I’ve not turned out a single issue ramble in some months, now, Tonight seems the time.
I’ll say this at the outset; I have been predisposed to not trust what Obama has to say on much of anything in general, and I found his mumbling about racism particularly unsatisfying. It would have taken rather a lot to make that last situation any worse. Today, Barrack Obama pole-vaulted over “rather a lot” into the land of the truly titanic. (Not an idly chosen word, I assure you.)
First of all, he has now called his own veracity into question exactly as I suggested he would. Less than a week ago, he issued a statement saying in part that 
The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation.
On it’s face, find this utterly laughable from anyone who was not running for the highest office in our country. is there any reasonable person on the face of the planet, who will concede that they expect the outrageousness depicted on the DVD’s purchased at the back of the church were outstanding in any way? what have been offered up by way of those discs, are three or perhaps for sermons out of many hundreds. Are we really to believe that these represent the total dalliance with hatred of the not so Reverend Wright? further, one simply cannot spend 20 years sitting in a church every Sunday morning ( and dare I point this out, contributing large sums of money) without understanding… and signing on for the hatred inherent in the kind of liberation theology that Jeremiah Wright has been pouring down the throats of his parishioners for at least that long. One does not stick around a particular church for twenty years without buying into the philosophy thereof, or at least putting up with it. But do’t tell me you didn’t know about it; that’s not an option.
Further, as I’ve pointed out, the comments coming from Jeremiah Wright are of a kind with what Michelle Obama has been quoted saying. (The “I’m not proud of America” meme) Obama must have been smarting from comments such as these, because watch what he says now,  less than a week later:
Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes.
The degree of parsing required for those two statements to not conflict with each other, defies belief. Even the Clintons couldn’t construct cover stories that tightly wrapped.
The obvious question to ask at this point is: “Was Obama lying then,or is he lying now?” There is no other choice. one simply does not expose oneself as a liar, unless the consequences of being caught in a lie, hired Rader of the endocrine the original I was about. To put this on somewhat gruesome terms, there are very few instances where someone would chop off his own arm or leg. having said arm or leg wedged under a car that is seconds from exploding would be one such case, where the trade is advantageous. So, we see that is where Obama found himself today… and he hesitated, then broke out the axe and went to work.
James Joyner notes, today, quoting Obama
I chose to run for president at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together, unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction: toward a better future for our children and our grandchildren.
And this belief comes from my unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people. But it also comes from my own story. I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. I was raised with the help of a white grandfather who survived a Depression to serve in Patton’s army during World War II and a white grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line at Fort Leavenworth while he was overseas.
I’ve gone to some of the best schools in America and I’ve lived in one of the world’s poorest nations. I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slave owners, an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters.
I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins of every race and every hue scattered across three continents. And for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on earth is my story even possible.
It’s a story that hasn’t made me the most conventional of candidates. But it is a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts?-?that out of many, we are truly one.
Now, frankly, I find this narrative ridiculously oversold. Lots of black men have traveled and gotten a great education and his ties with America’s history of racial tension are mostly vicarious. Certainly, Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell have better stories to tell in that regard. Regardless, people are buying into this message and re-establishing it as the backdrop for what is to come is smart.
Indeed, it IS over the top. But given the level of speech he was forced into making, it’s not unexpected. I tell James in reply:
LOL… It was seared, seared, I tell you… not into my memory, but my very genetic makeup.
OK, he’s aiming for large, here, and ending up at bombastic. trouble is, Meatloaf, he’s not. He does, however, sound rather like one of the occupants of the Manor farm, after the removal of Farmer Jones.
Ultimately, I don’t think he’s going to have trouble with intellectuals on this issue.
Of course not.
He’s trying to secure his base, and tryng to keep iffy democrat intellectuals in line. He’s still not won the primary yet, and knows it, and that situation is exactly what this speech was being aimed at… the true believers, and the hangers on. The rest, he hasn’t a prayer of swaying, frankly.
There isn’t a shred of doubt in my mind that the long puppet strings are, at the other end of this mess, in tha hands of an equally desperate Hillary Clinton. Be that as it may, today was a desperate move on Barrack Obama’s part, and one that sold well only to those already pre-disposed towards him.
But, nobody else.
Dick Morris suggests that there’s no way Hillary Clinton can win, now. And he’s right; It’s math mathematically possible, but about as likely as Iran finally changing it’s ways and behaving itself, finally. So, Obama is going to be the Democrat nominee. I suppose and expect you can thank Howard Dean for that…. the guy who decided to cut off two surefire Clinton States. I suppose that worked about as intended for him. Be that as it may, that all boils down to Obama having to face this issue again, once he goes through Denver. I may be wrong on this, but it’s my read the American voter in the general election isn’t going to be nearly as generous to Obama and his questionable associations, as the Democrat supporters and the press (A redundancy) have been.
Bruce , over at Q&O has some worthwhile comments, too.
So do Billy, 
and Blue Crab 
And Sister Toldjah 
Addendum: (Bit) Billy just now :
Just now on MSNBC, I heard Chuck Tod state that “no white politician could have given [Obama’s] speech.”
Just that instantly, all the synapses fired and this occurred to me:
Obama could, and should, have gotten started down this road quite without Wright anywhere near him at any time in his life in any way.
Very true. But more, Billy reminds me of something I wanted to say above and neglected to add, and I take it to be pretty much the same point Todd was trying to make.
Postulate a John McCain having attended the church of someone making statements against Minorities, for 20 plus years. Postulate further his getting married by this preacher. HIs kids attending there, having been baptized there. Postulate further this preacher making anti-American statements as a matter of routine, as well.
Now, imagine McCain giving a speech of the like Obama did today.
You know as well as I it’d never sell. The Democrats in general, and the blacks in particular would be screaming bloody murder. Most fair-minded people would be denouncing it as not going far enough, and certainly not explaining all the questions I’ve raised above.
So why are we allowing it with Obama? There’s only one reason…You know it, and I know it.