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Monday, May 05, 2008

Oprah Has Better Judgment than Obama

As demonstrated by this article in Newsweek:

Something Wasn’t Wright
Why Oprah Winfrey left Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church.
Allison Samuels

NEWSWEEK
Updated: 12:39 PM ET May 3, 2008

For any spiritually minded, up-wardly mobile African-American living in Chicago in the mid-1980s, the Trinity United Church of Christ was—and still is—the place to be. That's what drew Oprah Winfrey, a recent Chicago transplant, to the church in 1984. She was eager to bond with the movers and shakers in her new hometown's black community. But she also admired Trinity United's ambitious outreach work with the poor, and she took pride in upholding her Southern grandmother's legacy of involvement with traditional African-American houses of worship. Winfrey was a member of Trinity United from 1984 to 1986, and she continued to attend off and on into the early to the mid-1990s. But then she stopped. A major reason—but by no means the only reason—was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
I think this is categorized under the "Things that make you go 'hmmmmm.'"

So, shortly after Barack found Jesus through his spiritual mentor Jeremiah Wright, Oprah found something about his preaching that caused her to leave.

Or, put another way, what attracted Barack to Reverend Wright and Trinity United repelled Oprah - an existing member of the church.
According to two sources, Winfrey was never comfortable with the tone of Wright's more incendiary sermons, which she knew had the power to damage her standing as America's favorite daytime talk-show host.
And we know that Barack didn't have a problem with the tone of Wright's sermons - until Wright stated that Barack's comments were simply those of an ordinary politician.
"Oprah is a businesswoman, first and foremost," said one longtime friend, who requested anonymity when discussing Winfrey's personal sentiments. "She's always been aware that her audience is very mainstream, and doing anything to offend them just wouldn't be smart. She's been around black churches all her life, so Reverend Wright's anger-filled message didn't surprise her. But it just wasn't what she was looking for in a church."

Of course, Barack has positioned himself as the uniter, the guy who is so mainstream that he can bring Blue States & Red States together in common purpose to achieve the change that we've been hoping for - or something like that.

Meanwhile, he hangs out with the most radical terrorists of the anti-American Left, supports a preacher for 20 years who claims that HIV/AIDS is a government conspiracy, and is to the left of the Senate's only open Socialist.
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But Winfrey also had spiritual reasons for the parting. In conversations at the time with a former business associate, who also asked for anonymity, Winfrey cited her fatigue with organized religion and a desire to be involved with a more inclusive ministry. In time, she found one: her own. "There is the Church of Oprah now," said her longtime friend, with a laugh. "She has her own following."
Of course, this may be the same reason Obama is able to throw Wright under the bus - he's his own religion now.
Friends of Sen. Barack Obama, whose relationship with Wright has rocked his bid for the White House, insist that it would be unfair to compare Winfrey's decision to leave Trinity United with his own decision to stay. "[His] reasons for attending Trinity were totally different,'' said one campaign adviser, who declined to be named discussing the Illinois senator's sentiments. "Early on, he was in search of his identity as an African-American and, more importantly, as an African-American man. Reverend Wright and other male members of the church were instrumental in helping him understand the black experience in America. Winfrey wasn't going for that. She's secure in her blackness, so that didn't have a hold on her.''
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So, what other areas of insecurity might cause Barry to lose his judgment and turn a blind eye to the reality that surrounds him.

If he has fewer critical faculties than Oprah when it comes to a pastor, how will he perform in discussions with President Tom?

This is very disturbing... and it's great that Barry is the inevitable choice of the Dems. Why is it that the Dems always seem to select the least qualified and most anti-American person to lead their party?

Oh, that's right... because it's the Democratic primary voter and the well connected Super Delegates that choose the candidate - and it's always a reflection of their beliefs.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler