David Axelrod, chief political strategist for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and former White House political adviser, defended Jeremiah Wright on Tuesday evening in a speech in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Axelrod described the initial news reports in 2008 on Obama’s long-time family pastor and mentor as “ninety seconds of vitriol plucked from thirty years of sermons by some enterprising opposition researcher.”
The claim that Wright’s sermons were selectively edited by Obama’s political opponents contradicts what is known about Wright’s preaching and the radical, racialist creed of the Trinity United Church of Christ, to which Obama belonged for two decades and to which he contributed a large amount of money.
Axelrod’s claim is also contradicted by Obama himself, who has cited Wright’s enthusiasm for radical politics as the main reason he was attracted to the church.
The lecture was part of the Distinguished Speaker Series of Southern California, and was delivered before a largely friendly audience.
Recording was not permitted in the Fred Kavli Theater, but Axelrod’s remarks on Wright are an exact quote, written down and tweeted immediately upon delivery.
Joel Pollack, the contributor at Big Government who broke this story, includes the following ABC News report to freshen our memories as to Mr. Wright’s “ninety seconds of vitriol“:
Amazing that they would not only bring up Jeremiah Wright but actually defend the man and his hatred.
Cantaloupe sized I’m telling ya.