Saturday, March 22, 2008

Leadership Eludes Obama

In perhaps his first real test as a leader, Obama failed miserably. In his “made for media” speech, the man who believes he is qualified to be the next President of the United States could not summon the courage to publicly distance himself from the racist minister of Trinity United Christian Church, Jeremiah Wright.

In an unprecedented act of political sleaze, Obama compares the alleged statements of his own grandmother to Wright’s remarks in an attempt to nullify the hate inspired rants of his minister.

“I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother - a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”

I don’t know what kind of man throws his grandmother under the bus for political gain, but it scares me that he may one day be President. No one gets to choose their grandmother; Obama was a grown man when he began attending Wright’s church. He made the decision to attend, and to develop a relationship with Jeremiah Wright. Did Obama’s grandmother take him to a church that vilified the government? Did she make him sit in church and listen to the racist sermons of someone like Jeremiah Wright? Probably not.

But Mr. Obama has been exposing his two young daughters to Wright’s twisted, paranoid oratories since they were born. The supposed racial remarks made by his grandmother more than likely would pale in comparison to what Wright puts out in most of his sermons. If his grandmother’s statements made him “cringe”, you would think that Obama would be especially concerned about exposing his two daughters to a man who constantly utters such racist nonsense. It’s hilarious that someone who attends Wright’s church can give a speech about race relations.

There are two very important reasons why Obama has not, and can not detach himself from the Reverend Wright. 1) He agrees with many of Wright’s opinions. If he didn’t, he would have stopped attending long ago. 2) He won’t risk angering black voters by distancing himself from Wright and his church.

From a leadership standpoint, Obama is a dismal failure. He sold out his own Grandmother rather than pull away from a man who despises almost everything about this country. These are the difficult decisions a leader is expected to make, and Obama tanked it.

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