Friday, March 28, 2008

Obama Changes His Mind About Rev. Wright, Who's Now Livin' Large On His Congregation's Generosity

Remember that "historic" Obama speech on race? Scratch the part about "I could no more disown him... like an uncle... yadayadayada." and replace it with this:

"Had the reverend not retired, and had he not acknowledged that what he had said had deeply offended people and were inappropriate and mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of this country, for all its flaws, then I wouldn't have felt comfortable staying at the church," Obama said Thursday during a taping of the ABC talk show, "The View." The interview will be broadcast Friday.

Don't worry about Rev. Wright, though.

He's got a sweet retirement deal going, courtesy of his church (way better than Obama's Rezko house deal).

Wright is about to move to a 10,340-square-foot, four-bedroom home in suburban Chicago, currently under construction in Tinley Park, a gated community.

Let's rephrase that...

Wright is about to move to a $1.6 million dollar, 10,340-square-foot, four-bedroom home in suburban Chicago, currently under construction in a gated community.

Let's do it again...

The man who said, "God damn America!" and "White folks' greed runs a world in need," is moving into a secure, gated community."

Some details:

According to documents obtained from the Cook County Register of Deeds, Wright purchased two empty lots in Tinley Park, Ill., from Chicago restaurant chain owner Kenny Lewis for $345,000 in 2004.

Documents show Wright sold the property to his church, Trinity United, in December 2006, with the proceeds going to a living trust shared with his wife, Ramah.

The sale price for the land was just under $308,000, about $40,000 less than Wright’s original purchase two years earlier.

Public records of the sale show Trinity initially obtained a $10 million bank loan to purchase the property and build a new house on the land.

But further investigation with tax and real estate attorneys showed that the church had actually secured a $1.6 million mortgage for the home purchase, and attached a $10 million line of credit, for reasons unspecified in the paperwork.

Here's what I find most interesting about this retirement deal:

Rev. Wright is moving into a gated community in Tinley Park, where he'll live alongside 45,092 white people and 931 black people.

To quote one of my favorite TV shows, Rev. Wright is "movin' on up."

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19-- and and


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