Juan Williams not buying Obama's "authentically black" bait and switch
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Brit Hume and Juan Williams get what gamecock has gotten for 14 months; what Hannity has gotten for nine months and what more and more Americans are starting to get since the tapes of the sermons Barack Obama's pastor of the Hate America Church of 20 years went public this past week, i.e.
Barack Obama will not be President of the United States based on what his pew-parked butt has screamed out for the past 20 years and which din still drowns out his cool musings today, and which din can't be quelled by word games about being present at a particular sermon.
No amount of word games that send republicans scurrying for "proof" he was present at a sermon when a particular hate America phrase was uttered, only to be answered by Obama by saying his child sneezed at the time or that ole Rev just gets on like that at times.
Don't fall for that.
I can't hear you over the din of the pew-parked butt, and thank goodness, neither can Brit or Juan.
HUME: I think it's a very big deal. And even if you give Barack Obama the benefit of the doubt and accept the idea that not only at the time these remarks were made -- and there's quite a number of them, as you noted -- that he didn't actually physically hear them, it's hard to imagine he didn't hear about them. And they are pretty extreme.
And you also noted the reaction inside the congregation of the church. There were people jumping to their feet to cheer this. This is the atmosphere there where such comments are not only accepted but applauded.
And it's worth noting also, I think, certainly Obama knew what sort of church this is.
Now, I have no doubt that the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago has done many good things. It is clearly a thriving parish with active programs for youth and antidrugs and all sorts of other good things. There's no doubt about that.
On the other hand, for a candidate who would like us all to believe that he is post-racial, this is an interesting institution. For example, this is what it says about itself. "We are an African people and remain true to our native land, the mother continent, the cradle of civilization."
And it goes on to say this is a congregation with a, quote, "non- negotiable commitment to Africa," not to Chicago, not to Illinois, not to the United States of America, but to Africa.
Now, look. There's nothing wrong with that. And I wouldn't say it's racist. But it is certainly racial.
Now for the slam dunk from Juan and Brit.
WALLACE: Juan, let me get to what I think is the key question, because -- and this is why I think it's different than one of the ministers -- Hagee, who has supported McCain, but they don't have any real connection, and has said some horrible things about the Catholic Church.
Obama's been a member of this church for two decades. He was married there. His children were baptized there. Does it say anything about him that he's a member of this church and he is a member of Reverend Wright's flock?
WILLIAMS: Of course it says something about him. And I think this goes back to what Bill was just saying. He joined this church really to solidify his credentials as authentically black and authentically a part of that South Side Chicago community, because it's the largest church there and Reverend Wright is well known not only in Chicago but nationally.
And he's known for making these outlandish comments. And he falls into a tradition of black ministers who -- you know, they say it's social gospel, or whatever.
But really, what it comes down to is an expression of black nationalism and trying to affirm black folks and say, "You know what? Racism in this country's terrible and it's a burden to be black in America," and all that. But they go beyond the pale at some point, then, and start off with this whole victimization, blaming people, damning the United States. And it goes to the point, then, where I think it becomes sort of -- it picks up and leads to what Michelle Obama said about -- only for the first time has she, this Ivy League-educated prominent American lawyer, proud to be an American because you're having support for her husband.
I think that's wackiness. But yet that's the kind of thing that spirals out of this. And I think it's very key here that, unlike the notion that Barack Obama wants to advance that he didn't -- or wasn't aware of it, I find that unbelievable -- or that this is a crazy uncle speaking out, this is a man who he chose to be associated with.
It's not a family member. He chose to be associated with Reverend Wright and saw advantage in it. And that's why he exploited it up to a point when he realized, especially when he was announcing, that he couldn't have Wright by his side for the announcement in Springfield and now seeks to somehow distance himself.
But it speaks to his character, and it speaks to the judgment which is the basis on which Barack Obama has been running his campaign. So I think it could be a big problem.
WALLACE: Well, wait. I want to follow up on this, because, you know, look. Quite frankly, African Americans see a lot of issues differently than whites.
WALLACE: And sometimes we don't understand. What do you think it says about Obama's character and his judgment?
WILLIAMS: Well, I think that what it says is that Barack Obama, who says he wants to be transracial, that he wants to be the crossover -- I mean, he is the fruit of a generation.
This is the closest black people have ever been to having a president of the United States of America. And suddenly, you see -- wait a second, he's playing games and corners here on the race question.
He's not being straight ahead and saying, "You know what? I stand astride racial polarization." He's saying, "I play racial polarization at one moment to my advantage," Reverent Wright, "the next moment, I will distance myself and disavow Reverend Wright when that's convenient, too."
That is why I say for me, it just strikes -- wait a second. I want to know you. I want to know what you think and who you are. And in this case, I realize I don't.
HUME: I think that's really what the critical question is. We don't really know Barack Obama very well. And what we know of him and what we've seen of him we like, because it's impossible not to. He's extremely engaging, charming, likable. There's nothing about him that reminds you of certain angry politicians of the past. But we don't know that much about him.
And you see in the comments, as Juan pointed out, of his wife -- you see these attitudes toward this country. Now you see them in his minister, who is more than -- Bill, I'm not sure he went to that church for political reasons.
I think that Reverend Wright was deeply and personally a part of Barack Obama's life. And I don't doubt Barack Obama's assertion that he led -- that he, Reverend Wright, led him to Christ. And I think that's wonderful.
But it certainly makes it difficult, it seems to me, for him credibly now to distance himself from this man.
Amen Brit, and it makes it not just difficult, but rather impossible for Obama to distance himself from Wright. Glad you and Juan join me in not falling for the bait and switch to search out DNA evidence of Obama, present at an "America is at fault for 911" homily.
The pew-parked butt answers the questions. Juan Williams has faced these "authentically black" bigots before, when he called out Jesse Jackson on Crossfire in the 90s, defended Clarence Thomas, etc. Shelby Steele speaks of this in his books, as does John McWhorter.
Juan Williams and gamecock will not be diverted to searching the 1000+ sermons Obama sat thru.
See also Obama's FIRST book, for his admissions for why he CHOSE Trinity and Wright. It was precisely because of the hate America message.
He named his second book for a Wright sermon for God's sakes!:
So as to the efforst to expend too much time playing Barack's game, I say
There is no answer Obama can give that can erase the past twenty years.
So let's not help him achieve his goal by playing his game.
He is toast. So butter him, chew him up and spit him out!