Obama "outraged" by Wright

What his pastor said Monday "directly contradicts everything I've done in my life."

By Joan Walsh
Published April 29, 2008 10:37PM (UTC)
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I admire Barack Obama for what he did today. He looked profoundly, genuinely sad and shaken.

"I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened by the spectacle that we saw yesterday," Obama told reporters about Rev. Jeremiah Wright. "The person that I saw yesterday was not the person that I had come to know over 20 years." While he said he gave Wright "the benefit of the doubt" because "sound bites [of his sermons] created a caricature of him," in Wright's sneering Monday press club performance "he caricatured himself."


"I gave him the benefit of the doubt in my speech in Philadelphia, explaining that he has done enormous good in the church," he said. "But when he states and then amplifies such ridiculous propositions as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS; when he suggests that Minister Farrakhan somehow represents one of the greatest voices of the 20th and 21st century; when he equates the U.S. wartime efforts with terrorism -- then there are no excuses. They offend me. They rightly offend all Americans. And they should be denounced, and that's what I'm doing very clearly and unequivocally here today."

"It is antithetical to my campaign. It is antithetical to what I'm about. It is not what I think America stands for," he said.

I'm going to let Obama's words stand on their own. I'll post the full text when it's available.

Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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