Barack Obama angrily denounced his former pastor for "divisive and destructive" remarks on race, seeking to divorce himself from the incendiary speaker and a fury that threatens to engulf his front-running Democratic presidential campaign.
"I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened over the spectacle that we saw yesterday,"
On Monday, Wright criticized the U.S. government as imperialist and stood by his suggestion that the United States invented the HIV virus as a means of genocide against minorities. "Based on this Tuskegee experiment and based on what has happened to Africans in this country, I believe our government is capable of doing anything," he said.
And perhaps even worse for Obama, Wright suggested that the church congregant secretly concurs.
"If Senator Obama did not say what he said, he would never get elected," Wright said. "Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls."
Obama stated flatly that he doesn't share the views of the man who officiated at his wedding, baptized his two daughters and been his pastor for 20 years. The title of Obama's second book, "The Audacity of Hope," came from a Wright sermon.
"What became clear to me is that he was presenting a world view that contradicts who I am and what I stand for," Obama said. "And what I think particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing. Anybody who knows me and anybody who knows what I'm about knows that I am about trying to bridge gaps and I see the commonality in all people." (source)
Newt Gingrich was on The View yesterday -Joy and Whoopi disagreed, but Gingrich is of the same mind as me...that Wright is doing this knowing it will hurt Obama.
I started feeling bad for Barry yesterday. He's worked so hard to remain "above the fray" and all this just undermines that and drags him right into the mud. But then common sense took over --he's been under this man's tutelage for 20 years and there is no way he didn't know what the rev. stood for and believed. He was married by him. He was his mentor. He named his book after one of his sermons. Basically, he kicked his mentor/pastor/beliefs to the curb when it might hurt his career...and what does that say?