Too little, too late. Here is an excerpt from his statement via Hot Air:
Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it’s on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue…
Rev. Wright preached the gospel of Jesus, a gospel on which I base my life. In other words, he has never been my political advisor; he’s been my pastor. And the sermons I heard him preach always related to our obligation to love God and one another, to work on behalf of the poor, and to seek justice at every turn.
The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church.
He can condemn all he wants, the fact of the matter is he has attended Wright's church for twenty years. I seriously doubt Wright's message has all of a sudden changed. No one would expect Obama to agree with every word said by his pastor or anyone else for that matter, but we're not talking about a casual relationship. And we're not talking about a statement or two made by Rev. Wright.
The Obama campaign's reaction to comments made by Geraldine Ferraro:
“When you wink and nod at offensive statements, you’re really sending a message to supporters that anything goes. We call upon the Clinton campaign to take swifter action,” said David Axelrod, the chief strategist for Mr. Obama. “She ought to be removed from those positions. There’s no other way to send a serious signal that you want to police the tone of this campaign.”
Susan Rice, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, called Ms. Ferraro’s remarks “outrageous and offensive.”
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? Comes to mind.
Captain Ed points out Obama contradicts himself when he claims Wright has never been his political adviser:
Obama says that rather than advising him on strategy, Wright helps keep his priorities straight and his moral compass calibrated. …
Though Wright and Obama do not often talk one-on-one often, the senator does check with his pastor before making any bold political moves.
Last fall, Obama approached Wright to broach the possibility of running for president. Wright cautioned Obama not to let politics change him, but he also encouraged Obama, win or lose.
Captain Ed asks, "Those two statements clearly conflict, so the question becomes this: is he lying now, or was he lying then?" He's lying now. How do I know? I guess it's the timing.
Barack Obama has a pretty thin resume in politics. It is appropriate (and critical) to investigate his past and look under every rock before electing him President of the United States. Voters must look past the "rock star" Obama and dig deep in order to judge whether or not he is fit to be President of the United States.
***Update 7:04 PM CT***
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's campaign also issued a lukewarm denunciation of Wright's leaked sermons, saying only that "there are things he says with which Sen. Obama deeply disagrees." Like what? We don't know. Has he ever walked out of a sermon in disgust? We don't know. But we need to know, and voters deserve to know. Now.