Barack Obama disappointed by a pastor’s comments

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign on Thursday was forced to again apologize for the remarks of a Chicago pastor and friend backing his candidacy who spoke from the pulpit of Obama's longtime South Side church.

In an Internet video recorded Sunday, Rev. Michael Pfleger, an outspoken activist Catholic priest, is seen mocking Sen. Hillary Clinton from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

"When Hillary was crying, and people said that was put on, I really don't believe it was put on," Pfleger said. "I really believe that she just always thought this is mine. I'm Bill's wife, I'm white and this is mine. I just gotta get up and step into the plate and then out of nowhere came, 'Hey, I'm Barack Obama,' and she said, 'Oh, damn. Where did you come from? I'm white. I'm entitled. There's a black man stealing my show.' "

Obama expressed disappointment.

"As I have traveled this country, I've been impressed not by what divides us, but by all that unites us," Obama said in a statement. "That is why I am deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger's divisive, backward-looking rhetoric."

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1. Katherine wrote:

This is another person with whom Obama has had close and cordial relations.  The question is whether Obama was really so unobservant and naive as to be unaware of the radical nature of the beliefs of people in his social and political circles in Chicago. Personally, I think he did know, and thought the ideas were mainstream.

May 31, 5:32 pm | [comment link]
2. Dilbertnomore wrote:

Our choice is to decide whether Obama really believes the crap spewed by his spiritual advisors of twenty years standing or that he is simply naive and easily molded by those whose orbit he enters.

There are no alternatives answers.

And either answer resoundingly disqualifies him to be President of the United States.

May 31, 6:11 pm | [comment link]
3. ElaineF. wrote:

# 2, I agree, either way, it’s a scary prospect that he is [probably] a nominee for the Presidency of the United States. 
BTW, I just heard he has resigned as a member of Trinity…not sure whether that’s true or not.

May 31, 6:42 pm | [comment link]
4. Didymus wrote:

#2 No alternative answers?  Absolutely, positively none?  And the two answers you do provide resoundingly condemn the man?  I would hate to be the defendant in your court.

By all means, let’s hold the other two candidates to the same standard.  We then realize that NONE of our candidates are qualified to be president, due to the disreputable friends they have had over the years.

Politicians lie, associate with rotten people, lie, bribe, steal, occassionally murder, lie, commit adultery, commit perjury, slander, lie, cheat, and oh yeah, did I mention, lie?  Show me one candidate for president in the last century not guilty of these crimes, and I’ll show you a Quaker.

I am far less afraid of the “Coming Black Revolution when Obama is Elected” than I am of that oh-so hungry look in Hillary’s eyes.  McCain, eh, whatever.

May 31, 8:37 pm | [comment link]
5. Jeffersonian wrote:

Even Otis Moss, Crazy Jerry Wright’s successor, says in his introduction of Pfleger that he needs no introduction to the congregants of TUCC.  Pfleger is a regular at TUCC and his fulminating, race-baiting and grievance-peddling are standard fare…great slabs of red meat tossed to the cheering throngs. 

Is Obama claiming he was totally unaware of this before last Sunday’s tirade?

May 31, 8:46 pm | [comment link]
6. David Fischler wrote:

Re #4

Richard Nixon was a Quaker. Just sayin’...

May 31, 8:58 pm | [comment link]
7. Dilbertnomore wrote:

#4, most regrettably, all the viable choices leave considerable somethings to be desired as we choose a President. This truly will be an election in which we will be asked to determine whether halitosis is really better than no breath at all. That said, I see nothing in your post to give me any reason to excuse Obama of either of the two alternatives I postulate. And I still see no third alternative once you strip away all the nuances that can encompass the two.

May 31, 9:14 pm | [comment link]
8. Words Matter wrote:

I heard that the Archdiocese of Chicago has sanctioned Fr. Pfleger, which is more or less equivalent to Sen. Obama expressing shock and dismay after all this time. The Catholic leadership in Chicago cannot have NOT known what a showboating big-mouth they have in their presbyterate. So now, when he hits You Tube (big-time), they act.

May 31, 9:22 pm | [comment link]
9. Didymus wrote:

#7, My only point is that when we apply the same standard to all the candidates, then all the candidates are guilty of the exact same things.  I certainly don’t seek to excuse Obama from anything, and don’t neccessarily support him above any candidate (save one, and she’s supposedly on the same side).  However, I also cannot allow a single person to be singled out for a crime which all are guilty committing.  McCain and Clinton both have certain disreputable characters in their camp, but they are currently not receiving quite as much attention as the “radical black” associates of Obama.

I will excuse Obama from one of the accusations, now that I think of it: naivette.  He certainly seems to be well in hand with his competitors in the “now I say it, then I didn’t” game.  The man is quite the political prodigy.

Seriously, though, let’s try and actually figure out who the best candidate is instead of skewering one on the same blade all three are holding.

May 31, 9:35 pm | [comment link]
10. Didymus wrote:

#6 I was refering to Hoover.  Nixon slipped my mind.  Tricky man, that one.

May 31, 9:36 pm | [comment link]
11. Br. Michael wrote:

Obama is full of crap.  He is just another liberlal socialist politicion.  No different than Hillory for that matter.

May 31, 10:48 pm | [comment link]
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