Sen. Barack Obama’s most recent comments shed light on his true motivation for denouncing Rev. Wright
By Jamie Miller
How big a problem is Rev. Jeremiah Wright for Sen. Barack Obama should he continue his success and become the Democratic nominee for President of the United States?
To fully understand the problem Obama, people should review Wright’s comments and the motivation for Obama to now condemn his comments. Many will say that it wasn’t until Obama was attacked by Wright in recent days that he denounced the reverend’s comments.
Obama said about Wright’s comments, “They offend me. The rightly offend all Americans. And they should be denounced. And that’s what I’m doing very clearly and unequivocally here today.”
But when reading the transcript of Obama’s remarks, it is clear that Obama is less offended by Wright’s comments and more offended by the timing of them in the campaign and their potential negative impact on the Obama for President campaign.
Obama concluded prepared remarks by stating, “And the fact that Reverend Wright would think that somehow it was appropriate to command the stage for three or four consecutive days in the midst of this major debate is something that not only makes me angry, but also saddens me.”
It seems Obama is less concerned by Wright’s actual comments than how they affect his campaign. Why would Obama be “offended” by someone else commanding the stage? I think this gives Americans a glimpse into the liberal, elitism which is Barack Obama.
During a question-and-answer session with the press, Obama said, “I don’t think that he showed much concern for me. More importantly, I don’t think he showed much concern for what we are trying to do in this campaign and what we’re trying to do for the American people and with the American people.”
Obama was also clearly offended that Rev. Wright would suggest that his previous comments were politically motivated. “What I think particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing,” Obama said. “Anybody who knows me and knows what I am about knows that I am about trying to bridge gaps and that I see the commonality in all people.”
When asked the effect Wright’s comments would have on his campaign, Obama answered by saying, “That’s something that you guys will have to figure out. Obviously, we’ve got elections in four or five days, so we’ll find out what effect it has.”
Ultimately, reporters got it right when they asked, “Why denounce Rev. Wright’s views now?” The truth is pretty simple and rather transparent: Wright is not only being critical of Obama but also is taking oxygen out of the room – oxygen that is sorely needed by Obama after his huge loss in Pennsylvania.
Jamie Miller is a political consultant specializing in political campaign management, strategic planning, public relations and crisis communications. He has been involved with running and managing political campaigns since 1994. E-mail him at: Repjam@aol.com.