This controversy isn’t over with Rev. Wright’s departure from the Obama campaign. Senator Obama must explain his relationship with Wright. Why? Because for twenty years, Barack Obama attended Trinity United Church in which Wright spewed his hateful rhetoric on an apparently regular basis. For twenty years, Wright was Obama’s spiritual “mentor.” In what way did Wright mentor Obama spiritually? Does Obama share Wright’s views that America created the AIDS virus for the purpose of killing off certain minority groups? Does he believe America deserved the attacks on 9/11? For twenty years, Senator and Mrs. Obama and their children sat in that church week after week as Wright preached, yet today Obama announced that he was unaware of Wright’s anti-American, conspiracy-filled sermons. No rational, intelligent American will buy that sorry excuse.
The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church.
Obama also tried to claim that Wright was his pastor only and had nothing to do with his political life:
Most importantly, Rev. Wright preached the gospel of Jesus, a gospel on which I base my life. In other words, he has never been my political advisor; he’s been my pastor. And the sermons I heard him preach always related to our obligation to love God and one another, to work on behalf of the poor, and to seek justice at every turn.
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air exposed that line very quickly by reminding us of a January 2007 Chicago Tribune piece that reported that Obama consulted with Rev. Wright before making any “bold political moves.” Oh, really?
Update: Obama is on Hannity and Colmes right now responding to questions about his relationship with Rev. Wright.