Pastor's remarks hurt Obama, area supporters say

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Obama supporter Sheila Eldridge said she was heartbroken to hear the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a former pastor of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, was in the news again after comments he made at a National Press Club address Monday.

"It's just a week away (from elections in Indiana and North Carolina)," she said. "I just can't understand. Why now? I understand Rev. Wright's passion, but the timing is just bad."

Ms. Eldridge, the vice president/general manager of Perry Broadcasting of Augusta, said the Rev. Wright's recent attention will distract voters from the issues and make it tough for undecided voters to "evaluate the whole picture."

"It does limit those persons on the line to really evaluate Obama's platform," Ms. Eldridge said. "We need to be addressing his platform so that people are not voting just for the candidate but for key issues that affect their family and lives."

Others in the community agreed the light shone on the Rev. Wright's views will distract undecided voters and put a negative spin on Mr. Obama's campaign.

The Rev. Wright, a former pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, has been quoted making comments that paint America as a terrorist nation and the American government as sponsors of the AIDS epidemic in the black community. He did not retract those comments in Monday's address. He also insinuated Mr. Obama's distancing from his comments were "what a politician had to say."

"If Sen. Obama did not say what he said, he would never get elected," the Rev. Wright stated in the address to the press club members.

There would not have been a "good time" for the Rev. Wright to clear his name, but it was necessary, said Dr. Mallory Millender, a Paine College journalism professor.

"People aren't going to let it go away," said Dr. Millender, an Obama supporter. "I think those who tended to support him in the beginning will. The undecided voters, I just don't know how they will interpret this."

Reach Stephanie Toone at (706) 823-3215 or stephanie.toone@augustachronicle.com.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/01/08 - 04:32 am
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A journalism professor that

A journalism professor that can't make a simple deduction? Not likely. But just in case Dr.Millender is interested, those that have to decided to vote for BO because of race don't care what he or anyone else says, they're voting for BO. Those far left Dems that are voting for him because of message are giving Hillary a second look.

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NANF 05/01/08 - 05:08 am
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What an absolute fool this

What an absolute fool this Rev Wright is. Like Sharpton and others like him, they think they need their 15 mins. of fame no matter who it offends, or in BOs case, hurts. They just always have to be in the spot light. I couldn't imagine going to his church and hearing him ( scream) his political opinions. He needs to take a chill pill and just fade off in to the sunset before he does any more damage. We've seen you now Rev. Wright, and don't like you, so poof, your gone. What a fine legacy you left. RIP

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 05/01/08 - 05:09 am
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OB's Leadership is in

OB's Leadership is in question. If he can't take care of small matters in good timing, how is he expected to lead a country? I am glad he ditched his former pastor, and denounced him (should have done so sooner cause it affects his leadership to making tough decisions when the time comes....) but if the race card is still played by many of the voters, then there will ALWAYS be a division and it makes racial issues more of a barrier than ever. I know some kid told my daughter he hoped whites become slaves in the future.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/01/08 - 05:49 am
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Who is O B?

Who is O B?

christian134
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christian134 05/01/08 - 06:36 am
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Frankly why on earth anyone

Frankly why on earth anyone would believe a word Obama says regarding how he feels when it comes to the Rev.s hate mongering is just plain outright silly. He is putting on the breaks because his campaign is beginning to suffer....Thank God for that....Many people out there are so willing to vote for this man simply because he is black those people will still vote for him...Those that have been blinded by a some what charming personality hopefully are beginning to see him for what he truly is...a man who is not anywhere near intelligent nor capable of running a small town let alone a nation besides which he is a quite racist who has friends who are extreme racists.....

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justus4 05/01/08 - 06:49 am
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The article advances nothing.

