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April 30, 2008
How dumb does Obama think we are?
Barack Obama has a pattern of dealing with political problems by denial. He denies that this person or that person is his foreign policy adviser; he denied a close relationship with Pastor Jeremiah Wright, yesterday -- he called Wright just his "pastor".
Clearly the relationship is much broader and deeper than Obama is lately representing. In other words, when people become a political problem for Barack Obama, he distances himself from them, redefines their role, throws them down a "memory hole" or throws them under the bus.
A new kind of politician? Me thinks not.
Quote from Obama regarding Pastor Jeremiah Wright
Obama suddenly objects to Wright being called his "spiritual mentor".
Those exact two words in that sequence may never have come from Obama but certainly the relationship is more significant than Obama lets on.
For example, what are we to make of this Chicago Sun-Times article? [emphases added]
More from the Jim Geraghty at the National Review:
But he was on Obama's spiritual advisory committee as recently as March. Wright has since left that position.
Jim Lindgren at Volokh Conspiracy has a superb post today regarding the question of how Obama has defined Pastor Wright in the past. . He notes Obama has called him his close confidant [see the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above]; notes that Obama was taken with Wright's worldview; reports that Obama called Wright his "friend and mentor". A newspaper article in Lindgren's post stated that Obama counts the Reverend (Wright) "among his spiritual advisers".
Lindgren might also have included these characterizations made by or of Obama in the past:
Wright is my "sounding board" and keeps my "moral compass" calibrated:
If you want to understand where Barack gets his feeling and rhetoric from just look at Jeremiah Wright.
His campaign told the New York Times that Obama is proud of his pastor and church:
Furthermore, how likely is it that Barack Obama never heard the litany of curses and rants of Pastor Wright's? He stated in the Sun-Times article that he attended Trinity Church every week (with an occasional absence). He has been juggling multiple versions of stories regarding his knowledge of Obama's incendiary sermons. In a March 14th posting at the Huffington Post he wrote:
However, at other times, he admits to having heard controversial remarks from Wright (though he refuses to say what they were). He disinvited Wright from being on stage with him when he announced his candidacy for President, telling Wright that he "can get kind of rough in sermons".
The audacity of deception. Does Barack Obama hold the voters in such contempt that he believes we are so dumb that we cannot see the obfuscation at work?