Barack Obama Says That Reverend Wright Comments are a Legitimate Issue … Rev. Wright Still Providing Fodder


Revered Wright’s comments are a legitimate issue. This is straight from the Donkey’s mouth, no twisting of words or words are out of context. Barack Obama did say that the Reverend Jeremiah Wright comments were a legitimate issue. (Read the full Fox News Sunday transcript)

Obama said that, “I think that people were legitimately offended by some of the comments that he had made in the past.  The fact he’s my former pastor I think makes it a legitimate political issue.  So I understand that.” (ABC News)


Is the change that Wright is talking about the same as Voters?

Last night in Detroit Reverend Wright gave a some what interesting and strange speech to the NAACP. As Hot Air stated, “providing more fodder for those who wonder how Obama could have sat in his church for 20 years and not understood how large a liability.”

He suggested that differences in brain structure accounted for differences between blacks and whites, a speech that turned around would have generated shrieks of racism from the same audience.

Could one only imagine what would happen if a white person made the following comments?

He acted out the differences between marching bands at predominantly black and predominantly white colleges. “Africans have a different meter, and Africans have a different tonality,” he said. Europeans have seven tones, Africans have five. White people clap differently than black people. “Africans and African-Americans are right-brained, subject-oriented in their learning style,” he said. “They have a different way of learning.” And so on.

More from Michelle Malkin and Wright’s racial brain theory.

Obama pastor recalls his ‘crucifixion’ in Dallas sermon

John McCain needs to just come out with some straight talk and tell it like it is. Stop being politically correct. If Obama calls it a legitimate issue, so can you. Reverend Wright’s comments are legitimate political debate.

Wright tells NAACP audience: ‘A change is going to come’

“I’m sorry your local political analysts are saying that I’m polarizing and my sermons are divisive. I’m not here to address an analyst’s opinion. I stand here as one representative of African-American church tradition, believing that a change is going to come.”

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    33 Responses to “Barack Obama Says That Reverend Wright Comments are a Legitimate Issue … Rev. Wright Still Providing Fodder”

    1. Tamikosmom on April 28th, 2008 10:19 am

      Mark the calendar … it does not happen often but Tamikosmom is speechless!


      “I am looking forward to a debate with John McCain. John McCain is a good man. He’s an American hero. We honor his service to this nation. But he has made some bad choices about the company he keeps.” Barack Obama

    2. Tamikosmom on April 28th, 2008 10:32 am

      Obama’s Buddy List
      By Guy Benson
      Sunday, April 13, 2008

      “John McCain is a good man. He’s an American hero. We honor his service to the nation. But he’s made some bad decisions about the company he keeps.” This magnanimous pronouncement from Barack Obama in February sounded noble at the time it was uttered. The country should reject Senator McCain not because of his biography, he argued, but because of his questionable associations—many of whom are wicked right-wingers like President Bush. With his remark, Obama unwittingly constructed a new standard of judgment that can, and should, be used against him mercilessly in the general election. An alarmingly large portion of the company Obama keeps seems to be a ragtag posse of unreformed leftists, race baiters, and blame-America-first polemicists. Although none of these individual associations will singlehandedly derail his candidacy, when considered in the aggregate, they will give many Americans reason to pause before pulling the lever for the unvetted freshman senator.

      Read more at …

    3. Tamikosmom on April 28th, 2008 10:46 am


      Dreams of my Father: “To avoid being mistaken for a racial sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets. We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy.”

    4. LilPuma on April 28th, 2008 10:51 am

      Perhaps the global medical community should fess up and tell us about the brain difference among all races now that Rev. Wright has let the proverbial cat out of the bag.

      The clips I’ve seen on television don’t show Rev. Wright offering solutions to the things he hates about America. If he’s doing so, the media needs to show that also. For example, how should the U.S. respond to events in the world, since he considers our actions terrorism. Pick a country or a situation, Rev. Wright, and tell us how you would handle it. It’s easy to criticize and the Rev. is quite adept at preaching, but I’m not hearing anything that tells whites or blacks what needs to be done to solve the problems. In fact, he preaches about injustices in such a broad way that I have no idea what he wants changed. So once the applause has ended and the audience goes home, what are they supposed to do except be angry and send him money?

    5. SUPER DAVE on April 28th, 2008 11:55 am


    6. SUPER DAVE on April 28th, 2008 12:07 pm


    7. Richard on April 28th, 2008 12:17 pm

      “Europeans have seven tones, Africans have five.”

      Uh … how’s that again?

