Here's the text.As always, very eloquent.
I'm sure it will be taken as the Sister Souljah moment I've long urged Obama to carry out on Rev. Dr. Wright. Amidst all the high sounding phrases, however, it's not clear whether Obama is confessing that he blatantly lied last week when he asserted:
"The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation."Nor does it appear that he's withdrawing from Wright's church, to which he donated $27,500 on his two most recent available tax returns.
Obama is trying to leave the impression that this is kind of a recent senile crack-up on the part of Wright (who is 66):
And yet, it has only been in the last couple of weeks that the discussion of race in this campaign has taken a particularly divisive turn.No, this is just Wright being the same Wright who went with Farrakhan to see Gadaffi when he was 42. The only difference is that it's Wright being Wright on Youtube.
On one end of the spectrum, weâ€™ve heard the implication that my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action; that itâ€™s based solely on the desire of wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap. On the other end, weâ€™ve heard my former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, use incendiary language to express views that have the potential not only to widen the racial divide, but views that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation; that rightly offend white and black alike.
When he was told he needed a church to be politically successful, Obama searched out Wright out of all black pastors on the South Side. He got what he was looking for.
And, no, not all black pastors are like Wright. Here's the website of the biggest black megachurch in LA, West Angeles Cathedral, with almost three times as many members as Wright's Trinity. It's a Christian church, not the far left politics in dashiki vestments.
In summary, unless I'm missing, Obama's speech is a lot nice words and zero action.
We'll see if he ever holds a press conference on this topic.