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Perhaps, but only the gullible would ignore that the fact that Obama was also an ambitious young politician and Rev. Wright was a well-connected and charismatic Chicago leader.
THE BOOK’S WEAKEST chapter deals with Obama and his relationship with Wright. One gets the distinct impression that the bulk of the book was written before their falling out and sections had to be hastily rewritten.
Mansfield cites as proof of Obama’s dedication to Trinity and its message that “he initially stayed.” Obama “initially” weathered the political storm because “he had found a faith, a people, the vessel for belief that he had longed for.”
Trinity, you see, “had become the font of his political vision” and helped to frame his “sense of professional calling.”
Maybe. But it wasn’t so fundamental that Obama couldn’t drop Trinity like a bad habit after Wright’s infamous National Press Club appearance. Mansfield simply blames it all on Wright and assures us that the decision “came with sadness, with grief for the loss of years and the pain that politics presses into private life.”
Despite all of this Mansfield concludes with a glimpse into the brighter future that awaits us: “One can imagine, in an Obama presidency, White House conferences on Faith and Poverty or Religion’s Responses to Racism that are more than time-wasting mockeries of national ills.”
Yes, that is a hopeful vision. One might even call it… audacious.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?