Pastor Jeremiah Wright har de siste dagene gitt flere intervjuer der han gjentar noen av de ekstreme standpunktene som vakte oppsikt. Han sier at det kan godt være AIDS er skapt av den amerikanske regjering for å utrydde svarte. Barack Obama reagerte idag med sinne og skuffelse.
Opptakene av reverende Wrights uttalelser kostet Obama en hel del. Han måtte kjempe for å gjenvinne tillit. Han holdt i den forbindelse den viktige talen i Philadelphia om rase og understreket at han ikke delte Wrights syn på USA og Israel. Han sa det ikke var den Wright han kjente.
Wright har ligget lavt en måneds tid, men gjentar nå noen av de samme standpunktene, uten blygsel.
After weeks of staying out of the public eye while critics lambasted his sermons, Wright made three public appearances in four days to defend himself. The former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago has been combative, providing colorful commentary and feeding the story Obama had hoped was dying down.
On Monday, Wright criticized the U.S. government as imperialist and stood by his suggestion that the United States invented the HIV virus as a means of genocide against minorities. «Based on this Tuskegee experiment and based on what has happened to Africans in this country, I believe our government is capable of doing anything,» he said.
Wright antydet også at Obama for syns skyld måtte ta avstand fra ham, men at det var «politics». Dermed la han dobbel sten til byrden.
And perhaps even worse for Obama, Wright suggested that the church congregant secretly concurs.
«If Senator Obama did not say what he said, he would never get elected,» Wright said. «Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls.»
Det gjorde at Obama denne gang måtte gå kraftigere ut, og ta avstand fra Wright som person, noe han i første omgang ikke gjorde. Obama sa han først idag ble klar over hvor graverende saken var. Det kan ha vært kostbare timer.
«I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened by the spectacle that we saw yesterday,» Obama told reporters at a news conference.
Obama stated flatly that he doesn’t share the views of the man who officiated at his wedding, baptized his two daughters and been his pastor for 20 years. The title of Obama’s second book, «The Audacity of Hope,» came from a Wright sermon.
«What became clear to me is that he was presenting a world view that contradicts who I am and what I stand for,» Obama said. «And what I think particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing. Anybody who knows me and anybody who knows what I’m about knows that I am about trying to bridge gaps and I see the commonality in all people.»
On Tuesday, Obama sought to distance himself further from Wright.
«I have been a member of Trinity United Church of Christ since 1992, and have known Reverand Wright for 20 years,» Obama said. «The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago.»
Obama said he heard that Wright had given «a performance» and when he watched news accounts, he realized that it more than just a case of the former pastor defending himself.
«His comments were not only divisive and destructive, I believe they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate,» Obama said. «I’ll be honest with you, I hadn’t seen it» when reacting initially on Monday, he said.
Men når Obama sier at han ikke kjente denne siden ved Wright, kan kritikerne vise til opptakene av tidligere prekener. De kan spørre om det er noe feil med dømmekraften til Obama. Om den først våkner når det rammer ham selv.