Opinion: Barack Obama’s pastor’s words echo through campaign

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The Rev. Jeremiah Wright may have stepped down as pastor at Barack Obama‘s church in Chicago, but his sermons are still echoing through the presidential campaign -- some rather vile ones, as captured in a video that recently made its way to YouTube.

As our friends at The Swamp reported a little while ago, Obama’s campaign is trying to put some more distance between the senator and the preacher, but given the focus on race and gender this week, expect this to simmer for a while.


‘It just came to me within the past few weeks, ya’ll, why so many folk are hating on Barack Obama,’ Wright said in the video of a Christmas sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ. ‘He doesn’t fit the model. He ain’t white. He ain’t rich and he ain’t privileged. Hillary (Clinton) fits the mold.’

This from CNN, attributed to an Obama campaign spokesman: ‘Sen. Obama has said before that he profoundly disagrees with some of the statements and positions of Rev. Wright … Sen. Obama deplores divisive statements, whether they come from his supporters, the supporters of his opponent, talk radio or anywhere else.’

He may deplore them, but he’ll likely be forced to deal with them. Among Wright’s comments about Hillary Clinton: ‘Hillary was not a black boy raised in a single parent home, Barack was. Barack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people. Hillary! Hillary can never know that. Hillary ain’t never been called a n! Hillary has never had her people defined as non-person.’

-- Scott Martelle