Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Some quotes from Barak Obama:

"..but I would also say that there's nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group"

"He didn't just cross the line,he fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America."

"It was a degrading comment. It's one that I'm not interested in supporting."

"What we've been seeing around this country is this constant ratcheting up of a coarsening of the culture that all of have to think about"

"And the notion that somehow it's cute or amusing, or a useful diversion, I think, is something that all of us have to recognize is just not the case. We all have First Amendment rights. And I am a constitutional lawyer and strongly believe in free speech, but as a culture, we really have to do some soul-searching to think about what kind of toxic information are we feeding our kids,"

Was that Obama speaking about his pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright? No! Actually those are his comments about Don Imus in 2007 and his jokes about the Rutgers women's basketball team. Interesting that when it comes to Mr. Imus, Obama has the strength and resolve to distance himself and committ to never again appear on his show, yet when it comes to his pastor's racist bigoted statements, Obama yesterday felt the need to explain to us why Wright said what he said. There was no Imus like repudiation of Wright by Obama, in fact just the opposite.

While you could ask why Imus did not receive the same courtesy from Obama, that might mean you are called a racist. But I will say it, Obama did not give Imus the same courtesy because Imus is white! Think about it, Imus immediately apologized, Rev. Wright has never apologized. Imus met with and took his lumps from those he had offended, Wright has never sought to meet with any he has offended. Imus went on Al Sharpton's radio program and apologized, Rev. Wright has been in hiding and has not gone on any radio station to apologize. Yet with all of that factually true, Obama cut ties with Imus and yesterday explained why he could not cut ties with Rev. Wright. The reason should be obvious, but it is up to you to make that call!

blog you later,
pastor tom