How Much of Rev. Wright’s Opinions Did Obama Know About?

Apparently there are even more skeletons in Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s closet than have come to light recently.

Thanks to a post at Free Republic, I found a link to a NewsMax article from Aug. 9, 2007 which features some of the, ah, wisdom of Rev. Wright.

The article says this about the level of relationship Barack Obama has with his pastor:

Since the 1980s, Obama has not only remained a regular attendee at Wright’s services in his inner city mega church, Trinity United Church of Christ, along with its other 8,500 members, he’s been a close disciple and personal friend of Wright.

Wright conducted Obama’s marriage to his wife Michelle, baptized his two daughters, and blessed Obama’s Chicago home. Obama’s best-selling book, “The Audacity of Hope,” takes its title from one of Wright’s sermons.

They might not be best pals, but Obama is obviously more than passingly familiar with Wright, and therefore has to be more than mildly familiar with Wright’s opinions.

The Good Lord knows my mouth is not always clean, but we tend to expect a higher standard from a pastor and preacher. Yet the article has this quote from Rev. Wright:

In a sermon filled with profanity, Wright also blamed the war on “Bush administration bulls–t.”

Wright had this to say about 911:

Wright on 9/11: “White America got their wake-up call after 9/11. White America and the Western world came to realize people of color had not gone away, faded in the woodwork, or just disappeared as the Great White West kept on its merry way of ignoring black concerns.” On the Sunday after the attacks, Dr. Wright blamed America.

He has this to say about Israel and terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli civilians:

Wright on Israel: “The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for over 40 years now. Divestment has now hit the table again as a strategy to wake the business community and wake up Americans concerning the injustice and the racism under which the Palestinians have lived because of Zionism.”

Wright has even made the rounds with some of America’s enemies:

Wright first came to national attention in 1984, when he visited Castro’s Cuba and Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya.

Wright’s Libyan visit came three years after a pair of Libyan fighter jets fired on American aircraft over international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, and four years before the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland — which resulted in the deaths of 259 passengers and crew. The U.S. implicated Gaddafi and his intelligence services in the bombing.

Wright on “white America:”

Wright laced into America’s establishment, blaming the “white arrogance” of America’s Caucasian majority for the woes of the world, especially the oppression suffered by blacks. To underscore the point he refers to the country as the “United States of White America.” Many in the congregation, including Obama, nodded in apparent agreement as these statements were made.

Didn’t Obama say yesterday that he wasn’t aware of these vitriolic statements made by Wright? Or was that some of the other vitriolic statements Wright made to which Obama was referring?

It looks like Obama’s claims that “I didn’t know” regarding Rev. Wrights racist and anti-American sentiments is pretty thin…

4 Responses to “How Much of Rev. Wright’s Opinions Did Obama Know About?”

  1. A very, very interesting summary from an Obama supporter. He/she sounds truly shaken. Here’s the link if you wanna sound-off:

  2. Obama says he never knew about his pastor Wright’s hateful comments like, ‘God damn America’ and other hateful comments against the USA, although he has been very closely associated with the church for almost 20 years.

    Only the most gullible people will believe Obama’s explanation. If you believe that he didn’t know then you must conclude that Obama must be completely oblivious to what goes aroung him. Hence, he is not fit to be the Commander-in-Chief.

  3. If Obama wasn’t in attendance, he probably knew “rumors”. No doubt about it, the “Reverend’s” words and delivery are extremely caustic and divisive. This style of preaching appeals to those seeking empathy from hundreds of years of brutal abuse. But the rhetoric has absolutely, unequivocally, no place in the White House. It represents a very small faction of those who are indeed disenfranchised in this country. BUT, I believe Obama is emotionally solid and complex enough to embrace the greater good of the Reverend’s legacy and vehemently refute that which is profoundly destructive to our country as a whole.

  4. So he is a member of this Madrassa.. err.. church.. for nearly 20 years and he never heard a racist comment from this ‘reverend’ Wrong?

    I live in New York so if any of you come to visit I have a bridge or two I can sell you real cheap..

    Obama reminds me of a Post-War German. He’s there but never heard nor did he see a thing.