When Jeremiah Wright says "God Damn America"
Most people hear "God Damn White America".
Hard to see how a speech by Obama can erase that. And it doesn't help when Obama says "I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community".
Andrew Sullivan has entertained
the view (via reader mail) that Obama had a born-again experience that cemented a bond between himself and Wright. That might be so, but it won't make the controversy go away.
Wright may turn out to be the factor that allows Hillary Clinton to win the nomination, it's that serious.
Are you serious? The speech was marvelous, much better than I expected and better than we deserved as an explanation to a manufactured controversy. I realize the pearl-clutchers are retiring to the fainting couches as I write this, but those are the people who won't vote for a black man anyway and who only want to stoke the outrage.
Give the man some credit. He stood in the breach today. Americans like courageous people. Ducking the issue would have hurt him; this only helps.
There are quite a few on the religious right who say that America is "damned" but for entirely different reasons. It's perfectly acceptable for them if the issues are homosexuality or abortion but not for slavery or civil rights or military agression. So it's not the fact that Wright said "God Damn America" but rather why he said it.
when i hear wright say "god damn america", i hear "god damn it, wake UP america!"
i say "god damn america" every other morning before i brush my teeth. so do, i suspect, a fairly large number of quite patriotic americans. it is simply a case of "how dare you say out loud what i was thinking!"
as e. nonee said, there is frequent damning of america from both sides of the fence.....the crux of the matter is, which america?
One good thing came out of this tirade: It just shows the ridiculousness of the moonbats who are whining for a change...and the change in the wrong direction! It just came to me: Put the Reverend on the V.P. position with Barry! They make a great team for the moonbats! Borat Osama For President!
Michael Mooreon is very funny! That's a good one: Borat and Jerry for the Presidential ticket! What a laugh! Add moonbat goddess Cindy Sheemale for secretary of state while you're at it!