Just when you thought it was safe…
As viewers saw on FOX News last night, Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, wasted little time insinuating himself back into the public eye.
You may remember Rev. Jeremiah Wright as the man whose Chicago church Barack Obama attended for many years, and whose most famous sermon, “The Audacity of Hope,” lent its title to one of Obama’s bestselling books.
And who will ever forget Rev. Wright’s now-infamous sermon on September 16, 2001, just days after the worst terrorist attack in American history:
We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands [who died on 9/11] in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.
Sitting in for Greta Van Susteren last night, guest host Jamie Colby aired a brief video clip of Rev. Wright, provided by, of all things, the notorious celebrity gossip site TMZ.com:
COLBY: Health care reform quickly becoming the make-or-break issue for this presidency, and sources are saying the White House is planning to draft its own bill to make sure that reform happens. And just when you thought the debate could not get any more heated — you’ve seen those town halls — enter Reverend Jeremiah Wright!
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So what do you think about the health care bill?
REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT, PRES. OBAMA’S FORMER PASTOR: I think the racists in the right wing are upset because poor people are about to be helped.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COLBY: So shocking it is, I’m going to play it for you again.
Which Colby did.
President Obama once tried, belatedly, to distance himself from the polarizing preacher. But clearly Rev. Wright won’t be so easily dismissed.
With ideological allies like Van Jones and Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the President may well be asking himself, who needs enemies?