Obama’s “White Wright”

It’s not going to stop. Virulent racial garbage and vulgarities behind the pulpit remain at Obama’s church, but this time they came with a new hue:

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, a longtime Obama ally and political supporter, made the shocking remarks from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ Sunday. …

Pfleger said he believed Clinton’s tearing-up in New Hampshire – a moment widely credited with helping her win the primary there – wasn’t a “put-on.”

“I really believe that she just always thought, ‘This is mine! I’m Bill’s wife, I’m white, and this is mine! I just gotta get up and step into the plate,’ ” he said. “And then out of nowhere came, ‘Hey, I’m Barack Obama,’ and she said, ‘Oh, damn! Where did you come from? I’m white! I’m entitled! There’s a black man stealing my show!’

“She wasn’t the only one crying,” he added, and feigned weeping. “There was a whole lot of white people crying.”

Obama, of course, had to stick with his new tack of pretending people he’s known for years have suddenly become raving lunatics and not like his grandmother after all:

Obama, who has disavowed Wright, said, , “As I have traveled this country, I’ve been impressed not by what divides us, but by all that unites us.

“That is why I am deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger’s divisive, backward-looking rhetoric, which doesn’t reflect the country I see or the desire of people across America to come together.”

Since mad hate-spewing ministers are going to be de rigueur at Obama’s church, and since Obama is going to called now every time it happens again (“Yes, yes, I categorically denounce this week’s sermon as well …”), I’m thinking he’s going to have to do something more to deflect attention away. I expect he will go with his standard red herring. That is, I expect he will blame pulpit hatemongering on the federal government for not giving people jobs, a higher minimum wage, socialist medicine, etc.

After all, that was the sum of his first attempt to excuse Rev. Wright (“It is not enough to give health care to the sick, or jobs to the jobless, or education to our children. But it is where we start.”); it was the his explanation for why people in small Midwestern towns are supposedly “bitter” and “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment” — because the jobs are gone and those communities “fell through” successive presidential administrations ; it was even his way of responding to the Virginia Tech massacre:

Last week, the big news obviously had to do with Imus, and the verbal violence that was directed at young women who were role models for all of us, role models for my daughters. … There’s the violence of men and women who have worked all their lives and suddenly have the rug pulled out from under them because their job has moved to another country, they’ve lost their job and they’ve lost their pension benefits and they’ve lost their healthcare, and they’re having to compete against their teenage children for jobs at the local fast-food place paying $7 an hour. There is the violence of children whose voices are not heard in communities that are ignored, who don’t have access to a decent education, who are surrounded by drugs and crime, and a lack of hope. So there’s a lot of different forms of violence in our society …

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