Associated Press states Obama is now outraged by his pastor. Typical politics! At one time Obama says Wright "has done enormous good," and now says Wrights remarks "should be denounced." I call that speaking out of both sides of your mouth. Obama speaks out now because of the damage done to his campaign. Sorry, but I can't believe anything Obama says. He should have been "outraged" with the remarks when they were first circulated and not waited until he felt his political success begin to diminish. He was willing to criticize his own grandmother and continue to defend Wright - now he's mad?!?!?!? Absolutely disgusting to me!Below is the link for the entire article or you can read the excerpts I have pasted.
Obama says he's outraged by former pastor's comments
Apr 29, 3:37 PM (ET)By MIKE GLOVER
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Tuesday he was outraged by the latest divisive comments from his former pastor and rejected the notion that he secretly agrees with him. Obama is seeking to tamp down the growing fury over Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his incendiary remarks that threaten to undermine his campaign at a tough time. The Illinois senator is coming off a loss in Pennsylvania to rival Hillary Rodham Clinton and trying to win over white working-class voters in Indiana and North Carolina in next Tuesday's primaries.
"I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened by the spectacle that we saw yesterday," Obama told reporters at a news conference.
On Monday, Wright criticized the U.S. government as imperialist and stood by his suggestion that the United States invented the HIV virus as a means of genocide against minorities.
Obama stated flatly that he doesn't share the views of the man who officiated at his wedding, baptized his two daughters and been his pastor for 20 years. The title of Obama's second book, "The Audacity of Hope," came from a Wright sermon. In a highly publicized speech last month, Obama sharply condemned Wright's remarks. But he did not leave the church or repudiate the minister himself, who he said was like a family member.
"His comments were not only divisive and destructive, I believe they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate," Obama said. Wright had asserted that criticism of his fiery sermons was an attack on the black church. Obama rejected that notion. "He has done great damage, I do not see that relationship being the same," said Obama.
Wright recently retired from the church. He became an issue in Obama's presidential bid when videos circulated of Wright condemning the U.S. government for allegedly racist and genocidal acts. In the videos, some several years old, Wright called on God to "damn America." He also said the government created the AIDS virus to destroy "people of color."
Obama said he didn't vet his pastor before deciding to seek the presidency. He said he was particularly distressed that the furor has been a distraction to the purpose of a campaign.
"I gave him the benefit of the doubt in my speech in Philadelphia explaining that he's done enormous good. ... But when he states and then amplifies such ridiculous propositions as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS. ... There are no excuses. They offended me. They rightly offend all Americans and they should be denounced." (emphasis mine)