Obama’s Comments as troubling as those of his Pastor

Barack Obama wants us to believe that he slept through 20 years of angry venom spewed out by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright from the pulpit of his church. Obama’s larger task will be to convince us that he was asleep while writing parts of his first book, Dreams from My Father.

Now that this media darling is getting a closer look, it is time for thoughtful reporters to ask themselves this question: Why was it necessary for someone in his 40s to have written — not one — but two books on his extremely short life?

The answer is quite simple: He wrote the second book to take the focus off the first book — the one he wrote 13 years ago before entering politics. Dreams from My Father holds the key to understanding why Obama joined Trinity United Church of Christ, with its focus on Africa and a mission statement that reads like a Communist manifesto, with a racist pastor like Wright who constantly ran down the country and blamed “whites” for most problems here and abroad. Wright recently retired, but the mission of the church remains unchanged.

Certainly, it was not always easy for a biracial child growing up in the 60s. However, the problems for Obama and his white mother were compounded when his black Kenyan father left them in Hawaii to fend for themselves just two years after Barack was born in order to pursue a Ph.D. at Harvard.

In this atmosphere, it is surprising that Obama chose to associate more closely with the absent parent. While in school, he voluntarily segregated himself and chose the most radical and racially divisive black students he could find as friends. In college, he gave up the name “Barry,” by which he had been identified since childhood, in favor of Barack, his African given name.

The following statements by Obama from Dreams from My Father give us a glimpse as to why he chose the Rev. Jeremiah Wright as his pastor, mentor and friend.

I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.

It was my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d package all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, Dubois and Mandela.

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students, the foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punkrock performance poets.

There were enough of us on campus to constitute a tribe, and when it came to hanging out, many of us chose to function like a tribe, staying close together, traveling in packs.

(I)t remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.

He wrote frankly about how he blamed

white people –some cruel, some ignorant, sometimes a single face, sometimes just a faceless image of a system claiming power over our lives.

Dreams from My Father, which initially bombed, was republished in 2004,when Obama ran for the Senate. It is, in fact, his “inconvenient truth.”

Obama sought to distance himself from some of Wright’s statements by saying he often disagreed with his pastor’s controversial political remarks. However, he said he was not in attendance when Wright made the remarks that caused the recent firestorm, remarks that in Obama’s words,

expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country – a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America.

Dreams tells a different story.

In this book Obama writes about Rev. Wright’s sermon “The Audacity of Hope,” which Obama borrowed and used as the title for his second book.

Obama quotes Wright as describing the world

where white folks’ greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere . . . That’s the world! On which hope sits.

Obama continued,

Reverend Wright spoke of Sharpsville and Hiroshima, the callousness of policy makers in the White House and in the State House. As the sermon unfolded, though, the stories of strife became more prosaic, the pain more immediate.

In the interest of political expediency, Wright stepped down from a formal role in Obama’s campaign but Obama was in attendance when Wright delivered this diatribes against the country in general and “white folks” specifically – which was his pattern. Obama not only heard it, he wrote about it in Dreams from My Father.

Perhaps these remarks didn’t bother Obama at the time because Wright’s position was not all that different from his own. In his economy only “whites” could be racist. Now that he is running for president, he would like us to believe all that has changed.

12 thoughts on “Obama’s Comments as troubling as those of his Pastor

  1. Jane,

    It is unfortunate that you missed the heart of the speech. It was made clear that anger exists in both white and black circles. He faulted his black pastor and his white grandmother for racist views. Let’s not focus on these distractions. Racism is a real issue. It will not subdue until we try and find the good and take the high road. After all the video of Wright was drug up from the past. The pastor is retired. We have not heard from Barack’s constitutes that he is racist. Race has been played by the media and political analysts like yourself. I felt his speech was pretty transparent and honest. I have not heard a politician in my lifetime give such a speech. People want to hear the truth- not was appears to be truthful. If he were lying and trying to cover up his hate and resentment towards white people, he would have done the politically safe thing and condemned Wright instead condemning his statements. We all share in the success and demise of this great country.

    Can we please take the high road here and admit we all have some prejudice and fears of other people- and some of those fears are rooted in truth. Let’s begin a different conversation…

    M. K.


  2. Jane, it is also unfortunate that only two people care to comment on your nonsense. Are you supposed to be a reporter? You and your fellow right wing nuts are so biased that no one takes you serious anymore. For a while there you conservative media personalities had a lot of morons falling for your lies. Now there are still a lot of morons listening to you and your blatantly biased peers, but not nearly as many.

    The moron you people were so gung-ho over putting in office has made a complete mess out of our country, which in turn has made all of you wackos look incredibly stupid.

    Barack do nothing right in your eyes and neither can Hillary. You and people like you have your minds made up before you even hear the facts. And even after you hear the facts you find ways to twist them to fit your BS.

    Obama in 08. No more Bush or anyone remotely similar. Are country wont be able to handle another 4 years of that.


  3. “Now that he is running for president, he would like us to believe all that has changed.”

