Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Obama Speech

I was not able to see Barack Obama's speech today. By all accounts it was delivered flawlessly and with great passion.

Paul Mirengoff at Powerline called the speech courageous, while Karl at Protein Wisdom dissects the theology behind the speech. It seems Bonnie Bucqueroux at the Detroit News Bloghouse would love to bear his children.

My take on all of this, after having read a great deal of commentary, is that it cannot be proven that Barack Obama believes all of the things that Rev. Wright has spewed throughout the 20 years that Obama attended services in Wright's church. Neither can it be proven that Obama was present at any of the particular sermons that have drawn so much attention of late. What can be proven is a close 20 year relationship between the two men, a relationship that both have stated they value.

It is very difficult for me to believe, therefore, that Obama was completely unaware of Rev. Wright's sentiments toward Caucasians in the United States of White America. His meek denouncement of Wright at this point in time, it seems to me, is one of political expediency rather than one of the heart.

Which is, once you think of it, exactly what we expect out of most politicians, though we deserve much better.

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