Barack Obama has written a blog on Huffington Post responding to the firestorm over inflammatory remarks made by his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Obama writes that â€œI 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.â€
He says that Wright â€œhas never been my political advisor; heâ€™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.â€
He concludes: â€œI believe that Americans will judge me not on the basis of what someone else said but on the basis of who I am and what I believe in; on my values, judgment and experience to be president of the United States.â€
Itâ€™s a good response: Calm, balanced, providing context. Obama reportedly is going on several TV programs, including Fox, to nip this in the bud.
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