Obama says that Reverend Wright’s statements were “cherry-picked“. The most damning part about this is the manner in which he casually dismisses questions and concerns about his pastor and spiritual mentor. Mr. Obama, how dare you, sir!
Q: I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but it’s all over the wire today (from an
ABC News story), a statement that your pastor (the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of
Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side) made in a sermon in
2003 that instead of singing “God Bless America,” black people should sing a
song essentially saying “God Damn America.”
A: I haven’t seen the line. This is a pastor who is on the brink of
retirement who in the past has made some controversial statements. I profoundly
disagree with some of these statements.
Q: What about this particular statement?
A: Obviously, I disagree with that. Here is what happens when you just
cherry-pick statements from a guy who had a 40-year career as a pastor. There
are times when people say things that are just wrong. But I think it’s important
to judge me on what I’ve said in the past and what I believe.
As we previously stated, the God Damn America wasn’t the worst of it. Never let ANYONE forget that. The media, the bloggers, the people.
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