March 18, 2008
Barack Obama is tackling the issue of race head on. The Democratic candidate for president hopes, this speech will distance him from comments made in years past by his long-time pastor, the Reverend
"Barack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people!" said Wright during one of his past sermons.
"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," said Obama.
Wright has also suggested that U.S. "terrorism" helped bring on the 9/11 attacks. Obama has labeled remarks like those as stupid.
Reverend Wright's comments were not only wrong but divisive, divisive at a time when we need unity; racially charged at a time when we need to come together to solve a set of monumental problems.
Critics have called Wright's comments anti-American and anti-white. Political analysts say there's a lot riding on Tuesday's speech and how Obama handles this issue in the days ahead.
"It's either going to be the crisis of his candidacy or a shining moment for him," said Joe Trippi, CBS news political consultant.
Wright was Obama's pastor for almost 20-years, before he retired. He
officiated at Obama's wedding and baptized his two daughters.
"As imperfect as he may be he's been like family to me," said Obama.
Obama is hoping that his words and not his former pastor's, will take center stage.