After yesterday’s performance by the reverend, you knew it had to be coming. And while this isn’t the same as throwing Wright under the bus, it does suggest that Obama understands how far off the reservation his former pastor’s views are.
From TPM comes this from Obama:
The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate, and I believe that they do not portray accurately the perspective of the black church.
They certainly don’t portray accurately my values and beliefs. And if Rev. Wright thinks that that’s political posturing, as he put it, then he doesn’t know me very well. And based on his remarks yesterday, well I might not know him as well as I thought, either.
I don’t know if this will be enough to diffuse the situation, but it’s certainly a start. Time to put some major distance between him and Wright once and for all.
One additional note, I have to think that Obama will ultimately benefit from Wright coming out and saying this stuff now instead of the general election. Basically, if this same stuff had dropped in October it would have done a lot more damage.
More as it develops…