On Good Morning America this a.m., Brian Ross took a look (watch HERE) at Obama's pastor at Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who retired last month.
Wright in one 2003 sermon said of the treatment of African-Americans by the U.S., "The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three strikes law and then wants us to sing 'God bless America,' No, no, no, not 'God bless America,' God damn America -- that's in the Bible, you're killing innocent people, God damn America for treating us citizens as less than human."
After 9/11, Wright said, "We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagaski and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye...America's chickens are coming home to roost."
"I don't think that my church is actually particularly controversial," Obama has said.
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, Wright says, fits the mold.
"Hillary never had a cab whiz past her and not pick her up because her skin was the wrong color," Wright says. "Hillary never had to worry about being pulled over in her car as a black man driving in the wrong...I am sick of negroes who just do not get it. Hillary was not a black boy raised in a single parent home, Barack was. Barack knows what it means living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people. Hillary can never know that. Hillary ain't never been called a n-----."
When asked about these kinds of comments in the past, Obama spokesman Bill Burton has said that "Obama has said repeatedly that personal attacks such as this have no place in this campaign or our politics, whether they’re offered from a platform at a rally or the pulpit of a church."
Burton told Fox News that “Senator Obama does not think of the pastor of his church in political terms. Like a member of his family, there are things he says with which Senator Obama deeply disagrees.”
But is it true that Obama doesn't think of Wright in political terms?
Last December, Obama's campaign issued a press release in which Wright was listed as a national leader of the Obama campaign's "African American Religious Leadership Committee."
That's pretty political.
Should Obama denounce Wright's language, his sentiments, and allow him to remain on his campaign committee? What do you think?