Against my better judgment, I will post this story since now McCain has jumped into the mix. Apparently Obama has some more pastor friends making statements that just aren’t helpful to him. This time it was Chicago political activist Catholic Priest Father Pfleger speaking at Obama’s Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
Here’s the video of Pfleger’s remarks, if you haven’t already seen them:
Obama’s campaign immediately issued a response denouncing the statements:
Obama made it clear he wasn’t happy with the comments – in which Pfleger pretended he was Clinton crying over “a black man stealing my show” – and said he was “deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger’s divisive, backward-looking rhetoric, which doesn’t reflect the country I see or the desire of people across America to come together in common cause.”
Pfleger, too, issued an apology, saying he was sorry if his comments offended Clinton or anyone else. He did not return several calls for comment on Friday.
Meanwhile, Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago issued a press release Friday in which he criticized both Pfleger’s involvement in a political campaign and a “personal attack” on Clinton. George said Pfleger has promised not to campaign or even mention any candidate by name.
Finally, McCain decided to jump into the action today:
Surprise, everyone condemns the statements, including Pfleger who outright apologized for them, which is a step above Rev. Wright. Pfleger, unlike Wright, isn’t going to hurt Obama the same way. Obama can’t be held responsible for what Pfleger says, furthermore, Pfleger was not Obama’s pastor for 20 years, etc…