Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Obama: Wimp In Chief

Obama's speech leaves a nagging question and gives us insight into his squandared opportunity to show real leadership.

Put simply, when his counselor, advisor and community leader was spouting lies and hatred for 20 years -- things Obama now admits to having been present for -- where was Obama's leadership?

Where was the 'speaking truth to power' that we would expect from someone asking to be the leader of our nation? Is it unreasonable to expect that this country's would-be President would take his friend and advisor to task and simply say, "This is wrong!"?

Having no major accomplishment to speak of, Obama only offers judgment and leadership. And he's shown himself to have neither. He showed himself to be a wimp. And we don't need a Wimp in Chief.

From Obama's speech (emphasis added):
...I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.

But the remarks that have caused this recent firestorm weren’t simply controversial. They weren’t simply a religious leader’s effort to speak out against perceived injustice. Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country – a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America; a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.

As such, Reverend Wright’s comments were not only wrong but divisive...



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