Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I hate liars
Barack Obama wrote about certain statements his former pastor had made.
The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church.
Let me repeat what I've said earlier. All of the statements that have been the subject of controversy are ones that I vehemently condemn. They in no way reflect my attitudes and directly contradict my profound love for this country.
See that? The particular statements that were the cause of the controversy were not made when Barack Obama was in the pews.
During his incredible speech on Tuesday, he said this:
Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in the church? Yes.
Could an honest, well meaning person make the mistake of thinking
"I did not hear a sermon containing certain particular controversial remarks"
is the same as
"I never heard any sermon containing any controversial remarks"?
No. Not unless that person was extremely stupid.
'nuff said, no need to name names.