Many of us on the Right, concerned about the thoughts and beliefs of the guy who's running for President, thought that the platitudes and soaring rhetoric that Obama doles out each and every minute were insufficient to judge his true character - and thus looked to the beliefs and feelings of those he surrounds himself with. His pastor, who he sought out 20 years ago and to whom he remained close up until a week ago, provided a certain amount of insight - insight into the racist rhetoric of a deranged pastor and his congregation (which included Sen. Obama).
When Brian Ross of ABC News purchased some DVDs of Jeremiah Wright (proudly sold by Trinity United Church) and portions of them were aired, it took Obama a couple of weeks to respond by heading to Philadelphia to give his monumental speech on race. In the speech, he said that Wright had been taken out of context, that we can't understand Wright's words without understanding the black experience, that he couldn't disown Wright anymore than he could disown his white, racist grandmother.
Barry assured us that the snippets and endless clips did not portray the actual character of Jeremiah Wright - until Jeremiah decided to re-iterate his beliefs at the National Press Club and made the mistake of saying that Obama was just a politician who had to distance himself because he's a politician.
Then, Barry had to throw Jeremiah under the bus.
Another person close to Barry which provides some insight into his character is his wife, who clearly has a worldview similar to that of Jeremiah Wright: Whitey's keep moving the bar, I've been ashamed of America until now, You can keep me proud by voting for Barry.
It seems that the cycle has now begun for his wife, Michelle. Barry made this statement to ABC News today:
The Republicans seem to have come to the same conclusion and a GOP Internet campaign in Tennessee has an ad featuring Michelle Obama's comments during the long Democratic campaign that "for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country."
Michelle Obama was asked about the ad on "GMA," but her husband said, "Let me just interject on this."
"The GOP, should I be the nominee, I think can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record," Obama said. "I've been in public life for 20 years. I expect them to pore through everything that I've said, every utterance, every statement. And to paint it in the most undesirable light possible. That's what they do."
"But I do want to say this to the GOP. If they think that they're going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful. Because that I find unacceptable," he said.
Obama praised his wife's patriotism and said that for Republicans "to try to distort or to play snippets of her remarks in ways that are unflattering to her I think is just low class ..
I'm sorry, Barry... but, you're the one who's giving her prominent billing in the campaign events. I don't seem to recall anyone saying that we shouldn't discuss the latest, stupid comment that Teresa Heinz-Kerry made. And she wasn't nearly as integral to John Kerry's campaign as Michelle is to yours!
And I won't even bring up the number of attacks that you and your comrades have made against the former president.
Finally, the reason that we have to look to Michelle, Jeremiah, Tony Rezko, and Bill Ayers to find out what you really think is because you have such a minuscule record - from your innumerable "present" votes in Illinois to your rookie season in the US Senate, you haven't taken many stands. You've simply given some good speeches, full of airy platitudes.
So, sorry... but she's fair game. If you don't want her to be discussed, don't let her give speeches on your behalf - or have tighter control over the script.
ARC: St Wendeler