Unpublished

The article advances nothing. The point is obvious, (for me) that supporters of Barrack will continue supporting, while closet racists will continue hiding behind foolish interptations of speech, saying "he stayed in the church; he's associated with hate; his leadership is in question; his judgement is in question; why didn't he just leave; he believes what his pastor believes; Rev. Wright is full of hate; etc, all expected to harm the campaign according to "area supporters" and this paper. That is their wish. But here is the danger, Barrack is being held to a higher standard than whites. (momma always said it) They can't see it, we know it and thus, the precedence has been set. Future campaigns will become the art of media gotcha & a ventriloquist act while Rome burns to the ground. Stay tuned...

pointstoponder
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pointstoponder 05/01/08 - 07:04 am
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Justus, the media has

Justus, the media has controlled elections since the early 60's.

jack234
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jack234 05/01/08 - 07:04 am
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Those cited in the article

Those cited in the article evidently made those comments before BO held his press conference and threw Wright under the bus and drove the bus over him with Obama driving. Obama has placed all our minds at ease. Thank God!!!!!!!!!!

wootchieone
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wootchieone 05/01/08 - 07:26 am
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Well now we know that if the

Well now we know that if the phone rang at 3:00 a.m., and Obama answered, he would put the caller on hold.

getagrip
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getagrip 05/01/08 - 07:31 am
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Barrack is running for

Barrack is running for President of the United States. We hold all the canidates to a "higher standard" regardless of race or gender. If we did not even you Justus could be a viable candidate in this race.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/01/08 - 07:36 am
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Well said justus4, I

Well said justus4, I agree.(6:49a) I have a slightly different perspective, but basically, I agree.

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justthefacts 05/01/08 - 07:46 am
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justus, I have really tried

justus, I have really tried to understand your post. But, it makes no sense. Closet racist, as you call them, were never going to vote for Obama anyway. This Wright controversy is meaningless to them. Strong Obama supporters will look the other way. Where this has hurt Obama is with moderate supporters (Reagan Democrats) and independents. He cannot win the general election without them. And, praytell, what higher standard is Obama being held to. Lastly, since you are such a strong supporter, you should at least have enough respect for him to spell his name correctly.

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christian134 05/01/08 - 08:05 am
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Ah my favorite little racist

Ah my favorite little racist person....Good morning Justus how is your day going....Not all people are going to continue following this impersonator Obama...by impersonator I mean a man who has the total country in his thoughts....everyone regardless of color...Look out his facade is crumbling...Out of the closet comes the racist with his fellow radical racist and delusional sect marching blindly behind.....

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Unbelievable 05/01/08 - 08:09 am
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Rev. Wright is a hate mongre

Rev. Wright is a hate mongre and his 'sermons' are the same as the ones performed by David Duke (google it if you dont know who he is). With this level of stupidity still running amuck we will never advance as a country and will continue to be mired down in the 'us vs. them' mentality. Just look at the Augusta Commission.

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getalife 05/01/08 - 08:12 am
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How Obama listened to the

How Obama listened to the Rev. Wright's crap for 20 years is unbelievable. How much of all that racist ranting affected Obama? Hopefully Rev. Wright will keep on talking and influence more people to not vote for Obama. Go to the following link for more info. http://www.eyeblast.tv/Public/Video.aspx?rsrcID=2036

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426Hemi 05/01/08 - 08:16 am
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justus4-what? What are you

justus4-what? What are you for anyway? Bigot, b-tard! You one f the downtrodden slum-butts cackling that it's all the white folks' fault? What a frickin' MORON. Look it up...you RACIST LITTLE BRAT!

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cparker 05/01/08 - 08:20 am
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christian134, I disagree with

christian134, I disagree with you. Why do you think that people are voting for Obama simply because he is black? And do you believe that there are some white voters that will vote for McCain because they are opposed to voting for Obama because he is black?

kai@reasontostand.org
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kai@reasontostand.org 05/01/08 - 08:22 am
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Hopefully people will wake up

Hopefully people will wake up to the fact that we can tell a lot about a person by the company they willfully keep. BO knew what his pastor stood for and preached and to say anything else is to insult BO's intelligence. The question is not whether he agrees or not since it is obvious by his actions (irregardless of his words) that he at least marginally agreed with his "former" pastor. The question now is of morality and integrity. If he believed his former pastor was good enough to have on his campaign, he must have logically also thought his pastor good enough to occupy a public office. Why, then, does he denounce his pastor only _after_ his words have been drug out into the light? It seems to me that the worst sort of leader is one who knows to do right and refuses to do so unless forced to. Who will force him once he is in office? Certainly not the god his pastor preaches.

