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Obama: What iceberg? I don't see an iceberg...


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 Obama called him the night before the Feb. 10 announcement and rescinded the invitation to give the invocation.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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been calling Obama a con game for over a year now ... didn't realize he was also a racist enabler ... he sends his kids and a good chunk of money to that racist church ...


How can Obama reconcile spending 20 years in this church sitting on his hands while Pastor Write preached in his such hateful ways as the congregation cheered him on? Or was it that he had his fingers in his ears? No wait he admitted he heard some of this stuff. If the man was appalled by what he heard then why didn't he grab his daughters hands and walk out of the place or at least confront the pastor after the service. Otherwise I must conclude he agrees with the basic world view of this church. Certainly the rest of the congregation cheered him on and patted him on the back so it's an accepted theme.

So Obama either agrees with world view of this church or he has no back bone to stand against it or to try to change it.

No he is not Martin Luther King. King was a doer. Obama is a talker.


Oh, but he's an ELOQUENT talker... expert at making the audience feel great. (Anyone else remember the fainting women at the beginning of the year?)

But he's a blank screen. People have been projecting on him the political expertise they want to see - when he's accomplished, um, not all that much. However - when you live by the image you project, you'd better make very sure that image is one that won't turn off your electorate. And Rev. Wright... well, 20 years of exposure to 'liberation theology' might not make you a racist, but it's definitely slapped up a picture on Obama's screen that isn't palatable to the majority of voters.

Doesn't it make you worry just a bit that, if Hillary and Obama are considered the most viable Democratic presidential candidates, there is something severely wrong with the selection process of our political system? It's not about who can do the best job - it's about simple quota filling.

Geraldine Ferraro had it right, but didn't take it far enough. If Obama were white, or a black woman, no way would 'he/she' be at this point. He doesn't have the credentials or experience. If Hillary were a man with the same experience - no way would 'he' be even considered a viable candidate.

But they fill the checkmarks on the quota list SO neatly...

Give me a candidate who I feel will put the COUNTRY first - not the Party or themselves. Give me a candidate who's failed at something in his life. Give me a candidate who has had a life outside politics. Give me a candidate who LOVES this country, warts and all - not one that goes "I can't be proud of it unless it's perfect!"

Can the Democrats do that? Can the Republicans? How about the Greens? (Oh, wait. Cynthia McKinney's trying to gt the nod from them. Forget that!)

I want a President that's more than a bunch of items checked off on a quota list. I want a President that can inspire with SUBSTANCE - not empty eloquence.

And there ain't a one out there in sight.

Lee Ward:

Well said.

Here's a link to the fainters. Reminds me of Jonestown, all of these decent Americans drinking the Obama Koolaid.

"No he is not Martin Luther King. King was a doer. Obama is a talker."

EXACTLY. And so is his (Obama's) Princeton and Harvard educated, student loan complaining, only now proud of America, $361,000 a year wife.


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