"And what I think particularly angered me was [Wright's] suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing."
And why ever would Wright have thought that? Here is the Pastor of Disaster telling Jodi Kantor of the Times about the circumstances behind Wright's disinvitation to the Obama campaign kick-off. Her reporting included this:
Mr. Wright said that in the phone conversation in which Mr. Obama disinvited him from a role in the announcement, Mr. Obama cited an article in Rolling Stone, “The Radical Roots of Barack Obama.”
According to the pastor, Mr. Obama then told him, “You can get kind of rough in the sermons, so what we’ve decided is that it’s best for you not to be out there in public.”
In his follow-up, Wright unloaded:
I do not remember reading in your article that Barack had apologized for listening to that bad information and bad advice. Did I miss it? Or did your editor cut it out?
Ms. Kantor also printed the thoughts of the campaign spokesman:
Bill Burton, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, said the campaign disinvited Mr. Wright because it did not want the church to face negative attention. Mr. Wright did however, attend the announcement and prayed with Mr. Obama beforehand.
“Senator Obama is proud of his pastor and his church, but because of the type of attention it was receiving on blogs and conservative talk shows, he decided to avoid having statements and beliefs being used out of context and forcing the entire church to defend itself,” Mr. Burton said.
The statement itself sounds like posturing; if the explanation offered by Wright is accurate, he had every reason to believe it was. The Obama people had seen this Rolling Stone article which presented an edited version of Wright's Ten Facts About America. The full list, transcribed by Sweetness (or Light) includes the AIDS conspiracy.
Tom Bevan has lots more about the circumstances under which Obama couldn't quite bring himself to say good-bye to Wright in early 2007.
Now, for everyone other than Wright, there are a number of questions raised by this, none of which have good answers for Obama. First, was Obama's March speech just posturing? Second, how could it have taken Obama six weeks (not to mention twenty years) to figure out that the Wright the rest of America saw in those news clips shouting "God DAMN America" was the real Wright? Where is the judgment? How can Obama have this nation's confidence in negotiating with foreign leaders or making senior level Administration appointments when he was so wrong about Wright for so long?