Reverend Wright Was “A Great Man” Until He Was No Longer Needed
How’s Things Under That Bus, Mr. Wright?
By Dell Hill via The PJ Tatler
ever happened to the man credited with greatly influencing Barack
Obama? The man who preached each week with Obama paying rapt attention
to his every Godly word?
became instantly dispensable, that’s what happened. As soon as it
became news, Obama simply tossed his mentor under the campaign bus and
rolled along as if nothing had ever happened.
Let’s all refresh our memories....
he was running for president in 2008, Barack Obama distanced himself
from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and ended up tossing the reverend into the
spacious territory below the Obama bus. But in the years before Wright’s racist and anti-American sermons
became national news, Obama got the most out of his relationship with
Wright. He borrowed the title of his second autobiography, The Audacity of Hope, from one of Wright’s sermons. In this 1995 interview
he called Wright a “great man.” And when he was running for Senate in
2004, Obama played up his connection to Wright’s Trinity United Church
of Christ to build up a mainstream image; he credited that church with
shaping his faith and values. Here is an Obama for Senate ad, available
for the first time since Obama’s successful run for the US Senate in
Illinois in 2004.
VOICEOVER: State Senator Barack Obama, candidate for the US Senate, talks about his family, his faith and his mission
My father was from Kenya, and he was part of that first generation who
came to the United States right after independence. I teach
Constitutional law at the University of Chicago. I’ve been a member of
Trinity United Church of Christ for the last 15 years. And my faith as a
Christian is deeply important to me. It provides me with the values
that inform my politics.
self-proclaimed post-partisan Obama went on to win that Senate
campaign, in part by leaking the sealed divorce records of his strongest
GOP contender, Jack Ryan, to get Ryan out of the race. Despite his play
to faith in the 2004 ad, Obama would later slam rural Americans as people who bitterly cling to their God and their guns.