The second coming of Jeremiah Wright [Karl]
Brack Obama’s longtime spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, brought his public rehab campaign to a dinner held by the Detroit chapter of the NAACP Sunday night:
“I am not one of the most divisive” black spiritual leaders, he said. “I’m one of the most descriptive.”
Actually, Wright is a floor wax and a dessert topping.
He opened with a jab at the “corporate-owned media,” though he gave a shout out to CNNÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Roland Martin and Soledad OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Brien.Ã‚Â Granted, CNN used to be owned by a crazy old man named Ted, but it is now owned by Time-Warner, which is (iirc) a corporation.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Martin isÃ‚Â a Ã¢â‚¬Å“life-long friendÃ¢â‚¬Â of Wright, though Martin apparently never disclosed this in the fawning coverage he has given Wright on CNN.
But let’s get to the descriptive part of the speech:
He acted out the differences between marching bands at predominantly black and predominantly white colleges. “Africans have a different meter, and Africans have a different tonality,” he said. Europeans have seven tones, Africans have five. White people clap differently than black people. “Africans and African-Americans are right-brained, subject-oriented in their learning style,” he said. “They have a different way of learning.” And so on.
After jokingly mocking the Boston accents of former Presidents John F. and Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., Wright said, “nobody says to a Kennedy, ‘You speak bad English,’ only to a black child was that said.”
That would come as a surprise to Vaughn Meader, if he was still alive.Ã‚Â More generally, the notion that white pols are never accused of poor language skillsÃ‚Â might come as a surprise to Pres. Bush.Ã‚Â
Even more generally, if aÃ‚Â Pat Robertson or a John Hagee gave a widely-publicized speech opining on the relative rhythm and musicality of blacks and whites, or talking about how blacks learn with their right brain, there would be a firestorm of criticism and the establishment media would immediately question John McCain as to whether he would denounce the remarks, etc.Ã‚Â Obama agreed yesterday that his relationship with Wright was a Ã¢â‚¬Å“legitimateÃ‚Â political issue,Ã¢â‚¬Â and Wright has been closer to Obama than Hagee has ever been to McCain, but I would not hold my breath waiting for a media feeding frenzy.
Wright also declared:
“I am not running for the Oval Office. I’ve been running for Jesus a long, long time, and I’m not tired yet.”
The “running for Jesus” would explain whyÃ‚Â Wright is claiming he has beenÃ‚Â subjected to aÃ‚Â “public crucifixion.”Ã‚Â I had no idea Obama had competition for the role of Messiah. So far, the press does not seem to be scrutininzing Wright’s second coming.