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pointstoponder 05/01/08 - 08:25 am
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cparker, the answer is yes,

cparker, the answer is yes, there are people that will vote simply because of race. Not everyone, but it is an issue for some.

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justthefacts 05/01/08 - 08:30 am
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cparker, IMO, yes there are

cparker, IMO, yes there are people voting for Obama simply because he is black. That is understandable. I can see how they are proud and want to support him. No problem for me. Heck, I voted for JC in 76 because he was from Ga.

426Hemi
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426Hemi 05/01/08 - 08:31 am
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J4: Oh, by BTW I certainly

J4: Oh, by BTW I certainly hope j4 votes with the heart. Being the unbiased person he/she is; I just know the vote will be unclouded by racism, bigotry, and knowledge, and will be cast by the color of one candidates skin. Nothing else matters. Not what's best for the country (not that HC is.) TAKE OFF YOUR BLINDERS! Or, are you located at the other end of the horse?

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LaTwon 05/01/08 - 08:31 am
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too bad the racist angle of

too bad the racist angle of the good rev's speech voided the remaining content that yes, we are an imperialistic nation bent on world domination and shoving our way down the throats of the rest of the world, and yes our own govt has tested biologicals on US. white, black, brown, they do not really care.

pointstoponder
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pointstoponder 05/01/08 - 08:32 am
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justthefacts, just to get all

justthefacts, just to get all the cards on the table, there are whites who will not vote for him because he is black too.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/01/08 - 08:36 am
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point, absolutely. I made

point, absolutely. I made that point in my earlier post.

426Hemi
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426Hemi 05/01/08 - 08:36 am
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To those wondering if people

To those wondering if people will vote by skin color. YES! Why the hell do you think so many "non-whites" came out of the woodwork for this years election? It's unprecedented. The only thought is, go figure! Vote for the best candidate, not your closet skin tone.

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sunnysmiles11 05/01/08 - 08:59 am
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I don't understand how one

I don't understand how one could continue to attend a church for years and years that espouses ideas that one does not agree with. I go to church to get a relevant message for the week, something that relates to my family's lives and how to live for today. I feel that the "Rev." (term used loosely) Wright spreads evil and dissention. The things he preaches about encourages evil doing. Why would you want such a sheep as president that just keeps following along without any thought about what he is supporting. I want someone for president that can think for him or herself. Plus I think that was extremely selfish and self-serving of Mr. Wright to hold those news conferences, he really is showing his lack of character. If he had had any esteem for Obama at all after being his pastor for 20 years, he would have let it drop.

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b1 05/01/08 - 09:04 am
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Much to little and much to

Much to little and much to LATE for Obama. He should have seperated himself from the racist Wright as soon as this started!

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double_standard 05/01/08 - 09:05 am
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Another Wright story. AC i

Another Wright story. AC i understand that you are backing McCain but there are more news stories than this. It was Wright on Tuesday, Wright today. Pat Buchanan and Bill O'Reily make racist comments everyday not one story ever published.

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mojo 05/01/08 - 09:05 am
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BO is socialist plain and

BO is socialist plain and simple - neither he nor his wife appreciate the opportunities this country provides. They are derisive and surround themselves with like influences. Why on earth would any sane American vote for him?

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jack234 05/01/08 - 09:07 am
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Who cares whether Wright has

Who cares whether Wright has esteem for Obama? Wright is just one vote. Wright does not define Obama. I disagree with a lot of things my pastor says but he is not going to run me away from my church. I was there before he came and hope to be there when he leaves. He would not affect my running for public office. It is time to move on and elect Obama president, and to stop looking for excuses to not elect him. Wake Mcain up!!!!
Have a blessed day. Obama will be the next president.

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