Obama's Condescending Defense of Jeremiah Wright

The media have been flooded with paternalistic excuses for Jeremiah Wright, and Barack Obama's was the most condescending of all. First, Reverend Wright was Obama's crazy old "uncle," and now he's a dinosaur mired in the tarpit of segregation:

For the men and women of Reverend Wright's generation, the memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away; nor has the anger and the bitterness of those years.

Poor old guy! He thinks it's still 1951. Don't wake him up!

It just gets worse.

Asked why he didn't denounce the controversial comments when he first heard of them more than a year ago, Obama noted Wright was on the verge of retirement.

Poor old guy! Put him in a nursing home and forget him!

There is no resemblance whatsoever between this miserable picture and anything about Jeremiah Wright that I have seen or read.

Instead of the half-dead "uncle" Obama describes, the Jeremiah Wright I see in the famous videos is a fluent and highly educated man burning up enough energy to run a marathon in the course of every sermon.

Physically, this guy could kick Obama's scrawny butt all the way from Philadelphia to New York, and mentally, Jeremiah Wright can talk and think rings around Barack Obama in every form of human communication except reading a speech from a teleprompter.

Jeremiah Wright is not your pathetic, half-dead "uncle," Mr. Obama!

Jeremiah Wright is fully responsible for himself, and when he curses America and subscribes to the hateful black-power "theology" of James Cone, he deserves as much condemnation as the white-power neo-Nazis in their stinking gun-clubs in Idaho and Alabama.

Barack Obama's condescending defense of Jeremiah Wright is a throwback to the paternalism of Jim Crow and the ante-bellum South, where the black "race" was supposed to need the guidance of superior beings like the Grand Dragon of the local KKK.

The only difference is that now the superior being is Barack Obama.  

Tags: Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright (all tags)

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22 Comments

Re: Obama's Condescending Defense of Jeremiah Wrig

Love your diary. Absolutely LOVE it!

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-28 10:18AM | 0 recs
erm...

another one.

NEXT!!!

by kindthoughts 2008-03-28 10:19AM | 0 recs
'Obama must implode! Obama must implode!'

"Please, dear God, Obama MUST implode!!!!"

by Bob Johnson 2008-03-28 10:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's Condescending Defense of Jeremiah Wrig

i think your putting words into Obama's mouth and adding your own descriptives.  Moreover, your use of the word condescending is either not your own or you don't know what it means.  This instance is not appropriate for the word.

by Chavez100 2008-03-28 10:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's Condescending Defense of Jeremiah Wrig

I find both Obama's defense of Wright, and your comment, condescending.

And I just checked a dictionary - I'm using the word correctly.

by catfish1 2008-03-28 11:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's Condescending Defense of Jeremiah Wrig

thats some mighty fine spin there

but you should have also then made the connection about how he is unelectable, and will lose to John Mccain,

THEN THEN

this would truly be a piece of work.

by TruthMatters 2008-03-28 10:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's Condescending Defense of Jeremiah Wrig

Trash.

by freedom78 2008-03-28 10:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's Condescending Defense of Jeremiah Wrig

Troll rate me of you want, Jacob, but this diary is trash and you know it, or else you'd have the guts to put out a tip jar for your hate.  And even though I'm sure a few would happily give you mojo for reinforcing their own hate, others would happily hide rate this garbage.

It's full of non-substantive insults and you have the gall to compare a potential Democratic nominee for President of the US to the Grand Dragon of the KKK.

 

by freedom78 2008-03-28 10:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's Condescending Defense of Jeremiah Wrig

If there's nothing in a comment except one insulting word, I usually troll-rate it, but now that you made a real comment, even though it's just as negative, I removed the TR.

by Jacob Freeze 2008-03-28 11:12AM | 0 recs
I tried!

I tried to remove the TR, but somehow I can't.

Anyway, now you have 2 comments of mine to troll-rate, if it's any consolation to you.

by Jacob Freeze 2008-03-28 11:15AM | 0 recs
Success?

I couldn't change the TR to no rating, but changing it to mojo worked instead.

So now I'm giving mojo to a one word comment calling my diary trash.

