Posted by Wordsmith on 30 May, 2008 at 12:13 am. 16 comments already!


You’d think that after all the controversy that has plagued the Obama campaign in shaking off associations to Reverend Wright, Michael Pfleger would have better sense than to deliver this on Sunday:

You’d think….but they can’t help being who they are; because of course, they see nothing wrong with who they are. Why would anyone hold beliefs, they feel are wrong? Yet, here come the apologies [by way of Hot Air]:

Senator Obama:

“As I have traveled this country, I’ve been impressed not by what divides us, but by all that that unites us. That is why I am deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger’s divisive, backward-looking rhetoric, which doesn’t reflect the country I see or the desire of people across America to come together in common cause,” Obama said in a statement…

Reverend Pfleger:

“I regret the words I chose on Sunday. These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama’s life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them.”

What is so baffling to me, is the lack of sense and judgment.

The deep disappointment (how many more of these “deep disappointments” are we going to have to hear about, before this campaign is through?) and apology are only being delivered because of politics. At least Reverend Wright has the backbone to stand by his beliefs and be himself. Think anyone will be enough of a knucklehead to claim that the 3-4 minute video excerpt of the sermon is “being taken out of context”?

Jack Tapper on Pfleger:

A fiery liberal social activist and a white reverend at an African-American church — St. Sabina’s Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago — is a longtime friend and associate of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, having known him since the presidential hopeful was a community activist. In September, the Obama campaign brought Pfleger to Iowa to host one of several interfaith forums for the campaign.

Their relationship spans decades. Pfleger has given money to Obama’s campaigns and Obama as a state legislator directed at least $225,000 towards social programs at St. Sabina’s, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Via Huffington Post:

Pfleger, known locally as a community activist and organizer, was arrested in June 2007 with the Rev. Jesse Jackson during a protest outside of a south suburban Chicago gun shop. The criminal trespass charges were later dropped.

He also has hosted Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, at St. Sabina and has called him “a gift from God to a sick, sick world.”

Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt

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