Somewhere, Barack Obama’s aides are having a nervous morning.
Speaking at the National Press Club (but in front of what sounded on the CNN feed very much like an audience of non-journalist supporters), Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, just offered his thoughts on the black church and his role in the Democratic nominating process.
At one point he took a question asking whether he stood by his comments comparing the United States to the Romans who oppressed Jesus Christ.
“Yes, I can compare them,” he said. “We have troops stationed all over the world.”
Asked why he had decided to respond to the video clips of him saying controversial things at his Chicago church, he said, “This is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright. This is an attack on the black church.”
Earlier in the talk, he explained his “God damn America” sermon by saying that he was referring to the conduct of the American government.