    8. Miss-Underestimated on April 28th, 2008 12:27 pm

      Well I guess Wright nailed it for Obama…nail it shut that is. First Wright said Obama did not distance himself for the Rev, then in same breath says, Obama had to distance himself from the good Rev.

      Now, we are all different just be the mere genetics, but when Wright insulted the African Americans who have excelled in the US education pool, by saying Africans and Europeans do not learn the same… the Africans who have excelled in the US Education pool are what?
      Are they different?

    9. brie. on April 28th, 2008 2:35 pm

      What in the world is that idiot talking about….I think he is just an evil man with hatred for just about everyone…and he calls the Italians, garlic eaters…now he’s on the Europeans…can you only imagine the things that Obama has in his head after listening to him for 20 yrs….I think he is off his rocker…he is completely outrageous….

    10. A New Girl on April 28th, 2008 3:06 pm

      All this in the news is just more negative fodder…not a good thing for Obama’s campaign and bid for the Presidency.

      He still needed to be stronger in his denouncments of this Pastor. Wright is now getting his “15 minutes” of fame and whining in the press about he is being crucified! First of all, even though he is a man of the cloth–how dare you even compare yourself to Jesus…

      First and foremost, his Statements and ANTI-AMERICAN rants and racist raves of the past are how most will remember Mr. Wright.

      Damage is done. Most are prediciting- that Obama will NOT be able to win the general election due to this and other “mis-spoken” words and affiliations with the wrong people.

      Kiss it Good-Bye, Barack. Even if he get’s the Dem nod, kiss it goodbye.

      WOO HOOOOOOO ! Swchhweeeeeeeeeeeet! Sorry, but I am so happy about that I am going to have to do a little jig in November.

    11. Tamikosmom on April 28th, 2008 4:43 pm

      My husband of almost 43 years is Japanese … I am white. Our three beautiful grown children are mixed race. From day one they have been embraced and they have embraced with love by both sides of their extended family and … people from all walks of life.

      Our grown kids are well informed of the injustices that have occurred in history. Many of their Father’s relatives who were Canadian citizens were interned during the Second World War and … had their possession confiscated for unpaid taxes. Our children’s British Grandfather (my father)spent seven months in deplorable conditions as a prisoner of war of the Japanese during that same period.

      Nevertheless … all three are are able to learn from history and move on. They all have pride in both their Japanese heritage and their British heritage but … above all … they are all proud Canadians who contribute to society as a whole. These values are being passed down to our five grandchildren.

      When I consider the following words … my heart breaks for Barack Obama’s white mother … the woman who gave him life … the woman who raised him as a single parent. What a betrayal!


      Dreams of my Father: One line in Malcolm X’s autobiography “spoke” to Obama “it stayed with me,” he says. “He spoke of a wish he’d once had, the wish that the white blood that ran through him, there by an act of violence, might somehow be expunged.”

      Dreams Of My Father: “I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself …”

      Dreams of My Father: “I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.”

      Dreams of My Father: “I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.”

    12. tuyvnsurvivor on April 28th, 2008 4:49 pm

      Wright could as easily say of himself he is white. He is as white as I am. I never say one way or the other. I am American. Some will be disgusted I continue on with this sam e sermon, but only moments ago I was having this conversaton with a nieghbor who lives down the road a mile or so: that being my Mom’s family is uniquely proud Americans and how important it is to our family to serve our communities and the country. Like I told he and his wife as they were out taking a walk and stopped to talk over the fence, “We are Americans and proud we have paid the price to feel fully included, and we expect to have to pay more of a price”. It makes me puzzeled how a group with all the grand opportunities in this country uses as its strongest motive that of pitty power.

      Leaving opportunities where they are in this wonderfull country, every cent or material possession of hard workers could fall off the Earth, and through proper motivation, hard work and responsibilty they would make it right back. Responsibilty I feel the thing that trips up most of those on pitty power.

      Really really, Obama would be withdrawn from the running if the democrat party was a pro American club. Obama and his associations therefore direvitives of his intentions are tearing our country apart. Radicals that are strenghtened out of either sides of this torture will linger and smell for a mighty long time.

      Until whatever the resolve of this racist recurrance is settled out, be it soon or in years of his presidency, I will fear most that any harm becomes of Obama. I do not think racisum can work, not even if it is black radical racisum. That is easily discovered with Obamas long good health. In his death, made a mortar, this mess would go on for decades. Long live Obama, and fear harm towards him.

    13. Tamikosmom on April 28th, 2008 5:18 pm

      Barack Obama lied to the American people when he implied that he was unaware of the racist, anti-American ideology of his pastor, mentor and friend for the past twenty years. Keep in mind … this was the pastor, mentor and friend who he bestow the honor of performing his marriage ceremony and … baptising his precious daughters.

