Here is Barack Obama describing his Presidential credentials recently to the Houston Chronicle:
In a conference call, Obama told the Chronicle editorial board that "more than any other candidate, I can bridge some of the partisan as well as racial and religious divides that have developed in this country that prevent us from getting things done."
Barack, healing the racial divides. It's a pretty thought, and I suspect that many others share that hope.
So, watch this video of Barack's minister, Jeremiah Wright, delivering a sermon recently, and ask yourself a couple of questions:
1. When does Barack work his reconciliation magic on his minister?
2. Does Barack actually bring his two young daughters to that church to listen to that stuff?
Obama has a huge opportunity for some racial reconciliation pretty close to home, and seems to have accomplished nothing (or, heaven help us, is this a newer, calmer Wright?)
Ben Smith of The Politico writes:
Sure does feel like we're plunging into the abyss tonight.
Six more weeks to Pennsylvania?
ERRATA: There is plenty to dislike about Wright's sermon but let me single out his launch point, where he explains that he understands why "so many folks are hating on Barack Obama".
Who is the "so many"? Not the media. Not the voters in mostly-white states like Iowa or Wisconsin. Not the adoring rock-band crowds.
Where is he seeing this hate? I am sure it is somewhere off on the fringe, as it is for Hillary and McCain, but shouldn't a minister be looking for love, and the best in us? OK, let's reprise the quote from the "Pollyanna" scene with the minister played by Karl Malden:
Reverend Ford: [reading Pollyanna's locket] When you look for the bad in mankind, expecting to find it, you surely will. - Abraham Lincoln.
Pollyanna Whittier: He was President.
Reverend Ford: Yes, I know... but I've never heard *that* before.
OK, one reason he had never heard that before was because Lincoln never said it. Still, as Karl Malden's character realizes, he ought to be looking for the good in people, since you are more likely to find something if you look for it.
From ABC NEWS: "God damn America"? Wright is attracting attention now.