Obama On Wright

In North Carolina today:

"Some of the comments that Rev. Wright has made offend me, and I understand why they offend the American people. He does not speak for me. He does not speak for the campaign."

Marc has a longer quote. I reiterate that I think Obama has to make clear again that he vehemently opposes the use of race to divide and separate and inflame ancient grievances; that he wants to get beyond the racial politics of the Vietnam era; that he is dedicated to overcoming race and offering hope - not obsessing about race in order to foment anger and bitterness. Parts of the message Wright gave today were not just alien to Obama's stated views - but actively hostile to them. Obama cannot explain that often enough.