Obama: “Voters Are Tired of” Hearing About Reverend Wright

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,

Ranting Republican
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3 Responses to “Obama: “Voters Are Tired of” Hearing About Reverend Wright”

  1. scratchatary Says:

    Unfortunately, you are right on the button. I really hate the Wrigth issue, but it appears that the people are still taking sides on this matter. As long as this topic is juicy it will still be on the new. GOOD POINT.

  2. The Moderate Republican Says:

    With such an inexperienced and “out of the blue” candidate, it’s entirely sane to wonder where Obama came from, how he was raised, and what is at the core of his beliefs. With Obama’s father being MIA from the beginning, his mother flaking off to Asia at a young age, and his grandparents no longer living (although we do now know that, according to Obama, his grandmother was a “typical white person”… sigh), Wright quickly surfaced as Obama’s moral compass. Who can doubt such a claim for a man who married Obama to his wife and baptized his children?

    Of course the other thing to help people who wonder why Wright is such an issue as a pastor is, besides Obama spending year after year after year in Wright’s pews, there was a lot more discussed at Trinity than loving thy neighbor and forgiving thy enemy. Wright ranted politics from the pulpit . . . a boatload of poisonous politics! So to think that the emergence of Wright as an issue is wrong & misguided is, well, wrong & misguided.

    Alas, even Barak Obama admitted this himself not more than a few weeks ago. And that’s why I like Barak Obama, I think he’s honest and generally likable. I’m just not going to vote for him for fear of socialist-lite economic policies, an inevitable left wing drubbing of the military budget, and a mostly undefined strategy versus extremist Muslims.

  3. inkslwc Says:

    Oh, there’s no denying that he’s a likeable guy – he’s very likeable, the kind of guy you could go out golfing with or bowling with (well, maybe not bowling. I didn’t think about that until after I typed it. But hey, you’d know you would win!).

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