BHO made a speech today that addressed the comments made in a sermon by Rev. Wright. BHO, to his credit, denounced the comments made by his former pastor that have been circulating on YouTube and played ad nauseam on the news channels. He did not condemn Rev. Wright personally. I have a question for BHO:
What took you so long?
This issue has been circulating for as long as I’ve been in Germany (and probably longer). Both HRC and BHO spokespeople have made their respective candidates views known, but nothing direct until today. Why?
The answer is typical politics.
Politicians will try to distance themselves from actual issues, allowing their staffers to answer for them. That way, if something hits the fan the wrong way, the politician can denounce the staffer’s comment, the staffer falls on his or her sword, and no harm will come to the politician’s career. Almost sounds like policy by polls that the Clinton Administration used…
I will give BHO credit for addressing the delicate topic of racial relations. While I have not heard the full speech (yet), I understand that he was direct and articulate. I doubt very much that HRC nor John McC will give contradictory comments to BHO’s speech. Nor should they.
The issue of Rev. Wright’s comments is BHO’s alone – it is about his pastor’s comments and whether or not BHO agrees with the sermon’s message. Between his pastor, his wife’s comments, and what he himself has written and said, BHO has enough to keep him busy explaining everything. But then, that’s what he has staffers for…
And it’s this last which does not impress me about any of the modern politicians. It used to be that a person was as good as his word. Now it’s duck, dodge, and avoid anything that could be perceived to be controversial. Staffers are the politician’s mouthpieces and fall guys. A politician standing for something substantial is a rarity in an age of where sound bites rule.
And these are the people we are electing to run the country…most disturbing indeed.