      In his own words in DREAMS OF MY FATHER … Obama reveals that he knew exactly what Jeremiah Wright was all about.


      by Michael Gaynor
      Audacity of Barack Obama and Rev. Wright
      March 18, 2008 01:00 PM EST

      In Senator Obama’s first book, titled Dreams of My Father and published in 1995 (after he had been elected president of the Harvard Law Review but before he had been elected to public office), Senator Obama wrote at length about Rev. Wright and his moving “Audacity of Hope” speech.

      In Dreams, Senator Obama explained how he met Rev. Wright, whom he mentioned had been “dabbling with liquor, Islam, and black nationalism in the sixties.”

      He acknowledged that Rev. Wright immediately had given him fair warning that he was controversial, by quoting Rev. Wright as having said: “Some of my fellow clergy don’t appreciate what we’re about. They feel like we’re too radical. Others, we aren’t radical enough. Too emotional. Not emotional enough.”

      He also acknowledged that Rev. Wright let him know at their first meeting that he looked unfavorably on America and expected to continue to do so, by stating, “Life’s not safe for a black man in this country, Barack. Never has been. Probably never will be.”

      Senator Obama left with one of Rev. Wright’s “Black Value System” brochures.

      When Senator Barack listened to Rev. Wright’s “Audacity of Hope” sermon, September 11, 2001 was years away, but, Senator Obama admitted in Dreams, Rev. Wright castigated America.

      Senator Obama put it this way: “Reverend Wright spoke of Sharpsville and Hiroshima, the callousness of policy makers in the White House and in the State House. As the sermon unfolded…the stories of strife became more prosaic, the pain more immediate….”

      So it’s hard to believe that Senator Obama was not familiar until very recently with Rev. Wright’s position on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

      It’s even worse for Senator Obama and Rev. Wright.

      In Obama: From Promise to Power, by the Chicago Tribune’s David Mendell, Mr. Mendell relates (pp. 159-160) a meeting between Senator Obama and Rev. Wright when Senator Obama was deciding whether or not to run for the United States Senate:

      “‘My name should be out there,’ Obama told his pastor. ‘but Carol Moseley Braun won’t say what’s she’s going to do, and I’m not gonna run against a black woman. If she’s gonna run, then I’m out. Until she says yes or no, I can’t say anything.”

    14. Michael on April 28th, 2008 5:36 pm

      You all have missed the point of Rev. Wright’s sermons. We were attacked on Sept 11th by 15 Saudi citizens( and 4 Egyptians) because we stopped them from overthrowing the illegal Saudi Monarchy in 1979. Why do you think we were attacked by citizens of a supposedly “friendly” nation? Our troops stationed in Saudi Arabia right now bolster the monarchy and prevent the citizens from voting. If a government that was militarily superior to ours established a monarchy and wouldn’t let us vote, wouldn’t we do the same thing? Didn’t we in 1776? The Saudis cannot maintain their despotic rule without American military might. If we hadn’t stopped them in1979,there would be no Al Qaeda now. We did the same thing to the Iranians in 1953 and now Bush,Clinton and McCain want to bomb them because they’re pissed at us for putting the murderous Shah in power. Does anyone really expect these people not to strike back after what we’ve done? Do you really think we were right to deny democracy to others but claim it for ourselves? You hatred is misplaced and inexcusable. Be mad at your govenment, not Wright or Obama.

    15. Allan on April 28th, 2008 5:41 pm

      This presidential race is lacking.

      I vote for Mickey Mouse !

    16. barbreee on April 28th, 2008 6:37 pm

      Somehow, I don’t think this so called Reverend speaks for the majority of Black Americans. Maybe they are also part of our American silent majority and go about their lives without feeling the need to advertise the fact that they have turned the other cheek.

    17. brie. on April 28th, 2008 6:47 pm

      Obama and Wright are both unpatriotic {{edit}}

      SM: Next time your entire message will be deleted – last warning (klaasend)

    18. yoyo muffintop on April 28th, 2008 8:29 pm

      Let me guess…not one single person will call Brie out for what he/she is since he/she puts “J4N” at the end of their posts and/or bashes Aruba.
      I have. Klaasend has. Vicki has. But no one else. Quite telling imo. Will Brie be shunned or embraced? My guess…embraced by many(because of “j4n”), shunned by few.

      Brie – KKK/Aryan Nation/Neo-Nazi? Just curious.

