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Is Obama Being ‘Jesse-ized’ By the Day?

Jeremiah Wright:

“Jesus was a poor black man who lived in a country and who lived in a culture that was controlled by rich white people. The Romans were rich, the Romans were Italian, which means they were European, which means they were white, and the Romans ran everything in Jesus’ country. It just came to me, within the past few weeks, y’all, why so many folks are hatin’ on Barack Obama: He doesn’t fit the mold. He ain’t white, he ain’t rich, and he ain’t privileged. Hillary fits the mold. Europeans fit the mold. Giuliani fits the mold. Rich white men fit the mold. Hillary never had a cab whiz past her and not pick her up because her skin was the wrong color. Hillary never had to worry about being pulled over in her car as a black man driving in the wrong ne– I am sick of Negroes who just do not get it.”

A reader in the media declares that “Obama is being Jesse-ized by the day. The Clintons began the job, and Wright is finishing it.”
Another reader notes in response to my question about whether we would continue to associate with a relative who suggested that 9/11 was “the chickens coming home to roost,” “Not only would I condemn a relative who made such asinine statements, there’s another huge difference. I can’t choose my crazy uncle; I can choose where I go to church.”
Finally, we’ve previously heard an unorthodox assessment of the American character from Michelle Obama; that, we were told, was a poor word choice or that she couldn’t have meant what she actually said. Well, now we’re hearing about how rotten a place America is from Obama’s pastor as well as from his wife. It’s getting harder and harder to believe Barack Obama himself doesn’t at least partially share their opinion.
Inevitably, we will hear someone argue that we’re misunderstanding Jeremiah Wright’s comments, or that they aren’t as atrocious as they sound. Paraphrasing Dennis Miller’s response to Michelle Obama’s “for the first time I’m proud of my country” remarks, don’t tell me I’m misunderstanding these comments, or taking these comments out of context. It’s like the number seven. You’re trying to tell me it doesn’t come between six and eight.


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