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Barack Obama — the self-anointed soul-fixing, nation-healing political Messiah — has lost his glow. That is the takeaway from the beleaguered Democratic presidential candidate's "major" speech in Philadelphia yesterday.

For all of his supposedly unique and transcendent understanding of race in America, Obama's talk amounted to the same old, same old. The Glowbama mystique has gone the way of the Emperor's clothes. Instead of accountability, we got excuses. Instead of disavowal of demagoguery, we got whacked with the moral equivalence card. Instead of rejecting the Blame America mantra of left-wing black nationalism, we got more Blame Whitey. Same old, same old.

For two decades, Obama tethered himself to a fire-breathing pastor peddling bitter Marxist "black liberation theology" in the name of God. Behind the "audacity of hope" was a grievance-mongering preacher animated by the voracity of hate. And understand this: The Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama were not merely passing "associates." They were mentor and mentee, guru and student, with fates and fortunes intertwined.

For two decades, while using the church to build his Chicago power base and credibility in the black community, Obama turned a deaf ear to Wright's AIDS conspiracy theories, class warfare rants, anti-Israel, anti-white raves, and "God damn America" diatribes. These weren't occasional outbursts. They were the bread and butter of the Trinity United Church of Christ. Now, Obama blames "talk show hosts and conservative commentators" for exposing Wright's race-based rancor. Audacious, indeed.

On Friday, Obama attempted to minimize the extent to which he had been exposed to Wright's poisonous politicking on the pulpit. "None of these statements were ones that I had heard myself personally in the pews," he told Major Garrett of Fox News. "The other statements were ones that I just heard about while we were — when they started being run on FOX and some of the other stations. And so they weren't things that I was familiar with."

Yesterday, Obama changed his tune: "I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Rev.

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."

The clever Sen. Obama has attempted to erect a firewall of protection from probing questions about which remarks he heard and tolerated and failed to object to while sitting in the pews. Dwelling on what he knew and where and when, he argued yesterday, would be "to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality."

But it is Obama's pastor ("former" pastor, he is so quick to point out now, though he is a two-decade-long mentor) who holds a warped view of reality. And it is Obama who distorts the truth by likening this Ward Churchill of the United Church of Christ to an avuncular, yet lovable, family member who cannot easily be renounced:

"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."

Glad to know something made Obama cringe.

Even as he denied that he was justifying and excusing Wright's demagoguery, Obama was doing just that by invoking slavery, Jim Crow, segregated schools, violence in the inner city and, yes, denial of access to FHA mortgages, to explain how we get to Wright spewing "God damn America" on Sunday morning.

"These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love," Obama declared rather stiffly as he stood self-consciously in front of more American flags that he has ever been placed in front of this campaign season.

Well, you can't pick your grandma, but you can pick your pastor. And Obama picked the wrong one if he aspires to be the president of all America — an America that includes citizens of all colors who cringe at self-serving racial rationalizations masquerading as moral salvation.

Michelle Malkin is author of "Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild." Her e-mail address is



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I guess it comes down who wants it worse and what will you do to get it. I served in the US Army for 20 years and I had no idea they actually killed anyone! Really!! What a joke!!!
Comment: #1
Posted by: bill s
Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:33 AM
Thanks Michelle for hitting it right on the nose. If only people would read between the lines and really see Obama for what he really is, a liar, a hater of his own white race, a manipultive person as his "spiritual advisor" is. Obama preaches "There is no black America, There is no white America, There is only a United States of America', but if he really meant it instead of telling the people what they want to hear would be a different story. By saying this and listening to his speach, are two different things. He is so into racism, that that seems to be his only point in his campaigns. Forget that the economy is bad, that jobs are very few, and that we still have a war going, he only focuses on racism. I wonder, does he have to bring this up always? and does it make him feel better because of his two part blood? Is he the only one with white and black blood? I for one have mixed children, but I have taught them that just be who you are and be proud of it. Obama seems to reject his white heritage and seems to blame his white grandmother for her fear concerning the blacks. And what did he say, he said that her words made him "cringe". What about Wright and his views on this nation? If anybody is to blame, it is Wright for saying some outrageous RACIAL remarks obout America, and Obama for listening to them and not defending his own country. These kind of people are the ones that don't let racism rest as they always keep bringing it up. White people even seem to fear in speaking and giving their opinions about blacks as right away they are accused of racism.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Dolores
Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:55 PM
It's getting more and more difficult to find real news these days thanks to people like Michelle Malkin who only seek to further their partisan-politic based careers. She is as verbose as she is articulate and anyone who suffers the misfortune to confuse this extended trash-talk for informational journalism has my sympathy. I am sorry that she has painted herself so thoroughly into her political corner that she has become unable to actually be present when a powerful, uplifting, and historic speech occurs.
While she is able to write with skill, pomp and audacity to the ever-hungry sensationalist audience, she seems to miss the heart of the speech completely as a journalist as well as a human being. Miss Malkin has taken the position of that of her political affiliation which inextricably ties Obama to the words of Rev. Wright and is using her byline as an opportunity to take him down for her own personal-political cause. Clearly she was listening only to hear his big disavowal of Rev. Wright and when she didn't hear it, she pounced.
As a news seeking reader you should ask yourself: "How does Miss Malkin know that Rev Wright's bitter fanaticism was Trinity Church's 'Bread and Butter'?" Like so many others she has been educated by the erudite wisdom of the blogosphere and carefully selected the most divisive knowledge to serve her own ends. What is most ironic is how her own fanatical tirade, as an attempt to expose Obama's true colors, only exposes her own divisive heart which perpetuates the hate and fear which she claims to decry.
Unfortunately those who only read this article and never hear the actual speech will miss, as Miss Malkin has, a vision of a truly 'United' States and an historic event. Though she calls Obama the "self-anointed, soul-fixing, nation-healing political messiah" it seems more apt to say that she has anointed herself as the "soul-fixing, nation-healing political-translator messiah" here to save us from any confusing upliftment we might have suffered at the hands of Obama's truly inspiring speech.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Ananda
Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:26 PM
It beats my imagination why such a seemingly talented writer should use all her abilities in such a way. To hate and criticize someone for no apparent reason. She is simply being destructive and like a boomerang it will surely turn back at her. we can only pitty her.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Kozi
Fri Mar 5, 2010 6:20 AM
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