Obama’s Race Speech

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.

Update 19Mar08 – A video of BHO’s speech and comments can be found here. Hat tip to Gayle.


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5 Responses to Obama’s Race Speech

  1. al says:

    I just found your blog and read the latest entry. I can’t generalize on your comments overall from one entry, but I recommend–not that you have to act on my recommendation–that if you submit an opinion about a politician’s remarks (i.e., here specifically, I’m referring to Obama’s recent speech) that you omit the admission that you haven’t read or heard it in its entirety. This might give the impression that you are ‘not doing your homework,’ Of course, there’s nothing wrong with voicing your opinion based on hearing selected parts of this or any speech, or even basing it on what you’ve heard others remark about the speech, but just don’t advertise the fact. Sometimes being a “typical politician” can work in your favor. Have to get back to work. Bye.

  2. Tom says:

    Al – while I understand your comment, at least I’m honest about not reading the entire speech at the time of the post. Honesty is something that I value. However, you missed the point of the post…

    I have watched this situation develop over several weeks. I’m questioning the length of time BHO took in addressing the issue surrounding his former pastor. As Barney Fife once said, “Nip it! Nip it in the bud!!” This was the real focus of the post, not of the contents of BHO’s speech.

  3. Vamps says:

    Pity many Americans are so horribly ill-educated, insular and arrogant that they are incapable of realising Wright was correct in his statements.

    The rest of the world are well aware of US outrageous, nepotistic actions since their its colonial venture in the Phillipines and that there would, as has occurred to other plundering, murderous empires before them, eventually be a price to pay. To the rest of us, it was just surprising it didn’t happen sooner.

    Still, if the US doesn’t learn to restrain its exploitation and support of dictators and brutish oppressive regimes such as Israel, blowback will keep happening to it … again and again and again.

    “This is how the Rev. John H. Thomas, the UCC’s (white) general minister and president, recently defended Pastor Wright: “Many of us would prefer to avoid the stark and startling language Pastor Wright used in these clips. But what was his real crime? He is condemned for using a mild ‘obscenity’ in reference to the United States. This week we mark the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, a war conceived in deception and prosecuted in foolish arrogance. Nearly 4,000 cherished Americans have been killed, countless more wounded, and tens of thousands of Iraqis slaughtered. Where is the real obscenity here?”

  4. Tom says:

    Vamps – you are off topic, but do raise some interesting points.

    Why are Americans ill-educated? Government-run schools. The education of America’s youth is horrific to say the least. Education in history, math, and English has been replaced with courses in political correctness and ego-building BS. This results in a lack of understanding of the role of the United States on the world stage, and through that ignorance comes the arrogance.

    Support of dictator regimes – Any time I hear the words “defending American interests,” I cringe. It usually means that a political favor has been called by a big business to protect it’s assets in a foreign land. And it doesn’t mean that the US will support the “good guys” to achieve this end.

    Israel is a “brutish oppressive regime”? That’s a new one for me – at least they have elections to replace their heads of state. Do not mistake an aggressive stance on dealing with enemies of the country with oppressiveness. Otherwise, Israel would have disappeared a long time ago.

    From the clips that I’ve seen on CNN and YouTube, the opinion that I have is that Rev. Wright spouts the same rhetoric as Sharpton, Jackson, and Farrikan blaming the white man for the shortcomings of the black race. The speech inflames but offers no solutions. Read this post for my take on this subject.

  5. I saw your post and agreed with it wholeheartedly. Personally, I believe Obama needs to walk away from the church. Wright’s speech was divisive and an abuse to his position as a preacher of God’s word. Like Pastor Manning, Wright needs to step down because he is no longer worthy to speak from a pulpit. Regardless, of the results of the war we are in it; we need to be quiet and move on. This other individual who went to the rant, they show their foolishness.

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