    19. Happy_Go_Lucky on April 28th, 2008 8:32 pm

      I think it’s safe to say that Wright is not a Christ follower, much less the right person to be leading anyone,much less his following, also not Christ followers. His words mean nothing. Don’t even worry about it. But don’t vote for barack thinking he’s not one of those Wright-followers, becasue he woudl not have stayed 20 years and participated fully. I have to say, when Barack came on the scene, I was so excited about him. I could not wait to vote for him. Now he is just one more of “those” politicians. Sorry barack. Jesus will always be the hope of the world, not politicians, i am confident in that.

    20. Happy_Go_Lucky on April 28th, 2008 8:32 pm

      And brie…up your nose with a rubber hose!

    21. Tamikosmom on April 28th, 2008 8:52 pm

      In his own words … Jeremiah Wright implies that Barack Obama is speaking as a politician when Obama refuted the “black theology” which Wright adhere to and is … furthering through his ministry at Trinity United.

      If Obama and Wright were to sincerely distancing each other because of differences encompassing the “Black theology” … it should have been sometime within the past twenty years … not when Obama was challenged while campaigning for the highest office in the land … the President of the United States of American.

      April 25, 2008

      Bill Moyers interviews the Reverend Jeremiah Wright in his first broadcast interview with a journalist since he became embroiled in a controversy for his remarks and his relationship with Barack Obama. Wright, who retired in early 2008 as pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where Senator Obama is a member, has been at the center of controversy for comments he made during sermons, which surfaced in the press in March.

      April 25, 2008
      BILL MOYERS: Welcome to the JOURNAL.

      BILL MOYERS: Here is a man who came to see you 20 years ago wanting to know about the neighborhood. Barack Obama was a skeptic when it came to religion. He sought you out because he knew you knew about the community. You led him to the faith. You performed his wedding ceremony. You baptized his two children. You were, for 20 years, his spiritual counselor. He has said that. And, yet, he, in that speech at Philadelphia, had to say some hard things about you. How, how did it go down with you when you heard Barack Obama say those things?

      REVEREND WRIGHT: It went down very simply. He’s a politician, I’m a pastor. We speak to two different audiences. And he says what he has to say as a politician. I say what I have to say as a pastor. Those are two different worlds. I do what I do. He does what politicians do. So that what happened in Philadelphia where he had to respond to the sound bytes, he responded as a politician. But he did not disown me because I’m a pastor.

    22. yoyo muffintop on April 28th, 2008 9:05 pm

      Imo, #17′s comment should not have been edited.
      I do realize that SM’s does not want their site to be used as a medium to spew out pure venomous racist messages. However, people such as Brie should be exposed for what they are (especially since he/she is such a prolific poster).

      You are pathetic Brie.

    23. Tamikosmom on April 28th, 2008 9:08 pm

      18 … yoyo muffintop on April 28th, 2008 8:29 pm


      yoyo … I concede that did not call Brie on her post but … it had nothing to do with her/him identifying with Natalee Holloway. I am normally at a loss for words but … I had to stop and consider my words prior to responding.

      Brie’s words put herself on the same level as both Obama and Wright in their mutual adherence to a black racist ideology and … I consider that despicable.


    24. A New Girl on April 28th, 2008 9:26 pm

      #14- @ Michael…while I appreciate some of your view points and comments about our Government (sure could use some major adjustments as most would concur!) the word “hatred” you are using is incorrect and out of context.

      Let me be clear, I hate no one. I do not hate Rev. Wright. I extremely dislike and strongly OBJECT to his racist comments and UN-AMERICAN RANTS. Period. Same goes with Mr. Obama. I think many things about this man (actually some quite complimentary, in fact)- but I have no hatred for him as a politician. Part of my freedoms of being an American citizen is that I can disagree with his platform and what I believe he represents, and have the ability in my freedom of speech to state what I believe. It is only my opinion, of course.

      And- at Yoyohead—you know what? I have to give it to you- you are an intelligent man. I think you have a canny way with words, clever indeed and I do understand where you are coming from with Brie. Just because she posts here along with all us other “monkeys” does not mean that I appreciate her using some of the grammar and name calling she does. So, I give you credit for not standing for it either, nor being afraid to speak up about it.

      Klaas sure has his hands full here with all the content at times! As you can see, he has it covered. Quite a patient man, indeed b/c I would have booted her long ago if I were the blog manager. (Then again, who am I?) Sorry to get off topic but just wanted to point that out. I know many bloggers here give you (YoYohead) quite a ration of grief…but I usually enjoy reading your points of view although I may not agree with them all.

      Please though, don’t vote for a Democrat if you are an American Citizen…I emplore you….Gotta go with the “brussel sprouts” as Dugga would say.


