Today, MSNBC’s Today Showaired a clip of an interview between Meredith Vieira and Barack and Michelle Obama that will air on Saturday. In it, Barack and Michelle Obama discussed their pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and the ongoing campaign for the Presidency.
Here’s a link to the MSNBC video (unfortunately, due to the computer virus, I am unable to upload it for you to see here, and it was too long for me to transcribe, but I’ll try to embed it sometime later this week):
Here, we have some quotes from the beginning:
Michelle Obama said, “We hear time and time again voters are tired of this [the Reverend Wright story]. … They don’t want to hear about this division, they want to know what are we going to do to move beyond these issues. And what made me feel proud of Barack in this situation is that he is trying to move us as a nation beyond these conversations that divide.”
Barack also told Vieira, “When the first snippets came out, I thought it was important to give him the benefit of the doubt because if I had wanted to be politically expedient I would have distanced myself and denounced him right away, right? That would have been the easy thing to do.”
He then when on to criticize the media, saying, “I think it’s pretty clear what has happened. We’ve had — what — two months now, or a month and a half, in which you’ve had the Reverend Wright controversy, you’ve had the issue of my comments in San Francisco that have been magnified pretty heavily — that’s been a pretty full dose.”
Michelle was also interviewed by CNN, yesterday, where she said that Barack’s denunciation of his pastor was “a tough thing for him to do. … Yes, it was painful. Yes, it’s been difficult, but I think that the more difficult thing that this country is facing is trying to move politics into conversations around problems and problem-solving, and that’s what we’re going to be pretty determined to do. I think that this is about all I’m going to say on this issue, and I think we’re going to close this chapter and move into the next phase of this election. With that, I’m hoping that we’ll talk about something else.”
Now, I have to disagree with the Obama’s here. If the media is still airing these stories, then people are interested. The media does not air things that lose them watchers, they air things that get people to watch, and these are new stories. Every time Wright opens his mouth, he says something “newsworthy” and that’s coming back to haunt Obama. Perhaps Obama supporters are tired of hearing about it, but I guarantee you that most of America is not. Now, I’m not saying that the media should focus on Reverend Wright, I’m just saying that the mere fact that they are shows that people are still interested.
Hopefully I’ll be able to see the full interview on Saturday, although I will be out of town, so I can’t guarantee that.
Done Hearing About Reverend Wright,
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