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  •  I could see inviting Rev Wright to his (10+ / 0-)

    inaugeration.  A lot of the complaints about what he said were excessive.

    I doubt Obama will because of the political symbol he as become.

    But if you read the actual content of much of what Wright said that upset folks the most, it is almost identical to the sames former SOD Robert McNamara said in his award winning book and documentary.

    I think Wright probably saw that movie and was quoting what McNamara said about Hiroshima, US war crimes, the  innocent civilians killed in the fire bombings of Dresden, and Tokyo, the Tustegi experiments on black prisoners etc.  

    I wrote up a number of lengthy comments about this last year, but then realized the political futility of trying to partially denfend or redeem Wright at a time like that.

    But, if such a time ever does come there's plenty of susbtantive material to do it on.

    Wright's stylistic rhetoric is anohter matter, but I think

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sat Dec 13, 2008 at 08:37:14 PM PST

    •  That's not the issue. (2+ / 0-)
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      No matter how Wright's comments were exaggerated, the biggest problem was that Obama handled him with kid gloves and Wright repayed him by stabbing him in the back.

      Case closed.

      "Troll-be-gone...apply directly to the asshole. Troll-be-gone...apply directly to the asshole."

      by homogenius on Sat Dec 13, 2008 at 10:18:41 PM PST

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      •  I agree with you, Homogenious, that Wright (3+ / 0-)
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        blew himself out of the water with his remarks and behavior at the Press Club speech.  And Obama, who had bent over backward, to avoid renouncing him up to that point, really had no choice but to do so then.

        But, I felt sorry for Wright anyway. To have a job like a Reverend, requires a certain minimal amount of Narcissim, ego, and pride.  It must have been so painful for Wright to see his lifework, coming to shambles and embarassment.  

        And I can at least imagine the psychological process that he must have undergone that led him to believe he could win a stubborn defensive counter-attack.

        I'm not defending it at all.

        But, I do not want to make categorical statements rulling out any possible rapproachmont between Obama and Wright after a such an important relationship of twenty years.  

        Firstly, it's none of my business, if Obama want to forgive him at some future time, I will not be surprised, and in fact, may actually think even more highly of Obama.

        Secondly, I like to keep open to the possibility of learning and change, and that people can grow, and overcome mistakes, and failings.

        I guess my own life has been so beset with well intentioned accidents, or just plain stupidity and self centeredness that unintentionally hurt so many I love and care about, that in being more sympathetic and compassionate to others, perhaps, I am holding hope of being forgiving myself.

        Anyhow, it very sad, I think.  

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Sat Dec 13, 2008 at 11:13:44 PM PST

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      •  ever think it might have been intentional? (0+ / 0-)

        Folks still didn't want to let it go. So, Right forced the "denouncement hand" if you ask me.

        Sort of put it to bed after that.

        Beware the lollipop of mediocrity: lick it once and suck forever.

        by second gen on Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 07:39:53 AM PST

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