We Walked Out - Why Couldn't Obama?
by owl06, Tue Mar 18, 2008 at 09:02:05 AM EDT
Barack Obama sat, listening intently in his pew -- he didn't register any disapproval -- while his pastor made inflammatory remarks about America. Obama has admitted that he was present when Reverend Wright made controversial remarks about American domestic and foreign policy. He didn't walk out; he kept coming back to a congregation that was demonstrably on the same page as Rev. Wright.
In his own words, Obama has admitted: "Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely."
Why didn't Obama walk out? How can we be sure that he does not share those views? Would you sustain your relationship with a man that blames American for 9/11? The issue is not one of race - it is about Senator Obama's political judgement and whether his true beliefs match his perceived ones. And it is reasonable to question.
Worse still, MSNBC's hardball revealed that Wright advised Obama that their long-term association -- Wright married Obama and baptized his child -- could be political plutonium. Obama told Rev. Wright that they would have to part ways, but didn't.
I applaud Senator Obama's condemnation of Wright's hate speech, despite questioning his motivation for doing so. No matter how soaring Obama's oratory is tonight, doubts will remain, and his political judgement is questionable.