The GREAT speech... and my questions

I did not hear that speech.  And to be honest, I did not even read it whole ~ I am not looking to be inspired, or to be uplifted.  I do not expect any speech to solve our problems, even those problems pertaining to race relations.

I was merely looking for answers to two questions:

(a) Did Sen. Obama know about, or had personally heard, Rev. Wright  utter those hateful words now immortalized in YouTube ?  

(b) Did he register any opposition to those words (in any way) when he first heard it ?

The first question is important because Sen. Obama's campaign has been insisting that he first heard some of the controversial remarks at the beginning of his campaign, and not any earlier.  This I found very hard to believe.  There would have been something VERY wrong with that church if that language was not talked about for days and weeks, even if Sen. Obama was personally not present when that language was used.  

It now appears that he may have heard some incendiary language (but not the ones on YouTube).

So, that brings me to the next question.  What was his reaction when he heard that incendiary language ?  Did he disagree, but remain silent; or did he express any disagreement (I cannot believe that he did  not disagree).  

My suspicion is that he chose to stay silent.  This is based on two arguments:

(a) If he had expressed any form of disagreement (even mild ones), then publicly stating that would have been the most politically advantageous position for him 72 hours back.  He could have said

"While I did not hear him use that specific language,  I have heard him use similar incendiary language.  And when I did, I let him know that his words were unacceptable to me"

... or something to that effect.   He could then have continued...

"At the same time, I cannot reject or denounce that man.  He is a part of me, and I can no more reject him than I can reject myself "

That would have done it!

(b)  Harking back to his Presidential announcement, I recall reading that Rev. Wright had been invited, and then Sen. Obama called him to disinvite him.  As I recall, the words were "You can get rough in your sermons, so what we have decided is..." Reportedly, Rev. Wright was furious at this slight (even though, it seems that Rev. Wright was himself aware of the political baggage he carried).  Sen. Obama's words, and Rev. Wright's reaction to them appear to be inconsistent with Sen. Obama having expressed any disagreement before.

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Reactions to Sen. Obama, on Race

Since Thursday of last week, I have found myself captivated by revelations about Sen. Obama's mentor of 20 years.  This was the most visceral issue to emerge from the campaign thus far, and to Obama's detriment.  Thinking further, I found myself more cognizant of the role that gender and race have played and, perhaps, must play in this historic Democratic primary.

And so it was in this context that I awaited eagerly Sen. Obama's speech today.  Having listened and read it several times now, I find that I am left with conflicted feelings, perhaps appropriately, but that his words have not addressed my concerns.

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Republicans Do IT Better!

you may have issues with condoleeza rice, but i thought i would feature her in my diary to provide a contrast to rev.wright and obama's commentaries on race and race related matters.

"I probably have at one level, a better understanding, or perhaps, let me say a more personal understanding of what the dark side of human beings can look like. I remember very well in 1963 when Birmingham was so violent. When it acquired the name "Bomb-ingham," Rice recalls. "That even with my wonderfully protective family, you had to wonder why are they doing this to us? And on the other hand, I have a great faith in the ability of people to triumph over the dark side of human beings."

since i am focusing on race and how condi has reflected on her personal experiences with racism, i will remain on this topic and ask you not to raise her controversial dealings with america's foreign policy in iraq.

Condi Rice learned about the dark side when she was just eight years old. She remembers feeling the earth shake when a Baptist church was bombed by racists one Sunday morning just two miles from her home. The victims were all young black girls

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Are These Controversial remarks?

what if i were a pastor and said:

"America is not America the beautiful. NO.NO.NO. America is America the BE-U-A-FOOOOOL!!!"

or

"I curse America's birthday, the fourth of ju-lie,lie,lie!!!"

or

"This is not the land of the free, but the land of the BEEEEES!" sorry, i could not rhyme anything with free.

or

"yankee Doodle came to town riding on a pony". NO.NO.NO. "yankee doodle didn't come to town on a pony, he came to town and he's a PHONY!!!"

would any of these statements be deemed controversial?

would you leave my church if they were?

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How Obama Took Advantage of the Wright Controversy

Bad politicians turn a strength into a weakness. That is what John Kerry did with his Vietnam record: a war hero's reputation  was attacked and destroyed. Good politicians can fend off problems: Bill Clinton with his bimbo eruptions. Great politicians turn a potential catastrophe into a strength. That is what Obama accomplished today with his historic speech in Philadelphia.

Obama has been plagued  by anonymous rumors that he is a Muslim. His protestations that he has been going to a Church in Chicago for twenty years did not settle matters. And then the pastor of the Church was caught on video making hateful and anti-American  remarks. A prefect storm of  race and religion hit him simultaneously.

But Obama has turned it into an advantage. How?

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