill's wife; I'm white; and this is mine! I just gotta get up and step into [sic] the plate." And then outta nowhere came: "Hey, I'm Barack Obama." And she said, "Aww, damn! Where did you come from?! I'm white! I'm entitled! There's a black man stealing my show!" [cheers and applause] Waaaaaaaah! [pretends to weep and cry; wipes face with hankie] Waaaaaaaah! She wasn't the only one crying; there was a whole lotta white people crying!"
With the relationship between Obama and Pfleger being longstanding and ongoing, Obama had to distance himself.
What I do find lacking is Obama's response to the hate on Clinton displayed by Pfleger:
"As I have traveled this country, I've been impressed not by what divides us, but by all that that unites us," he said in a statement. "That is why I am deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger's divisive, backward-looking rhetoric, which doesn't reflect the country I see or the desire of people across America to come together in common cause."
Instead of this rhetorical blah, what Obama should have done is taken the opportunity to making a call out against the most belligerent of his supporters, to stop making sexist and needless attacks on Clinton.
The Clinton camp noticed the very same thing:
"Divisive and hateful language like that is totally counterproductive in our efforts to bring our party together and have no place at the pulpit or in our politics. We are disappointed that Senator Obama didn't specifically reject Father's Pflegler's dispicable comments about Senator Clinton, and assume he will do so."
Obama's declaring victory again Tuesday night apparently, but he still can't figure out how to do basic outreach to his opponents supporters, and totally missed what this occasion called for doing. It's the same sort of avoidance of taking the main topic head on, that he initially showed with Jeremiah Wright.
Obama has problems with not only women in general, but specifically Democratic women, whom have a negative 35% opinion of Obama, up from 21% in Feb, according to Pew. His letting this Clinton-hating speech hang out there with no specific denouncement, by someone whom he has deep ties with, isn't helping his unity campaign.