Bury­ing Obama

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“The Rev. Jeremiah Wright went to Wash­ing­ton on [April 28] not to praise Barack Obama, but to bury him,” New York Times colum­nist Bob Her­bert writes.

“Smil­ing, crack­ing corny jokes, mug­ging it up for the big-time news me­dia — this rev­erend is never go­ing away. He’s found him­self a na­tional plat­form, and he’s lov­ing it,” Mr. Her­bert said.

“It’s a twofer. Feel­ing dissed by Sen­a­tor Obama, Mr. Wright gets re­venge on his for­mer fol­lower while bathed in a spot­light brighter than any he could ever have imag­ined. He’s liv­ing a nar­cis­sist’s dream. At long last, his 15 min­utes have ar­rived.

“So there he was lec­tur­ing an au­di­ence at the Na­tional Press Club about ev­ery­thing from the black slave ex­pe­ri­ence to the dif­fer­ences in sen­tenc­ing for pos­ses­sion of crack and pow­dered co­caine.

“All but swoon­ing over the won­der­ful­ness of him­self, the rev­erend acts like he is the first per­son to come up with the idea that blacks too of­ten get the short end of the stick in Amer­ica, that the ma­lig­nant in­flu­ences of slav­ery and the long dark night of racial dis­crim­i­na­tion are still be­ing felt to­day, that in many ways this is a pro­foundly in­equitable so­ci­ety.

“This is hardly new ground. The ques­tion that cries out for an an­swer from Mr. Wright is why — if he is so pas­sion­ately com­mit­ted to lib­er­at­ing and em­pow­er­ing blacks — does he seem so in­sis­tent on wreck­ing the cam­paign of the only African-Amer­i­can ever to have had a le­git­i­mate shot at the pres­i­dency.”

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