Barack Obama’s bus would have to be quite large to absorb all of the people Barack has thrown under it. The current endangered organism is his former church, Trinity United Church of Christ. It would almost be amusing to watch Barack Obama disown people who he intimately or barely knows, except that we do expect better judgment or discernment from a guy who wants to be our next president. This stuff is no-win for Senator Obama. If he says that he attended Trinity for 20 years, and had no clue that Jeremiah Wright was someone who would be damaging to his political career in the long run, then I’m not sure he’s got the great judgment that he is alleged to have. If he is acquainted with other Trinity pastors/ministers like Father Pfleger and yet he still lacks the ability to take their true measure, this is very troubling to me. Either Barack used these Chicago-area ministers to build his street cred and didn’t really care much about (or intentionally ignored) their political views, or he completely bought what they were selling in addition to using them to further his local political career. Either way, it doesn’t reflect favorably on the man.
I was ready to believe that this Jeremiah Wright stuff would be old news by November. After all, he’s gotten this far with a very compliant and willing press supporting him no matter what he does. If these quotes from Father Pfleger hadn’t come out, Trinity and Jeremiah Wright would have become less of a compelling story than they were when this controversy first started. In addition to that, Obama is not even making a clean break from Trinity. Here’s part of what he said:
I am not denouncing the church. I am not interested in people who want me to denounce the church because it’s not a church worthy of denouncing. And so if they’ve seen caricatures of the church and accept those caricatures despite my insistence that’s not what the church is about, then there’s not much I can do about it.
This is absolute nonsense. What we are seeing with Trinity United Church of Christ is not a caricature. It’s a troubling pattern of behavior and attitudes, starting first with Jeremiah Wright and continuing with the new pastor as well as Father Pfleger. But of course none of the people I’ve mentioned represent what the church believes or what its parishioners believe. It’s only our misconceptions of what the church is based on the views of a few of their pastors. How stupid does Barack Obama think we are? Even when he makes the right decision, there is still this level of “pass the buck” in it. Like we aren’t sophisticated enough to understand the true nature of people like Jeremiah Wright or his fellow travelers at Trinity. We get it. He doesn’t seem to get it. Even now.