And Obama flinches.
Barack Obama's "hastily arranged," 3-question press conference yesterday was extremely revealing.
The Illinois senator spoke at a hastily arranged press conference on the airport tarmac in Wilmington, N.C., as media traveling with him were about to board his campaign plane. Airplane engines roared in the background and a plane taking off interrupted the brief media availability, which lasted less than six minutes and permitted only three questions.
Obama might as well have said:
"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."
Instead, he offered, sans eye contact:
"Some of the comments that Rev. Wright has made offend me, and I understand why they offend the American people. He does not speak for me. He does not speak for the campaign," Obama said.
Hm. Short & sweet, but no substance. As usual.
List the comments which offend you, Obama.
Why do those comments offend the American people, Obama?
Wright "spoke for you" from the pulpit for years and even added anal sex pantomime, mocking Bill Clinton, on your behalf. Did he "speak for you" then, but not now? Is that your best answer?
He "doesn't speak" for the campaign? Of course, not. Now, that you don't need him any longer.
"Many of the statements that he's made, both that triggered this initial controversy and that he's made over the last several days, are not statements that I have heard him make previously. They don't represent my views," the senator added.
So... Imagine David Axelrod's dilemma: This guy's managing the Obama campaign while also coordinating the PR blitz to defend Wright's church. It's probably safe to say that the PR blitz for Wright isn't going so well. As for the Obama campaign, imagine Axelrod's new check list for Obama...
Obama wasn't there. Check.
Obama saw nothing. Check.
Obama heard nothing. Check.
Obama read nothing Wright ever wrote. Check. Except that "Audacity of Hope" sermon, which Obama used as the basis for his book and his campaigns.
Obama talked to no one, EVER, about church. Check.
Obama barely knows Wright. Check.
You chose this guy, Obama. Even the Obama-loving Rolling Stone magazine article in Feb., 2007, about you read thusly:
This is as openly radical a background as any significant American political figure has ever emerged from, as much Malcolm X as Martin Luther King Jr. Wright is not an incidental figure in Obama's life, or his politics. The senator "affirmed" his Christian faith in this church; he uses Wright as a "sounding board" to "make sure I'm not losing myself in the hype and hoopla." Both the title of Obama's second book, The Audacity of Hope, and the theme for his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 come from Wright's sermons. "If you want to understand where Barack gets his feeling and rhetoric from," says the Rev. Jim Wallis, a leader of the religious left, "just look at Jeremiah Wright."
Obama wasn't born into Wright's world. His parents were atheists, an African bureaucrat and a white grad student, Jerry Falwell's nightmare vision of secular liberals come to life. Obama could have picked any church — the spare, spiritual places in Hyde Park, the awesome pomp and procession of the cathedrals downtown. He could have picked a mosque, for that matter, or even a synagogue. Obama chose Trinity United. He picked Jeremiah Wright. Obama writes in his autobiography that on the day he chose this church, he felt the spirit of black memory and history moving through Wright, and "felt for the first time how that spirit carried within it, nascent, incomplete, the possibility of moving beyond our narrow dreams."
Translation- Rev. Wright's church was useful to Obama. That's why he chose it.
If you can't look reporters in the eye and defend your chosen "spiritual advisor," just whom can you defend?
Anyone? Anyone who's not even bitter?
Anyone over the age of 45 (like Obama, himself)?
Anyone who's a woman?
And, readers... Don't hold your breath waiting for Obama to give you any details. On anything.
'Cause that's not the way he rolls, you know. Uh. Uh. Um. Um. You know? Uh. Uh...
And even on his worst day ever...
he just can't help welling up with that whole cat-who-ate-the-canary grin, can he?
Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19-- And she made him (Samson) sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head.