Obama has finally come out with a statement addressing the Rev. Wright's inflammatory comments in sermons he has given at the church the Obama family has attended for 20 years.
"Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy," he said in the statement. "I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue."
This statement begs some questions. How could he have been attending this church for twenty years and not been aware of what this nit wit has been saying? Why has he been attending services there if he "vehemently disagree[s] and strongly condemn[s] the statements that have been the subject of this controversy,"?
One does not choose a church lightly. He is there because he finds value in the message or in just being associated with the organization. Neither reason speaks well for the ideas the Obama's identify with. It puts the "I'm finally proud of my country" of Michelle Obama in perspective. Ideas like this do not form in a vacuum. The influence of Rev. Wright is clear and the fact that he is still part of the campaign means his ideas are still valued by the Obama's.
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