April 28, 2008
Reverend Jeremiah Wright is confronting criticism about himself and his sermons head-on.
"This is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright. It is an attack on the Black church," said Wright.
Wright spoke at the National Press Club in Washington Monday, one of several recent appearances over the past few days. Barack Obama's former pastor broke his silence in an attempt to repair his reputation
His videotaped remarks at the pulpit about race and America bringing on September 11th brought attacks on his views and patriotism.
"I served six years in the military. Does that make me unpatriotic? How many years did Cheney serve?," said Wright.
Wright was questioned about his most controversial sermons and stood by many of his opinions, including that America can not expect to avoid terrorism if it commits such acts on others.
Obama, who has been trying to distance himself from wright, never mentioned him during an appearance at a town hall in Wilmington, North Carolina.
There's a second issue dogging the Democrats. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean says the party must come together in
unity, and says either Obama or Hillary Clinton needs to drop out of the race by June.
Clinton says division in the party is actually helpful.
"I think this has been good for the Democrat party. We're going to go through these next contests," said Clinton.
The New York Senator largely avoided reporter's questions about Wright. But she doesn't need to put Wright in the spotlight anymore. He's doing that himself.