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The Rev Wright wrap: It's about me!

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30 April 2008 14:48

Until the last few days, Senator Barack Obama thought he had dealt with the threat posed by his former pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright with his elegant and intelligent speech in Philadelphia on the topic of race in America (which I addressed in this op-ed in The Sydney Morning Herald). But Rev Wright is the gift to the Republican Party that keeps on giving. In the United States in the past 48 hours, Wright has been the inescapable man, popping up on current affairs programs and at the National Press Club to give his side of the story.

Obama described Wright's performance at the Press Club as a 'spectacle', and as usual his choice of words was ideal. Wright's prepared remarks were relatively measured, but in the question & answer period he lost control of himself entirely. (The q&a appears on YouTube in three parts: here, here and here).

Not only did Wright restate his bitter and ill-formed views, but his manner was entirely unsympathetic too. He was preening and arrogant; he condescended to the questioner and played to the gallery. There was certainly something compelling about his performance, but it was the performance of a supreme egotist. Naturally, he referred to himself in the third person.

In his mind, clearly, this election is not about changing America or electing Obama: it's about spruiking Jeremiah. An announcement about the Reverend's own television show is surely only hours away.

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