Monday, March 17, 2008

Obama has heard the harsh words of Wright in person.

Politics: He even wrote it in his book.

“It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, 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!”

And so it went, a meditation on a fallen world. While the boys next to me doodled on their church bulletin, 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. The reverend spoke of the hardship that the congregation would face tomorrow, the pain of those far from the mountaintop, worrying about paying the light bill…

What irritates me is not even Wright or Obama attending the church, but the incredible specific denial that he never heard these specific lines or knew of Wright's preaching style in the church or in private. He flat out lied.

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