Obama's speech yesterday was well-crafted. Much as Obama himself, closer examination reveals flaws. The speech wasn't so much about race as it was a blatant attempt at damage control. Put aside the attempt at camoflouge concerning the incendiary remarks of Jeremiah Wright. There is absolutely no way to misunderstand the remarks. They are racist and inflammatory. They are divisive, shocking in their hatred, and of no use in bridging any racial divide. That is not their intent. Statements of a similar nature by a white preacher would have been universally condemned.
My biggest problem with the speech is that you really have to want to be convinced by it for it to work. A couple of things really bothered me in the speech. First, Obama admitted, after intially denying it, that he had heard Wright make controversial statements from the pew. Isn't it interesting that that statement drew little attention. That is an admission of lying. You have to want to believe him for that to be ignored. YES WE CAN!
Then comes the uncontrollable urge of liberals to frame everything through the prism of moral equivalence. In his speech, Obama equates Geraldine Ferraro's statement that he would not be as successful in the election if he were white, with those of Wright. Put aside for a moment that the statement is clumsy. His resume is incredibly thin for a candidate at this stage of the campaign. Edwards fell by the wayside and rightfully so. Their political philosophy is almost identical. Their political experience is about the same, although Obama's is even less than Edwards. To equate Ferraro's statements with those of Wright is patently absurd. You have to want to believe. YES WE CAN!
Next Obama gallantly and with a lot of love I'm sure, gently throws his grandmother under the bus. Nice! To equate his grandmother's stated fear of being approached by a black man on the street with Wright's statements is incredible. Assuming that his grandmother is probably older, she is probably normal in experiencing fear of being approached by males of any race. I was a police officer and in certain situations I was nervous about being approached on the street by a male, regardless of race. And I had a gun. You have to want to believe. YES WE CAN!
Obama had a great opportunity to accept responsibility for his obfuscation and he dropped the ball. In the process, his character flaws and the bankruptcy of his campaign were laid bare for all to see, provided you allowed yourself to see. You have want to believe in him to buy his rhetoric. YES WE CAN!