Obama Plans Major Speech Tackling Race

He’ll be in Philadelphia tomorrow and apparantly is set to make a major speech relating to the recent controversey over race and his former Pastor Jeremiah Wright. However, the speech will focus more on race than the Wright controversy.

Here’s a report from The Politico:

Barack Obama will give a major speech on “the larger issue of race in this campaign,” he told reporters in Monaca, PA just now.

He was pressed there, as he has been at recent appearances, on statements by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

“I am going to be talking about not just Reverend Wright, but the larger issue of race in this campaign,” he said.

He added that he would “talk about how some of these issues are perceived from within the black church issue for example,” he said.

He also briefly defended Wright from the image that has come through in a handful of repeatedly televised clips from recent Wright sermons.

“The caricature that’s being painted of him is not accurate,” he said.

The speech could offer Obama an opportunity to move past the controversy over his pastor, and to turn the conversation to a topic he’d rather focus on: his Christian faith. But the speech also guarantees that the Wright story will continue to dominate political headlines.

Mitt Romney’s attempt directly to address his Mormonism last year never decisively put the issue to rest for some voters.

It will be interesting to see how he plays this and I’ll report back on it tomorrow.


Here’s the full video of Obama’s speech and story on it:

Video: Obama Addresses the Nation on Race