Democrats who worry that Barack Obama is untested can put their concerns to rest.
The inflammatory rhetoric of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has confronted Obama with the most severe test of his presidential campaign and, quite likely, of his public career.
He is now facing a full-blown and fast-moving political crisis in which his reputation as a leader with a singular ability to transcend racial divisions and unite Americans is in jeopardy.
A convergence of factors -- a media firestorm, a Democratic rival eager to exploit his stumbles and, most of all, a Republican opposition eager to rough up the man they expect to face in the general election -- have raised the stakes to new heights for Obama with the speech he will deliver in Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.[...]
In the past, Obama has made racial issues, and his own precedent-shattering status, a minor note in his message. But Obama said Monday he recognizes that there is no way he is going to become the Democratic nominee without a forthright statement about the role of race in American life.
Enough with the statements already. It's time for action, Barack. Don't talk about the problem, fix it.
And was this iceberg unforeseen by Obama, as he suggested last week when he stated that he was unaware of the controversial statements made by Reverend Wright?
Nope. Barack knew Reverend Wright was a major issue before last week - and yet he did nothing to stop from slamming his ship (and us Democrats) into it.
The New York Times - March 5, 2007:
The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., senior pastor of the popular Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and spiritual mentor to Senator Barack Obama, thought he knew what he would be doing on Feb. 10, the day of Senator Obama's presidential announcement.
After all, back in January, Mr. Obama had asked Mr. Wright if he would begin the event by delivering a public invocation.
But Mr. Wright said Mr. Obama called him the night before the Feb. 10 announcement and rescinded the invitation to give the invocation.
"Fifteen minutes before Shabbos I get a call from Barack," Mr. Wright said in an interview on Monday, recalling that he was at an interfaith conference at the time. "One of his members had talked him into uninviting me," Mr. Wright said, referring to Mr. Obama's campaign advisers.
Some black leaders are questioning Mr. Obama's decision to distance his campaign from Mr. Wright because of the campaign's apparent fear of criticism over Mr. Wright's teachings, which some say are overly Afrocentric to the point of excluding whites.
Bill Burton, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, said the campaign disinvited Mr. Wright because it did not want the church to face negative attention. Mr. Wright did however, attend the announcement and prayed with Mr. Obama beforehand.
Barack uninvited Wright 13 months ago, and was fully and completely aware at that time of the inflammatory statements Wright had made.
And then he just ignored the iceberg...
Update: More on Obama's failure here at ABC News.
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