In an interview with Republican talk radio host Hugh Hewitt last Thursday, Rick Davis, campaign chair of McCain-Palin ’08, said the campaign is re-thinking Sen. John McCain’s earlier decision to not attack Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., on the subject of his controversial former preacher Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
It’s about time. Jeremiah Wright is a man completely filled with hate towards America and white people. Sermon after sermon he preached black liberation theology. And for 20 years, Barack Obama sat in the pews and listened. Wright officiated at his wedding, baptized his two daughters, inspired the title of his book “The Audacity of Hope” and served on the Obama campaign’s spiritual advisory committee.
“I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community,” Obama said. “I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother — a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”
(But don’t worry, Obama says, she’s just a “typical white person“)
Now speculation is that the McCain camp may come out swinging on the Wright topic, Obama is “suddenly” dropping off the campaign trail to fly back to Hawaii to care for his “to visit his suddenly gravely ill 85-year-old grandmother.”
Well, that’s pretty convenient. Where have I seen this strategy before?
UPDATE:The poor guy just seems so upset about his “gravely ill” granny, doesn’t he?
MIAMI – They really will do anything to get elected.
At the end of a long campaign day Tuesday in Florida, Democrat Barack Obama had one more stop: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” DeGeneres got right down to business. “Let’s talk about dancing,” she said. “Your wife, Michelle, was on the show and she was talking some smack about your moves.”
DeGeneres played music and gave Obama 20 seconds to prove his spouse wrong. He complied, albeit in a decidedly awkward set of circumstances — standing alone on a patch of concrete and looking into cameras that were to beam him into the studio, as supporters and reporters watched.
He gamely grooved a little, though mostly with his arms, before calling off the operation with a smile. “Michelle may be a better dancer, but I am convinced I am a better dancer than John McCain,” Obama said of his Republican rival.
UPDATE 2: Nov. 3, 2008 - Barack Obama says his grandmother died today. If this is true, then perhaps some of this post was in bad taste and I apologize. May she rest in peace.