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Friends: How Many Of Us Have Ones Like Jeremiah Wright?

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So tonight, while Hillary Clinton dishes with Bill O'Reilly, Michelle Obama is going on TV to chat with Meredith Vieira about the Rev. Wright debacle in a segment to air tomorrow on Today, a segment I'm quite sure Michelle will be able to use as a meaningful opportunity to convey just what is so depressing about the whole Obama/Wright thing: it just taints your belief in friendship a bit. If reports are true, Rev. Wright felt betrayed by Obama and tried to fuck with his campaign on purpose. "After 20 years of loving Barack like he was a member of his own family, for Jeremiah to see Barack saying over and over that he didn't know about Jeremiah's views during those years, that he wasn't familiar with what Jeremiah had said, that he may have missed church on this day or that and didn't hear what Jeremiah said, this is seen by Jeremiah as nonsense and betrayal," a source told the NY Post.

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But if it's total nonsense, then why did Wright go out of his way to point out that he didn't see Barack Obama in church enough? And how exactly was making the best political speech of this generation on the subject dearest to Wright's heart a betrayal to anything other than Jeremiah Wright's ego? It's sort of like when you have two friends who used to date, and then one gets mad when she finds out you still talk to her ex, and she's sort of within her right, because he is the one who cheated on her, but that was like 53 years ago and he's not the one who gave her that STD that put her in this foul mood, and can't we all just get along already? Yeah it's sort of like that, only with Biblical undertones.

"We'll Find Out," Part II [The Page]
Revenge Is Sweet For Betrayed Pastor [NY Post]

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The REv. Wright is in the midst of his fifteen minutes and he's using that time to promote his beliefs and himself. It seems to me that Obama's complaint is that the Rev. didn't bow to the "greater good" of Obama and his campaign. If I were advising him, I'd say that he needs to find another track because if him and his people are really basically arguing that Obama is somehow more important.

Otherwise, I've always said that Obama has dropped the ball on this issue from the get-go and as a Democrat, if he's going to be the nominee, I'm glad that he's being forced to deal with it now, rather than sometime in mid-October.