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Thursday, May 29, 2008

At Obama’s Church, Chicago Minister Says Clinton Felt ‘White’ Entitlement

(Fox News) - Another Chicago minister is causing headaches for Barack Obama after he told the Democratic candidate’s church congregation Sunday that Hillary Clinton felt entitled to the presidency because she’s white.

Catholic pastor Michael Pfleger, who is white, issued a formal apology for his sermon Thursday after Obama put out a statement saying he was “deeply disappointed” by Pfleger’s remarks at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

“I regret the words I chose on Sunday. These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama’s life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them,” Pfleger said.

That was after a video of his sermon was posted on YouTube.


Anonymous Nature Boy said...

I have to say Obama goes to one nutty church. If a Republican went to a church like this, he would be run out of politics. Can you imagine the uproar there would be in the media?

Friday, May 30, 2008 2:22:00 PM  
Blogger Strother said...

Sounds like an entertaining church to me. On a whole it's a funny, entertaining clip; Obama shouldn't be too worried. This will ultimately be filed under 'whatever.'

'Obama goes to a nutty church' isn't enough to make him lose this election; lots of successful people attend nutty churches.

But to clarify, what Hillary was feeling wasn't 'white' entitlement, it was 'career politician' entitlement. Being beaten by an 'outsider' is just icing on her poop cake.

Friday, May 30, 2008 3:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Nature Boy said...

It goes to Obama's character as to why he would have a 20-year association with a church like this. Obama is clearly proud to be a member of this church since he's still there and he says in his book how Rev. Wright and this church are the central influences on him and his adult life.

With regard to Rev. Pfleger, Obama had a testimonial on his website from this man and his campaign transported him down to Iowa to campaign for Obama.

I don't think people will file this under "whatever."

Friday, May 30, 2008 3:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Charles Krauthammer said...

From Real Clear Politics:

The reverend (Pfleger) himself apologized and said that this contradicts Obama's life and message. Why do you stay in a church that so often and consistently contradicts your life and message? That is the question.

Friday, May 30, 2008 4:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, now, now Nature Boy. You're messing up Strother's three monkey act.

The Clintons have been positively nice about these UCC nutballs (who are only slightly less cracked than Tom Cruise and Louis Farrakan). That's because it is a black church and, therefore, painfully close to the third rail of Democrat politics: "Thou shalt not openly criticize any black public institution." Anyone who believes the Republicans will have any such compunctions would make Pollyanna look cynical.

I find myself almost hoping Hillary gets the nomination. She's probably the only person running right now who can keep John McCain out of the White House. Great googly moogly! Talk about the lesser of two evils. We're talking the difference between bubonic plague and epidemic syphilis here.

Monday, June 02, 2008 7:43:00 PM  

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