Obama claims that he is the man who can unite us. He can build a bridge across race, gender and economic status.
I left a church we had attended for three years after one sermon. Obama claims not to espouse the teachings and preaching of his Pastor Wright despite being a member there for twenty years.
But I don't believe either assertion and in fact the more Obama attempts to explain and re-explain his associations with divisive people and his recent remarks regarding or distancing himself from them, the more he seems to trip himself up. Does he thusly reveal his true character? His true values?
Does this mean that he can't be President? No, of course not. Does it serve to diminish his chances in the general election. Probably; if thus stuff sticks to him.
Obama is gathering "baggage" fast and the interesting thing about it is, Hillary isn't piling it on him, nor is McCain. It is self-inflicted. And the media love affair appears to be over as well.
"Stick a fork in him, baby," writes blogress Taylor Marsh of Barack Obama. "If he makes it to the general election, he's done." Marsh, a liberal-left backer of Hillary Clinton, is referring to this comment Obama made on a Philadelphia radio station, explaining why he likened his grandmother to his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright:
"The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person who, uh, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know, there's a reaction that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way and that's just the nature of race in our society. We have to break through it."
..."Can you imagine if Hillary Clinton said someone was a 'typical black person'?" Never mind if a Republican said such a thing.
What's happening, I think, is that the Obama campaign has led many white Americans to listen in for the first time to some of the black conversation--and they are thunderstruck.