I was trying to think of an appropriate title for Obama's lecture-turned-political-campaign-speech that he just delivered in Philadelphia. His speech on "race relations" in America placed blame for the "Rev." Wright's hate speech on everything, and everyone, except where it truly belonged...upon "Rev." Wright.
I found myself walking around my home, doing some chores, directly after the speech ended. I shook my head in disbelief about some of the things that Obama said.
I feel very disheartened for the fact that he turned what I thought was going to be a repentant type speech into a lecture that pits "the haves" against the "have nots."
What about those who were "have nots" growing up and worked their tails off in order to be one of the "haves"?
What's more, what about the fact that many "haves" donate to charities, churches, children's funds etc. both here and across the world to help many of the "have nots"?
The way that Obama was speaking made it appear that rich (insert your color of skin) folks in America don't do ANYTHING in order to follow Jesus' admonition to "DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU."
The reason all of that was left out? Because he most likely wanted to paint just half of the picture of America that some perceive and embrace as factual and true. Did you notice that it was a half-baked picture designed to only boost his now fledgling presidential campaign after his disastrously racist "Rev." spewed some of the worst hate speech that I have ever heard spoken from a pulpit of a church in my ENTIRE LIFE!
I did learn a lot, however. I learned that those who would put on a friendly face in front of you might be raging against you in their barber shops, beauty shops, at the kitchen table, and even in their (insert your color of choice) churches!
There is so much more I could say, but I hope that my readers here will weigh in on the speech.
I purposely did not visit any websites (except to find the transcript of the speech), blogs, message boards, or other news sources so that my first impressions would not be influenced by others' opinions.
Don't get me wrong. There were some good points made by Obama in his speech. However, there were some points that absolutely failed, IMHO, as well as some comments like the following one that didn't belong in the speech:
...or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies.
For a speaker claiming to want to end the divisiveness caused by his rabid pastor's horrible comments, THAT most certainly didn't belong in the speech.
I'm just sitting here, shaking my head in disbelief, and appalled by some of what Obama included in his speech. I'm appalled at his audacity to lecture us on divisiveness - a trait that his pastor of 20 years has unequivocably and rabidly owned for all those years!
I heard that Obama wrote the entire thing himself...maybe he should go back to his speech writers.
Be back later.
Hat Tip: Fox News
Some of the best links covering this story:
Right Wing Nuthouse - Obama's Speech a Call for a Victimhood Coalition
Scrappleface: Obama: Racial Unity Can Overcome Capitalism
Flopping Aces: The Obama Excuses - With Some Class Warfare Thrown In
[Note: Many additional links listed at end of article.]
Ronald Kessler: Obama's Stand on Rev. Wright Clear
Mr Kessler writes:
"Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views?” Obama asked. “Absolutely — just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.”
In making that remark, Obama maligned the vast majority of clergymen who would never utter the kind of anti-American hatred that Wright spews forth on a regular basis.
My thoughts too! Exactly!!
YID with LID
Obama's Desperation-HOW DO YOU THROW GRANDMA UNDER THE BUS?
Senator Obama's speech today was just what I thought it would be, eloquent, heart-felt, appealing to most liberal of voters and the biggest, most cynical crock of crap-ola since Bill Clinton did not have sexual relations with that woman. He blamed everyone and everything but himself for the controversy. Lets look at the worst of the worst.
Blame the Media:
I confess that if all that I knew of Reverend Wright were the snippets of those sermons that have run in an endless loop on the television and You Tube, or if Trinity United Church of Christ conformed to the caricatures being peddled by some commentators, there is no doubt that I would react in much the same way
Folks this "endless loop of videos" he was talking about were being SOLD by Trinity United Church of Christ. It wasn't someone with a spycam, this is what the church sold to others. Its what the church WANTED people to know what it was about. [Note from Christine: Excellent point!!!]
He Voted Against it before he voted for it:
Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes.
Wait a second, didn't he say the other day that was NOT present for any of Wright's hate speech? Which is it? You know this "change agent" is beginning to sound awfully like a traditional politician.
Go here and read it all.
My comment (awaiting moderation) there:
Excellent point that the videos were being SOLD BY THE CHURCH!!
Good points about his not-so-hidden message of blaming God and blaming (as well as embarrassing) his own Grandma!
I'm so appalled that he has gotten this far in the Dem nomination campaign. My husband mentioned that maybe this firestorm of a controversy was a gift from God so that people will be shaken from their Kool-Aid drinking mesmerization with this would-be-messiah-imposter Tower of Babble.