    25. yoyo muffintop on April 28th, 2008 11:01 pm

      #23 – agreed

      Now back to Mr. Jeremiah “the gift that keeps on giving” Wright. To say he’s a troubled man would be an understatement. But, imo, I think Obama is guilty by association, Hilary just flat out lied to Americans, and McCain calls Asians “gooks”.
      Who do we vote in?

    26. tuyvnsurvivor on April 29th, 2008 12:25 am

      I did not get to see what brie put up, so do no t know if I would have taken her to task or not. grins

      Barbreee, that is a cool ID by me, hoping you are female? My first girl friend from the 1st to the 6th grade (not seen her since) was named Barbara. Wow, when I turned 60 I thought what harm can there be now in finding her and saying hello…did I sure enough love that little girl of my same age. I have become fairly skilled at research, I found her, discovered she had cancer at that time. I thought I would go ahead and make email contact to say hello…cheer her up. My my how time can change a person, she thought I was a dirty oldman by saying hello dear you meant a lot to me as a kid. Darn me, Mom did dress me funny…I suppose.

      But as to your post barbreee. What is scary to me is how many black reverands support Wright, how many blacks respect the most extreme radical black leaders. HOw few good blacks come out to speek against the radicals.

    27. A New Girl on April 29th, 2008 1:12 am

      #25-Yoyo….your last question is the most puzzling. My gut feeling is that we should all only be required to vote for the most capable and…loosely stated…the “lesser of all the evils.”

      Tough election year this time around given what our choices are. I am not for the continuance of this war at all, but to just pull all of our troops out immediately could also be a costly mistake. We are vulnerable and will be attacked again. McCain is for the very much Pro-war. (Boo) I don’t agree with everything he does, but at this point- don’t you think he is better than Hillary or Barack to do the difficult job of running our Nation?

      I believe his leadership & experience will be the best…Curious….who would be on your “dream ticket” ?

      You would laugh at my choices, so I’ll keep those to myself and vote for the Republican this time around.

      P.S. What politician has truly NOT lied to Americans? Be honest, they all lie in some way or another. Guess we have to take the good with the bad, they are all only human.

    28. brie. on April 29th, 2008 5:25 am

      Well I guess Obama cooked his goose…better now than later….people that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones….

    29. Rusty Bridges on April 29th, 2008 7:09 am

      All men are not created equal? Oh, say it ain’t so!

    30. A New Girl on April 29th, 2008 8:36 am

      #29- Rusty- All men are created equal. With the same souls and hearts to begin with.

      You know that! Politicians are a different breed. But, in the end- they are still only human beings like the rest of us with their flaws and foibles.

      Guess my point is- we have to take the best of the worst this time around and remember- we look to another one of us to lead this Nation….

      Would you want that job? Hell, No and all for under 250k per year.

      Barack Obama is not the answer. Neither is Hillary Clinton. So, that leaves only one person for the 04 Election. Sad, but true.

    31. brie. on April 29th, 2008 11:02 am

      I am still not forgetting what Wright said about Natalee, it was scurrilous…he is becoming worst every single day ….what he preaches makes people angry…he’s just spreading more hatred and violence through the community…and people are returning every Sunday to listen to him….after being in church I have never heard my minister even remotely talk like that….but I do get mad when he says the things he does….!!!!!!!!

      Wright has plenty of money, why doesn’t he spend some of it to help the poor people that live in the inner cities and are afraid to allow their children to even go outside…

    32. brie. on April 29th, 2008 11:05 am

      I bet Obama has given a ton of money to that church….instead of collecting money from the congregation Wright should be passing it out….!!!

    33. brie. on April 29th, 2008 11:32 am

      I personally like McCain and I always have….I have listened to him for a very long time….I think he cares about our country, I think he is intelligent, I think he has a great deal of experience….he well knows and is being honest when he says we can’t end the war now…who would know better then he…keep the war in Iraq, don’t bring it over here…many soldiers have died and we can’t let them die in vain…their death was a purpose to keep us safe…I do not want to ever see another 911…and we are trying to keep the war in Iraq….Matt Maulpin was paid tribute to here in the US when his remains were found…a picture was sent of him sitting on the floor with 5 masked men holding rifles to his head..and it took 4 yrs to find him…a friend of our family went to Iraq and I prayed for him everyday, as a helicopter pilot in the Air Force….thank God he came back safely to his wife and 2 children…but our soldiers are there and they are not giving up, just like the remaking of our forefathers…today we are fighting a different kind of war…a war against terrorism!!!

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