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Obama Publicly Rejects Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s Statements

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Well, that was fast.

Obama writes at The Huffington Post:

The pastor of my church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who recently preached his last sermon and is in the process of retiring, has touched off a firestorm over the last few days. He’s drawn attention as the result of some inflammatory and appalling remarks he made about our country, our politics, and my political opponents.

Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it’s on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.

Because these particular statements by Rev. Wright are so contrary to my own life and beliefs, a number of people have legitimately raised questions about the nature of my relationship with Rev. Wright and my membership in the church. Let me therefore provide some context.

You can read the rest over at Huff Post.

It’s a well written response and, as always, it makes sense. Obama has run a campaign, and this is yet another example of him addressing problems very quickly and efficiently.

The reverend’s words may still hurt him, but you can’t say he hasn’t come out extremely strongly against what was said.