‘Vis­i­bly an­gry’

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“Early [on the morn­ing of April 29], af­ter a long day of cam­paign­ing, aides showed Barack Obama ex­tended excerpts from Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s jaunty and free­wheel­ing press con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton,” Marc Am­binder writes in a blog at the­at­lantic.com.

“Obama, the aides said, was deeply, vis­i­bly an­gry. Two said he ‘in­sisted’ that he hold a sec­ond press con­fer­ence [April 29] to un­equiv­o­cally de­nounce Rev. Wright’s con­duct and sever him­self from Wright’s ful­mi­na­tions. Obama did not want to let Wright hi­jack his cam­paign any longer. Five days was enough.

“Judg­ing by his square jaw and his pos­ture — rigid — and his tone of voice — ele­giac and sad at points, and hard and res­o­lute at oth­ers, Obama felt ag­grieved and dis­re­spected, es­pe­cially by Wright’s im­pli­ca­tion that Obama’s speech on racial pol­i­tics in Philadel­phia was mere pol­i­tics,” Mr. Am­binder said.

He added: “Obama has used the power of his rhetoric to end con­tro­ver­sies be­fore, and the cam- paign hopes now that Obama’s an­gry sound bites will now re­place some of Wright’s more rad­i­cal ut­ter­ances on the cable news. The cam­paign won’t say whether, in their North Carolina track­ing polls, they dis­cov­ered any fall-off among white vot­ers. The bet they’re mak­ing is that by ex­tend­ing the ac­tive phase of a story for at least one more day, they can pre­vent its long tail from in­flu­enc­ing too many votes [on May 6].”

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