[no I don’t mean that – get your minds out of the gutter!]
Last March I posted on Barack’s big race speech. At the time I liked it but I noted that he was missing a big main piece.
No one thinks that Obama agrees with Reverend Wright’s ideas. No one. So why did he align himself with the preacher and donate tons of money? His discussion on race missed the part where somehow, many people (including him) think that the preacher’s rhetoric is normal and that’s why. [tangent: with this come to Jesus moment, that may well change]
Obama never says (though with much more flourish), “Of course the CIA isn’t spreading HIV/AIDs and of course the US didn’t deserve 911. I basically just filter all that stuff out out of habit without thinking how hurtful and wrong it is.”
He doesn’t ever say, “You’re right – I have been a bad example by continuing to sit there and just listen, but it just became a thing we did together as a family. The folks who go to that church are comfortable in that environment. I don’t hear it other places, I don’t believe it so it’s never been an issue and I frankly just never thought about it. Now that I am – I do need to apologize. Not just denounce what Reverend Wright has been saying and to a big extent stands for but also for never putting his words on the matter of America and racism at the forefront of my own search for truth. Obviously I don’t believe what he preaches concerning these matters, but I have not made that obvious to you and I only have myself to blame for that. Sometimes comfortableness gets in the way of righteousness.”
He doesn’t say: “I know it’s bizarre but I truly thank those of you who’ve brought this up so I have been forced out of my comfort zone to confront it.” “Obviously I’ve been going to church and not really thinking about what’s being said in many, many instances. I for one will do a better job in the future. I renounce and reject Reverend Wright’s thoughts on these matters and yet I will continue to love him as one of my own family.”
[i know, it’s a big chunk, but I get to quote me fully w/o worry of stealing!]
Short version. He isn’t a deep enough thinker to put things together.
Today’s version involves Obama and Iraq. And again Obama doesn’t “get it”. From Pete Hegseth at the National Review:
He just doesn’t get it.
In Obama’s world, foreign-policy contorts to meet domestic politics, and commanding generals accommodate arbitrary political timelines. From his perspective, facts on a foreign battlefield exist to the extent they comport with his judgment, rather than his judgment comporting to facts on a foreign battlefield.
Palin may not have the “experience” of being a community organizer, but Obama’s world revolves completely around him and doesn’t “get” that others are here too. Other countries, other races, other churches, other voters.