The next thing you know I'll be endorsing Obama, whistling a medley of arias from Tosca, and pooping on the rug!

by Jacob Freeze 2008-03-28 03:35PM | 0 recs
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Jeremiah was a bull frog, and he was a mighty good man.  Joy to the World, Joy to all the boys and girls!  Joy to the fishes and the deep blue sea! Joy to you and me!

by Spanky 2008-03-28 10:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's Condescending Defense of Jeremiah Wrig

If you have a lot of home videos, and someone took them all to video editor who really hated you, the editor could make you look terrible, too.

And we all know that create Republican PR people made Bill Clinton look like a rapist and Hillary and Bill Clinton both look like murderers.

I think the best thing is to make this your mantra: "I will not fall for fake controversies coming out of any PR shop. I will not fall for fake controversies coming out of any PR shop . . . "

And I'm the most gullible person on earth, and I'll fall for one of these controversies myself sooner or later, so do as I say, not as I do.

But, seriously, if you vote for Hillary Clinton, vote for her because she's a wonderful, strong, smart senator who loves America and knows how to run a tough campaign, or vote against Obama because his speeches are short on specifics, he hasn't initiated hearings on Afghanistan, and some of his supporters are really irritating. If you vote against Obama because of some fake media frenzy, then you're supporting the same hate PR system that has nearly destroyed the Clintons' lives.

Of course, the Clintons have been the targets of this sort of psychological warfare for decades, and maybe they've been through this so often that they now think it's a normal way to campaign.

But this sort of thing was wrong when Viguerie, Rove et al. did it to Bill and Hillary, and I think it's bad for our souls if we adopt similar methods.

by sclminc 2008-03-28 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's Condescending Defense of Jeremiah Wrig

I appreciate your well-written and thoughtful comment, even though I can't agree.

by Jacob Freeze 2008-03-28 10:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's Condescending Defense of Jeremiah Wrig

Another way to approach this:

One thing I tried to look for a week or two ago was comments from Chicago area rabbis (ideally, comments made before the Wright scandal story broke) about what they thought about Wright.

Was Wright reasonably active in, for example, ecumenical organizations?

Was his church the kind of church that rented out space to Reform temples on Yom Kippur?

Or, was the Chicago Jewish community alarmed by the church two years ago?

If there's solid evidence that mainstream Chicago congregations had serious problems with Wright and his church before Obama was running for president, then I might take this more seriously.

If the mainstream religious community got along with the church, then it seems to me that a member of the church would have a reasonable reason to believe that what was going in the church was within acceptable limits.

by sclminc 2008-03-28 11:16AM | 0 recs
Re: coming home up to roost

Drink some more coffee and settle down.  You are getting so excited.  It is not good for your health.  We Obama supporters love all you Clintonistas even when you say such silly stuff because we are all democrats at heart.

by Spanky 2008-03-28 10:47AM | 0 recs
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the Jeremiah Wright I see in the famous videos is a fluent and highly educated man burning up enough energy to run a marathon in the course of every sermon.

You should be ashamed of yourself! How dare you give such praise to an anti-American, hateful racist! Is THAT the kind of person you support? I demand that you retract your comment!

I know, it's a little rough around the edges, but I'm still learning how to play the MyDD gotcha game.

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-03-28 11:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's Condescending Defense of Jeremiah Wrig

I noticed you troll-rated me. I will take this as a sign that you endorse Wright's offensive remarks. Shameful! Where is the outrage?

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-03-28 02:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's Condescending Defense of Jeremiah Wrig

It looked funnier the second time around so now there's mojo instead.

Boola boola!

by Jacob Freeze 2008-03-28 03:30PM | 0 recs
Wright's retirement home......

The crazy old uncle's retirement home is under construction in a Chicago area  gated community.  It's a 10,000 sq. ft. McMansion financed by the church with a l.6 million construction loan and (get this)an attached 10 million dollar line of credit.  lol - railing against "rich white folks" pays well.

by Tolstoy 2008-03-28 11:17AM | 0 recs
I am sorry

does clinton lives in a tiny apartment?

You guys have gone faux news...anything that you see must be blamed on Obama.

by kindthoughts 2008-03-28 12:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's Condescending Defense

Jacob, loved this angle. Good for you!!!!

by susanclare 2008-03-28 05:55PM | 0 recs

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