Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Obama "Obama-speaks"; distances from Wright

Obama said:
The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago.
Does anyone buy that? Do you buy that?

Notice Obama's infuriating lawyer-speak and parsing. Strictly speaking: NO ONE is the person they were 20 years ago. Obama's parsing is so habitual and so strategic that he has to critique - as from a distance - his own speaking ... in order to be sure we clearly understand what he is saying:
And they[Dr. Wright's statements] should be denounced. And that's what I'm doing very clearly and unequivocally here today.
What kind of speaker has to explain he is denouncing someone? Here's what kind: a compulsive equivocator; a constant parser; a compulsive lawyerspeak-er. A normal person says "I denounce (whatever)" and is done with it. A normal person speaks clearly the first time.

Barack habitually believes his equivocating/parsing/lawyerspeak/good looks/charm will bail him out of jams. Will it? Will parsing/lawyerspeak/good looks/charm bail him out of 20 years in a pew listening to a racist fabulist? Will it bail him out of 20 years in a Black Liberation Theology church - i.e. a Marxist/racist church? If it does, we are not the nation I think we are. The tenets of Black Liberation Theology: Marxism and racism, ought disqualify any adherent from ever receiving enough votes to be President. I think our nation agrees - even if the Democratic Party does not.

Text of Obama's remarks

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