I know everyone is sick to death of the Rev. Wright so I will keep my opinion very brief. For weeks Obama and Wright supporters have been telling us that the short sound bites CNN was playing of Rev. Wright did not accurately depict Senator Obama's pastor. I believe that Rev. Wright's appearance before the National Press Club has shown the sound bites didn't lie.
I really feel great sympathy for Barack Obama. He's been thrown under the bus by someone who he once considered a mentor. He put his trust in a man that was not worthy.
Rev. Wright has show himself to be human and fallible. He has also shown himself to be unfaithful to his flock, narcissistic and egotistical. If he did indeed set out to hurt Obama, a member of his congregation, because he felt slighted, as Mary Francis Berry said, shame on him. He needs to go back and do a little Bible study starting with Leviticus 19:18 "You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people...."
We led off Tuesday's program with Candy Crowley updating us on the day's events. This was followed up by David Gergen, Ed Rollins, Roland Martin and Mary Francis Berry, who was the Chairwoman of the Civil Rights Committee.
It was a nice transition in the second hour when Anderson interviewed people in the NOLA community about the Rev. Wright story. AC spent time talking with Rev. Norwood Thompson (President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference), Jasmine Haynes (student at Dillard University), Stacey Koch (Director of Covenent House and board member of a committee on race and poverty for Tulane).
I was a bit surprised that Rev. Thompson felt that Rev. Wright hadn't hurt Barack Obama. He attempted to defend Wright and was of the opinion that Obama said what he said because he is a politician, not because he truly disagreed with Wright.
In another report based from NOLA Randi Kaye covered the State of Louisiana's attempt to take back grants it provided people to rebuild after Katrina. Is there one single thing that the government got right during and post Katrina? I can't really recall a one. How sad is that?
Gary Tuchman caught us up on the day's polygamy events. I found myself talking back to the television when GT said the FLDS men still have faith in Warren Jeffs. Why wouldn't they? He has set them up with multiple, obedient wives, new homes and what was to be a secure private community. The government maybe able to deprogram the children, and possibly some of the women, but it's not going to happen with the men. They are convinced that they are a superior race and gender. And why would they ever want to listen to someone tell them otherwise?
Anderson was spot on when he brought up the Lost Boys too. It's not surprising at all that there are few young men in the FLDS community in Texas. They must shun a good percentage of the young men so as to provide the favored men with multiple wives.
Last on Tuesday's broadcast was The Shot, which included some Anderca and the cutest ever baby bear cub video.
And I'll leave you with a Smurf's adult content video called Smurf-tastrophe...when a damn breaks during a hurricane the Smurf's face their greatest tradgedy and AC is on the scene to do the reporting. You gotta love Gargamel when he talks about Anderson F'n Cooper!
Thanks to FOA for the find and have a great hump day everyone. ~ Phebe