When their long-term association was winning him points in the African-American community, which in turn was winning him votes in the primaries, Barack Obama gives a flowery speech on race relations in which he emphasizes that he cannot disassociate himself from his pastor Jeremiah Wright.
...this helps explain, perhaps, my relationship with Reverend Wright. As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me. He strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children. Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms, or treat whites with whom he interacted with anything but courtesy and respect. He contains within him the contradictions - the good and the bad - of the community that he has served diligently for so many years.
I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother - a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.
These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.
Six weeks later, votes in hand, Barack Obama throws Jeremiah Wright under the bus - pandering to public option polls that underscore the realization on the part of a good section of Americans that Wright is a lunatic, and Barack Obama is either lying when he says he's had extensive conversations with Wright on substantive issues -- or he's lying when he says that he just didn't know how far out there Wrights' ideas are and wasn't aware that Wright had these concepts about race relations in America and the modern-day oppression of Black America.
He's lying -- is the bottom line.
And now Obama passes on gas tax supression!
As an Illinois state Senator, Barack Obama voted to rescind the Illinois state gas tax back when gasoline was $1.50 a gallon. Now it's $4 a gallon, and since Hillary Clinton wants to suspend the tax, Barack Obama is dead set against the idea.
Why, you ask? Because his opponents are in favor of it. Get it, wink wink -- change, it's the whole -- "change" -- thing. Kewl... the first-time voters that are college-age really rally around that -- "change" -- thing.
Black voters and young voters -- and Barack Obama is the snake-oil huckster chasing after their votes the way a slimy lawyer chases ambulances.
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