So, is the good Senator from Illinois taking the ranting Reverend from ill and annoy, out of context? Or is he merely speaking out now, as a politician?
This looks to be the beginning of the end of an ugly 20 year relationship:
Obama Attempts to Spin Away Wright ControversyWhat took you so long, Senator Obama?
By Amanda Carpenter
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama sought to temper news headlines in the aftermath of his longtime friend and former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s controversial media tour by denouncing Wright’s recent remarks.
In a hastily-organized news conference in North Carolina Obama called Wright’s conspiracy theories about the U.S. government and praise of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan “ridiculous” and “offensive.”
"When he states and then amplifies such ridiculous propositions as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS; when he suggests that Minister Farrakhan somehow represents one of the greatest voices of the 20th and 21st century; when he equates the U.S. wartime efforts with terrorism, then there are no excuses. They offend me. They rightly offend all Americans. And they should be denounced, and that's what I'm doing very clearly and unequivocally here today."
“They offend me,” Obama said.
In recent days Wright engaged in several high-profile media appearances to refute the negative news coverage of his church. Many political analysts agreed Wright only called more attention to himself and gave reporters more reason to question his relationship with Obama.
Wright had stayed relatively quiet until last week when he spoke to the New York Times, participated in a television interview on PBS and made speeches before the NAACP and the National Press Club that were carried by major television networks.
In those appearances Wright repeated many aspects of his most offensive remarks, including the U.S. government?s responsibility for creating and spreading the AIDS virus.
"Based on this Tuskegee experiment and based on what has happened to Africans in this country, I believe our government is capable of doing anything," Wright said.
Wright was aggressive with reporters, refused to criticize Farrakhan, theorized black and white children have genetically different learning styles and said any attacks that have been made on him were also an attack on the black church.
The consequent media coverage was almost entirely harsh.
Obama’s history with Wright began when Obama started attending Wright’s church in Chicago’s more than 20 years ago. Wright married Obama and his wife and baptized his two children. Obama was so enamored with Wright he titled his autobiography “Audacity of Hope” after one of the pastor’s sermons. Wright was also once considered Obama’s “spiritual adviser.” But as reporters began to examine Wright’s church, which preaches “black liberation theology," boasts an “unashamedly black and unapologetically Christian” motto and encourages members to adopt their “Black Value System,” people began to question Obama’s worldview.
Attention increased on Obama’s roots to the church when ABC News obtained tapes of Wright giving anti-American and racist sermons. These clips dominated news coverage and ultimately led Obama to deliver a major speech on race relations in the United States.
Obama repeatedly defended Wright until today.
“Whatever relationship I had with Reverend Wright has changed as a consequence of this,” Obama said.
Maybe....just maybe, Senator Obama can finally go back to eating his waffle in peace.
Obama responsed with intensely visible irritation, declaring: "Why is it that like I can't just eat my waffle?" and then following up this witticism with an even more notable turn of phrase, "Can't I just eat my waffle?"
For his admirers, the Future President and Current Messiah has now authored a phrase for the ages, that will forever attach itself to his name.
For Abe Lincoln, it was: "Government of the People, by the People, for the People"
For Teddy Roosevelt, it was "Speak Softly, But Carry a Big Stick."Waffles have been at the very heart of the Obama campaign
For FDR: "The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself"
For Truman: "The Buck Stops Here."
For JFK: "Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You....."
For Reagan: "Government Isn't the Solution; Government
is the Problem"
For Bill Clinton: "It Depends on What the Meaning of 'Is', is."
and now, for Barack Obama, the most inspiring and original words of them all: "Why Can't I Just Eat My Waffle?"