Barack and Michelle Obama talk about the Rev. Wright controversy on NBC.
Even though you have a lot of company in your pain the media can never, never, ever let a story with good video AND audio go. And Rev. Jeremiah Wright provided the audio and video of Rupert Murdock's wet dreams.
What's John McCain doing? Who cares. What's Hillary Clinton up to? Doesn't matter. Obama's former pastor said stuff, loudly, that sounds like HATE to some stupid people. Doesn't shouting and throwing up a Q-dog sign mean hate? (And if so, is "Atomic Dog" the most hateful song ever written?) Even though this has little to do with Obama--the man who is running for president--this is what matters to the press.
McCain is out enjoying his "charm offensive" where he bats his eyelashes and shrugs his shoulders at every, little heavenly creature. Clinton is out bonding with old ladies and thanking Jesus this pastor flap knocked pictures of her and Chelsea in Bosnia right off the TV. Gosh, that seems like ions ago when sniper fire was all the press wanted to talk about. But one fiery preacher later and Clinton's back in the hunt, absconding with super delegates and staying mum in hopes that this controversy mortally wounds Obama's campaign.
After all, a category five implosion is what she needs to even get near the nomination.
Wright knew exactly what he was doing when he planted this improvised explosive devise onto the political playing field. He was doing what he would have done whether it was Barack Obama or a stranger on the street. He was going to stomp and holler and shout and he was not going to be silenced. Whether it was about pride or arrogance, Obama, if he truly knew the man, had to know Wright was not going to quietly retire to the sidelines and ride this bitch out for his sake.
More and more I agree with the Field Negro, who the hell is running Obama's campaign? This story has expanded over for days now and has drowned his uplifting narrative. He's been derailed by this. You can blame Rev. Wright, but you have to realize that Obama did know this man for a long time, yet there was not mitigating of the damage. No contingency plan. Just an assumption that America--the same America that enjoys McDonalds and films starring Will Ferrell--was smarter than to fall for this batch of Step'n Fetchit. The "incendiary" preacher story was on FOX News for nearly a year before it blew up in the national media. Did they think this day would never dawn?
As for the press, they're jackals. They're hyenas. They are salivating over this, as best demonstrated by Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" last night.
They feast off of destruction and could live of this confection of Wright a la mode for weeks if we let them. It's their trade. Just like "Bosnia-gate" and that debate fiasco at ABC News, they froth at the mouth for the trivial. It's all icing, no cake and cake isn't good for you either.
So what do you do? I, personally, am demanding more Iraq/Afghanistan War coverage. Plus, they economy is going to the dogs and gun violence is up in Americas major cities. The feds are trying to take back money they gave Katrina victims. Our veterans are getting the shaft when they come home and we don't even bother to profile their deaths in combat anymore.
Give the race for the Democratic nomination confectionery fluff a break. Put down the cotton candy and do some real reporting if you can't find a legitimate issue to discuss on the trail.
Outside of that, pray that Bill Clinton gets it on with someone. I pick Jane Fonda. Or Kim Kardashian. That will throw them off Obama's scent if they refuse to take this "picking the leader of the free world" think seriously.
PS. While I get that black people are angry at Rev. Wright for "hijacking" the news cycle, I feel the need to remind folks that before the press started beating up Obama with it almost every black person I heard from liked Wright and wanted to hear the man preach more. And if it weren't for the fact that Obama is running for president these same black people would still be cheering him on. I like Obama, but we don't have to be a monolith on Obama. We can handle some controversy. We shouldn't have to censor ourselves, even if we are "showing out."
If people don't want to vote for Obama based on what Wright said they were never going to vote for him in the first place. They were looking for an excuse that sounded better than, "I'm a bigot." So, yeah, Wright didn't do Barack any favors, but please, don't give the "gas face" to a man just because he did the electric slide up and down his critics' backs while shouting, "How you like me now!" I enjoyed his Cool Moe Dee-esque display of pastoral fire. You did too, until the press went feral over it and Obama got caught the undertow. We should be demanding better of his campaign staff who fumbled the ball on this situation.