Throw this cliche’ under the bus

Following the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s controversial public addresses earlier this week, several television commentators were quick to say that the feisty Chicago preacher had thrown his former parishioner under the bus.
Several said it. Several times.
Then Sen. Barack Obama responded by separating himself from Pastor Wright and the positions articulated in those addresses. How were the presidential candidate’s comments received?
Talking heads said Sen. Obama had thrown Rev. Wright under the bus. Surprise, surprise.
How about thinking of something new to say? Give it 110 percent. Life wasn’t meant to be easy. We’ve been there; done that. We are not happy campers.


  1. After hearing what he said, I’m not so sure that he had “thrown his former parishioner under the bus.” But then again, their reconciliation to each other wouldn’t win media points nor a presidency, imo. I hope that they will still be friends at the end of all this.

    Tim Dahl

  2. My friend Gus Niebuhr had some wise words on this matter yesterday at the Newsweek Religion blog.
    And I know you don’t run an endorsement blog here, JP; but I was proud of my Furman classmate, Baron Hill of the Indy US Congressional 9th for endorsing Obama in the face of all this; and it could cost him politically.
    Hill played Basketball at Furman. Whether that played a part of his political character like it did for Bill Bradley, I don’t know.
    But I’m with you; this is much bigger than a cliche political moment.

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