Barack Obama (link is his theme song) got more free love from the media than anyone, especially a politician, deserves and now that he is under scrutiny the payback and blowback are beginning. First we get a look at the man Obama calls his spiritual mentor from Bryan at HotAir, then after the jump a fundraising letter that misrepresents his thoughts about Sadaam and his WMD back in 2002:
Imagine for a moment that a Republican presidential candidate claimed to have a spiritual mentor, and it turned out that that mentor preached and taught in racial overtones. Imagine the media giving that candidate, that pastor, and their relationship a pass. Imagine Andrew Sullivan not calling that candidate and his pastor “Christianists” or some other anti-religious epithet You can’t. It wouldn’t happen.
This pastor runs a church that believes there ought to be a separate black sub-culture just look at this racialist garbage that is front and center on their website.
We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism.....
I was unaware being Black was a shameful thing. I also question greatly the idea that American Blacks have much of anything to do with Africa, since the vast majority have roots in the native land of America for hundreds of years. I am barely a second generation American and my roots to the native Sweden my grandparents came from in the 1890's and 1900's are much deeper and stronger than most American Blacks have to Africa. I understand and can sympathize with the church as it has the goal of making the Black community a stronger part of the American community as a whole, but the racist ideology and separatist mentality displayed so openly is disturbing.
I strongly oppose any Balkanization of our country by race, ethnicity or religion and this church perfectly embodies this wrongness. Every time we add another barrier to assimilation we make America less strong than we have historically been. Every racial, ethnic or religious group that separates itself from the rest of us weakens our greatest strength, the Melting Pot that used to make us one people.
I will vigorously oppose any candidate for public office who believes in racial separatism. There should be no Black community, just Blacks living in America, no Muslim community just Muslims living in America. As Bryan said just substitute white in any of those formulations and you can see the wrongness.
Next Mother Jones tells about a recently received fundraising letter that conveniently omits his admission of Sadaam's WMD programs.
"Now let me be clear: I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butcher his own people to secure his own power.... The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him. But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors... and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls into the dustbin of history."
I haven't tracked this to an authentic primary source, but here's what Wikisource says is missing:
The first ellipse: "He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He's a bad guy."
So now Barack is attempting to slither away from the fact that he, as well as virtually every other person in Congress, knew that Sadaam had WMD. Removing the money shot was a necessary step for Obama but all that free pub means more people are looking at you, and when Mother Jones is throwing a BS flag on the Great Mocha Hope he's got problems.