Obama, too, wasted no breath trying to dig his pastor out of the hole he had dug for himself. He made no attempt to suggest that "God damn America" was unrepresentative of the general thrust of Wright's sermon. He simply did what any decent or even sensible person would do -- he denounced the statement and left Wright to extricate himself from it as best he could.
Wright's performance was both outrageous and pathetic. It was outrageous because it was a gross libel on his country -- a country that has been good to him, and has done much to improve the condition of his fellow blacks. The very fact that one of his black parishioners is a serious candidate for the presidency is testimony to how far our black fellow citizens have come from the sheer inhumanity of slavery.
And it was pathetic because, having made that blunder, Wright had no better defense than to lie that it was softened by omitted snippets of "context" that simply aren't there. Hasn't Wright ever made a mistake? Doesn't he even have the guts to admit it?
William Rusher is a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and author of How to Win Arguments .
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