“I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened by the spectacle that we saw yesterday,” Obama said in a last-minute press conference today. The candidate said that after watching Wright’s appearance from Monday, “what became clear to me was that he was presenting a world view that contradicts what I am and what I stand for," said Obama today in a news conference.According to CBSNews.com,
"The turning point was Wright’s combative appearance in Washington yesterday at the national press club, where he stood by the comments he has claimed were taken out of context in press accounts over the past months. Wright maintained that the U.S. government was capable of acts of horror such as spreading AIDS through the lack community, accused the government of committing terrorism abroad and called criticisms of such remarks an attack on the “black church.”All I can say is it's about time. You can't have that much history with a man and not know his stance on those issues. You also can't tell me that the comments taken from his sermons were taken out of context, because yesterday Rev. Wright set the record straight himself and it was pretty much as we thought.
Here are a few more articles and perspectives:
Jeremiah Wright's Bombshell, The Progressive
Obama Says He's Outrages by Ex-Pastor's Comments, NYT
Wright, Jefferson and the Wrath of God, The Nation
Obama Discovers Wright's Unsavory (It Only Took 20 Years!), The Weekly Standard