“I think people will understand that I am not perfect and that there are going to be folks in my past like Rev. Wright that may cause them some concern but that ultimately my 20 years of service and the values that I’ve written about and spoken about and promoted are their values and what they’re concerned about.” […]
“Some of the comments that Rev. Wright has made offend me, and I understand why they offend the American people. He does not speak for me. He does not speak for the campaign,” Obama said.
“Many of the statements that he’s made, both that triggered this initial controversy and that he’s made over the last several days, are not statements that I have heard him make previously. They don’t represent my views,” the senator added.
In a world where people wouldn’t constantly try to confuse people and suggest that Obama and Wright share the same worldview, this might be enough. But that’s not the case, and Obama will need to keep saying this throughout the rest of the campaign.
Wright’s decision to publicly break up with Obama by essentializing him as a politician may well generate some distance between himself and Obama; perhaps the public may perceive the distance; the more outrÃ© Wright becomes, the easier it is for Obama to say — look at what he says, and look at what I say. The campaign is also thankful that Wright decided to speak out now, rather than in, say, October.
Agreed, but still…