    Ending your article with the above comments cleary shows majority of the educated elite of white America think alike…You fail to see the suffering of black America and where they are coming from…and folks like you think, write and talk in the usual condescending , arrogant and ‘we are more superior than you people’ manner & attitude…And when someone like Obama comes along, this of course rattles your cage. Folks like you cannot handle change, do not want change and are more dangerous to societal cohesion than the bomb carrying right wingers who lurk in the dark corriors of white America…


  4. Jane, I think the questions you raise are certainly legitimate ones that should be researched and discussed. One point I want to address is the sermon by Rev. Jeremiah Wright “The audacity to hope” that inspired the title of Mr. Obama’s second book. Here is a link to the full text of the sermon, one that is quite different from the attitude and tone of the inflammatory rhetoric all of us have seen through the internet and mainstream media. Yours truly, Owen


  5. Jane,

    Barack Obama originally joined Jeremiah Wright’s church twenty years for networking purposes politically and socially in Chicago. To Barack and Michelle Obama, being near Marxists or Marxists themselves, Wright’s hate-filled rantings about America did not bother them. Barack, however, discovered something in 08, that there were a lot of white people that were actually supporting his candidacy, and that there was no hate to be found anywhere in his campaign until Jeremiah Wright entered the picture with his message of hate. Jesus will someday say to Jeremiah Wright on Judgment Day, “Depart from me for I never knew you,” and Wright will be on his way to eternal torment. In the meantime, however, Obama can thank this “man of God” for bring down his candidacy. Since it is probably too late for Hillary to win the Democratic nomination, Jeremiah Wright, through his hate, has ensured the election of John McCain to be elected the next president of the United States, and that is fine with me. McCain will help hold the fort until another Ronald Reagan emerges.

    Clay Byrom


  6. Jane,

    What a shame it is that there are folks who refuse to believe the truth that you post! I guess the term “blind as a bat” applies to them. The Democrats have fueled the “Barry and Jerry” gang, and enabled them to continue going on the path to destruction…We need to put up a strong opposition to “Borat Osama” and “Jerry Wrong”. And for the other folks who read this reply and get hot and angry over it, I will not apologize for saying what I said! If that moonbat king or the moonbat princess Hillary get into office, you can kiss your freedoms goodbye!


  7. Ms. Chastain:

    I am a white, college educated female, and have worked with many African Americans and in all honesty have found them to be very ungrateful and hateful toward white people.

    I know of biracial people and they seem to prefer their blackness over being white except when it can get them through doors not even middle class whites can go through such as country clubs and Ivy League colleges. Many act one way around whites; rather quiet and demure, but when they are with their own kind they are very loud just like in the video clip of Reverend Wright.

    Obama and his wife are racists and most white people cannot publicly admit this for fear of losing their livelihood.

    Where I work, blacks are given 40 college credits as a head start while whites have to start from scratch to obtain a degree. I heard Mrs. Obama complain about recently paying off her college loans as if this was such an inconvenience. What an inspirational figure for all?

    Obama and wife probably pushed a talented white out of a degree and livelihood yet there is no empathy and sympathy for us. Most upper class whites look down on us working class or middle class whites as white trash. There are no support groups for European Americans. What about white pride.

    We have to suck it up and prevail. Our own kind will not help us.

    If it wasn’t for the white race we all would be living in substandard conditions just like the African continent.

    The Obamas truly embody the feelings of black people, they blame us for all their problems, yet reap the harvest of affirmative action and stab us in the back and face at the same time.

    Watch out white media. Once the Obamas take over the White House you will never be able to question them again. Be careful what you ask for white liberals.


  8. Jane,
    It’s been about 20yrs since I had contact with you, first when you came to Delaware Ohio to speak at a fundraiser for our newly forming, Pregnancy Center. Then through PPL. I’m so glad that you are still out there being a voice for true conservatives.

    You’ve got my vote!!


  9. Hi Jane,

    I’m back again after a few days (3/27/08), and I did my initial launch of my own blog site http://mysteresmoonbatslayerclub.blogspot.com/
    and it sure gets worse every day with the democrats, doesn’t it? I somehow managed to capture the audio of Jerry Wrong saying his flippant remarks, so if they try to hide it from the public, they won’t be able to for long! Anyone who stumbles across it will have a link to your site, along with some other good folks deserving a link. Paul McGuire is still holding the fort down at KBRT in Los Angeles! We’re all in the good fight together! We’re keeping the rabid moonbats from destroying the integrity of our country, one moonbat at a time! I feel bad for the moderate Democrats who are suffering the embarrassment of being a Democratic Party Member; looks like Dr. Howard Dean has his task cut out for him, and he’s in for it now!


  10. How sad that people such as yourself play the race card and pull quotes out of context in order to distort the a fantastic literally achievement which attempts to discern the heart of racial tension in our country and thereby comes to terms with it. Obama’s book could so clearly provide a source of reflection, dialogue and reconciliation, but as par the course of conservatives, they would rather implement Karl Rove style rhetoric than open up a meaningful discussion.


  11. Jane,

    An excellent article about Obama the slick race baiter. Your insight and informative articles are ones I share with many friends. You are a refreshing informative person. Keep up the great work


  12. 2008 came and gone and today – after all what happened and after all what we knew then and what we know now, we are still having the same problem. somebody very powerfull stands behind Obama and America still votes for him and all he does is going on every television show and smiles his little smile and speaks his prettly speeches. WHAT IS GOING ON? Why doesn’t America see for what he is? He got away with the pastor, the birth certificate, Michelle being proud of her country first time in her life, Chicago politics, and America is still voting for him!!!


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