Obama spent 20 years attending Wright's church, "prais[ing] Jesus every Sunday", listening to his sermons, and even even using one of his key phrases as the title of his book. He was married by the Pastor and had his children baptized by the man.
Barack Obama says that Reverend Wright's inflammatory, divisive and hateful sermons were not ones "he had heard himself personally in the pews."
Maybe he happened to be in the pooper every time Wright delivered one of his sermons.
Or perhaps he just flat out lied.
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.
Unfortunately for Obama, Rich Lowry carefully exmained the Senator's first book. His "autobiography". And his quotes regarding Wright.
“It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks’ greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere… that’s the world! On which hope sits!”
And so it went, a meditation on a fallen world. While the boys next to me doodled on their church bulletin, Reverend Wright spoke of Sharpsville and Hiroshima, the callousness of policy makers in the White House and in the State House...
On 9/16/01, a day on which you would assume Obama would be in church, Wright stated:
We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye... We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost!
Not only did Obama lie about not hearing Wright's sermons, his presence in church for 20 years proves he agreed with their sentiments. No one would sit through 20 years of sermons he disagreed with. Unless he has a weak stomach and spent all of that time in the stalls.
The "thanks of a grateful nation go out to Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright."
Update: Gateway Pundit has the essential roundup.