Reverend Wright Show jumps the shark, Obama should cancel it.

Barak Obama did what he needed to do a few weeks ago by distancing himself from his pastor’s inflammatory rhetoric. That was before Rev. Wright made himself into a show biz franchise. After Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s speeches at the NAACP meeting and the National Press Club it has become apparent that Obama’s biggest challenge now is to marginalize this spotlight hogging blowhard.

No matter how right Wright is, the more he tries to explain himself the more chum he throws in the water for the Republican sharks and the barracuda known as Hillary to feast on. I used to think Hillary’s ego was the most dangerous to Obama. Now I think the Wright ego is just as dangerous, if not more so.

There’s an old line from vaudeville used to deal with disruptive audience members, "everyone’s a comedian". It is clear that Rev. Wright thinks his showmanship is ready for prime time. Jonathan Alter, talking on MSNBC, just called him a publicity hound, and agreed with the commentator that he was shoving Obama under the bus. He says he’s becoming a regular sitcom character. I agree.

Wright’s lame attempt to mimic the voices of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson in order to make a point about racial prejudice that really didn’t fit into context was a calculated sound bite. Indeed, it is has been replayed on cable news all day.

What can a Democrat like Wright be thinking when he mocks JFK and LBJ?

Yes, we know that Arabic is a language, but what sense does it make for him to scream three times "Barak Hussein Obama"?

If his purpose is the help get his message across, doesn’t he understand that he isn’t preaching to a black congregation, or an audience of liberal intellectuals?

He’s an educated man, and he must know that a good teacher crafts his message with precision and presents it in a manner that won’t be misinterpreted or made fun of.

Although Wright muttered a supposed joke about maybe Obama would ask him to run for vice president, perhaps he really wants to follow in Al Sharpton’s footsteps and become a television celebrity.

Reverend Al has a list of television credits that is respectable B list, and includes genuinely funny turns as himself on shows like "Boston Legal" and "Law and Order SVU".

Jeremiah, I have news for you. You’re no Reverend Al.

As they say in TV land, the Reverend Jeremiah Show has jumped the shark in the last two episodes. Barak, your mild wishy washy response to the latest episodes of Wright’s show suggest you haven’t been paying attention.

Please, it’s time to cancel it.


  1. sherry

    Interesting to note, that while Obama refused to throw Wright under the bus, Wright doesn’t have a problem throwing Obama under the bus. I understand Wright is writing a book

  2. JerryG

    Rev. Wright is the rights “gotcha’, Barack Obama!” They are going to milk this baby dry!

  3. danders3

    Here’s to hoping Obama respects the concept of the First Amendment and doesn’t try to cancel out Wright’s right to free speech.

    The test if one truly believes in Constitutional Rights is to not be upset when someone else exercises them, or try to stop the free exercise thereof.

    If Hillary, the Republicans, their supporters (and yes, even commentators who are exercising the same right mentioned above….) don’t understand that, it is they who have the problem….

    Dale Anderson

  4. ekaton

    Well put, sir. People would do well to stop taking Wright’s comments out of context. He has a lot of uncomfortable truths for whitey to confront. He’s talking about the day in/day out institutionalized racism faced by minorities in this country. It ain’t comfortable, whitey, but finally someone is forcing the issue.

    — Kent Shaw

  5. bryan mcclellan

    I agree Hal, this ham in Revs clothing is Roveing around with seemingly bad intent for all but himself. Pop always said, more often than not, the preacher is just as blind as we.

  6. Hal Brown

    Dale, My comments have nothing to do with Wright’s rights. However, in a way he is now a show running on the Obama network.

    He’s getting coverage because Obama hasn’t succeeded in making the damaging things he says irrelevant enough to be ignored by the news and not ammunition to be used against him.

    That’s what I mean by Obama canceling the show.

  7. ekaton

    Hal, he’s getting coverage because the mainstream media has its own agenda and you know it. The cameras and microphones show up because they know they can create a “sound byte” out of context in order to stir up controversy where there is none. I’m surprised at your article, frankly. You’re a LOT smarter than that.

    — Kent Shaw

  8. CheckerboardStrangler

    Wright’s speeches are an inconvenient truth with bad timing.
    If Obama is worried about guilt by association the best thing he can do is to emphasize that it is HE who is running for president, on a platform of HIS ideas, not the pastor’s.

    JeffH in Occupied TX

  9. ekaton

    JeffH, and Wright made that very clear. He in fact stated that he (Wright) is not running for president, but that Obama is. He went on to state that he told Obama that “If you are elected I will be coming after you.”

    Come on people. This is a racist nation. We don’t like it when someone sticks it in our faces.

    — Kent Shaw

  10. sherry

    Kent, I agree there are racists in this nation. I do NOT agree this is a racist nation. The vast majority of Americans work with people of other races, have them over for dinner, and while churches are still somewhat segragated, I believe that too is changing.
    My neighbor is married to a black man. A sight to behold on a Saturday morning when he walks the dog to the car in his silk pj. sigh. Ok, I don’t mess with other women’s husbands, and I am old enough to be his mother. All the ladies stare. The wife laughs. At us.
    One of my late neighbors ( a beautiful black woman) was nothing short of a delight. She knitted sweaters for all the dogs in the neigborhood.
    Condo life has its unwritten rules. You take care of the neighbor in troubles and leave em alone unless you need something. :) We miss her. When she passed away in her sleep, her elderly mother moved away to be with relatives up north. We miss her still.
    Thirty years ago, I am sure no one of color would have dared move to this neck of the woods. There are many people of mixed races getting married. It is largely accepted.
    It is sad that when Obama is losing the excuse is, America won’t elect a black man. I disagree.
    I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. He hasn’t spent that much time on the national stage. We don’t know him that well. If we did, Wright and Ayers would be a footnote. Obama says, “What do you mean, you don’t know me?
    I’ve written two books!”
    Hey O man, how about writing some landmark legislation?

  11. km0591

    Right, Hal. Wright is acting too much like one of those loud black men who get too uppity. Never mind that he is right. Better shut him up. Maybe then people will not see his associate Obama as a real black man, just a white guy with dark skin.

  12. Hal Brown


    Rev. Wright is also just as savvy about the media and the fact that they are looking for controversial snippets which they will remove from context. He also should know that any phrases that can will be used against Obama by both Hillary and McCain, and their respective camps.

    So the question about him in my mind is why on earth he is feeding them these lines.

    Because of his Obama based celebrity he land two national platforms to get his message across. How many black pastors have ever addressed both the NAACP and the National Press Club back to back and gotten national coverage guaranteed for their remarks?

    He could have used these opportunities to educate rather than infuriate.

    Recommended reading: The Pastor Casts a Shadow by Bob Herbert (NYT OpED)


    Where Wright Goes Wrong by Eugene Robinson OpEd in WaPo

  13. Hal Brown

    If the people who need to hear the message can’t separate the message from the messenger, then the wise messenger needs to take a long hard look at himself.

    Just a thought. 

  14. Sandra Price

    Apparently being a Christian is now a revolution to pick and choose who they want for President. It is time to Separate the Church from the State as this insanity between the Christians is killing all religion. Between Robertson, Falwell, Hagee and now Wright this nation will never unite.

    Hal, many of us saw a hint of truth when Wright spoke but he did it to destroy a candidate who represents a possible end to all his fears. He found his 15 minute of fame attacking, not supporting anything.