Barack Obama’s Father’s Day Speech

Senator Obama gives Father’s Day address at Apostolic Church of God in Chicago.

Reflections on Wright by Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers interviews Reverend Jeremiah Wright

Bill Moyers provides an in-depth look at Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a learned scholar and preacher. At the BMJ site, you can read more about Reverend Wright, Trinity United Church of Christ, and Black Theology. The two-part video is below. A podcast as well as the transcript is also available.

More than 3,000 news stories have been penned since early April about Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama. But behind the five second loop is a man who has preached three different sermons nearly every Sunday since 1972. In his interview on BILL MOYERS JOURNAL, Reverend Wright discusses what drew him to the pulpit and the recent controversy surrounding him.

Part 1

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Part 2

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Obama’s “bitter” comment in context

Context is crucial

As usual, Senator Obama was giving a thoughtful response to a question posed. As someone who attended the San Francisco fundraiser, David Coleman posted a long contextual explanation at The Huffington Post detailing Obama’s full remarks. A supporter said that some of them were going to Pennsylvania to campaign for the senator and asked what they should be telling the people they encounter. After Obama said that a campaign staffer could provide them with the talking points, he went on to say a couple of points of interest excerpted below:

But Obama cautioned that such talking points were really not what should be stressed with Pennsylvania voters.

Instead he urged the volunteer to tell Pennsylvania voters he encountered that Obama’s campaign is about something more than programs and talking points. It was at this point that Obama began to talk about addressing the bitter feelings that many in some rural communities in Pennsylvania have about being brushed aside in the wake of the global economy. Senator Obama appeared to theorize, perhaps improvidently given the coverage this week, that some of the people in those communities take refuge in political concerns about guns, religion and immigration. But what has not so far been reported is that those statements preceded and were joined with additional observations that black youth in urban areas are told they are no longer “relevant” in the global economy and, feeling marginalized, they engage in destructive behavior. Unlike the week’s commentators who have seized upon the remarks about “bitter feelings” in some depressed communities in Pennsylvania, I gleaned a different meaning from the entire answer.

First, I noted immediately how dismissive his answer had been about “talking points” and ten point programs and how he used the question to urge the future volunteer to put forward a larger message central to his campaign. That pivot, I thought, was remarkable and unique. Rather than his seizing the opportunity to recite stump-worn talking points at that time to the audience — as I believe Senator Clinton, Senator McCain and most other more conventional (or more disciplined) politicians at such an appearance might do — Senator Obama took a different political course in that moment, one that symbolizes important differences about his candidacy.

Obama: CNN Compassion Forum

On bitterness, divine intervention, abortion:

On Reverend Wright, Isalm, and Poverty:

Obama “basically right on target”

Political columnist, John Baer, of the Philadelphia Daily News, expressed his thoughts on the “latest diversion of Campaign ’08”

As a native-born, small-town Pennsylvanian, a son of native-born, small-town Pennsylvania parents – one from the coal region, one from Lancaster County – let me assure you that the so-called offensive, condescending things Barack Obama said about the people I come from are basically right on target.

Barack Obama on Hardball: The College Tour

In case you missed it, Barack Obama answered questions from the audience as well as Chris Matthews on Hardball