Ed Koch bashes Barack on Wright as a failure of leadership:
What is it that I and others expected Obama to do? A great leader with conscience and courage would have stood up and faced down anyone who engages in such conduct. I expect a President of the United States to have the strength of character to denounce and disown enemies of America - foreign and domestic -- and yes, even his friends and confidants when they get seriously out of line.
What if a minister in a church attended primarily by white congregants or a rabbi in a synagogue attended primarily by Jews made comparable statements that were hostile to African-Americans? I have no doubt that the congregants would have immediately stood up and openly denounced the offending cleric. Others would have criticized that cleric in private. Some would surely have ended their relationships with their congregation. Obama didn't do any of these things. His recent condemnations of Wright's hate-filled speech are, in my opinion, a case of too little, too late.
The Captain has some Michelle material:
In this case, she starts by challenging students to actually embrace diversity by having the courage to reach beyond their social comfort zones, and winds up calling America ignorant...
Let's cut to the Gateway Pundit for more:
Oddly enough... Knowing that Michelle and her husband sat in front of a racist, anti-American preacher for 20 years sort of takes away from their whole "change" theme.
It does explain her disgust for the country, though.
Dare I mention her senior thesis from Princeton, where she was very worried about the manner in which she might be integrated into white society? And I think it would be fair to say she has developed a race-oriented resume; here is the Chi Trib on her latest job:
For all its national prestige, the University of Chicago Medical Center had a local public-relations problem.
The academic center was spending millions of dollars on care that would have been more effectively dispensed by a primary care provider. It was a dicey issue because it put the prestigious hospital in the position of telling its low-income, underinsured and mostly African-American neighbors to go somewhere else.
Michelle Obama was charged with tackling the problem—a delicate issue not just for her but potentially for her husband. A close ally and supporter of Barack Obama, the Service Employees International Union has been one of the hospital industry's fiercest critics of how it handles care for the uninsured.
But the U. of C. program has won praise from community health providers who say Michelle Obama was uniquely suited to tackle the issue.
"Because she is of color, that gives her some credibility," said Wendy Cox, chief executive of Chicago Family Health Center, which operates health centers on the South and Southeast Sides.
Having a hubby who could deliver earmarks didn't hurt either.
But now she is ready to lead the rest of us towards a glorious racial reconciliation, after living over forty years headed in the opposite direction. Can't wait.
PILING ON: Michelle Obama graduated in the spring of 1988 from Harvard Law School and took a job at Sidley Austin. Normally, she would have taken the Illinois Bar exam in July and started at SA soon thereafter (an associate revolt here); a different law firm but what I bet is a similar schedule here - lawyers, join in (are there lawyers on the net?)).
But she was admitted to the Illinois Bar in May 1989, which would follow the February 1989 bar exam. One infers that, despite the many assurances we read telling us that she was a future superstar, she didn't pass the bar first time.
Well, she is not the candidate. Still, the Glib Lib has an angry minister, an angry wife, and a deplorable racist of a grandma - troubling.